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Tuesday February 27, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Match sponsor: Arkway Refrigeration
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Bohemians welcome Derry City to Dalymount Park tomorrow looking to build on their encouraging start to the season which has seen Keith Long’s side take four points from their opening two games.

The Gypsies kicked off the 2018 season by coming from behind to claim derby-day bragging rights with a 3-1 derby victory against Shamrock Rovers.

And they had to dig deep once more in Limerick on Saturday after frustratingly falling behind against the run of play before new boy Eoghan Stokes’ late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw.

Manager Long said: “The character the team showed to dig out a result with a 90th-minute equaliser was really impressive.

“A point was the least we deserved having had the bulk of possession and looking the more likely to score throughout.


“Conditions were really difficult underfoot and the pitch was awful, which didn’t help us. But we kept going and we found a way through with Eoghan grabbing his first goal for the club on his full debut.”

Long believes his side grew in stature drawing on the support of the big vocal home crowd in their opening night win against Rovers.

And he will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow against a Derry City side who have won all of the last seven meetings between the sides since Kenny Shiels took charge at the start of the 2016 season.

He said: “This is going to be another really testing challenge for us. We face a Derry side who finished fourth last season, have some excellent players and have one of the league’s canniest managers.

“Our home support was fantastic last time out, the noise and colour generated by our fans was amazing and the players could really feed off that.

“It was great to see Dalymount packed to the rafters and we hope we can generate the type of interest there was around the Rovers game for all our home games.

“There is a lot of really good work being done in the community and behind the scenes at Bohs.

“We want to capitalise on that by delivering a team that plays for the club, plays for the jersey, plays for its community and be one that the fans can be proud of.”

But with games coming thick and fast, Long is conscious of the demands being placed on his squad – one of only two part-time set-ups in the division – and could make changes to his line-up accordingly.

He said: “It important that we can depend upon lads to step into the team and do their jobs. This midweek round of fixtures has not favoured us.

“We find ourselves playing Derry with 24 hours less recovery and preparation time than our opponents, who played in Sligo on Friday night with us playing down in Limerick on Saturday.

“It will also see us travel to Cork on Friday with another 24 hours less recovery and preparation time than Cork, who play in Sligo tonight.

“I would like to see more of a level playing field. If there are back-to-back fixtures, they should be Friday/Monday for all teams or Saturday/Tuesday for all teams irrespective of clubs’ preferred night to play home games.

“You cannot underestimate the value of 24 hours when it comes to recovery. Derry and Cork do not need any further advantage over us – they already have one by being full-time.

“Their recovery with their players is more controlled than ours and to compete on the scheduling of these games in my view hands them another advantage and is unfair, especially when you factor in we are part-time.”


Bohs continue to be without long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal), while Rob Manley (hamstring) is likely to sit this one out too.

Keith Ward (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (ankle) were late withdrawals from the squad that travelled to Limerick but both are expected to be available for selection tomorrow.

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We’re not going to get carried away after one good result”

Saturday February 24, Markets Field, 6.30pm​

While Bohemians fans have enjoyed a week of derby day bragging rights, Keith Long and his players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

Two towering headers from a dominant Dan Casey and a stunning strike from Paddy Kavanagh saw the Gypsies overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat rivals Shamrock Rovers 3-1 at Dalymount Park last Friday.

It was the perfect way to kick off the new season but as fans are still beaming a week later, manager Long and his team quickly shifted their attention to tomorrow’s tricky trip to Markets Field.

They face a Limerick side who, in new manager Tommy Barrett’s first competitive game in charge, also kicked off their 2018 campaign with three points after a 1-0 win away to Sligo Rovers last Saturday.

Manager Long said: “We’ve spoken about the need to be more consistent this season, so we’re certainly not going to get carried away after one good result.


“It was a great night for the fans, the players and everyone at the club. But you move on quickly.

“We know we will have to be fully focused for Limerick as there are no easy games, particularly now it’s a ten-team division.

“Limerick got a great win up in Sligo and kept another clean sheet having not conceded in pre-season either.

“They’ll be full of confidence, they’ve good players too, so it’s going to be a challenge and our attitude has got to be right.

“They’ve a new manager in place, it’s their first home game of season, so they will have a big crowd behind them.”

For Long, there are aspects of his team’s performance that he would like to see improve.

He said: “It wasn’t a perfect performance, there are improvements to be made. But it was the first game of the season.

“People are settling in and if you haven’t experienced the intensity of the derby before, nothing can prepare you for that and it takes time to get used to.

