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“We can’t go looking ahead dreaming of a cup run without overcoming Wexford first”

WEXFORD FC v BOHEMIAN FC
IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP Rd 1
Friday August 10 2018, Ferrycarrig Park, 8pm

Keith Long says Bohemians need look no further than the league’s form team to realise the potential pitfalls of cup football.

Dundalk, on the back of winning 11 Premier Division games in a row, travelled to St Colman’s Park on Monday where nobody gave Cobh Ramblers a chance in their EA Sports Cup semi-final.

But the Lilywhites came away empty-handed after Stephen Henderson’s Ramblers proved that the romance of cup football is very much alive as their famous 1-0 win secured a place in a senior cup final for the first time in the club’s history.

There was a sense of relief among Bohs fans that their opponents at the first hurdle of this year’s FAI Cup were not another Premier Division side.

Keith Long’s side haven’t had much luck with FAI Cup draws in recent years – they’ve played four ties in the past three years, all of which have been against Premier Division opposition.

As fans covet a much sought-after cup run, Long and his players travel south to Ferrycarrig Park as strong favourites but he insists they are looking no further than tomorrow’s opposition.

He said: “We can’t go looking ahead dreaming of a cup run without overcoming Wexford first.

“You only have to look at Cobh beating Dundalk on Monday to know the dangers of cup football.

“You have to give the opposition the respect they deserve and prepare correctly. We’ll be going down having prepared for this game professionally as we would any other.”

But while Long has understandably urged caution, he has fair reason to be confident too.

Bohs have found their scoring touch in recent weeks with 6-0 and 5-0 wins over Bray Wanderers and Limerick respectively.

Long said: “It wasn’t just the scorelines that were pleasing but the overall manner of those performances.

“We had a guile about our play to try get ahead in games and smelt blood and went for it when it was appropriate to do so.

“We were ruthless and clinical but disciplined in our play also. The attitude of the players was spot on.

“Goals were spread around the team which was pleasing to see. Dinny Corcoran is obviously our No 9, our talisman. But we’ve had others in various positions chipping in too which is necessary.

“We’ve the likes of Danny Grant enjoying a good spell for us and Cristian Magerusan is knocking on the door too after coming back from injury set-backs.”

Grant and Magerusan were on the scoresheet for the Bohemians U19s on Tuesday night as they beat Limerick 4-1 away in the Enda McGuill Cup semi-final.

The other two goalscorers on the night – captain Andy Lyons and Steven Nolan – have also featured for the first team and that victory set up a Dublin derby Enda McGuill Cup final against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Tuesday September 4.

Long added: “It’s important that we are challenging at U19 level and have players coming through our partnership U17 and U15 teams with St Kevin’s too.

“We’ve been able to bring Andy through in recent weeks when Derek Pender has been suspended and he did very well at right-back.

“We want to be able to afford them the opportunity in the first team but it has to be right for the balance of the first team too and it was on that occasion.

“I’m pleased that we are in a position now that some of our U19s are really asking a lot of questions of the players in our first team.

“It’s a positive situation to be in. Our U19s train alongside the first team at Blanchardstown so we regularly move players across to first-team training to see where they’re at.

“It’s good for the culture at the club for our underage players to see there’s a pathway there and it’s important for their development coming up against experienced players in training too.”

TEAM NEWS

Rob Cornwall (hamstring) looks set to miss out again, while Ian Morris (back) is a doubt. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

GOLF OUTING: THURSDAY AUGUST 23

THURSDAY AUGUST 23 2018
ST MARGARET’S GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, 1.30pm

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APOLOGY: CUP JERSEY DELAY

We regret to inform supporters that Hummel has advised that they are unable to meet the deadline previously agreed for the delivery of the fans’ special edition FAI Cup jerseys.

The supporters’ jerseys will not arrive in time for Friday’s FAI Cup game away to Wexford.

We are awaiting further updates from Hummel and will provide more details as soon as we get them.

Tom Sinclair, Hummel’s Sport Market Manager for UK and Ireland, has guaranteed that the players’ kits will arrive in time for the team to wear on Friday.

We wish to apologise for this delay to all those who have placed orders. These circumstances are beyond our control.

