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Bohemians suffered a disappointing 2-1 reverse at the hands of Limerick in Dalymount on Tuesday night. Jamie O’Halleron spoke to Bohs assistant Trevor Croly after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.


Tuesday May 23rd, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long wants Bohemians to build some momentum tonight and prove Friday’s “big lift” was not just a once-off.

Going into the game against Bray Wanderers four days ago, the Gypsies had won just once in their previous seven in the league.

But Bohs upset the form book against high-flying Seagulls by coming from behind to win with a confident display, which was well deserving of all three points.

Long said: “It was a good win and a very pleasing performance.

“It’s given the players a big lift and hopefully it’s given everyone in the club and our supporters a lift too.


“We came from behind to win it and that’s the second time we’ve done that against Bray this season, which is the kind of character we know we need.

“Bray were second in the table for a reason, so it was a very good result, especially given the run we were on.

“The challenge now is to build on it. We can’t dwell too much on one result – we’ve two big games this week.”

The first of those sees Bohs host Limerick at Dalymount Park tonight before travelling to Galway on Friday.

The Gypsies came out on top with a 1-0 victory the last time they faced the Shannonsiders in March, but much has changed at the Markets Field club since.

They parted ways with Martin Russell at the start of April and the highly-experienced Neil McDonald was finally appointed as his permanent successor as manager last week.

McDonald has previously bossed the likes of Carlisle and Blackpool and had served on the backroom team of former Limerick manager Sam Allardyce at Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham, and under Iain Dowie at Crystal Palace and Mike Phelan at Hull City.

Long said: “Limerick are not going to be easy opponents.

“They’ve a new manager who has worked at a very high level and while they lost to Dundalk on Friday, he will have had a few days working with them to try put his own stamp on things.

“With a new manager, we can’t be sure about what way he will approach the game.

“Under Martin, they were quite open and expansive. We just have to be ready to adapt to whatever way they set up.

“But we’re looking forward to it, we want to build a bit of momentum now.”

The return of frontman Dinny Corcoran has increased the optimism levels around the dressing room and understandably so.

Having scored five in five league games at the start of the season, Corcoran had been missing since being forced off with a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day.

He got his first start since then against Shamrock Rovers 11 days ago and returned to form with two goals against Bray, dovetailing perfectly with a refreshed and bullish Keith Ward.

Long said: “It’s great to have Dinny back. We needed that focal point in the team.

“With us missing Dinny and Izzy Akinade, it wasn’t easy for players being asked to play in an unfamiliar role.

“But Dinny is a natural centre-forward and a natural goalscorer. We saw that again on Friday.

“He doesn’t panic in front of goal – his first against Bray was an exceptional finish after a great ball in by Keith.

“Wardy has probably suffered in Dinny’s absence. They have a brilliant understanding, it’s almost telepathic. The two of them were excellent.”

While Corcoran and Ward took most of the compliments, the boys at the back played their part too.

Long added: “We were disappointed with the goal we conceded to be fair but, collectively and individually, we were quite solid in defence otherwise.

“Derek Pender kept Dylan Connolly quiet for most of the night, which is no easy task.

“We put Ian Morris in at left-back – an unfamiliar role for him – because we thought his height would be an advantage defensively.

“Dan Byrne and Rob Cornwall were solid in the centre too and Shane Supple, as well as pulling off a few great saves, kept the pressure off the defence by coming forward and collecting corners and crosses.”


Bohs continue with an unchanged squad. Long-term absentees Ismahil Akinade (surgery to remove spleen) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) the only players ruled out.

Bohs celebrate in Bray - by A. Baldiemann


Bookings are now being taken for the supporters’ bus to see Bohemians face Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday May 26th.

  • Departs: 3.30pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Fare: €20

Please email to reserve your place.

Please arrive early so the bus can leave on time.

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We will not be found wanting

Friday May 19th, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long wants his players to dust themselves down as they aim to get back to winning ways.

