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SPOT OF BOTHER

BOHEMIANS 0 ST PAT’S 1

A wet Dalymount Park played host to its second Dublin Derby of the season as Liam Buckley’s St. Pats side came to Phibsboro in a fixture that produced 13 goals over three games last season, including one of the League of Ireland’s great strikes from Conan Byrne.

With just minutes played the home side got a golden opportunity for a dream start, when a scramble just inside the box saw Lee Desmond catch Oscar Brennan.

But for the second time in as many games The Gypsies failed to make it count. A combination of the post and Barry Murphy’s sharp reactions saw the Pat’s keeper hold on, much to the delight of the visiting fans.

The visitors punished the miss almost instantly when Simon Madden went on a marauding run down the right wing. The right backs initial effort from a tight angle was blocked but bounced straight back to his feet, and quickly squared to Dean Clarke to tap home.

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The end-to-end game saw some heroic defending Chiellini would have been proud of. First up Rob Cornwall threw himself at the feet of Ryan Brennan as the midfielder lined up a shot from the edge of the box. Ex-Aston Villa defender, repeated the feat when Eoghan Stoke lined up an effort from the right hand side of the box.

The home supporters thought they had equalized when Kevin Devaney picked out Dinny Corcoran at the back post, but the big strikers downward header was saved sharply again by Murphy.

As the second half wore on, the pattern was much the same as the first. Bohs having much more of the ball but lacking the cutting edge in the final third. Eoghan Stokes and Keith Ward went close with efforts but weren’t troubling Murphy.

The visitors, who looked dangerous on the break, went closest to scoring just before the 70th minute mark when Madden, again, clipped a delightful ball onto the head of sub Darragh Markey who directed his header down to the far post, forcing Supple to make one of the saves of the season so far.

As the clock ticked and the minutes trickled away, much like the performance against Derry City last time out, the Gypsies failed to muster that one big chance to get the equalizer as the Saint’s held on for a huge win and to take all three points back to Richmond Park.

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

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley

St Pat’s: Barry murphy, Ian Bermingham, Kevin Toner, Lee Desmond, Owen Garvan, Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan, Ryan Brennan, Simon Madden, Dean Clarke, Jamie Lennon

Subs: Brian Maher, Michael Barker, Graham Kelly, James Doona, Ian Turner, Darragh Markey, Jake Keegan

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

“It is a great challenge”

After 10 days without a game, Bohemians are looking to hit the ground running ahead of a congested fixture list that will see them play seven matches between now and the end of March.

Storm Emma saw both last Friday’s league meeting away to Cork City and Monday’s EA Sports Cup tie at home to Cabinteely postponed until Monday March 19 and Monday March 26 respectively in a month that already had two scheduled midweek league fixtures.

Keith Long’s squad will be tested to the maximum but he is looking forward to the challenge.

Ahead of welcoming his former club St Patrick’s Athletic to Dalymount Park, Long said: “The extreme weather has disrupted the fixture list and it will have a knock-on effect over the next few weeks with a backlog of games.

“This will be a test of our squad and our durability but it will be the same for all clubs.

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“We must get on with it. It is a great challenge for the players along with the staff in terms of planning and preparation.”

Last time out, Bohs failed to capitalise on an encouraging first-half performance against Derry City and ended up empty-handed after Ronan Curtis’ 60th-minute goal gave the visitors a perhaps undeserved 1-0 victory.

Long is hoping for a more consistent performance tomorrow and said: “Last week’s conditions meant it wasn’t a night for the faint-hearted, so we appreciated the support we got.

“But the result was very disappointing. I felt it was a great opportunity missed.

“It was a disjointed performance and we never really exerted enough pressure on the opposition when the game was in the balance.

“We must learn from this. But we are a young group and I believe we will improve.

“Hopefully now we can put in a good performance and get the desired result.”

TEAM NEWS

Dinny Corcoran (groin) and Rob Manley (hamstring) return to the squad. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) remain out.

Bohemians v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR LAST MAN STANDING

The deadline to enter the latest edition of the Bohemian FC Last Man Standing Competition is tomorrow, 12.30pm.

It’s just €10 to join with a guaranteed prize pot of €300!

You can sign up at LMS.bohemians.ie.

Spread the word and invite your friends to take part.

How does it work?

