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“We need to match that level of commitment”

Friday October 14, 7.45pm

Keith Long has urged Bohemians to give a repeat of last week’s derby performance when they travel to The Brandywell on Friday.

Roberto Lopes’ goal at Dalymount Park capped off a confident display to claim the bragging rights against rivals Shamrock Rovers for the first time this season.

And manager Long doesn’t want those standards to drop as the Gypsies look to finish the season on a high.

Long said: “It was a great performance.

“It was a huge crowd and we had great support from our fans. They were right behind us and they gave the team that extra bit of confidence.


“They fed off that and, to a man, the players were excellent.

“It shows what we are capable of and the level of performance we have been striving to achieve.

“We could have won by more and it would have been nice to get a few extra goals that the performance deserved.

“But to get a win was the most important thing. It would have been tough to swallow another defeat against them.”

The challenge now is to maintain that standard as Bohs face into a tough set of fixtures to finish off the season.

All three of the Gypsies’ remaining games are away from home against Derry City, Dundalk and Finn Harps respectively.

Long said: “We need to match that level of commitment up in Derry. If we don’t, it could be a long night.

“To finish the season with three away games isn’t easy. But we’re sixth now and we don’t want to drop down the table.”

Going into last week’s derby victory, Bohs had failed to register a point against the Hoops this season.

Similarly, they face a Candystripes team on Friday who have beaten them at every opportunity this season.

Long added: “We haven’t had it our way against Derry this season. Last year we had the upper hand, beating them three times.

“This year they’ve beaten us twice in the league and knocked us out of the cup.

“There hasn’t been a lot between the sides in those games. But we have to approach this game on its own merits and go out and go out and give it all we’ve got.”


Ismahil Akinade (illness) remains out for the rest of the season, while Roberto Lopes is suspended.

There are doubts over Stephen Best and Dan Byrne (both illness).[/toggle

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division


A reminder to supporters that Friday’s game v Shamrock Rovers is all-ticket.

Tickets are on sale from 7pm this evening from the bars at Dalymount Park where the Ireland v Georgia game is being shown.

Tickets are again on sale tomorrow (Friday) from Dalymount Park from 9.30am-6pm.

Our bars open at 5.30pm tomorrow and we advise fans to get to the stadium early to avoid crowd congestion.

After 6pm, there will be no access to Dalymount Lane via the North Circular Road entrance for anyone not in possession of a match ticket/membership card/season ticket.

Any remaining tickets for Bohemians supporters will be sold from turnstiles accessed via St Peter’s Rd entrance to Dalymount Lane.

No additional tickets for the away section (Des Kelly Stand) will be on sale on the night. Shamrock Rovers fans must purchase tickets from Tallaght Stadium in advance.

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“We want to send the supporters home happy”

SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday September 7, 7.45pm

Bohemians go into Friday’s Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers determined to give fans something to cheer about.

The Gypsies have suffered successive defeats against Rovers in the sides’ two meetings this year and manager Keith Long wants to set the record straight.

He said: “It’s our last home game of the season and it’s against Shamrock Rovers – we want to send the supporters home happy.

“We won’t need any motivation. The players are determined to give a gutsy and honest performance.


“We performed badly in our last game against them at Dalymount, so we want to make amends for that and it’s our last chance to do so this season.

“We’re looking forward to it. It should be a good spectacle but the most important things is we come out of it with the right result.”

Bohs come into this game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss against Bray Wanderers.

Harry Kenny’s Seagulls extended their remarkable run to just one defeat in 15 games. But Long was disappointed with his side’s performance.

He added: “We didn’t play well, particularly in the first half. Individually and collectively, the performance wasn’t right.

“That’s happened too many times this season and we all have to take responsibility for that and put it right.”


Bohs are once again without Ismahil Akinade through illness.

Captain Derek Pender has been suffering with a virus but is expected to be available for selection.

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Shane Supple re-signs for 2017

Bohemians are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Shane Supple has signed a new contract to remain at the club for the 2017 season.

The goalkeeper, 29, joined Bohs in June after winning the FAI Intermediate Cup with Crumlin United.

He previously starred for Ipswich Town and Ireland’s Under-21s.

More recently, he was part of the Dublin panel that won the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.


Manager Keith Long said: “Shane’s a top bloke and a really excellent goalkeeper.

“He’s done really well since he’s come into the team and he is exactly the kind of character we want in the dressing room.

“Shane is the level of player we want to build our team around next season and we hope to be in a position to announce more signings in the near future.”

Bohemians v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division


This Friday’s SSE Airtricity League game against Shamrock Rovers is an all-ticket game.

