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All the latest club news and updates from Dalymount Park.

KEITH WARD POST-MATCH

Keith Ward starred in Bohs’ 5-0 victory over Limerick on Friday, and although he wasn’t among the goals, he was buzzing after the full-time whistle.

Jamie O’Halleron caught up with him after the game. FIlmed by Sean De Faoite.

“We will be doing our utmost to come out on top”

BOHEMIANS v LIMERICK
Friday August 8 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Match sponsor: Madhouse - based on the true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher
Matchball sponsor: Tom Geraghty

Keith Long has warned Bohemians to expect a battle when Limerick come to Dalymount Park tonight.

The Gypsies are currently in seventh place, four points ahead of Tommy Barrett’s side who are ninth and in the play-off spot.

A win for Bohs would see them open up a healthy seven-point gap between them and the Shannonsiders.

But defeat would see the margin whittled down to a solitary point and have Long’s men looking nervously over their shoulders.

Long said: “There has been nothing between the sides this season with the three previous games finishing in draws and there is very little between the teams in terms of league standings either, so this game could prove very important in the context of our season.

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“Limerick have, along with Bray Wanderers, been in the news for the wrong reasons so you have to admire the way Tommy and his players have focused on football and have picked up some impressive results since we last met.

“We will be doing our utmost to come out on top following Sunday’s defeat in Dundalk.

“Limerick have a 48-hour advantage on us in terms of recovery but we have prepared well this week and everyone is looking forward to the challenge.”

Bohs bounced back from an uninspiring 3-0 defeat against Sligo Rovers three weeks ago with a thumping 6-0 defeat of Bray a fortnight ago.

Not many gave the Gypsies a chance when they travelled to Oriel Park last Sunday. They lost the game 2-0 for the Lilywhites’ 11th league victory in a row but Long was pleased with his team’s efforts.

He said: “The performance in Dundalk was good. The lads worked extremely hard against the division’s top side.

“We were arguably the better side for the first 30 minutes. We played some good attacking football and matched Dundalk in every area.

“We created chances, which we didn’t take. When you’re in the ascendancy, you need to capitalise which we didn’t.

“Unfortunately we conceded a goal from a corner and what looked to me a dubious enough penalty in the second half.

“But to their credit, the players never stopped trying and we almost got back in the game with 10 minutes remaining when Keith Ward hit the foot of the post and then saw another effort cleared off the line.”

TEAM NEWS

Striker Ryan Masterson comes into the squad having been signed last week.

Skipper Derek Pender is available for selection after serving his two-match ban.

He will vie for a place at right-back with Andy Lyons, who turned 18 yesterday, impressing in his absence.

Rob Cornwall (hamstring), a late withdrawal against Dundalk, remains a doubt.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Another notable absentee from the squad will be Paddy Kavanagh, who has left the club by mutual consent after four and a half years with the club.

Long added: “Paddy Kavanagh has this week left the club and I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Paddy for all his efforts during my tenure at Dalymount.

“Paddy is a great guy and was a key member of the squad very popular amongst the players and staff alike. We wish him well for the future.”

Bohemians v Bray Wanderers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We need to find that level of consistency”

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE
Sunday July 29, Oriel Park, 7pm

K[/toggle]eith Long has warned Bohemians that Dundalk will not allow their European campaign distract them from the task at hand at Oriel Park tomorrow.

After drawing the first leg of their Europa League qualifying tie against AEK Larnaca 0-0, talk has already turned to Thursday’s return leg in Cyprus.

But Long said: “They’re not a team that takes their eye off the ball.

“Obviously they have the second leg of their European tie to look forward to next week, but their focus will be on this game.

“It’s going to be tough up there as it is for all teams. We’ll be the underdogs but we’re not going up there to make up the numbers.

“We’ve worked hard all week and we’re going up to Dundalk to try and get something out of the game.”

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The Gypsies come into this buoyed by last week’s 6-0 drubbing of Bray Wanderers – Bohs’ biggest league win in 17 years when they beat UCD by the same scoreline.

It was the perfect response having slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Sligo Rovers a week previously.

Long said: “We played really well and should have scored more.

