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Keith Long post-match

It was an empathic performance from Bohs last night in Dalymount Park, beating Bray Wanderers 6-0.

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

BOHEMIANS 6 BRAY WANDERERS 0

Bohemians hit sorry Seagulls for six, as new signing Daniel Kelly makes himself an instant fan favourite netting two in a Dalymount demolition job.

Kelly, earning his first start against his former club after impressing off the bench in the defeat to Sligo Rovers, got the home side the dream start with just five minutes played. The pacey front man reacted quickest to Rhys Gorman’s header back to his keeper and nicked in ahead of Evan Moran to poke home.

Kelly, now relishing his role on the right wing, doubled his personal tally and the lead on the 22nd minute. Keith Ward took the ball on his chest in the box from a cross field ball but his snap shot was brilliantly saved by Moran, goal mouth scramble ensued and that man of the moment curled a delightful effort with the outside of his right boot to the far post.

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The home side sensed blood and made it three moments later from the spot. In keeping with the against the ex-player theme, it ws ex-Bohs defender Dylan Hayes who gave away the spot kick, bundling into the back of Ward who played a lovely one-two with JJ Lunney. Up stepped Dinny Corcoran to slot home. Just before the break the rampant home side made it four with a rocket from the right boot of Kevin Devaney form 20 yards out, who certainly doesn’t do tap ins.

The Gypsies wasted no time adding a fifth just minutes after the start of the second half. Rob Cornwall got in on the act following Ward’s deep corner. Corcoran did well to keep it alive and up rose the big centre half to nod home.

Amazing scenes were to follow as Bohs were awarded their second penalty of the game after Lyons was hauled down by Moran. Chants of “Kelly, Kelly” rang around Phibsboro – as the youngster was on a hattrick- but Corcoran ignored the crowd. The penalty was brilliantly saved by Moran, as a chorus of boo’s sarcastically erupted from the Gypsie faithful.

Substitute Cristian Magerusan added insult to injury and, on his league debut, added a 6th with a very well taken finish on a memorable night for the youngster.

The massive victory puts a seven point gap between themselves and Limerick and, also, Keith Longs troops have a far superior goal difference (23 goals better off) which could count as an extra point come the end of the season if things get tight again.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney, Daniel Kelly, Andy Lyons

Subs: Sean Bohan, Dan Byrne, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Cristian Magerusan, Ian Morris, Paddy Kirk

Bray Wanderers: Evan Moran, Conor Kenna, Sean Heaney, Paul O’Conor, Ger Pender, Jake Kelly, Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman, Gary McCabe, Dragos Mamaliga, Sean Harding

Subs: Mark O’Connor, Calvin Rogers, Darragh Noone, Jake Ellis, Cian Walsh, Byron O’Gorman, Alex Rafferty

Referee: Neil Doyle

Bohemians v Bray Wanderers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“Expectation is part of the game”

BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS
Friday July 20, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians they need to start learning to deal with expectation if they are to play their way out of danger.

Calamitous defending from two corners in the first half and the sending-off of influential skipper Derek Pender early in the second half culminated in Bohs succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at Dalymount Park to Sligo Rovers last week.

Unusually, Bohs are at home for the second week running and Long has challenged his side to make up for last week’s defeat and give fans something to cheer about.

Long said: “It was a great opportunity missed last week. We conceded really poor goals. It’s not good enough to concede from set plays.

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“We get good crowds who create a good atmosphere and the players enjoy playing in Dalymount.

“But I feel we seem to enjoy the tag of underdog a lot better than being favourites.

“There is more of an onus on us at home, which brings that expectation. But we have to be able to deal with this.

“Expectation is part of the game and we must show character and resolve now to answer our critics. I can think of nothing better than starting with a win at home to Bray.”

Tonight’s opponents have had a well-documented tumultuous past month.

Three weeks without pay has seen players leave and and a strike notice served, while manager Martin Russell quit late last night.

That strike notice is on hold for now after wages were finally paid yesterday and Long expects a fight from the division’s bottom side.