The Gypsies are sore after last week’s 2-0 derby defeat to Shamrock Rovers but Long says nobody will be feeling sorry for themselves when they take to the field at the Carlisle Grounds.

He said: “It’s not easy for anyone at the club when you lose, especially to Rovers. Everyone was hurting. Training earlier in the week wasn’t a nice place to be for anyone.

“We had a full house last week that were right behind us and we don’t want to disappoint our fans.


“It’s up to us now to go out, show what we are capable of and put things right.

“We’ve analysed the game and where we went wrong. We matched Rovers for much of the game but ultimately they were more clinical.”

In a congested league table, just seven points separates Derry City in fourth place and Bohs in 10th.

And having slipped into the relegation zone, Long has challenged his side to dig deep to climb back up again.

Bohs’ previous meeting with tomorrow’s opposition is the perfect reminder of the character his team possesses.

When they met in March, the Gypsies bossed the first half before falling 2-0 behind after the break. They refused to let that deter them and battled back to claim a 3-2 victory.

Long said: “There is plenty of fight and spirit in this team, they’re certainly not lacking that.

“But previous games have no bearing on this one. Bray are up to second for a reason. They’re an excellent team.

“But we know our results have to pick up and we will not be found wanting.”

There was one big positive to take out of the Rovers game, however, with star forward Dinny Corcoran playing the full 90 minutes.

With options up front already limited by the absence of Ismahil Akinade due to surgery to remove his spleen, Bohs could have done without losing another striker.

Last Friday was Corcoran’s first game since suffering a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day – his team-mates scored just three league goals in his absence.

Long added: “You could see in his performance that he hadn’t played.

“He’s fit but there’s no fitness like match fitness, so it is a huge positive that he got the 90 minutes.

“We didn’t expect him to see out the full game but he will be all the better for it now.”


Skipper Derek Pender, forced off with a groin injury last week, is expected to be okay to start.

Ismahil Akinade is continuing his recovery after surgery to remove his spleen. It is hoped that he will return to action at the start of July.

Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remains sidelined.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan


Saturday July 8th, Dalymount Park 3pm
Bars open 12pm

Bohemians will host FC United of Manchester in a friendly on Saturday July 8th.

Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, €10 for concession/student and €5 for under-12s.

Tickets are now on sale from

Our bars at Dalymount Park will open at 12 noon, with DJs and music until late and we welcome all visiting supporters to join us.

Membership and season tickets do not apply for this game. Guestlist is also suspended.



It was a disappointing night for Bohs after losing 2-0 in the Dublin Derby in front of a packed Dalymount. Jamie O’Halleron spoke to Keith Long after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.


A disappointed Fuad Sule spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game on Friday and gave his thoughts following the Dublin Derby defeat. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

Bohemians 0 Shamrock Rovers 2

Derby day heartbreak for the Gypsies as the old enemy run out 2-0 winners in a hotly contested encounter at a bouncing Dalymount Park.

With two defeats to their old rivals this season, and in potentially the last Dublin Derby at “the home of Irish football” was enough of a motivation for the Gypsies to go all out for a much needed three points but found themselves trailing after just six minutes.

Following a great run from Graham Burke, crossing low and towards the edge of the box, Brandon Miele was on hand to smash home from the edge of the area. Rob Cornwall had a terrific chance to equalize just moment’s later, finding himself free on the penalty spot, but got his header all wrong.


Rovers doubled their lead in a fairly scrappy first half through a quite outstanding finish from Trevor Clarke. The wide man cut inside on his left foot from the right wing and bent a wonderful curling effort to the far post giving Shane Supple no chance.

The full blooded affair showed no signs of slowing down in the second half with both Rob Cornwall and Fuad Sule booked early on as the Gypsies tried desperately to claw their way back in to the game.