Tickets can be purchased from Dalymount Park Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.

To avoid crowd congestion, supporters are also asked to arrive early for the game.

Our bars will open from 5.30pm ahead of the game.

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“We can play better”

SSE Airtricity League, Carlisle Grounds, Friday September 30 2016, 7.45pm

Keith Long has urged his Bohemians side to raise their game against Bray Wanderers.

Seventh-placed Bray Wanderers host sixth-placed Bohs at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night.

Just two points separate the sides, with both teams among the chasing pack looking to break into the top five.

In a congested mid-table, there are just five points between Sligo Rovers in fifth and Galway United in ninth.


Bohs come into this game on the back of successive 1-0 victories against Wexford Youths and Longford Town respectively.

But Long feels there is still room for improvement as the Gypsies aim to win three league games in a row for the first time this season.

Long said: “I don’t think we’ve played particularly well in either of those games.

“Once we got the goal, we never looked like conceding. But we didn’t hit the heights we are capable of.

“We got maximum points from two games but the players are conscious that we can play better.

“We are constantly looking to improve and evolve how we play. We are definitely going to have to play better to get anything out in Bray.

“But we’re really looking forward to it. We’re going there with a bit of confidence after two wins and we are in a positive frame of mind.”

Against Harry Kenny’s Seagulls, Bohs are facing one of the league’s in-form teams.

Long added: “Since Harry came in, Bray have been on an upward curve. In Dylan Connolly, they have probably the most in-form player in the league.

“They’ve only lost once in 14 games and that was away to Cork City. That included a 0-0 draw against us, which we were very unlucky not to win.

“You’ve two teams who want to finish the season on a high. It’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be a great battle.”


Goalkeeper Shane Supple (groin) is available again for selection. Striker Izzy Akinade (illness) remains out.

Kurtis Byrne celebrates scoring 19/9/2016



Bohemians hosted relegation threatened Longford town at a chilly Dalymount Park this evening with top scorer Kurtis Byrne, proving the match winner again just like he did on Monday night.

Fresh from having recently defeated Longford’s relegation rivals, Wexford Youths, the Gypsies were looking to go 5th in the league in front of the expectant home fans, but Longford weren’t here just to make up the numbers putting on a spirited display.

The game started in typically frenetic fashion with both teams desperately looking to get the upper hand. All the action was down the Bohs left hand side with Jake Kelly seeing a lot of the ball and, as for the visitor’s, right winger Don Cowan looked like the main attacking threat.
The first chance of the game finally came in the 20th minute and fell to Kelly, who was unlucky to see his looping header just go over Ryan Coulters cross bar from a floated Kurtis Byrne cross.


There weren’t many clear-cut chances of note in the opening half hour but the hosts began getting on top with some nice sustained bouts of pressure albeit not looking threatening. But the home fans frustration didn’t last too long though when the deadlock was finally broken on the 33rd minute.

Man of the moment, Jake Kelly delivered a dangerously whipped in-swinging free kick from the right side and looked to have gone straight in without a touch but Kurtis Byrne, like all good forwards, claimed he got the faintest of touches to grab his ninth league goal of the season.

The second half started much the same as the first, Bohs looked neat and tidy in possession while the visitors, despite their hard work and endeavor, lacked a bit of quality in possession to sustain any pressure.

The game fell into a lull with neither team creating openings so both managers decided to utilize their benches to inject a bit of life into the game but it failed to materialize. A scuffed effort from Kurtis Byrne followed a David O’Sullivan header just over as the game threatened to come to life.

Just as the game was drifting to a close, Longford decided to go route one and push man mountain Yann Mvita up front as an emergency forward. The big man made his presence felt winning some flick ons, but the Bohs defence managed to deal with the threat and hold on for the win.

Longford will be glad to see the back of Bohs this season as the Gypsies maintained their good run of form against them, with Bohs having not conceded in either game this season, a 2-0 win at home and a 1-0 victory away.

Up next for the Gypsies is a tough away trip to the Carlisle Grounds were they face a spirited Bray Wanders. Meanwhile Longford host high flying Derry City at home, and with time running out to pick up valuable points in order to pull Wexford youths closer, its not looking good for Alan Mathews troops.

