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BOHEMIANS 2 BRAY WANDERERS 1

Dinny Corcoran was the hero as his 91st minute winner broke the hearts of the visiting Bray Wanderers fans and players, who will count themselves unlucky not to get anything from the game.

The game started at a rip roaring pace with goals inside the first five minutes. A bullet header from Daniel Kelly gave the visitors the dream start but was cancelled out almost immediately by a rocket from Ian Morris from all of 30+ yards. The Bohs midfielder, with his second in a week, caught his left footed effort beautifully as it flew into the side netting giving Aaron Dillon no chance.

It was all Bohs from then on with Dinny Corcoran setting up both Eoghan Stokes and Oscar Brennan to have efforts from the edge of the box that missed the target by inches, if even.

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The Seagulls responded well to the pressure as the game began to go from end to end. Shane Supple was forced into one of the saves of the season from Darragh Noone’s flick header as the Bohs stopper at full stretch, showed cat like reflexes to tip the effort around the post with some of the Bray players almost celebrating.

Bohs seemed to have the better of possession as the half wore on but Bray, who must have looked unrecognizable to the side who started the season with just one point, as Gary McCabe and Aaron Greene looked a real threat up front.

The two Kelly’s combined well for the visitors at the start of the second half as ex-Bohs man Jake Kelly, cut back well to the onrushing namesake Daniel who was unable to keep his volley down.

Keith Long, in a bid to freshen and liven things up, replaced Eoghan Stokes with Keith Ward as Bray began to edge on top despite any real clear cut chances at either end.

The second half was in stark contrast to the entertaining, free flowing first half as the game turned into a gritty, scrappy affair as both teams searched for the winner.

As the minutes trickled down and a goal didn’t appear to be on the horizon, amongst the home fans frustration, “IT” happened.

Dinny Corcoran made himself the hero following good link up play with Ward, who played it cleverly out to the right hand side of the box after attracting all the Bray rearguard to the ball. Corcoran kept his composure to hammer a low drive into the far bottom corner as pandemonium ensued around Dalymount.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Karl Moore, Dinny Corcoran, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts

Bray Wanderers: Aaron Dillon, Hugh Douglas, Kevin Lynch, Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, John Sullivan, Aaron Greene, Jake Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Gary McCabe, Darragh Noone

Subs: Evan Moran, Paul O’Conor, Ger Pender, Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman, Calvin Rogers, Ronan Coughlan

Referee: Rob Rogers

Wardy and Dinny celebrate - A. Baldiemann

POST-MATCH KEITH LONG

Bohemians left it late to grab a much-needed 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers last night in Dalymount Park.

Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game, giving his honest assessment of the performance. Filmed by Sean De Faoite

“They are hurting, we all are”

BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS
Friday March 23 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

MATCH SPONSOR: John O’Connor MATCHBALL SPONSOR: Dwane Oakes

Keith Long has told Bohemians they need to get back to basics to get back to winning ways.

An encouraging performance against Sligo Rovers last Friday saw the Gypsies claim a 2-2 draw in a game they deserved to win.

They were frustrated not to claim all three points but it halted a run of three agonising 1-0 defeats in a row.

Away to ruthless champions Cork City on Monday, however, they undid a positive start by conceding twice in the space of three minutes before eventually losing 3-0.

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Long is determined to put it right against Bray Wanderers tomorrow and has demanded that his team, still looking for their first clean sheet of the season, tighten up at the back.

He said: “To be successful, you have to do the basics of the game well.

“We as a group at critical times in games so far this season have not respected the fundamentals of the game.

“We are conceding bad goals and until we eradicate this from our game, we will find it very tough to win.”

But Long is positive his side have enough talent and guile about them to get back on track.

He said: “Some of our play has been very good and maybe we haven’t got what we deserved at times.

“We don’t lack for effort and desire.

“But our decision-making and final pass in the final third needs to be better in order to create more goal-scoring opportunities and to work the opposition goalkeeper more.

“Defending well gives you a platform to perform and if you are solid at the back, you are always in contention.

“We need to improve as a team in this area and if we can achieve this, I believe we have the quality in attack to score goals and to hurt teams.”

Long says his players are “hurting” after their disappointing run of form but believes a vocal home support tomorrow can give them the perfect lift.

He added: “The support has been fantastic this season as always. The players need that now more than ever. They are hurting, we all are.