He said: “Bray players won’t let a change in manager affect them. They will be motivated and positive going into this game.

“Their players have been through the mill over recent weeks with the well-documented events taking place at the club regarding unpaid wages.

“The lads don’t seek or want this type of media attention – they are footballers and that’s what they want to do play football.

“They should not have to go on strike as a mechanism to get paid. Clubs need to be accountable and contracts need to be honoured.

“On the pitch, they haven’t let it get to them though so we have to be ready.

“They have have beaten Sligo in their last league outing and considering our last home game resulted in us losing 3-0 here, this game takes on even greater significance for us.

“We need to go out and show what we’re made of.”

TEAM NEWS

Derek Pender is suspended after being shown a straight red card against Sligo Rovers last week. As a result, Andy Lyons is promoted from the U19s as cover.

Goalkeeper Colin McCabe (shoulder) and striker Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Midfielder Philly Gannon has left the club by mutual consent with Long adding: “I’d like to thank Philly for his 18 months at the club.

“He’s worked hard but he’s at the stage where he needs and wants to be playing first-team football. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2018

The 2018 Bohemians Fantasy Football Premier League is open for entries.

It’s €20 to sign up to play for the following guaranteed prizes:

  • 1st €500
  • 2nd €250
  • 3rd €125
  • 4th Golf for 4 at St Margaret’s Golf & Country Club
  • 5th Bohemian FC Season Ticket
  • 6th €75
  • 7th: €50
  • 8th: €50
  • 9th €50
  • 10th €50

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VIDEO: KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was a very disappointing defeat last night in Dalymount, Bohemians losing 0-3 to Sligo Rovers.

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

BOHEMIANS 0 SLIGO ROVERS 3

The only SSE Airtricity Premier Division this evening threw up a massive encounter at the wrong end of the table as both Bohemians and Sligo Rovers did battle for an enormous three points. A victory that could that could potentially dictate how the remainder of the season would play out for all concerned.

A quite cagey opening finally burst into life with 20 minutes on the clock. Gypsies winger Kevin Devaney rushed out wide to try keey Shane Supples clearance in play, but inadvertently put it behind for a corner. Regan Donelon’s excellent delivery was powered home by the unchallenged Jack Keaney to give the visitors the lead.

This setback ignited a fire in the home side and finally burst into life for the remainder of the half. The lively Keith Ward saw his tremendous 30 yard strike miss the top corner by inches. Keith Buckley saw a “Benjamin Pavard” style volley, direct from a corner, brilliantly tipped over the bar by Mitchell Beeney and Oscar Brennan had a couple of deflected efforts as the Gypsies tried to suffocate their relegation rivals.

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The “Bit O’ Red” dealt a killer blow right before half time, and again, from a set piece. McCabe’s corner to the back post resulted in an almighty goal mouth scramble and as the ball dropped, David Cawley scuffed the ball towards goal which looked to go in off Dinny Corcoran on the line.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side, as just six minutes into the second half Derek Pender saw red for a wild, mistimed lunge on Regan Donelon.

The visitors didn’t take long making the man advantage count and just minutes later Cawley made it three, showing some quick feet in the box to shift the ball onto his right foot and reverse his low effort back into the near post.

Bohs thought they got one back, only for Seamus Sharkey to pull off a miraculous goal line clearance. Kevin Devaney burst through down the left wing from a quickly taken throw in and hammered the ball over Beeney, but somehow, Sharkey running back towards his own goal, managed to head over the bar on the line. The centre half was running at such speed he was unable to stop himself flying into, and ripping, the net in the process.

