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“OUR DAY HAS TO COME MORE OFTEN THAN IT HAS DONE”

​WATERFORD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday July 6 2018, The RSC, 7.45pm

Bohemians have shown they are a match for any team on their day but manager Keith Long has challenged them for that day ‘to come more often than it has done.’

Tomorrow, they face a team flying high in third place but who can count themselves fortunate to have taken six points from their two previous meetings against the Gypsies this season.

Bohs have been on the wrong side of two 1-0 scorelines against the Blues. In the RSC in March, the Gypsies were architects of their own downfall as a mistake at the back allowed Sander Puri claim all three points.

More frustratingly, some questionable officiating decisions, a sucker-punch from Courtney Duffus and an inability to convert chances into goals combined to see Bohs lose when the sides met again in Dalymount in May in a game they dominated.

Tomorrow, Bohs will look to claim their first points against Waterford this season but they face a side who have strengthened further with the additions of Angola international Carlos Wilson as well as Ireland underage internationals Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba.

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Bohs on the other hand have to contend with the loss of Dylan Watts after the playmaker’s loan deal and contract with parent club Leicester City expired.

Long said: “Dylan is a big loss for us, there’s no shying away from that. He’s been an exciting player to watch and we’ll miss him. But we’ll be working hard to strengthen in areas if we can.

“Waterford have already strengthened again this month, bringing in players with a good pedigree.

“They’ve good resources behind them – resources we’d be envious of. I don’t say that begrudgingly, it’s good for the league to have a strong Waterford team but it makes the challenge for us even greater.

“They’re in a good position in the league and have proved difficult opposition for any team this season.

“But we have shown on our day that we are a match for anyone. But our day has to come more often than it has done.

“We’re going down buoyed by winning a Dublin derby though and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Bohs had goalkeeper Shane Supple and a wonder goal from Kevin Devaney to thank for their day coming last Friday.

Outplayed by St Pat’s for the opening half-hour or so, Supple was called into action more often than he would have liked to keep the score level before Devaney conjured up a bit of magic to fire home the game’s decisive goal from 35 yards out.

For a team who can feel hard-done-by with some results this season, getting the three points on board was the most important thing.

Long added: “It was an important win. We’re getting towards the business end of the season so every win is important and every point matters.

“We were fortunate to have been scoreless when we took the lead.

“We were frustrated by our performance in the first half, it was a strange half. We were very slow to start playing, the heat and fact it was first game back after a week off might have played a part there.

“But we coughed up far too many chances for St Pat’s and we had some great saves from Shane and some last-gasp clearances from Derek Pender and Co to thank for keeping us in the game.

“We rode our luck, on another day we could have been three down. But it was a beautiful goal – something out of nowhere – by Kevin Devaney and it was worthy of winning any game.

“We made a couple of tactical and positional changes at half-time that saw us improve in the second half but the important thing was we found a way to score and we found a way to win.

“If you contrast that to our previous game two weeks previously where we went down to Cork, conceded in the 89th minute and were desperately unlucky to come away with nothing, then you can you can say we deserved some good fortune last week. We were delighted with the result, if not the performance.

“As I said last week, if we produce that performance in Cork every week, we’ll be fine.”

TEAM NEWS

Loanee Dylan Watts played his last game for the club against St Pat’s after his loan deal and contract with Leicester City expired.

There were two late withdrawals ahead of last week’s game. Dinny Corcoran (groin) remains a doubt, but Keith Buckley (bug) returns.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

“THE LADS HAVE COME BACK DETERMINED TO PUSH FORWARD”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League
Friday June 29, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long believes Bohemians are back from the mid-season break refreshed and determined to put on a performance in front of their home fans.

The Gypsies went into the brief break on the back of two defeats, but two contrasting performances.

A 2-0 loss in what was a frustrating display at home to Derry City three weeks ago was followed up with a much-improved outing away to champions Cork City a week later.

But, agonisingly, Long’s side ended up empty-handed again after a last-gasp winner for John Caulfield’s team.

Long said: “I thought we were very good in Cork. It was necessary that we put in a performance after we felt we let ourselves down against Derry.

“We were very unlucky down in Cork. We had a goal disallowed and a one cleared off the line.

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“Conceding so late in the game was very disappointing. But overall it was a good performance.

“If we play like that every week, we will be fine. But we all know we have to be more consistent.”

While Long was disappointed with some recent results, opposite number Liam Buckley will also be frustrated with his side’s recent form, which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table.

But Long is only concerned with improving the form of his own team, which has been buoyed by the return to fitness of Darragh Leahy and Karl Moore.

Long said: “The break has maybe come at a good time for St Pat’s too as they’d lost five in a row before that.

“But we can only focus on ourselves. Our lads have gone away for a few days and they’re back determined and with a renewed energy to push forward.

“We know we have to be better on the pitch. But everyone is back looking forward to that challenge. They’re chomping at the bit.

“With the league going to ten teams this year, this was always going to be tough.

“Other clubs have increased budgets exponentially. We knew it was going to be a challenging season.

