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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.

Gold Cup Winner

BUS TO CORK BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

  • Departs Dalymount: 11am sharp
  • Fare: €25
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Mail: bus@bohemians.ie to reserve seat
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TEAM NEWS v WATERFORD

Dan Byrne (family bereavement) misses the trip to face Waterford tonight.

Philly Gannon (groin) and Dinny Corcoran (groin) are doubts.

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

U15s WIN LINFIELD ACADEMY CUP

The new Bohemians/St Kevins’s U15 team have started as they mean to go on by winning the Linfield Academy Cup at the weekend.

Congratulations to Ger Browne and his team.

Linfield Academy Cup

VIDEO: MICHAEL D HIGGINS

We had a special guest in attendance on Friday night in Dalymount Park – Uachtarán na hÉireann (and passionate League of Ireland supporter) Michael D Higgins.

Jamie O’Halleron spoke to him after the game on what makes live football so special. #terracesnottv Filmed by Sean De Faoite

VIDEO: KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was another disappointing 1-0 defeat at home for Bohs, losing to St Patrick’s Athletic last night in Dalymount Park.

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

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