The Hoops defence stood strong to anything the Gypsies threw at them, and despite a barrage of long Ian Morris throw-ins, Bohs just could get a clear effort on Tomer Chencinski’s goal, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Rovers saw out the game in relevant comfort for the last few minutes despite the home sides best efforts to make it three wins from three against the Gypsies this season

A bitterly disappoint defeat for Keith Longs troops as they look nervously at the relegation battle ahead but Rovers look to be playing to their potential with another big win following the victory over reigning Champions Dundalk last week.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Dan Byrne, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Ian Morris

Subs: Greg Murray, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Jamie Doyle, Dean Casey, Georgie Poynton, Dylan Hayes

Shamrock Rovers: Tomer Chencinski, Luke Byrne, Dave Webster, Roberto Lopes, Ronan Finn, Brandon Miele, Gary Shaw, David McAllister, Simon Madden, Trevor Clarke, Graham Burke

Subs: Kevin Horgan, Michael O’Connor, Daniel Devine, Sean Boyd, James Doona, Sean Heaney, Sam Bone

Referee: Paul McLoughlin

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Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers tickets

​Tickets for the Friday May 12th Dublin derby between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers are selling briskly.

The game is all-ticket and we encourage all non-members and non-season tickets holders to purchase match tickets well in advance of the game.


The easiest way to purchase is online from


Alternatively, tickets can be bought at the following locations:

  • Dalymount Park: Monday – Friday (10-3pm)
  • Bang Bang (Leinster St, Phibsborough): Tuesday-Friday (8am-5pm)

Away supporters must purchase tickets to the Des Kelly stand from the Shamrock Rovers shop. They will also be on sale at Rovers’ game v Dundalk.


Recent derby games have seen severe crowd congestion in Dalymount Lane in the run-up to kick-off, leading to people missing the start of the game.

The stadium and Members’ Bar are both open from 5pm and we encourage all supporters to get to the ground as early as possible to help alleviate the strain at the turnstiles.

Buying tickets online will allow the speedy entrance through a pre-sales only entrance.

Please assist us in conveying this information to fellow supporters.


“It’s given everyone a big lift”

Friday May 5th, Maginn Park, Buncrana, 7.45pm

Bohemians are determined to build a run of form after recording their first win in five league games.

Bohs ended a sequence of four defeats in a row with a 2-0 victory last Friday after a determined performance against Finn Harps.

The Gypsies had earned plaudits for the manner of their performances during their winless streak, but manager Keith Long was relieved they finally had something to show for their efforts.

Long said: “We knew it would be a battle against Finn Harps. We kept our discipline and put in a professional display.

“It was a good win and it was important to get the three points. We were a bit nervous, but we’ve played better in other games and got nothing.


“The most important thing was that we won the game. It’s given everyone a big lift and should inject some confidence into the boys.”

Having taken the lead through an own goal, Oscar Brennan sealed the deal with a stunning effort in the second half.

Long is delighted with the progress of the 21-year-old, who started the season in the centre of defence having signed from Cabinteely, but has since more often been deployed in midfield.

Long said: “It was a good goal and he deserved it.

“Oscar has been very good all year. It’s a big step up from playing in the First Division but he’s showing us what he can do.

“He really wants to do well for the team and has a brilliant attitude. That’s half the battle.”

The Gypsies face a Derry City side who are on a winless run of their own.

Having started the season with four league wins on the spin, Kenny Shiels’ side have struggled to regain that form since the tragic passing of club captain Ryan McBride in March.

The Candystripes are six league games without a win since but Long is understandably cautious of a team that beat Bohs 4-1 at Dalymount on the opening day of the season and who have now beaten the Gypsies in each of the sides’ five previous meetings.

He said: “We’ve seen how good they can be already against us on the opening night. They are an excellent side with some excellent individual players and they will get back on track.”


Bohs hope to be boosted by the return of Dinny Corcoran. The striker has not featured since being forced off with a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day.

He has trained all week and it is expected that he will take his place on the bench at Maginn Park.

Derek Pender (quad) and Dylan Hayes (hip) are both doubts, but it is hoped they too will be available for selection.

Ismahil Akinade (surgery to remove spleen) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain out.

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