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SUPPORTERS’ BUS TO WEXFORD

It’s FAI Cup week!‬ The Bohs supporters’ bus is bound for Ferrycarrig Park this Friday where we will face Wexford.‬

  • ‪Meet: 3.30pm. Departs: 4pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)‬
  • ‪Kick-off: 8pm‬
  • ‪Fare: €20‬
  • ‪Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.‬
Kalonas with FAI Cup in 2008

HIGHLIGHTS: BOHEMIANS 5 LIMERICK 0

Courtesy of Soccer Republic. Watch the full show on the RTÉ Player.

Five-star Bohs put 10-man Limerick to the sword

BOHEMIANS 5 LIMERICK 0

As close to a relegation six-pointer you can get at this stage of the season prior to kick off, an understandable and tetchy opening was to be expected as neither side wanted to give up too much, too early.

But it was the visitors who looked more assured in possession and had the better e to take the lead. The combative Conor Ellis looked a constant threat and should have put his side in front following Karl O’Sullivans trickery down the right wing. The pacey wingers cross was only half dealt with and the ball fell invitingly to the left foot of the Limerick front man who took a wild swipe with his left foot and sent the ball over the bar.

This miss was to prove costly as the home side settled into the game taking the lead just before the half hour mark. Following some smart play down the left, the always impressive Darragh Leahy, cleverly cut the ball back to Keith Ward from the end line. The creative midfielder then saw his chipped cross blocked which in turn sent the ball looping in the air. Leahy reacted quickest and headed across the face of the goal to the grateful Kevin Devaney to nod home from point blank range.

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The home side then doubled their lead shortly after through a beautifully swept finish from 25 yards out by JJ Lunney, as the Gypsies ended the half in clinical fashion

Keith Longs troops had a number of chances to kill the game off as the second half progressed. Ward and Corcoran both had gone close from the edge of the area just before a goal of the season contender from Keith Buckley looked to kill the contest off. Kevin Devaney cut inside onto his right foot looking to get a strike away but was eventually crowded out. He then opted to lay it off to midfielder Buckley, who proceeded to hammer home a thunderbolt of a strike from all of 30 yards.

Substitute Danny Grant made an instant impact slotting home the fourth from Wards clever cut back, after Corcoran had initially hit the post, as Bohs went into cruise control.

Bohs added a fifth from the penalty spot, just before the end. Grant was picked out by Corcorans through ball but just as he looked to finish, was hauled down by Coleman Hennessy, who inevitably received his marching orders for the challenge. Up stepped Eoghan Stokes to calmly slot home and make it five on a wonderful night for the Phibsboro faithful.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Ian Morris, Dan Casey, Darragh Leahy, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Dinny Corcoran

Subs: Sean Bohan, Dan Byrne, Andy Lyons, Oscar Brennan, Daniel Grant, Eoghan Stokes, Cristian Magerusan

Limerick FC: Tommy Holland, Shaun Kelly, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan, Conor Ellis, Killian Brouder, William Fitzgerald, Billy Dennehy, Karl O’Sullivan, Darren Murphy, Barry Maguire

Subs: Jack Brady, Danny Morrissey, Tomas O’Connor, Col Walsh-O’Loughlin, Adam Foley, Jason Cross, Coleman Hennessy

Referee: Derek Tomney

Keith Buckley celebrates his goal by A. Baldiemann

KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was another big win for Bohs last night, beating Limerick 5-0. Keith Long was in ebullient mood, speaking to Jamie O’Halleron after the game.

Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

KEITH WARD POST-MATCH

Keith Ward starred in Bohs’ 5-0 victory over Limerick on Friday, and although he wasn’t among the goals, he was buzzing after the full-time whistle.

Jamie O’Halleron caught up with him after the game. FIlmed by Sean De Faoite.

“We will be doing our utmost to come out on top”

BOHEMIANS v LIMERICK
Friday August 8 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Match sponsor: Madhouse - based on the true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher
Matchball sponsor: Tom Geraghty

Keith Long has warned Bohemians to expect a battle when Limerick come to Dalymount Park tonight.

The Gypsies are currently in seventh place, four points ahead of Tommy Barrett’s side who are ninth and in the play-off spot.

A win for Bohs would see them open up a healthy seven-point gap between them and the Shannonsiders.

But defeat would see the margin whittled down to a solitary point and have Long’s men looking nervously over their shoulders.

Long said: “There has been nothing between the sides this season with the three previous games finishing in draws and there is very little between the teams in terms of league standings either, so this game could prove very important in the context of our season.