“We need Dalymount to be bouncing and let’s hope we can deliver the result we all crave.”

TEAM NEWS

Captain Derek Pender is ruled out after being forced off against Cork City with a calf strain.

Fellow defender Rob Cornwall is a doubt with a virus.

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

Ian Morris celebrates scoring v Sligo - A. Baldiemann

IRELAND U18 CALL-UP FOR LYONS

Congratulations to Bohemians U19 defender Andy Lyons who has been called up to the Ireland U18 squad for next week’s international friendly double-header against Romania.

The 17-year-old, one of the latest members of the Bohs southside contingent, originally joined from first-team manager Keith Long’s former club St Joseph’s Boys.

He has starred for Graham Lawlor’s SSE Airtricity U19 League champions last season and last month signed professional terms with the first team having been included in Long’s matchday squads towards the end of 2017.

  • March 25: Ireland v Romania (Home Farm FC, 4pm)
  • March 27: Ireland v Romania (Home Farm FC, 11.30am)

Filmed by Peter O’Doherty

BOHS/SKB PARTNERSHIP KICKS OFF

BOHEMIANS/ST KEVIN’S U17s 1 MONAGHAN/CAVAN 1

Honours even in the first game of the new SSE Airtricity U17 League season in which the new Bohs/SKB alliance made its debut against Monaghan/Cavan FP  in a bitterly cold and windy St Aidan’s on St Patrick’s Day.

Both teams took a while to settle in the conditions but when they did, it was Jimmy Mowlds’ home side who controlled the first half, creating chances but failing to take them so they had nothing to show for their almost total dominance of possession at half-time.

The second half was less than three minutes old when the breakthrough goal arrived courtesy of a Dawson Devoy converted penalty which was awarded by the referee when he spotted an infringement following a free kick into the visitors penalty area.

That should have been the spark that ignited the home side to take control and go on and win the game but it was the visitors who scored next – another penalty – this time it was Warren Curran who was penalised for a foul in the box and the Monaghan No 9 made no mistake sending Jamie Cleary the wrong way from the spot.

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The home side were guilty of some bad misses as they pushed on to get the winner with at least three or four good opportunities wasted.

So it ended 1-1 and while Bohs/SKB will be disappointed with the result, they know that they can improve and go on to have a successful season.

Bohemians/SKB: Jamie Cleary, Thomas Considine, Denis Smith, Lewis Kilkenny, Warren Curran, Gavin Molloy, Destiny Idele, Frankie Haba, Liam McGrath, Dawson Devon, Paddy Moore.

Substitutes: Brad Hennessy, Jack Moylan, Denis Robu, Sean McManus, Jack Casey, Jack Funge, Kian Lacchia.

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Spoils shared

BOHEMIANS 2 SLIGO ROVERS 2

Despite the season being just five games young, a massive three points were on offer in Phibsboro as both Bohs and Sligo Rovers looked to really kick their season’s into gear.

On the back of three straight 1-0 defeats, finding goals hard to come by, Bohs started the brighter and right from the off Eoghan Stoke burst through the midfield to try his luck from 25 yards signaling their intent.

Despite the good start from the hosts, Rovers showed they had a threat of their own. Gary Boylan played a lovely weighted through ball to the pacey Caolan McAleer who dragged his right footed effort just wide.

Right before the half hour mark the deadlock was finally broken. Stokes collected a long ball from Oscar Brennan on the right wing. The ex-Leeds man cut inside and curled a beautiful left footed effort into the far top corner to send the home fans wild.

Their elation was short lived though, as Sligo responded well and got back on level terms just minutes later. Rhys McCabe delivered a deadly inswinging corner and David Cawley was quickest to react at the near post burying his downward header past Shane Supple.

The home side reacted well to the sucker punch, with both Paddy Kavanagh and Stokes, who really looked in the mood, going close from the edge of the box before the half.

The Gypsie’s came flying out of the traps in the second half and put pressure on the visitors right from the off. And just on the stroke of the hour mark deservedly took the lead again. The pressure from a spate of corners finally told when Karl Moore floated a cross to the back post and Ian Morris did brilliantly to direct the header in the near post.

But just like the first half Sligo equalized almost immediately. Rhys McCabe delivered a high cross from the right wing that was only half cleared and as the ball came out of the sky, Adam Morgan showed incredible technique to smash home the left footed volley past Supple for his 4th of the season.