“What we have to do tomorrow is match the intensity of last week and try and improve our overall performance if we can.”

One player who continues to improve is 20-year-old defender Casey.

Having initially broken into the team at right-back following his arrival from Sunderland last July, it was at centre-back that he most impressed towards the end of the 2017 season.

Last week he grabbed his first two senior goals and the man-of-the-match award to cap it all off.

Long added: “I was really pleased for Dan. He’s still a young player with a lot to learn but I was delighted for him.

“He’s not the finished article yet but he has a good attitude and I believe he can become an important player for us.”


Bohs continue to be without long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) but Long has no other injury concerns.

Eoghan Stokes, Dan Casey and Oscar Brennan celebrate. Pic by Graham Keogh Hot Press


There is just over one week to enter the lastest edition of the Bohemian FC Last Man Standing Competition.

It’s just €10 to join with a guaranteed prize pot of €300!

Deadline for entries is Saturday March 3, 12.30pm.

You can sign up at

Spread the word and invite your friends to take part.

How does it work?

  • Pay your entry fee before next Saturday’s deadline.
  • Each week, simply pick ONE team to win. If your team wins, you go through – lose or draw and you’re out.
  • You cannot pick that team again during the competition.
  • If the team you picked has their game postponed, you are automatically put through to the next round. But you cannot pick that team again in the competition.
  • If you forget to pick a team, you’ll be assigned the first team alphabetically that you’ve yet to pick.
  • Player with the longest streak of predicting winning teams wins the prize of €300.
  • If two players remain and both don’t pick a winner, the pot is split.
  • Every competition has a guaranteed winner with no rollover system in place.
  • If more than two remain, everyone goes through to the next round. If all remaining players lose their match in a round together, they all go through to the next round.
Bohemians Last Man Standing


It was a perfect homecoming for Keith Buckley, who starred in Friday’s 3-1 win over Shamrock Rovers.

Jamie O’Halleron spoke to him after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.



Dan Casey was the hero of the evening, grabbing a brace of headers either side of Paddy Kavanagh’s rifled effort as Bohemians fought back from one down to give Bohs early bragging rights in the Dublin Derby.

Sold out over two weeks ago, excitement palpable, smell of chips in the air, one of the biggest rivalries in Irish football, Bohs versus Rovers at the home of Irish Football, the sense of excitement was rife in the air.

And, what a way to get the most anticipated domestic season in recent years underway! A niggly affair unfolded taking some time to get going but finally came to life when Dinny Corcoran found himself with five yards of space inside the box from a Ward corner.

Bohs top-scorer from last season, seemed to have too much time, wildly swinging his left foot, making no contact. The Gypsies were made to pay for the glaring miss when the visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute.


Greg Bolger floated in a free kick from midfield, Gary Shaw won the initial header and Graham Burke produced a spectacular overhead kick that left Shane Supple with no chance.

Unfortunately for the midfielder, his effort rebounded off the post to the grateful Ronan Finn, who happily volleyed home with his left foot.

Bohs started the second half much better and should have equalised minutes into the half. Corcoran laid off well to Ward, who stumbled through a couple of challenges but dragged his shot wide of the near post, should have hit the target at least. The introduction of Eoghan Stokes coincided with the home side building some momentum and in the 73rd minute got the equaliser they deserved.

Dan Casey’s bullet header levelled things up as Dalymount began to rock. Not resting on their laurels, Bohs pushed forward for another.

Supple’s long clearance was well flicked on by Brennan and Kavanagh raced clear, hammering home past the helpless Horgan.

Two became three minutes later when Dan Casey got his second of the game, looping his header over Horgan, who was caught in the middle of nowhere, after Grace made a mess of his clearance.

It finished 3-1 to the home side as chants of “We are top of the league” rang around Dalymount.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley

Subs: Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Colin McCabe, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Shamrock Rovers: Kevin Horgan, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Gary Shaw, Ally Gilchrist, Joel Coustrain, Graham Burke

Subs: Tomer Checinski, Daniel Carr, David McAllister, Joseph O’Brien, Sean Boyd, Aaron Bolger, Sam Bone

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division


For those who couldn’t buy or renew a season ticket before last night’s Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers game sold out, we are truly sorry.

Demand for tickets was unprecedented and we had no choice but to suspend sales.

They are now back on sale – minus the price of a match ticket at and directly from Dalymount Park.

  • Adult €205. ⇓ €15
  • Student/Senior €135. ⇓ €10
  • U18 €105. ⇓ €5

For those of you who joined us at Dalymount Park for the first time last night, we hope you enjoyed the game, the atmosphere and, of course, the result.

