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“I’ve been other places with bigger resources and more money, but it’s the value of the people. There’s good people at Bohemians and that makes it a good place to be.”

Here’s some listening for your lunch break today ahead of tonight’s visit of Cork City to Dalymount Park.

Bohemians assistant manager Trevor Croly was in studio for this week’s eir/Irish Independent LOI Weekly podcast with Johnny Ward and Dan McDonnell.

He gives a great insight into working behind the scenes alongside Keith Long, the ethos of the management team and the club, reveals the differences between working at Bohs and other clubs… and slags off Shane Supple’s dress sense.

If you have an hour or so to spare, we highly recommend that you check it out.

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Johny Ward, Trevor Croly and Daniel McDonnell

“The challenge for us all is to reproduce that intensity and create more nights like those”

BOHEMIANS v CORK CITY
Friday April 20, Dalymount Park, 8pm
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Keith Long says Bohemians have to be at their best on and off the pitch to get a result when champions Cork City come to Dalymount Park tomorrow.

Bohs have pulled off surprise results against the Leesiders in the past – they ended their 22-match unbeaten run last season.

But Long is always at pains to point out that past results and performances count for nothing.

Long said: “We’re playing the double winners so everything has to be right – both performance and atmosphere.

“Cork are champions for a reason. If you’re not ready for them, they will punish you.”

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Long is keen to emphasise how the support his players receive from the stands can also play a huge part in helping them over the line when a game is in the balance.

He said: “Our crowd out in Tallaght last week was excellent. The scenes at the end between players and fans were beautiful.

“You close your eyes at the end when the winner went in and listen to the noise. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what you want from football.

“But you can’t dwell on that. The challenge for us all is to reproduce that intensity and create more nights like those.

“We need our fans behind us, particularly when it’s 0-0, if you’re a goal down or if the game is in the balance. That’s when we need our fans the most.

“That’s what we had out in Tallaght and that encouragement helped us get over the line at the very end.

“We need that again at Dalymount tomorrow night.”

The Gypsies come into this game on the back of yet another hectic schedule.

Last Friday, they claimed Dublin Derby bragging rights with a 99th-minute winner to beat Shamrock Rovers 2-1 in Tallaght.

The intensity of that battle took its toll on Long’s men who faced a daunting trip to face a bullish Derry City in the Brandywell three nights later.

The Candystripes have had Bohs’ number in recent seasons, winning the previous eight meetings between the sides.

And Kenny Shiels’ in-form side made it five wins from five at the refurbished Brandywell this season with a 3-1 win.

Long said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game from the outset.

“We felt we needed to make five changes from the side played in Tallaght as the intensity of that game is hard to recover from in three days.

“That’s why you have a squad – you have to change things around as it’s a hectic schedule this season – as it is for all teams – and players don’t always have the time to recover.

“And Derry have some excellent players. They’re on a good run of form and have used the return to the Brandywell to their advantage.

“We conceded a bad goal and then conceded straight after the red card for Paddy Kavanagh.

“We created chances ourselves too though – Dinny Corcoran had two good opportunities to score at 2-1 and Eoghan Stokes had one also.

“Then when you’re chasing the equaliser, especially with ten men, you’re vulnerable at the back and Derry get the third in injury time.

“That’s the third time that’s happened to us this season, conceding after 90 minutes when chasing an equaliser.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) is still a doubt, while Paddy Kavanagh is suspended after being sent off against Derry City.

Oscar Brennan (ankle) remains out alongside long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate).

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“we can’t afford to get carried away by one result”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
Monday April 16 2018
The Brandywell, 7.45pm

With fans still beaming after Friday’s Dublin Derby win, boss Keith Long and his team immediately switched attention to tomorrow’s trip to face Derry City.

In an excellent team performance against Shamrock Rovers, the Gypsies netted in the ninth minute of injury time to claim what was only the club’s third victory over the Hoops in Tallaght in nine years.

Eighteen-year-old Danny Grant – in his second first-team start – set up 19-year-old Darragh Leahy to send the vocal travelling support home delirious.

Earlier, Dan Byrne, who grew up supporting the Gypsies from the Jodi Stand, cancelled out Dan Carr’s opener.

After the game, Byrne summed it up: “That’s what I dreamed of when I was 10 years of age.”

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It was Bohs’ third win in a row over the Hoops and the late winner was no more than their efforts and play deserved.