“It was an excellent performance. I saw Bray last night and Cork in some ways laboured to a 3-1 victory so we can be very pleased with how we fared.

“There is still a lot to play for this season. If we can perform to the level we performed last week, then we we can feel confident.

“If we play like we did two weeks ago against Sligo, then we’ll make things difficult for ourselves.

“We need to find that level of consistency, which has been our problem this year.

“But we’re going from playing the division’s bottom side to playing one of if not the division’s top side.

“Dundalk have no real weaknesses. They’re very strong and very committed throughout their team.”

While Daniel Kelly grabbed the headlines last week with two goals against his former club in his first start for Bohs, Long was keen to praise the efforts of debutant Andy Lyons.

Lyons, who turns 18 on Thursday, deputised in place of suspended captain Derek Pender and gave an accomplished performance at right-back.

Long added: “Andy came from St Joseph’s through to captaining our U17s and U19s. He has done very well for us.

“He’s been in and around the first team for a while and with Derek suspended, we felt it was the right game to give him his chance.

“Obviously tomorrow’s game is a different level of opposition and will be a real test but he can be pleased with how he did last week.”

TEAM NEWS

Derek Pender (suspended) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are out. Eoghan Stokes (knee) – a late withdrawal last week – is available for selection.

Striker Ryan Masterson signed for the club yesterday but his registration has not come through in time for him to feature tomorrow.

Bohemians v Bray Wanderers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

YOUTH FIXTURES

Bohs-SKB U17s extended their lead at the top of the Northern Elite Division to five points with a 1-0 win over Shelbourne at the AUL last night, Liam McGrath scoring the only goal of the game.

Our U19s, buoyed by their 6-0 win against Waterford on Wednesday night in the Enda McGuill Cup quarter-finals, look to close the gap on division leaders St Patrick’s Athletic when they host Shelbourne at noon tomorrow at IT Blanchardstown.

On Sunday, we ask supporters to get behind the Bohs-SKB U15s when they get the rare opportunity to play at Dalymount Park at 1.30pm.

Ger Browne’s side are just one point off Group 1 leaders St Patrick’s Athletic.

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STRIKER MASTERSON SIGNS

Bohemians have completed the signing of striker Ryan Masterson.

Having previously played for Hyde United, the 21-year-old joined Drogheda United last summer but saw his impact curtailed by injury.

Welcoming Masterson to the club, manager Keith Long said: “Ryan’s been training with us for the past few weeks and we’ve been impressed with him.

“He was unlucky with injuries last season, which stalled his progress at Drogheda, but he’s keen to get back playing now.

“It’ll take him a few weeks to get up to speed but we’ve seen that he has ability and he will offer us a different dynamic up front.”

While Long welcomes one new face to the club, a familiar one departs as 29-year-old winger Karl Moore has ended his second spell with Bohs by mutual consent.

Long added: “I was very reluctant to let Karl go. He’s worked hard and we’re disappointed to see him leave but he feels he needs to play more regularly.”

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MANAGER PRAISES DEPARTING GANNON

Everyone at Bohemians would like to wish Philly Gannon all the best with his future career after the midfielder left the club by mutual consent at the weekend.

Manager Keith Long said: “I’d like to thank Philly for his 18 months at the club.

“He’s worked extremely hard but he’s at the stage where he needs and wants to be playing regular first-team football.

“He is a good professional and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Philly Gannon and Keith Buckley celebrate 13/4/2018

BUS TO DUNDALK

The Bohs supporters’ bus is bound for Oriel Park this Sunday July 29.

  • Meet: 4.30pm  (Dalymount/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Departs: 5pm sharp
  • Kick-off 7pm
  • Fare: €15
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place
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DANIEL KELLY POST-MATCH

It was a dream full debut for Daniel Kelly, scoring twice against his old club in Bohs’ 6-0 win over Bray.

Jamie O’Halleron caught up with him after the match. Filmed by Sean De Faoite

FIXTURE CHANGE

Bohemians’ game away to Dundalk, originally scheduled for Friday July 27, has been rescheduled for Sunday July 29, Oriel Park, 7pm.

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.

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