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“Limerick have, along with Bray Wanderers, been in the news for the wrong reasons so you have to admire the way Tommy and his players have focused on football and have picked up some impressive results since we last met.

“We will be doing our utmost to come out on top following Sunday’s defeat in Dundalk.

“Limerick have a 48-hour advantage on us in terms of recovery but we have prepared well this week and everyone is looking forward to the challenge.”

Bohs bounced back from an uninspiring 3-0 defeat against Sligo Rovers three weeks ago with a thumping 6-0 defeat of Bray a fortnight ago.

Not many gave the Gypsies a chance when they travelled to Oriel Park last Sunday. They lost the game 2-0 for the Lilywhites’ 11th league victory in a row but Long was pleased with his team’s efforts.

He said: “The performance in Dundalk was good. The lads worked extremely hard against the division’s top side.

“We were arguably the better side for the first 30 minutes. We played some good attacking football and matched Dundalk in every area.

“We created chances, which we didn’t take. When you’re in the ascendancy, you need to capitalise which we didn’t.

“Unfortunately we conceded a goal from a corner and what looked to me a dubious enough penalty in the second half.

“But to their credit, the players never stopped trying and we almost got back in the game with 10 minutes remaining when Keith Ward hit the foot of the post and then saw another effort cleared off the line.”

TEAM NEWS

Striker Ryan Masterson comes into the squad having been signed last week.

Skipper Derek Pender is available for selection after serving his two-match ban.

He will vie for a place at right-back with Andy Lyons, who turned 18 yesterday, impressing in his absence.

Rob Cornwall (hamstring), a late withdrawal against Dundalk, remains a doubt.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Another notable absentee from the squad will be Paddy Kavanagh, who has left the club by mutual consent after four and a half years with the club.

Long added: “Paddy Kavanagh has this week left the club and I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Paddy for all his efforts during my tenure at Dalymount.

“Paddy is a great guy and was a key member of the squad very popular amongst the players and staff alike. We wish him well for the future.”

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“We need to find that level of consistency”

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE
Sunday July 29, Oriel Park, 7pm

K[/toggle]eith Long has warned Bohemians that Dundalk will not allow their European campaign distract them from the task at hand at Oriel Park tomorrow.

After drawing the first leg of their Europa League qualifying tie against AEK Larnaca 0-0, talk has already turned to Thursday’s return leg in Cyprus.

But Long said: “They’re not a team that takes their eye off the ball.

“Obviously they have the second leg of their European tie to look forward to next week, but their focus will be on this game.

“It’s going to be tough up there as it is for all teams. We’ll be the underdogs but we’re not going up there to make up the numbers.

“We’ve worked hard all week and we’re going up to Dundalk to try and get something out of the game.”

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The Gypsies come into this buoyed by last week’s 6-0 drubbing of Bray Wanderers – Bohs’ biggest league win in 17 years when they beat UCD by the same scoreline.

It was the perfect response having slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Sligo Rovers a week previously.

Long said: “We played really well and should have scored more.

“It was an excellent performance. I saw Bray last night and Cork in some ways laboured to a 3-1 victory so we can be very pleased with how we fared.

“There is still a lot to play for this season. If we can perform to the level we performed last week, then we we can feel confident.

“If we play like we did two weeks ago against Sligo, then we’ll make things difficult for ourselves.

“We need to find that level of consistency, which has been our problem this year.

“But we’re going from playing the division’s bottom side to playing one of if not the division’s top side.

“Dundalk have no real weaknesses. They’re very strong and very committed throughout their team.”

While Daniel Kelly grabbed the headlines last week with two goals against his former club in his first start for Bohs, Long was keen to praise the efforts of debutant Andy Lyons.

Lyons, who turns 18 on Thursday, deputised in place of suspended captain Derek Pender and gave an accomplished performance at right-back.

Long added: “Andy came from St Joseph’s through to captaining our U17s and U19s. He has done very well for us.

“He’s been in and around the first team for a while and with Derek suspended, we felt it was the right game to give him his chance.

“Obviously tomorrow’s game is a different level of opposition and will be a real test but he can be pleased with how he did last week.”

TEAM NEWS

Derek Pender (suspended) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are out. Eoghan Stokes (knee) – a late withdrawal last week – is available for selection.

Striker Ryan Masterson signed for the club yesterday but his registration has not come through in time for him to feature tomorrow.

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