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“Motivation is high across the squad”

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Saturday September 22, Richmond Park, 5.30pm

Keith Long believes a Dublin derby is ‘the perfect game’ to refocus Bohemians after the highs of their FAI Cup quarter-final win away to Derry City on Wednesday night.

A clinical performance from the Gypsies made it eight wins in a row – the club’s best run in 10 years – with a memorable 3-1 victory in the Brandywell in front of 300 travelling Bohs fans.

Long said: “It’s a quick turnaround having played Wednesday. But we’re not complaining, it’s a great problem to have. We’re delighted to be in the semi-finals of the Cup.

“Wednesday was an excellent performance and a memorable night for the players, staff and supporters. It’s something we hope we can build on.

“Even though it was a midweek fixture, we had incredible support behind us from the off.

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“The players were spurred on by that from the moment they stepped out on to the pitch. It was special.

“Derry threw caution to the wind in the second half to a certain extent so we are delighted to be sitting here with a semi-final to look forward to.”

The high tempo and energy-sapping manner of Bohs’ performance on Wednesday mean Long will need to freshen up his side for the short trip to face his former club at Richmond Park.

He said: “We have to listen to players and their bodies. Wednesday took a lot out of the players both physically and emotionally.

“We’ll have at least one change forced upon us with Derek Pender ruled out after suffering a head injury.

“We’ve other players who have niggles who we need to manage too. But we have a squad we believe in and players who can come in and step up to the mark when called upon.

“It’s an important game, it’s a Dublin derby, so it’s the perfect game to come back into after Wednesday as there’s a lot at stake again.

“Motivation is high across the squad. Everyone is pushing each other for game-time.”

And the manager is expecting another close game as his side look to make it nine wins in a row.

He added: “There’s only three points between the sides and there’s been very little between the teams over the past number of seasons.

“That’s been the case again this season – we’ve lost one, drawn one and won one against them so we expect it to be close.”

TEAM NEWS

Derek Pender (head injury), Cristian Magerusan (hamstring), Ryan Masterson (thigh) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are all ruled out. Darragh Leahy (quad) is a doubt.

Danny Grant (bug) returns to the squad where he will be joined by U19 team-mates Andy Lyons, Jamie Hamilton, Ryan Graydon, Promise Omochere and Ali Reghba.

Keith Long salutes Bohs' travelling support - A Baldiemann

U19s host ST PAT’S AT DALYMOUNT TONIGHT

Can’t make it to The Brandywell? You might then consider heading to Dalymount Park tonight instead as Craig Sexton’s Bohemians U19s host St Patrick’s Athletic at 7.30pm. It’s free in.

The match is a repeat of the Enda McGuill Cup final, which Bohs won 2-1 in Richmond Park a fortnight ago after coming from behind thanks to two goals from Ali Reghba.

The U19s paraded their latest trophy pitchside at the half-time break during the first team’s game against Cork City on Friday and would once again be grateful of your support when they look to get the better of U19 Northern Division league leaders St Pat’s once more.

The U19s travel to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland In the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday October 3 with the return leg at Dalymount Park on Wednesday October 24, 7pm.

Bohs U19s paraded at Dalymount Park - A Baldiemann

“SOMETHING WILL HAVE TO GIVE”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
IRISH DAILY MAIL QUARTER-FINAL
Wednesday September 19, The Brandywell, 7.45pm

Two teams full of confidence come face to face when Derry City host Bohemians in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final tomorrow.

On Friday, Bohs made it seven wins in all competitions for the first time in ten years with the most impressive result of the lot – a comprehensive 4-2 victory at Dalymount Park derailing Cork City’s bid to retain their league title.

On Sunday, tomorrow’s hosts collected the first major silverware of the domestic season when they dispatched Cobh Ramblers 3-1 at The Brandywell to lift the EA Sports Cup.

Bohs’ recent run of form included a confident 2-0 win when these sides last met at the Brandywell on August 31, which ended a run of 10 defeats in a row against Kenny Shiels’ side.