But while fans are soaking it all up, Long has not fallen into the temptation of dwelling on the result.

Failure to build on the team’s season opener win against Shamrock Rovers in February had been a source of frustration for Long. So for him and his team, it’s straight on to the next battle.

He said: “It’s important for us to climb the table, so we can’t afford to get carried away by one result.

“It was an excellent performance. The challenge now is to try and reproduce that every week.

“It’s a quick turnaround playing on Friday and travelling up to Derry – especially given the intensity of a derby – so obviously we will have to freshen things up.

“But Derry have had to come down to Dalymount on a Tuesday already this season too for the corresponding fixture, so it’s the same for every team the way fixtures have been scheduled this year.”

Derry’s much-anticipated return to the refurbished Brandywell this season has bolstered a side that Bohs have struggled to get to grips with in recent seasons.

Since Kenny Shiels took charge at the start of the 2016 season, the Candystripes have won all eight games against the Gypsies in the league and cup.

Long added: “Tomorrow is a huge challenge for us. Derry have won every game they’ve played since returning to the Brandywell.

“They’re flying back at the Brandywell and have had vocal support behind them for every game.

“Our record against them in recent seasons has been poor, so we have to be at our very best to try and rectify that.

“It’s a good pitch to play on and we’ll be looking forward to the challenge.”

TEAM NEWS

Dan Casey (concussion) returns.

Derek Pender (calf) and Oscar Brennan (ankle) remain out alongside long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate).

Dan Byrne, who hobbled off with cramp on Friday, is okay to play.

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BOHEMIANS AND CAMILE’S TASTY LINK-UP

Bohemian FC and Camile officially marked their new partnership this week with members of the first team and backroom staff having a sit-down meal in the restaurant.

Under the arrangement, Camile Thai Phibsborough provide post-match food for the first team after every home game in 2018.

Bohemians Head of Performance Cian McCaffrey said: “As soon as the final whistle goes, our focus as a team shifts to recovery.

“A big part in our recovery protocol is the players’ nutritional intake after a game. For our players, after a tough 90 minutes, their glycogen stores are depleted whilst there is a significant increase in muscle protein breakdown. Immediately after a game, is our best window of opportunity to negate these unwanted physiological adaptations.

“Camile Thai Phibsborough have been a huge help for us this year in combating this. Nutritionally it’s perfect.

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“They have provided great, fresh, healthy sources of much-needed carbohydrates and protein. It has been an easy sell to the lads too – they have loved the different combination of dishes on offer.”

Bohemians Marketing Director Daniel Lambert said: “Our new partnership with Camile Thai is something we are delighted with.

“We constantly aim to align ourselves with local businesses that have the same values as the club. When it came to a food partner for our players, there was only one choice.

“The team at Camile provide healthy, nutritious and delicious dishes after each game. The players love it, as do Keith Long, his assistant Trevor Croly and the backroom staff.

“Their Phibsborough branch, along with their Village Restaurant, are just seconds from Dalymount Park and are part of the fabric of the area.

“Bohs is a special club, one in which the fans are the owners, and they consistently support those who support the club.”

Camile Marketing Manager Daniel Greene said: “We are delighted to be cooking for Bohemians after every home game and working so closely with a team with such history and presence in the Phibsborough community.

“Having the lads in this week, you could see how much the club and the area means to them and for us. It is a perfect partnership.

“At Camile, we strive to encourage people to live better with a healthy and active lifestyle and we try do our part providing quality and healthy meal options.”

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“the priorities for both teams is always the result”

SHAMROCK ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Friday April 13, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

Earlier this week, Bohemians players and management bonded over hot curries.

Tomorrow night, things will get considerably spicier as the Gypsies travel to Tallaght Stadium for the second Dublin Derby of the season against Shamrock Rovers.

On Tuesday night after training, Keith Long’s backroom team and players met for a sit-down meal.

The occasion was to officially mark the club’s new partnership with Camile Thai Phibsborough – a restaurant literally a stone’s throw from Dalymount Park.

They could handle the heat there and now the more daunting challenge is to do so once again in the ever soaring temperatures of a tasty derby battle.

​Bohs kicked off the 2018 season by coming from behind to beat Shamrock Rovers 3-1 in Dalymount Park in February.

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Trips to Tallaght, however, have proven considerably more difficult since the Hoops moved there in 2009.