  • Pay your entry fee before the deadline of Saturday March 3, 12.30pm.
  • Each week, simply pick ONE team to win. If your team wins, you go through – lose or draw and you’re out.
  • You cannot pick that team again during the competition.
  • If the team you picked has their game postponed, you are automatically put through to the next round. But you cannot pick that team again in the competition.
  • If you forget to pick a team, you’ll be assigned the first team alphabetically that you’ve yet to pick.
  • Player with the longest streak of predicting winning teams wins the prize of €300.
  • If two players remain and both don’t pick a winner, the pot is split.
  • Every competition has a guaranteed winner with no rollover system in place.
  • If more than two remain, everyone goes through to the next round. If all remaining players lose their match in a round together, they all go through to the next round.
Bohemians Last Man Standing

CABINTEELY GAME OFF

Bohemians’ EA Sports Cup game against Cabinteely, originally scheduled for this Monday, has been postponed due to Storm Emma.

It has been rescheduled for Monday March 26, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

Bohs’ league game away to Cork City, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed until Monday March 19, Turner’s Cross. Kick-off time TBC.

Cabinteely

POST-MATCH: KEVIN DEVANEY

Kevin Devaney was understandably disappointed after Bohs’ 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night to Derry City, but spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game.

Filmed by Sean De Faoite

CORK MATCH OFF

Bohemians’ game away to Cork City this Friday – as well as all SSE Airtricity League games – has been postponed due to Storm Emma.

It has been rescheduled for Monday March 19.

POST-MATCH WITH KEITH LONG

It was a bitterly cold night and a bitterly disappointing defeat, losing 1-0 to Derry City in Dalymount Park last night.

Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after the game.

Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

CURTIS MAKES GYPSIES PAY

BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 1

A snowy picturesque Dalymount Park played host to a hugely entertaining encounter as bottom of the table Derry City, desperate for their first points of the season visited an undefeated Bohs side, who were without last seasons top scorer, Dinny Corcoran through injury.

Bohs had the better of possession in the opening period but were unable to make their dominance count. A few half chances through Eoghan Stokes, who looked very lively throughout, and a Keith Ward free kick that narrowly missed the top corner had The Gypsies well on top.

The chance of the half fell to Derry City hitman Ronan Curtis who broke the offside trap, but his low drive was well saved by the feet of Shane Supple. Just before the half, a wonderful pass from Paddy Kavanagh around the Derry defence found Stokes, but was smothered quickly by Gerard Doherty.

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The second half followed a similar pattern with Bohs having more of the ball but Derry looking very dangerous on the break. And it was the visitors took the lead just after the hour mark when Ronan Curtis hammered home from close range following a corner that wasn’t dealt with by the Bohs rear guard.

Ten minutes later there was mass confusion in the Derry six yard box. A deep corner looked to have been bundled home by a combination of players, but the referee saw an infringement, giving a free out much to the dismay of the home support.

With just minutes remaining the home side had a glorious chance to equalize. Kevin Devaney was hauled down in the box by substitute Conor McDermott. Up stepped ex-Leeds man Stokes but his penalty was brilliantly saved low to Doherty’s right. Right on the stroke of full time, Ben Doherty rattled the host’s cross bar as The Candystripes grabbed their first points of the season.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Karl Moore, Philip Gannon, Ian Morris, J.J. Lunney, Dylan Watts

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Aaron McEneff, Jamie McDonagh, Rory Hale, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson, Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Ben Doherty, Niall Logue, Nicky Low

Subs: Eric Grimes, Conor McDermott, Dapo Kayode, Cathal Farren, Chris Turner, Ronan Hale Jack Doyle

Referee: Rob Harvey

Bohemians v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“WE WANT TO DELIVER A TEAM THE FANS CAN BE PROUD OF”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
Tuesday February 27, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Match sponsor: Arkway Refrigeration
Matchball sponsor: Conal Devine & Associates

Bohemians welcome Derry City to Dalymount Park tomorrow looking to build on their encouraging start to the season which has seen Keith Long’s side take four points from their opening two games.

The Gypsies kicked off the 2018 season by coming from behind to claim derby-day bragging rights with a 3-1 derby victory against Shamrock Rovers.

And they had to dig deep once more in Limerick on Saturday after frustratingly falling behind against the run of play before new boy Eoghan Stokes’ late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw.

Manager Long said: “The character the team showed to dig out a result with a 90th-minute equaliser was really impressive.

“A point was the least we deserved having had the bulk of possession and looking the more likely to score throughout.

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“Conditions were really difficult underfoot and the pitch was awful, which didn’t help us. But we kept going and we found a way through with Eoghan grabbing his first goal for the club on his full debut.”