Keith Long will be bitterly disappointed at not just the manner of conceding the goals but the contrast in performances compared to how they’ve played since the break.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney

Subs: Jamie Cleary, Daniel Byrne, Karl Moore, Danny Grant, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Daniel Kelly

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Regan Donelon, Seamus Sharkey, Rhys McCabe, Mikey Drennan, Lee J Lynch, Kris Twardek, Adam Wixted, Jack Keaney, John Mahon, David, Cawley

Subs: Ed McGinty, Kyle McFadden, Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Kerrigan, Darren Collis, Lewis Morrison

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We need to build on the results since the break”

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
Friday July 13, Dalymout Park, 7.45pm
Match Sponsors: Lilliput Trading Company. Matchball Sponsors: Tom and Dee Duignan

Bohemians face into tonight’s six-pointer against Sligo Rovers encouraged by two positive results since the mid-season break.

Bohs secured all three points with a 1-0 victory in a challenging Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park a fortnight ago.

A more polished performance last week away to Waterford yielded a point in a 1-1 draw but Bohs will feel their first-half display in particular ought to have earned them all three.

Those results see Bohs sit in seventh position in the table on 25 points. Tonight’s opponents are one place and two points behind.

A win for Keith Long’s men would see them build a positive gap between them and the three teams below them. But defeat would see them dragged right back into the battle to beat the drop.

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Long said: “On the back of a decent display down in Waterford, we go into tonight’s game in a positive frame of mind.

“Our performance down in the RSC was good. We played with intensity and determination not to be beaten against a top side with some really talented players.

“We have talent in our group also and first half we showed that in abundance, creating several chances and perhaps could have gone in at the break with more goals to show for our efforts.

“I thought we were denied what looked like to me a stonewall penalty in the first half and maybe with better execution, we could have extended our lead into the second half when Waterford came on strong and we had to dig in to come away with a point.

“We had a large vocal travelling support who made the trip to the south east, it was great to see so many supporters there getting behind their team. We hope for more of the same tonight.

“We need to build on the results since the break with an opportunity tonight against Sligo who will be as desperate as we are to pick up the points, which are so important at this stage of the season.”

Expected to feature in tonight’s squad is Daniel Kelly. The midfielder/winger joins from Bray Wanderers for whom he scored in their visit to Dalymount Park in March.

Kelly said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Bohs. I am buzzing. I can’t wait to get going and hopefully I’ll do well.”

TEAM NEWS 

Ian Morris (hamstring) is a doubt. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

VIDEO: KEITH LONG POST-MATCH

It was an empathic performance from Bohemians last night in Dalymount Park, beating Bray Wanderers 6-0.

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

“OUR DAY HAS TO COME MORE OFTEN THAN IT HAS DONE”

​WATERFORD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday July 6 2018, The RSC, 7.45pm

Bohemians have shown they are a match for any team on their day but manager Keith Long has challenged them for that day ‘to come more often than it has done.’

Tomorrow, they face a team flying high in third place but who can count themselves fortunate to have taken six points from their two previous meetings against the Gypsies this season.

Bohs have been on the wrong side of two 1-0 scorelines against the Blues. In the RSC in March, the Gypsies were architects of their own downfall as a mistake at the back allowed Sander Puri claim all three points.

More frustratingly, some questionable officiating decisions, a sucker-punch from Courtney Duffus and an inability to convert chances into goals combined to see Bohs lose when the sides met again in Dalymount in May in a game they dominated.

Tomorrow, Bohs will look to claim their first points against Waterford this season but they face a side who have strengthened further with the additions of Angola international Carlos Wilson as well as Ireland underage internationals Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba.

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Bohs on the other hand have to contend with the loss of Dylan Watts after the playmaker’s loan deal and contract with parent club Leicester City expired.

Long said: “Dylan is a big loss for us, there’s no shying away from that. He’s been an exciting player to watch and we’ll miss him. But we’ll be working hard to strengthen in areas if we can.

“Waterford have already strengthened again this month, bringing in players with a good pedigree.

“They’ve good resources behind them – resources we’d be envious of. I don’t say that begrudgingly, it’s good for the league to have a strong Waterford team but it makes the challenge for us even greater.

“They’re in a good position in the league and have proved difficult opposition for any team this season.

“But we have shown on our day that we are a match for anyone. But our day has to come more often than it has done.

“We’re going down buoyed by winning a Dublin derby though and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Bohs had goalkeeper Shane Supple and a wonder goal from Kevin Devaney to thank for their day coming last Friday.