Just twice in those nine years have the Gypsies come away with three points from the Dublin 24 venue.

The first win didn’t arrive until 2012 when Kevin Devaney – back at the club this season – netted the only goal of the game.

The second came at the sides’ last meeting there in 2017 when goals from Dinny Corcoran and Ismahil Akinade finally gave travelling Bohs fans the bragging rights once more.

Undeterred, manager Long said: “Previous results against Rovers will have little bearing on this one.

“Previous meetings, form, your position in the table… they can go out the window. It can come down to which side wants it more.

“It’s not always the prettiest spectacle, the priorities for both teams is always the result.

“Rovers will have been hurting after us coming from behind to beat them the last time so as a team, we have to be prepared for a backlash.

“But our focus has to be on ourselves and our own performance.

“We expect a big vocal travelling crowd and both team and supporters will be looking to get the result.”

To do so, Bohs will be looking to build on their first clean sheet of the season, which came in last week’s 0-0 draw against Limerick at Dalymount Park.

But they know they will also need to be sharper in front of goal too – the Gypsies played some tidy football and created several chances but were frustratingly kept scoreless.

That game also ruled Dan Casey – two-goal hero against Rovers in February – out of tomorrow’s rematch as he recovers after suffering concussion.

Long added: “We dominated the game and our performance deserved to get all three points.

“We created chances, we put the ball into good areas but we couldn’t find that final touch.

“In many ways, it was probably our most complete performance of the season. If we can play like that every week, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

TEAM NEWS

Dan Casey is ruled out after suffering concussion against Limerick.

He joins Oscar Brennan (ankle), Philly Gannon (hamstring) and long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) on the sidelines.

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) trained this week but is regarded as a doubt as are Dan Byrne (groin) and John Ross Wilson (illness).

But Rob Cornwall (back), Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (virus) come back into contention.

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SPHERE 17

A group from Sphere 17 – a regional youth service in Dublin 17 – came to visit the Bohemian Foundation at Dalymount Park last week.

They loved their trip and afterwards, Ashley Behan from Sphere 17 sent us this lovely letter:

“Just wanted to thank you so much for the lovely afternoon you provided for us at the Bohemian Football Club. It could not have gone better!

“The visit was even more than what we expected! The nine young people we had are huge Bohs fans and from the start of our tour right to the end, Thomas Hynes really organised it so well and made us feel so welcomed and valued.

“Greeting us at the gate with Cllr Larry O’Toole and Oscar Brennan from the team really made the young people feel like VIPs.

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“Our tour around the stadium was amazing, the young people still can’t believe they were in the players’ dressing room.

“The photos we got were brilliant. It was so lovely for us youth workers to see the delight on these football crazy faces.

“The atmosphere while Oscar spoke about the club and his experience around football was so lovely to watch. All were totally tuned in.

“I got great satisfaction from listening to our young people ask him their questions they had. Oscar really was amazing with them. They were also amazed by the work the club does for the community, that it’s not just all about football.

“My aim for this particular group of young people was to try give them some knowledge around two of Sphere 17′s core values which is Equality and Respect.

“For this I focused on anti-racism. After running my workshop around this with the group, I really feel our trip to your club got that message through to them that bit more.

“Lastly I just want to also thank you for the lovely surprise of providing us with some match tickets and agreeing to do some follow-up work with me over the next coming months with the young people.

“Yourself and the club are an absolute credit to the community. Our young people enjoyed our visit so much they are back in today talking all about it.

“I look forward to seeing you again.”

Thanks for coming guys.

Sphere 17

“We have to roll up our sleeves”

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Keith Long has urged Bohemians to roll up their sleeves and tighten up at the back.

They welcome Limerick to Dalymount Park tomorrow with both sides level on nine points – Long’s side nudging seventh place on goal difference.

The Gypsies are yet to keep a clean sheet this season in nine league games and two EA Sports Cup ties.

It has been a source of much frustration as some overall promising performances have come unstuck due to defensive errors.

That was the case in Oriel Park last Friday as a clinical Dundalk side punished Bohs’ mistakes to win 3-0.

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Long said: “We conceded poor goals again. We just can’t continue to do that.

“We started off well, Dundalk were passing the ball well and had a lot of possession but they couldn’t get near us.

“But then we shot ourselves in the foot in a seven-minute period and found ourselves 2-0 down. Those goals were avoidable.