Long believes his side grew in stature drawing on the support of the big vocal home crowd in their opening night win against Rovers.

And he will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow against a Derry City side who have won all of the last seven meetings between the sides since Kenny Shiels took charge at the start of the 2016 season.

He said: “This is going to be another really testing challenge for us. We face a Derry side who finished fourth last season, have some excellent players and have one of the league’s canniest managers.

“Our home support was fantastic last time out, the noise and colour generated by our fans was amazing and the players could really feed off that.

“It was great to see Dalymount packed to the rafters and we hope we can generate the type of interest there was around the Rovers game for all our home games.

“There is a lot of really good work being done in the community and behind the scenes at Bohs.

“We want to capitalise on that by delivering a team that plays for the club, plays for the jersey, plays for its community and be one that the fans can be proud of.”

But with games coming thick and fast, Long is conscious of the demands being placed on his squad – one of only two part-time set-ups in the division – and could make changes to his line-up accordingly.

He said: “It important that we can depend upon lads to step into the team and do their jobs. This midweek round of fixtures has not favoured us.

“We find ourselves playing Derry with 24 hours less recovery and preparation time than our opponents, who played in Sligo on Friday night with us playing down in Limerick on Saturday.

“It will also see us travel to Cork on Friday with another 24 hours less recovery and preparation time than Cork, who play in Sligo tonight.

“I would like to see more of a level playing field. If there are back-to-back fixtures, they should be Friday/Monday for all teams or Saturday/Tuesday for all teams irrespective of clubs’ preferred night to play home games.

“You cannot underestimate the value of 24 hours when it comes to recovery. Derry and Cork do not need any further advantage over us – they already have one by being full-time.

“Their recovery with their players is more controlled than ours and to compete on the scheduling of these games in my view hands them another advantage and is unfair, especially when you factor in we are part-time.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs continue to be without long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal), while Rob Manley (hamstring) is likely to sit this one out too.

Keith Ward (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (ankle) were late withdrawals from the squad that travelled to Limerick but both are expected to be available for selection tomorrow.

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We’re not going to get carried away after one good result”

LIMERICK v BOHEMIANS
Saturday February 24, Markets Field, 6.30pm​

While Bohemians fans have enjoyed a week of derby day bragging rights, Keith Long and his players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

Two towering headers from a dominant Dan Casey and a stunning strike from Paddy Kavanagh saw the Gypsies overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat rivals Shamrock Rovers 3-1 at Dalymount Park last Friday.

It was the perfect way to kick off the new season but as fans are still beaming a week later, manager Long and his team quickly shifted their attention to tomorrow’s tricky trip to Markets Field.

They face a Limerick side who, in new manager Tommy Barrett’s first competitive game in charge, also kicked off their 2018 campaign with three points after a 1-0 win away to Sligo Rovers last Saturday.

Manager Long said: “We’ve spoken about the need to be more consistent this season, so we’re certainly not going to get carried away after one good result.

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“It was a great night for the fans, the players and everyone at the club. But you move on quickly.

“We know we will have to be fully focused for Limerick as there are no easy games, particularly now it’s a ten-team division.

“Limerick got a great win up in Sligo and kept another clean sheet having not conceded in pre-season either.

“They’ll be full of confidence, they’ve good players too, so it’s going to be a challenge and our attitude has got to be right.

“They’ve a new manager in place, it’s their first home game of season, so they will have a big crowd behind them.”

For Long, there are aspects of his team’s performance that he would like to see improve.

He said: “It wasn’t a perfect performance, there are improvements to be made. But it was the first game of the season.

“People are settling in and if you haven’t experienced the intensity of the derby before, nothing can prepare you for that and it takes time to get used to.

“What we have to do tomorrow is match the intensity of last week and try and improve our overall performance if we can.”

One player who continues to improve is 20-year-old defender Casey.

Having initially broken into the team at right-back following his arrival from Sunderland last July, it was at centre-back that he most impressed towards the end of the 2017 season.

Last week he grabbed his first two senior goals and the man-of-the-match award to cap it all off.

Long added: “I was really pleased for Dan. He’s still a young player with a lot to learn but I was delighted for him.

“He’s not the finished article yet but he has a good attitude and I believe he can become an important player for us.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs continue to be without long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) but Long has no other injury concerns.

Eoghan Stokes, Dan Casey and Oscar Brennan celebrate. Pic by Graham Keogh Hot Press
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