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But Bohs manager Keith Long is not one to look back or allow his side to pat themselves on the back for recent results.

He said: ”Our league win up there a few weeks ago will have no bearing on this game. We’re obviously on a good run but Derry will be on a high after winning the EA Sports Cup on Sunday too.

“There is a lot at stake for both clubs, it’s a huge game. But we are looking forward to it.

“We’re going into the game focused and having prepared professionally. It’s two teams coming into the game feeling they can win it. Something will have to give.”

This is the third round running where Bohs have had to travel away from home.

They enjoyed bumper support in the previous rounds when they got the better of First Division sides Wexford and Galway United 7-0 and 2-0 respectively.

With the Gypsies faithful lapping up recent results, Long is hoping for another strong presence in The Brandywell’s away section, despite the inconvenient scheduling of this fixture.

Long added: “It’s unfortunate it’s on a Wednesday but we think we’ll have good support behind us going up there.

“We’ve always had good support but even more so in recent months.

“The lads got a standing ovation against Cork at half-time on Friday, never mind full-time. That means a lot to them and it’s fantastic for their confidence.

“Derry are at home and will have a huge crowd behind them but we know we can count on our travelling support to be behind us all the way.”

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Masterson (quad), Danny Grant (bug) and Darragh Leahy (groin) remain doubts. Cristian Magerusan (hamstring) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are ruled out once more.

Dano Kelly celebrates against Cork City - A Baldiemann

UP FOR THE CUP

With our club sponsor Mr Green, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary, we take a look back at the FAI Cup final between Bohemians and Derry 10 years ago, and look forward to the FAI Cup quarter-final this Wednesday.

IAN MORRIS POST-MATCH

A 4-2 win over Cork City on Friday night was the icing on the cake for player / Youth Development Officer Ian Morris, who can also take pride in the continued success of the underage teams.

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

KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

Bohs were emphatic in their 4-2 victory over champions Cork City last night in Dalymount, with a first-half performance to remember.

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

SEVENTH HEAVEN

BOHEMIANS 4 CORK CITY 2

Bohemians put one nail at least in the coffin of Cork’s title hopes with a deserved 4-2 victory at a raucous Dalymount Park.

After a long six weeks away from “The Home of Irish Football”, Bohs made it seven wis in a row for the first time in 10 years, with a Daniel Kelly double sandwiched between a Delaney own goal and Derek Pender strike.

The in-form home side looked comfortable in possession and smothered the illustrious visitors right from the off. And it was from this intense pressure they took the lead, pressing the experienced Damien Delaney in his own corner, forcing a rushed back pass straight into his own net.

The Gypsies deservedly went onto double their lead with just 22 minutes played. The hugely impressive Daniel Kelly won the ball in the middle of the park and decided to go himself blitzing past every defender in sight with his lightning pace and cooly slotted under the helpless Peter Cherrie.

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A shell-shocked Cork City found themselves three down with only a half hour played and it was that man Kelly again. Bohs, dogged in midfield, won possession and broke with Keith Ward. The playmaker bided his time and played a beautiful slide rule pass to Kelly who finished at the near post to send the home fans wild.

Graham Cummins pulled one back with a bullet header minutes later when a corner wasn’t dealt with, showing great strength to give his side some hope.

Incredibly, it was Bohs who stretched their lead right on half time. Skipper, Derek Pender played the ball into Kevin Devaney on the left hand side of the box and followed his pass. The left winger was tackled and as the ball broke free, Pender reacted quickest to slot under the onrushing keeper with his left foot.

The Champions began the second half in dominant fashion and got one back to make things a little uneasy around Phibsboro.