“We were a lot better in the second half but the damage was already done and Dundalk were comfortable at that stage.

“We did look the more likely team to score for much of the half before they got their third.

“Danny Grant came on for his league debut and did well. He should have had a penalty and he was probably a little too honest staying on his feet as he was fouled.

“At 2-0, that could have brought us back into the game but the damage was done with those mistakes in the first half.”

With two games a week for the past month taking its toll with a growing injury list, Long once again opted to use the EA Sports Cup as an opportunity to give both youth and players needing game-time a chance to show what they can do.

Having gone 2-0 down against First Division table-toppers UCD on Easter Monday, the experimental side battled back to 2-2 to force extra-time and a penalty shootout.

The game also ended Bohs’ unfortunate run of missing three penalties in a row (Eoghan Stokes v Derry, Keith Ward v St Pat’s and Dylan Watts v Cabinteely although the latter scored the rebound).

First, JJ Lunney scored from the spot to force extra-time and Bohs scored all five in the subsequent shootout with Stokes atoning for his penalty miss earlier in the season by netting the decisive spot-kick.

Long said: “We made 10 changes to the starting team that played against Dundalk. Dan Casey was the only player to start both games but we had taken him off against Dundalk.

“That game was a great test of where our younger players are at – UCD are in form at the top of the First Division and they played their strongest team.

“The team that we put out haven’t played a lot of football together, so there were mistakes. But they didn’t let their heads drop and the players took control of the game to turn it around.”

Last time Bohs faced Limerick, it took a late effort from Stokes for Bohs to salvage a point despite bossing much of the game.

Long added: “We have to roll up our sleeves. We are at home tomorrow and we want to deliver a good performance.

“There was a good Bohs crowd up in Dundalk and our supporters expected us to do better.

“But they are realistic too. Everyone knows that with the ten-team league and clubs with stronger resources, now more than ever there aren’t easy games.

“We want the fans on our side from the start again and the atmosphere to be right.

“If games are in the balance, our fans can really play their part.

“They can give our players that little bit of extra confidence, so we hope Dalymount is bouncing again and an intimidating place for teams to come and play.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) will sit this one out again. Kevin Devaney (virus), Philly Gannon (hamstring) and Rob Cornwall (back) are all also sidelined.

Dan Byrne (groin), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring) are all doubts.

Long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Dan Casey applauds support after Easter Monday win - A Baldiemann

SHAMROCK ROVERS TICKETS

Please note that tickets to next week’s Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians game will be on sale from Jimmy O’Connor’s office (car park at Phibsboro Shopping Centre end of Jodi Stand) at tomorrow’s game.

The Dublin derby is all-ticket and no tickets will be made available at Tallaght Stadium on match night for away fans.

Please buy in advance and please do not travel to Tallaght without a ticket.

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GYPSIES HIT THE SPOT

BOHEMIANS 2 UCD 2
(AET, Bohemians won 5-3 on penalties)

Penalties needed to separate Bohemians and UCD with Colin McCabe emerging the hero for the home side in a wonderfully entertaining cup game at a rainy Dalymount Park.

Despite mother nature’s best effort to give the players a day off the game went ahead and those who braved the elements weren’t disappointed as the cracking encounter unfolded.

It was 10 changes for Bohs in all, with Dan Casey the lone survivor from Friday night’s defeat to Dundalk. Collie O’Neill made just the one change for the visitors with Yoyo Mahdy replacing Kevin Coffey.

A quite subdued start, saw the more experienced visitors dominate possession, without creating too much in front of goal and on the break Bohs had the first real effort of note. Dylan Watts, sporting a questionable new blonde hairdo, played a delightful ball into the path of JJ Lunney inside the full back. The left winger’s powerful effort was well pushed away by Conor Kearns after 11 minutes.

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Just as the home side began growing into the game UCD hit them with a sucker punch. Daire O’Connor’s lovely slide rule ball inside Jamie Hamilton at left back to Yoyo Mahdy and in turn, the winger finished smartly across McCabe into the far corner.

The Students made it two nil just after the half hour mark, again catching Bohs on the break. Skipper Gary O’Neill bending a spectacular right footed curler into the top corner from Georgie Kelly’s clever back heel lay off.

Eoghan Stokes looked the best attacking option for the home side stinging the palms of Kearns on a couple occasions as Bohs tried to claw their way back into the tie.