Again, Bohs responded positively and it was all the home side from then on in. Stokes had a great effort from just inside the box, curling inches wide with his right foot. Paddy Kavanagh came closest to stealing all three points when his direct run down the right and snap shot from the edge of the box, agonizingly came back off the far post and straight to the feet of Dinny Corcoran who blazed over from three yards out. Luckily for the big man, the assistant’s offside flag saved his blushes as the hugely entertaining game ended 2-2.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts

Sligo Rovers: Micheal Schlingermann, Gary Boylan, Kyle McFadden, Seamus Sharkey, Rhys McCabe, Craig Rodden, Adam Morgan, Alastair Roy, Caolan McAleer, Callum Waters, David Cawley

Subs: Mitchell Beeney, Eduardo Pinceli, Greg Moorehouse, Patrick McClean, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney, Lewis Morrison

Referee: Ray Matthews

Ian Morris celebrate - photo by A. Baldiemann

POST-MATCH KEITH LONG

It was an entertaining 2-2 draw against Sligo Rovers last night in Dalymount Park, with Bohs unlucky not to come away with more.

Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game about how encouraged he was with aspects of the performance. Filmed by Peter O’Doherty

“The pressure to win should act as a spur for our players”

 

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
Friday March 16 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

MATCH SPONSOR: Mylan MATCHBALL SPONSOR: Joe Costello

Keith Long has challenged Bohemians to take ownership of the game when Sligo Rovers come to Dalymount Park tomorrow.

The Gypsies have fallen behind in all five of their opening SSE Airtricity League games of the 2018 season.

They bounced back on opening night to secure a memorable 3-1 win against Shamrock Rovers and again the following week to claim a deserved point away to Limerick.

But they have failed to come back in their last three games, agonisingly losing each one by the odd goal.

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The Gypsies started brightly in the 1-0 defeats to Derry City, St Patrick’s Athletic and, most recently, Waterford on Monday.

But Long has been left frustrated by his side’s inability thus far to turn possession and chances into goals.

Long said: “We have had opportunities to score in every game, most notably missed penalties at home to Derry and St Pat’s.

“But the concession of cheap goals has been our Achilles heel.

“In all of our games to date, we have conceded the first goal. In order to give ourselves any chance, we must try and get the opening goal.

“Despite lots of our build-up play looking promising at times, we have failed to work the opposition goalkeepers enough.

“We have ended up on the wrong side of results in games where we have been very much in contention and should have taken something from.”

Despite Long’s frustrations, he believes his side have both the character and ability to get back to winning ways.

He said: “Results and performance needs to be addressed and I believe that we have the players and character to change our fortunes.

“We are all frustrated that we have not been able to build on the Rovers win on the opening night of the season.

“But I firmly believe we are not a million miles off and we are only one good result and performance away from kick-starting our season.”

Long does not expect heads to drop and in fact believes his team should relish the pressure on them to get a result against Sligo.

He added: “There is pressure on us to deliver at home. We cannot shy away from that – that pressure to win should act as a spur for our players.

“We need to show our mettle now and show courage to get our season back on track.

“It won’t be easy as Sligo are a good side who try to play an expansive game. But we are at home and I expect to see a reaction from our players.”

TEAM NEWS

Kevin Devaney is a doubt with an Achilles injury that ruled him out against Waterford on Monday. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) remain out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

“The noise was unbelievable. You wouldn’t get that craic and repartee at a rugby match.”

Pat Casey chose rugby, his grandson Dan chose football.

But both (pictured) know a thing or two about scoring against rivals on a big occasion.

Last month, Dan netted twice as Bohs beat Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park.

Fifty-four years ago, Pat scored a stunning try as Ireland beat England at Twickenham.

They both sat down and spoke to The Irish Sun: Interview here

 

Pat and Dan Casey

GOLD CUP FRIDAY: BARS OPEN 1PM

Ahead of Friday’s game against Sligo Rovers, the bars at Dalymount Park will open from 1pm for the last day of the Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup Day.

  • All pints €4 1pm-6pm
  • Racing on all screens
  • Free toasted sandwiches

The gate at the Phibsborough Shopping Centre will be open for easy access to the bookies for those of you who fancy a flutter.

Note: Bohs host Sligo Rovers at 7.45pm so anyone in the bars after 6pm MUST have a match ticket/season ticket/membership card.

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