Outplayed by St Pat’s for the opening half-hour or so, Supple was called into action more often than he would have liked to keep the score level before Devaney conjured up a bit of magic to fire home the game’s decisive goal from 35 yards out.

For a team who can feel hard-done-by with some results this season, getting the three points on board was the most important thing.

Long added: “It was an important win. We’re getting towards the business end of the season so every win is important and every point matters.

“We were fortunate to have been scoreless when we took the lead.

“We were frustrated by our performance in the first half, it was a strange half. We were very slow to start playing, the heat and fact it was first game back after a week off might have played a part there.

“But we coughed up far too many chances for St Pat’s and we had some great saves from Shane and some last-gasp clearances from Derek Pender and Co to thank for keeping us in the game.

“We rode our luck, on another day we could have been three down. But it was a beautiful goal – something out of nowhere – by Kevin Devaney and it was worthy of winning any game.

“We made a couple of tactical and positional changes at half-time that saw us improve in the second half but the important thing was we found a way to score and we found a way to win.

“If you contrast that to our previous game two weeks previously where we went down to Cork, conceded in the 89th minute and were desperately unlucky to come away with nothing, then you can you can say we deserved some good fortune last week. We were delighted with the result, if not the performance.

“As I said last week, if we produce that performance in Cork every week, we’ll be fine.”

TEAM NEWS

Loanee Dylan Watts played his last game for the club against St Pat’s after his loan deal and contract with Leicester City expired.

There were two late withdrawals ahead of last week’s game. Dinny Corcoran (groin) remains a doubt, but Keith Buckley (bug) returns.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan

“THE LADS HAVE COME BACK DETERMINED TO PUSH FORWARD”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League
Friday June 29, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long believes Bohemians are back from the mid-season break refreshed and determined to put on a performance in front of their home fans.

The Gypsies went into the brief break on the back of two defeats, but two contrasting performances.

A 2-0 loss in what was a frustrating display at home to Derry City three weeks ago was followed up with a much-improved outing away to champions Cork City a week later.

But, agonisingly, Long’s side ended up empty-handed again after a last-gasp winner for John Caulfield’s team.

Long said: “I thought we were very good in Cork. It was necessary that we put in a performance after we felt we let ourselves down against Derry.

“We were very unlucky down in Cork. We had a goal disallowed and a one cleared off the line.

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“Conceding so late in the game was very disappointing. But overall it was a good performance.

“If we play like that every week, we will be fine. But we all know we have to be more consistent.”

While Long was disappointed with some recent results, opposite number Liam Buckley will also be frustrated with his side’s recent form, which has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table.

But Long is only concerned with improving the form of his own team, which has been buoyed by the return to fitness of Darragh Leahy and Karl Moore.

Long said: “The break has maybe come at a good time for St Pat’s too as they’d lost five in a row before that.

“But we can only focus on ourselves. Our lads have gone away for a few days and they’re back determined and with a renewed energy to push forward.

“We know we have to be better on the pitch. But everyone is back looking forward to that challenge. They’re chomping at the bit.

“With the league going to ten teams this year, this was always going to be tough.

“Other clubs have increased budgets exponentially. We knew it was going to be a challenging season.

“But we’re not going to shy away from that challenge – we’re looking forward to it.”

As Irish temperatures today soared to 30 degrees again today, Long hopes football fans will take advantage of the first break day in the World Cup to come along to Dalymount for a Dublin derby.

He added: “It’s going to be a great evening for football. Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd in early.

“We want to give our fans something to shout about and repay the faith they’ve shown in us.

“Our home form has let us down at times and that’s something we are striving to put right.”

Darragh Leahy (knee), Karl Moore (ankle) and Colin McCabe (shoulder) are all available for selection once more.

Cristian Magerusan, out with a broken metatarsal since pre-season, played 45 minutes and scored for the U19s in a friendly against Glentoran on Saturday as he continues his recovery.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Keith Long by Michael Ryan
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