Jimmy Keohane powered in a header from a delightful Karl Sheppard cross. Cork to their credit pressed and pressed and went close with a couple of headers through Gearoid Morrissey and goal scorer Cummins but the Bohs defense stood firm at everything that was thrown at them and deserved all three points.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Paddy Kirk, Daniel Kelly. Subs: Colin McCabe, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Robbie McCourt, Oscar Brennan, Eoghan Stokes, Andy Lyons

Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Gearoid Morrissey, Jimmy Keohane, Conor McCormaack, Graham Cummiins, Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Barry McNamee. Subs: Mark McNulty, Shane Daly-Butz, Josh O’Hanlon, Ronan Coughlan, Conor McCarthy, Pierce Philips, Ronan Hurley

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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FAI NATIONAL DRAW – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Dear members and supporters,

Together as a club, we have made great strides in recent years in a sustainable manner. Members and supporters have dug deep on numerous occasions over the past decade to keep the show on the road.

Thanks to those efforts, we collectively secured the future of our club, reduced our multi-million euro debt to a manageable amount and have secured Dalymount Park as our home for future generations.

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We can be optimistic about our long-term future and, thanks to the extraordinary endeavours of Keith Long, his backroom staff and players, we have a team lining out every week that we can be extremely proud of and who continue to hold their own in an increasingly competitive league.

We all have ambitions to grow our club further but even maintaining things at the current level is a struggle when other clubs have benefactors or are trading in a way we believe to be unsustainable.

We do not want to be constantly asking members and supporters to contribute more but we do need to find ways of increasing our income.

We are in a relatively okay financial state but if we wish to grow as a club and to give Keith and his team the strongest resources possible, we do need to continue to find ways of increasing our commercial and fundraising income.

One of the easiest immediate ways of increasing our fundraising income is asking all members and supporters to consider selling tickets – minimum book of five – for the FAI Club Draw.

We are not asking you to donate yourself – we are asking you to buy a book of tickets up front to sell on behalf of the club.

We feel, given the prizes on offer, that this should be an easy sell to friends, colleagues and family.

The tickets are sold at €10 but cost the club just €1.50 each.

We have a membership of over 400. If 400 members were to sell a book of five tickets, that would be €17,000 profit for the club – a significant return for very little effort.

We hope that could end up being a conservative expected return – we are confident some members might consider buying and selling more, and that other supporters might do likewise.

Books of five (minimum) can now be bought directly from the club’s online store and will be available at tomorrow’s game v Cork City from the halfway line throughout the game.

To learn more about the FAI Club Draw and the prizes on offer visit: http://www.fai.ie/domestic/fai-national-draw/

Thank you for your support.

Chris Brien
President, Bohemian FC

Stephen Lambert
Honorary Secretary, Bohemian FC

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“The most impressive aspect has been the players’ focus, determination and attitude towards every game”

BOHEMIANS v CORK CITY
Friday September 14, Dalymount Park, 7.35pm (please note earlier kick-off time)

Match sponsor: AM Estate Management. Matchball sponsor: In Memory of Alan Bambrick

Bohemians take to the Dalymount Park pitch for the first time in six weeks tomorrow looking to make it seven wins in a row in all competitions for the first time in ten years.

An upturn in form in the last eight weeks has seen Keith Long’s Gypsies climb to seventh in the league table and put a healthy distance of 13 points between them and the play-off spot.

In that same period they have progressed two rounds in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, beating Wexford and Galway Utd away from home 7-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Most recently, an experimental line-up containing 10 changes travelled to Scotland to beat Peterhead 1-0 on Saturday, becoming the first Irish club to win a round in the Irn Bru Cup to set up a last-16 tie at home to Sutton Utd next month.

That run of form has seen Long’s men win seven of their last eight games, keeping seven clean sheets – six in their last six – while scoring 24 goals in the process.

Their one defeat in that period was to league leaders Dundalk and Long’s team face a similar challenge tomorrow against a Cork City side scrapping to retain their league title.

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It is the last time the sides will meet in the league this season but the home crowd will be hoping the fixture will repeat itself in two weeks’ time, with the winners of Wednesday’s FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry City and Bohs drawn to host John Caulfield’s side on Sunday September 30 in the last four of the competition.

Long said: “We desperately hope that this is not our final game against them this season. But we’re not thinking any further ahead than tomorrow’s game.”

Long and his team have every right to be confident. But it is not in the manager’s make-up to allow himself or his team get ahead of themselves despite their recent form.