“But we’re not going to shy away from that challenge – we’re looking forward to it.”

As Irish temperatures today soared to 30 degrees again today, Long hopes football fans will take advantage of the first break day in the World Cup to come along to Dalymount for a Dublin derby.

He added: “It’s going to be a great evening for football. Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd in early.

“We want to give our fans something to shout about and repay the faith they’ve shown in us.

“Our home form has let us down at times and that’s something we are striving to put right.”

Darragh Leahy (knee), Karl Moore (ankle) and Colin McCabe (shoulder) are all available for selection once more.

Cristian Magerusan, out with a broken metatarsal since pre-season, played 45 minutes and scored for the U19s in a friendly against Glentoran on Saturday as he continues his recovery.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

VIDEO: BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION/LORD MAYOR’S AWARDS

The following video was used at the Lord Mayor’s Awards to illustrate the work in the community being undertaken by the Bohemian Foundation.

Reproduced with thanks to the Lord Mayor’s office.

BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION HONOURED AT LORD MAYOR’S AWARDS

The Bohemian Foundation was honoured by outgoing Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha at the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Awards at the Mansion House for their continued excellent work on behalf of Bohemians in the community.

The Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the North Dublin community.

Its many programmes include walking football for both the elderly and disabled, prison rehabilitation initiatives and numeracy classes for children.

The strides made by the Foundation’s volunteers in recent years were key to securing funding from European Regional Development Fund’s Ireland-Wales Programme.

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The funding, through the More Than A Club Programme partnership with the FAI, is intended to build on the success of the Foundation and enable it to both consolidate and expand its reach throughout our community with the significant help of two full-time staff, Carina O’Brien and Shane Fox, and part-time staff Ger Coughlan.

Bohemian Foundation co-founders Thomas Hynes and Chris Brien accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Hynes said: “We are very proud to accept this award on behalf of our friends, who help the Foundation carry out our work in the community.

“For any organisation to succeed and grow in the manner the Bohemian Foundation has, you need the right people in the right place at the right time and we are lucky to have that in abundance.

“I would like to thank Dublin City Councillor Larry O’Toole, Jack Gleeson of the Northside People and Denis Cruise, a great friend and supporter.

“Our volunteers – the likes of Dave Woods, Bohemians first-team players Shane Supple and Oscar Brennan – give so much of their time to our prison and schools projects.

“Three of our fellow directors could not be with us at the ceremony. One is comedian John Colleary, who has created innovative programmes for Mountjoy Prison and Focus Ireland, while Stephen Burke and Jeff Conway are in Holland with the Foundation’s 7-a-side team representing Ireland in a European tournament for foundations, which we won last year.”

Brien added: “We thank Mícheál for this award. The Bohemian Football Club asks the community for its support so it is only right that the club supports the community.

“That is why the Bohemian Foundation was set up. Because of the work to date, we have been the recipients of support from the FAI and the European Regional Fund by way of them providing two full-time and one part-time staff to help with our work.

“Carina O’Brien, and her colleagues Shane and Ger, will allow us to extend our reach within the community and expand our programmes over the next 12 months.

“We are continuing as before, but also commencing new programmes.

“We will continue our walking football and our work with the School Completion Programme and with the Department of Justice working with children at risk of becoming involved in crime. We will carry on working in Mountjoy Prison and commence new initiatives in Dochas Women’s Prison.

“Beyond that, we have commenced Double Club football numeracy programme for fourth class primary school children and the Run the Club programme for transition year students as well as Football Memories tea mornings for people with early dementia and memory loss.

“We have a busy year ahead but one we’re looking forward to with great excitement and positivity.”

Everyone at Bohemians wishes to extend our congratulations to all who volunteer and work on behalf of the Bohemian Foundation. We are extremely grateful for all your efforts on behalf of the club and our community.

WATCH: Bohemian Foundation video

LISTEN: Carina O’Brien on SSE Airtricity League podcast (ITunes or Soundcloud

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BOHS SUMMER CAMPS

WHERE? 

Inspire Fitness Centre, Ratoath Rd, Cabra, Dublin 7

WHEN?

  • Camp 1: Mon July 9 – Thursday July 12 (10am – 2pm)
  • Camp 2 Mon July 16 – Thursday July 19 (10am – 2pm)

COST?

  • €60 per camp
  • €90 for both camps

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Packed lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sun screen

COACHES INCLUDE

  • Ian Morris
  • Dan Casey
  • Eoghan Stokes
  • Danny Grant
  • Oscar Brennan

Email name/age/camp(s) to youths@bohemians.ie

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FANTASY FOOTBALL PRIZES SOUGHT!

Club Member Tim Morris will be running the Bohemian FC Fantasy Football competition again this year.

Over the last seven years, it has raised close to €15,000 for the club.

This competition is in the top 3 Irish paid fantasy football leagues and attracts entries from all corners of Ireland and beyond.

A key component in attracting entries is the large number of monthly/Xmas prizes on offer. If these prizes had to be funded from entry fees, it would considerably reduce the amount of money raised.