Bohemian FC: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Keith Buckley, Kurtis Byrne, Jake Kelly (Marco Chindea 90+1’), Paddy Kavanagh (Eoin Wearen 75’), Dean O’Halloran (Mark Quigley 70’), Ian Morris

Subs: Dean Mahon, Dan Byrne, Stephen Best, Dylan Hayes

Longford Town: Ryan Coulter, Jamie Mulhall (Noel Haverty 45’), Conor Powell, Kealan Dillon (David O’Sullivan 66’), Peter McGlynn, Don Cowan (Kaleem Simon 72’) Kevin O’Connor, Yann Mvita, Pat Flynn, Philip Gannon, Eddie Dsane

Subs: Paul Skinner, Mark Hughes, Gaius Makouta, Rhys Gorman

Booked: Noel Haverty, Eddie Dsane, Roberto Lopes

Referee: Graham Kelly

Attendance: 1158


SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday September 23 2016, 7.45pm

Bohemians are in the top half of the table for the first time this season and manager Keith Long has challenged them to stay there.

Monday’s 1-0 over Wexford Youths at Dalymount Park saw the Gypsies jump from ninth place to sixth, leapfrogging Bray Wanderers, St Patrick’s Athletic and Galway United in the process.

Now overtaking Sligo Rovers is in the Gypsies’ sights as Long looks to emulate last season’s fifth-placed league finish.

He said: “We want to stay in the top half – and climb further too. Obviously we’ve played a couple more games than St Pat’s and one more than Galway United.


“But points on the board is the most important thing. We want to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can.”

Victory against Wexford Youths came on the back of successive defeats against league leaders Dundalk and, more disappointingly, Galway United.

Errors at the back cost Bohs in the 2-0 loss away to the Tribesman.

But with a fresh centre-back pairing of Ian Morris and Derek Prendergast, Bohs looked solid in defence on Monday as they claimed their 11th clean sheet in the league this season.

Long said: “Our hand was forced on against Wexford to a certain extent.

“Stephen Best was unavailable due to a problem with his teeth and braces. Three games in eight days might have been a lot to ask of Dan Byrne too.

“Ian Morris came in and he’s an extremely experienced player. We missed Derek Prendergast’s organisational skills down in Galway too.

“It wasn’t a great game but once we got our noses in front, we looked comfortable.”

Known for his regular goal-of-the-season contenders, the game was decided by an uncharacteristic tap-in from Kurtis Byrne.

Long said: “He got a bit of help from the goalkeeper too, he was disappointed with that! We joked afterwards that he needs to get more of those.

“But Kurtis doesn’t need to prove himself to everyone. He’s our top scorer with eight in the league and 14 in all competitions.

“I think at the start of the season he would have been aiming for double figures in the league so there’s plenty of time for him to do that now and more.

“I’ve said before that he’s more of a No 10 than a No 9 but with Izzy Akinade unavailable, he’s been asked to do a different job.”

Bohs face bottom side Longford Town who, last weekend away to Finn Harps, claimed their first victory since the opening day of the season.

Long added: “It was a deserved win for them by all accounts. That will give them renewed confidence.

“They know it’s now or never for them. They’re scrapping for points. We have to be ready for that and can’t be found wanting.”


Izzy Akinade (illness) remains out and is unlikely to feature again this season. Shane Supple (groin) is a doubt, while Stephen Best (dental) returns.

Bohemians v Longford Town


Bohemians have agreed a deal with the FAI to use the Phoenix Park Fifteen Acres facility.

It marks a return for the club to the site of our foundation. On September 6th, 1890, the Bohemian Football Club was formed in the gate-lodge of the Phoenix Park.

Now, Bohemians will now see our schoolboy sections play there at Fifteen Acres having reached an agreement with the FAI.

Club President Matt Devaney believes the deal is integral to the future of the club.

He said: “We needed to have a permanent base from which, we can grow our football club from. To have this on our door-step, it’s a god-send for the club.


“We meet the FAI quite regularly and I happened to mention to Richard Fahey (FAI Director of Club Licensing and Facility Development) that we’re struggling for pitches as we’ve doubled the amount of teams we operate over the last few years.

“Richard was able to speak to John Delaney and thankfully, we’ve been able to get this all important move.

“It’s a great time for the under-age football in Ireland and it probably hasn’t got the media coverage it’s deserved. The changes to the under-age structure are a game-changer for Irish football, anyone in the SSE Airtricity League would acknowledge that.”

There are up to 12 pitches that can be used at the facility and Bohemians are set to have their small-sided games (U8-U11) on Saturdays and their 11-a-side matches (U14 and U16) played on a Sunday.

Youth Director Conor Emerson said: “This is an important part of our history as we’re rebuilding the youth section of the club.

“The SSE Airtricity League under-age structure is also a huge help to our under-age teams as we’ve been able to attract a certain standard of player.