He said: “They are champions, we are the underdogs. Cork are a strong, well-organised, talented team with some outstanding players. We will have to play to our maximum to get a result but if we can manage to do that, we know that they are capable.

“It feels like forever since our last home game against Limerick on August 3 but we have had the considerable consolation of winning the five games we have played away from home in the intervening period.

“We have been on a great run of form recently, losing only once way to Dundalk. This run has provided the players with great confidence and belief. Our performances have been really pleasing and we have played some good attacking football.

“But the most impressive aspect has been the players’ focus, determination and attitude towards every game. Being able to pick a settled team has also been very helpful and obviously results have meant changes have been kept to a minimum.”

That was the case until the Gypsies travelled to Scotland last weekend.

The trip to Peterhead, less than an hour outside Aberdeen, brought back memories of Bohs’ breakthrough season 18 years ago when they became the first Irish side to knock a Scottish club out of Europe. That provided the springboard for the club’s first league and cup double in 73 years that season and kicked off the most successful decade – on the field that is – in our history.

Like Roddy Collins’ trailblazers in 2000, Bohs trained on the eve of the game at Cove Rangers’ ground. And there was another link in the opposition dugout too – Peterhead gaffer Jim McInally, briefly manager of Sligo Rovers in 1999, was Collins’ opposition scout ahead of that famous victory against Aberdeen in Pittodrie.

The club is in a different place, the stakes were considerably lower and the victory in Scotland’s north-east less memorable this time around, but it was an enjoyable new experience and an important game in its own right nonetheless.

With such a settled side in recent weeks, it afforded Long the opportunity to reward players who have shone for the club’s U19s and who came from behind to win the Enda McGuill Cup against St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park nine days ago as well as allowing him give others in need of game-time a runout as well.

But it was the only survivor from the starting line-up a week previously, Kevin Devaney, who proved the matchwinner at Balmoor Stadium in a positive performance in which Bohs were never under serious threat and could have won by a greater margin.

Long said: “Modern football is very much a squad game and those who have not been playing regularly recently are as important as those who have been. The motivation within the group is high. The lads have been pushing extremely hard in training, showing great hunger to get back into the team.

“That was demonstrated in Peterhead. We made 10 changes to the team that beat Derry the week previously and the boys who came in put in a terrific shift against unfamiliar opposition who adopted a very direct and abrasive approach to the game.

“We very much deserved to win the game and with a little more composure with our final pass and finishing, we could have won by more.

“It was a good experience for the players and we were able to offer a debut to Robbie McCourt in central midfield along with more valuable first-team experience for Ryan Graydon, Ali Reghba and Andy Lyons, both of whom went directly from Scotland to join the Ireland U19s for Tuesday’s win against Wales.”

That trio will be honoured alongside their Bohs U19 team-mates tomorrow when Craig Sexton’s Enda McGuill champions are paraded on the pitch at half-time.

Long said: “Our 19s team received confirmation of our participation in Europe on the back of winning the league last season and they were at it again last Tuesday in the McGuill Cup.

“For me, they are up there in terms of one of the best underage teams this club has seen. Brilliantly coached by Craig Sexton and his backroom staff, they are a credit to the club.”

Team news

Ryan Masterson (quad) and Danny Grant (bug) will sit this one out. Darragh Leahy (groin) is a doubt. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

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BOHEMIANS v SUTTON UTD TICKETS ON SALE

The Irn Bru Cup last-16 tie between Bohemians and Sutton Utd has been confirmed for Saturday October 13 with a 3pm kick-off.

Our club bars will open 1pm and we would like to invite opposition fans travelling over from London to join us.

There will be drink promotions, live music post-match, while Ireland v Denmark will be screened in the bars from 7.45pm.

Match tickets are now on sale at tickets.bohemians.ie. We ask both sets of supporters to consider buying online in advance of the game.

Please not that, as Irn Bru Cup games are a split gate, season tickets and membership do not apply.

Members can, however,  pay a reduced rate of €10 at the membes stile on production of 2018 membership card.

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