If you did, don’t make it a one-off visit. Come and join us again at the People’s Club.

(2018 membership sign-ups and Junior Gypsies have also gone back on sale.)

Bohemians fans at last night's game. By INPHO/Gary Carr


After a 3-1 comeback win over Shamrock Rovers last night in Dalymount, Jamie O’Halleron spoke to Keith Long after the game and reflected on what was a satisfying League opener.

Filmed by Sean De Faoite


Friday February 16 2018, Dalymount Park

Please note earlier kick-off time of 7.30pm

Bohemians host old rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park in tomorrow’s SSE Airtricity League opener with both sides looking to ignore the hype and do their talking on the pitch.

Unprecedented demand saw the home fans’ allocation to this fixture sell out two weeks in advance, while the away end followed suit shortly afterwards.

It’s the first time since 2005 that the opening night fixtures have thrown up the Dublin Derby. On that occasion, Bohs and Rovers played out a 1-1 draw at Dalymount.

The build-up in recent weeks has been dominated by a sense of anticipation among both sets of supporters and Bohs manager Keith Long acknowledged: “This fixture is a great way to start the league campaign.


“The sell-out signs have been up in Dalymount Lane for two weeks, which is great to see. It’s just a pity Dalymount no longer has the capacity of years gone – there has been massive interest.

“It’s a big occasion for the supporters and everyone involved with both clubs. But for both sets of players, it’s about getting it right on the pitch.

“Our players have worked hard in pre-season and we believe they will be focused and disciplined in their approach.”

As well as putting the hard yards in on the training ground, Long and his backroom team have worked tirelessly over the closed season to strengthen a squad that had to contend with some high-profile departures such as Ismahil Akinade to Waterford as well as the sales of rising stars Fuad Sule and Warren O’Hora to Barnet and Brighton respectively.

​Even today, Long, despite strong competition, was busy finalising a deal to bolster his attacking options with the arrival of 21-year-old striker Eoghan Stokes (above) from Leeds.

Subject to international clearance, he will go straight into tomorrow’s matchday squad.

The former St Kevin’s Boys frontman joins Darragh Leahy (Coventry City), JJ Lunney (St Pat’s), Rob Manley (UCD), Ryan Swan (Cabinteely), Dylan Watts (Leicester, loan) among the new faces at the club.

But there are some familiar faces making a welcome return too with Keith Buckley (Bray Wanderers), Kevin Devaney (Galway United) and Karl Moore (Bray Wanderers) all rejoining a squad that retained most of its key men from last season.

Looking forward to his fourth season at the helm, Long said: “It’s opening night, with new arrivals at both clubs, so there is change and it will take time for new players to settle.”

These old foes met three times in the league last season with Rovers winning the first two before Bohs claimed the spoils in the sides’ final meeting in Tallaght Stadium.

The bookies once again have Rovers as favourites, but Long remains undeterred.

He added: “It’s no secret that we don’t have the resources that they have, we have tended to go into games against Rovers as underdogs.

“But we can enjoy that tag a little bit too and try use it to our advantage and have our supporters behind us.

“That bond between players and fans is something I’ve preached about since coming in, that was key for us last year.

“There was a definite connection there. Even when we were under pressure, fans didn’t waver.

“That helps players grow in stature and we’ll need that for this game as well as every other one this year.

“It’s an even more competitive league now. We’re not fazed by that but we will need that support again every step of the way.”


Long’s pre-season preparations were rocked by a double blow to his attacking options.

First, Ryan Swan suffered a torn cruciate, which could rule him out for the majority of the season.

Then that loss was compounded with Cristian Magerusan fracturing his metatarsal.

But Long has acted quickly to bolster his front line with the additions of Rob Manley (UCD) and Eoghan Stokes (Leeds).

Eoghan Morgan


Club member and volunteer Dave Lane has organised a fan clean-up day tomorrow morning at Dalymount Park, 11am.

Your assistance in getting Dalymount in shape for the new season is greatly appreciated.

Jobs include:
- Power washing of seats
- Re-bolting of seats
- Removal of debris in Jodi Stand/Des Kelly Stand
- Weeding of Tramway End

Equipment required includes brushes, garden gloves, shears etc.

If you are able to assist, please mail and we will pass your details on to Dave.



Bohemians have been drawn at home to Cabinteely in the first round of the EA Sports Cup.

The game will take place on Monday March 5 at Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

The sides met in the same round last year, with Steven Nolan’s goal giving the Gypsies a 1-0 at Dalymount.

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