If you or your company/bar/restaurant/shop/golf club etc (or that of a friend/contact) can sponsor a prize please email Tim at fantasyfootball@bohemians.ie.

Significant positive publicity will ensue for sponsors (on poster, in matchday programme and emails to the expected 160+ participants).

Prizes needn’t be exorbitant – vouchers with a value starting at €20/25 will suffice.

The types of prizes in recent years included golf four-balls,games of footee, meals and cinema tickets.

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“We can’t shy away from where we are”

​CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
Friday June 15 2018, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians they need more than fighting spirit to steer clear of danger this season.

A below-par performance in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Derry City leaves the Gypsies in seventh place, three points above the play-off zone.

Things don’t get any easier as they travel to Turner’s Cross to face top-of-the-table Cork City.

Long said: “Cork is a very tough place to go. We’re playing against the champions and they’re a really strong side.

“It was a disappointing performance last Friday and a tough defeat to take.

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“But we’re not going down feeling sorry for ourselves – we’re going down with the aim of getting something from the game.”

Bohs’ fighting spirit this season has been rightly lauded.

They have come from behind to earn points seven times – three wins (Shamrock Rovers twice and Bray) and four draws (Limerick twice, St Pat’s and Shamrock Rovers).

But last Friday it was too little, too late. JJ Lunney’s 86th-minute goal gave the Gypsies a sniff of snatching a point.

But the damage was already done in the first half when Derry scored twice in the space of three minutes and Bohs struggled to get back into the game thereafter.

Such defensive frailties have seen the Gypsies fall behind in games far too often for Long’s liking.

He said: “We can’t shy away from where we are.

“We need to be better from the start and stop giving ourselves an uphill battle in every game

“We’ve been praised for our fighting spirit this season but people who went to Dalymount last week would not have seen that from us.

“We need to build on having a never-say-die attitude anyway. We have to become more difficult to play against and stop conceding.

“If we keep things tight at the back, we’re in completely different territory. We have a chance of nicking a goal and getting a result.”

TEAM NEWS

Both Darragh Leahy (knee) and Karl Moore (ankle) are back training but this game will come too soon for them.

They are targeting a return after the mid-season break when St Patrick’s Athletic come to Dalymount Park on June 29.

Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

BOHS PAST AND PRESENT STAR ON NEW SHOW

Hosted by our friends and sponsors at The Back Page, Bohemians first-team players Dylan Watts and Keith Ward joined our former star man Joey Ndo and our new poet in residence John Cummins on the first very first episode of RTÉ Sport’s The Sport Show.

Check it out here on the RTÉ Player.

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BUS TO CORK

The Bohs supporters’ bus is bound for Turner’s Cross on Friday.

  • Departs: 2.30m sharp (from Dalymount/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Fare: €25
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place
  • Match tickets (Cork advise buying in advance).
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“We have to play to our maximum”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
Friday June 8 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians they need to be at the top of their game when Derry City come to Dalymount Park tomorrow.

Early-season form has deserted the Candystripes of late and they have won just once in their last eight league games.

But given Bohs’ record against Derry in recent seasons, they cannot afford to take them lightly.

Long said: “They’ve done well against us but that doesn’t come into it, it’s all about tomorrow night’s game.

“We know we have to be at our very best against a good team with good players. We have to play to our maximum in order for us to win the game.

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“They are fourth in the table for a reason and will come to Dalymount confident despite their recent run.”

Bohs come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw in Limerick last week.

The Gypsies struggled to get a hold of the game in the first half and had goalkeeper Shane Supple to thank for keeping the score down to 1-0 at half-time.

But the introduction of Paddy Kirk at left-back and Ian Morris moving to midfield after the break settled things down and Dan Casey’s third goal of the season saw them earn a point.

Long said: “Limerick really was a game of two halves. They’ll feel they should have been further ahead going in at the break.

“We changed things around at half-time and the balance of the team was better.

“We could have stolen the game in the end but we were disappointed with the first-half performance.”

Long was more enthused by the midweek display of his young guns against a strong Dundalk side in the Leinster Senior Cup, however.

On Tuesday night, an experimental Bohs side, which contained six players (Ali Reghba, Danny Grant, Dylan Thornton, Luke Nolan, Mitch Byrne and Steven Nolan) starting the Leaving Cert the following day, gave a good account of themselves, taking the lead before eventually losing out 3-1.

Long added: “It was a brilliant performance for what was, with the exception of JJ Lunney, Paddy Kirk and Rob Manley, effectively an U19 team against a Dundalk side that had experienced first-teamers players.

“They were excellent for 60 minutes but just ran out of legs.

“We suffer by not having a reserve league to bridge that gap between U19 and Premier Division football, so we have to use games like these to test players.

“The game was played at a tempo they wouldn’t be used to at U19 level so it was a great opportunity to expose them to a team of Dundalk’s calibre.

“They coped well and the experience will stand to them in their development as players.”

TEAM NEWS

Oscar Brennan (suspension) and Keith Buckley (groin) return.

Colin McCabe (shoulder), Karl Moore (ankle), Darragh Leahy (knee), Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

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