Bohs started the second half much sharper and got themselves back into the game with a well taken finish from the aforementioned Stokes. Danny Grant, who had an excellent game, played a lovely weighted pass into the right channel and the Bohs striker finished well across the body of Kearns.

The Gypsie’s began getting at the backline of the visitors much easier as the game progressed with right winger Grant becoming a huge threat with his pace and direct running with the ball. Just before the hour mark, JJ Lunney spurned a glorious chance to equalise inside the box as his volley sailed high and over.

Despite the pressure mounting from the Gypsie’s, Colin McCabe was called into action on a couple of occasions saving bravely from both O’Connor and Kelly who got themselves into one on one positions.

Bohs got the deserved equaliser with less than 10 minutes to go. Grant showed spectacular pace to get around Darragh Corcoran at the end line and was hauled down by the defender inside the box. Up stepped JJ Lunney to coolly send Kearns the wrong way to make it 2-2 and send the tie into extra time.

Extra time was a lethargic affair for both sets of players as the heavy pitch began to take its toll. Both teams had half chances from distance the home side looking most likely to get the winner.

Colin McCabe was the penalty shootout hero saving low to his left from Paul Doyle as Bohs won the shootout 5-3 with Eoghan Stokes scoring the decisive spot kick to send his side into the next round.

Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philip Gannon, Danny Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Patrick Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Sean Bohan, Andy Lyons, Dylan Thornton, Ryan Graydon, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne, Luke Nolan

UCD: Conor Kearns, Dan Tobin, Macim Kouogun, Josh Collins, Daire O’Connor, Gary O’Neill, Yoyo Mahdy, Timmy Molloy, Jason McClelland, Liam Scales, Georgie Kelly

Subs: Carl Williams, Sean McDonald, Conor Crowley, Kevin Coffey, Darragh Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Ben Hanrahan

Referee: Derek Tomney

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“Players have given me a lot to think about”

​DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
Friday March 30 2018
Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians travel to Dundalk tomorrow buoyed by two wins in four days.

But manager Keith Long insists performance levels must continue to improve if they are to get anything out of the game at Oriel Park.

The Gypsies got back to winning ways last Friday with Dinny Cororan’s injury-time goal – his first of the season – giving them a 2-1 victory against Bray Wanderers.

It was a scrappy game but Bohs will feel they deserved that slice of luck that had evaded them in previous weeks despite superior performances.

Long said: “We’ve had two good results but neither will have any bearing coming up against a team like Dundalk.

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“We know our performance levels have to be much better than they were against Bray, especially against the likes of Dundalk.

“They’ve been the team to beat for a number of years so we will need to be resolute.

“We got a bit of luck in the end against Bray that we haven’t had in previous games.

“But you have to make your own luck and it was an excellent goal – great composure from Dinny to finish and excellent play from Keith Ward to set him up.

“It’s important Dinny got off the mark. He’s an important player for us but he’s struggled a bit since pre-season with a groin injury niggling at him.

“He wasn’t really in the game much before that. But when he was handed that chance, he took it and that’s what good goalscorers like Dinny do.”

Bohs followed that win up with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against Cabinteely in the EA Sports Cup on Monday.

That was a more satisfying performance, particularly as it was an experimental line-up featuring several players needing game-time and members of the club’s U19 team.

Three U19 stars made their first-team debuts: Daniel Grant, who scored, Ryan Graydon and Dylan Thornton.

In total, eight – adding Dan Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk and Steven Nolan – of the 14 players who saw game-time came through the club’s youth system.

A further four – Sean Bohan, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne and Luke Nolan – were the unused substitutes.

Long said: “Several lads have put their hands up now. We could have scored more. It was an excellent performance overall, albeit against First Division opposition.

“We started a bit shakily, which is understandable when you take into account the back five hadn’t played a game at all this season never mind playing a game together.

“As well as the younger players, some of the more senior players came into the team and did very well.

“Dan Byrne captained the side and didn’t put a foot wrong. I felt Philly Gannon also gave a very mature performance and Dylan Watts scored twice and was excellent.

“Several players have given me a lot to think about and it’s not a bad headache to have.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) remains out, while Kevin Devaney (illness) is also sidelined. Karl Moore (back) is a doubt.

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

U19 striker Danny Grant, who scored on his first-team debut against Cabinteely, is expected to make the bench.

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