“It won’t be long until we can offer the full path-way right through to the first-team which is really exciting. Phoenix Park is such a beautiful location which is very much in our locality with 12 full-size pitches so it’s ideal for the club to grow its youth section in.”

FAI Director of Club Licensing and Facility Development, Richard Fahey said: “We’re delighted to help Bohemians and facilitate their move to Phoenix Park.

“It is their historical home but importantly, with the expansion of their youth development and the Academy structures, myself and John Delaney believe it is vital to support their efforts in any way possible.

“We’re continuing to look at ways we can help all SSE Airtricity League clubs around the country and it’s great to get this deal completed.”

Matt Devaney and Conor Emerson at the Fifteen Acres

Bohs edge the battle at Dalymount


Kurtis Byrne was the hero for the Gypsies as they edged a hard fought battle with strugglers Wexford Youths 1-0 at Dalymount this evening, forcing home the winner on the stroke of half time.

Youths, currently second from bottom with just 12 points and looking to exact some revenge for the defeat in the Leinster Senior Cup, started much the brighter and more determined side with the right hand side pairing of Aidan Friel and Eric Molloy causing Bohs problems from the off. The visitors good start was almost in vein when Molloy could or maybe should have seen red for a dangerous high footed challenge that caught Bohs winger Dean O’Halloran on the side of the head. Referee David McKeon produced a yellow card much to his sides relief and the home fans dismay.

Bohemians, bolstered by the return of Derek Prendergast and Lorcan Fitzgerald from suspension, struggled to get a foothold in the game and dominate possession as they had done in the cup. As the half hour approached there were no real chances of note. Shane Supple was forced into a save from a long distance Friel effort, while at the other end a glancing Roberto Lopes header was well held by Graham Doyle.


Eric Molloy then had the home fans worried on the 38th minute when he hit a brilliant first time volley that rifled past Supple and just beyond the far post after Bohs failed to deal with a free kick just inside their half.

As much as Wexford were showing a physical approach, their aggression again spilled over into dangerous territory when just before half time Peter Higgins could have easily received his marching orders for a late lunge at Bohs skipper Derek Pender. The referee again decided it was just worthy of a caution.

Bohs then snatched the lead right on half time after some nice work down the right hand side by Paddy Kavanagh. The right winger delivered a dangerous cross right in the channel between defence and keeper, and Kurtis Byrne did well to get ahead of his marker and, on the stretch, his close range effort was parried in the air by Doyle, but the Bohs front man was quickest to react to poke the ball home.

Bohs started the second half with a slight change of formation, Keith Buckley moved out to the left side with O’Halloran partnering Byrne up top in a 4-4-2 formation as they began to gain more possession.

The tactical switch seemed to suit the home side with O’Hallorans pace causing all sorts of problems for the Wexford defence and could have doubled their lead on the hour mark. A neat passing move in the midfield resulted in Buckley slipping Byrne down the left hand side of the box but he was dragged his left footed shot just wide.
The physical encounter did not relent as Bohs centre half Ian Morris found himself in the book when he mistimed a last ditch tackle on Danny Furlong. This followed a good chance for the home side when Lorcan Fitzgerald delivered an in-swinging cross that Derek Prendergast was unable to guide goalwards.

The Gypsies should have killed the game off on the 77th minute from another excellently delivered Fitzgerald corner. The ball dropped just inside the far post and just as it seemed easier to score, Ian Morris somehow got his bearings all wrong and couldn’t force it over the line.

There was another moment of controversy to come right before the final whistle, Graham Doyle was adjudged to have come outside his box with the ball in his hands and didn’t release it in time. Paddy Kavanaghs resulting free kick floated over the bar, but it was certainly something you don’t see given every day.

Bohs will look to kick on from tonight’s battling performance and continue for a top half finish when they host bottom of the table Longford Town this Friday.
And with games running out quickly, Shane Keegan’s side face a must win game against Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park but if they show the same passion and determination as they did tonight points wont be that far off.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Roberto Lopes, Derek Prendergast, Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley, Kurtis Byrne (Dan Byrne), Paddy Kavanagh (Jake Kelly), Dean O’ Halloran (Mark Quigley), Ian Morris

Subs: Dean Delany, Marco Chindea, Warren O’Hora, Dylan Hayes

Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle, Lee Grace, Peter Higgins, Danny Furlong, Eric Molloy, Chris Kenny, Aiden Friel (Paul Murphy), Shane Dunne (Andy Mulligan), Stephen Last, Andrew O’Connor, Eoin Porter (Aiden Keenan)

Subs: Corey Chambers, Craig McCabe, John Bonner, Shane Dempsey

Referee: David McKeon

Attendance: 895

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