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KEITH LONG INTERVIEW

An understandably disappointed Keith Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron after last night’s 4-1 defeat to Derry City as the 2017 season kicks off.

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BOHEMIANS  1 – 4  DERRY CITY

Bohemians’ 2017 season got off to a rocky start as Derry City capitalized on a string of defensive errors in front of a packed Jodi Stand at Dalymount Park. The old ground has seen a few opening day defeats over the decades, but the wind was still knocked out of the boisterous home crowd as Kenny Shiels’ side punished Bohs at every possible opportunity. A brace from Nathan Boyle was sandwiched in between an opening penalty from Aaron McEneff and a rebounded effort from Lukas Schubert. Dinny Corcoran had briefly given the home support some hope by bringing the score back to 1-3 early in the second half, but Derry ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Bohs boss Keith Long handed first team debuts to Oscar Brennan, Georgie Poynton, and Jamie Doyle, while Corcoran and Keith Ward were making their ‘second debuts’ for the club. As had been the hope of many Gypsies fans in pre-season, Bohs went with a 4-4-2 formation with Doyle and Corcoran up front. Ward and Paddy Kavanagh provided width with Poynton and Ian Morris in central midfield. For the promise in the front six, it was the back four of Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Oscar Brennan and Lorcan Fitzgerald who definitely had a night to forget, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The night started with some fitting pomp and ceremony as the players were introduced to Bohs’ Honorary Life President Tony O’Connell, and the Finglas Brass Band provided music. With the confusion of Brexit perhaps still swirling, the playing of Amhrann na Bfhiann caused some puzzled faces in the Derry lineup. However, the men in green turned to face the flag eventually. The game itself began with a familiar home-away pattern. Bohs looked to get the ball forward to Corcoran and Doyle as often as possible, while Derry looked to hit on the counter attack.

It was from one of these counter attacks that the opening goal came on 14 minutes. Barry McNamee clipped the ball through to Rory Patterson on the right side of the box, and Bohs keeper Shane Supple raced out to meet him. Patterson touched the ball past Supple – on the way out of play, and the former Dublin keeper somewhat rashly took the striker out. The lack of real protestation from the Bohs players told the story as Paul McLaughlin pointed to the spot. Aaron McEneff dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner, despite Supple diving the right way.

Bohs came into the game in the middle period of the first half. The first real chance fell to the wrong man – Dan Byrne went on a rampaging run and played a one-two with Corcoran. However, he scuffed his shot when bearing down on Ger Doherty’s goal. Jamie Doyle was lively for the home side, stinging the palms of Doherty with a couple of low shots from outside the area. Doyle never stopped running and displayed the kind of attitude that goes down well in Dublin 7.

It looked like half-time would come with a relatively workable 0-1 scoreline, but an injury time moment of calamity gave Derry a huge cushion. Derek Pender had a routine backpass to Supple, but the ball was struck way too hard – and towards the open goal. Supple scrambled to hook the ball off the line, although it looked to many in the Jodi that it had already crossed. However, he could only direct it straight to Nathan Boyle who had the simple task of finishing it off.

The second half was only four minutes old when Derry got the killer goal. After a Bohs corner had been scrambled wide, Doherty launched a quick kick to Boyle on the right wing. Boyle, who had only replaced Paterson early in the first half, out-muscled Oscar Brennan, and after running almost 40 yards with the ball, smashed it through Supple’s legs. With the mood in the Jodi low, Bohs got a lifeline on 55 minutes. Georgie Poynton scooped a ball through towards Corcoran, and a deflection off a Derry midfielder meant the ball bounced kindly for Dinny, who finished clinically past Doherty.

A goal to make it 3-2 would have set the cat amongst the pigeons, and Bohs thought they had it on the hour mark. Pender’s cross was spilled by Doherty under pressure from Doyle, and Keith Ward tapped in – but referee McLaughlin (harshly) adjudged that Doyle had fouled Doherty while jumping. However, the burgeoning Bohs comeback was snuffed out on 65 minutes. Jamie Doyle’s square ball across the pitch was cut out by McNamee who played Boyle through. The Derry man was denied a hat-trick by a smart save from Supple, but another Derry sub – Lukas Schubert – was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net.

The last 20 minutes or so were played out at a slower pace – both teams knew the game was over. Long took the opportunity to give debuts to Kaleem Simon and Philly Gannon from the bench, but neither had the chance to make an impact. Minds turn to next week’s meeting with Shamrock Rovers. If there’s ever a game to erase the memory of a defeat, it’s a trip to that particular part of the world.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne, Oscar Brennan, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Ian Morris, Georgie Poynton, Keith Ward (Kaleem Simon, 61), Jamie Doyle (Philly Gannon, 78), Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Rob Cornwall, Eoghan Morgan, Dean Casey.

Derry City: Ger Doherty, Conor McDermott, Ben Doherty (Scott Whiteside, 68), Ryan McBride, Dean Jarvis, Nicky Low, Joshua Daniels (Lucas Schubert, 63), Aaron McEniff, Barry McNamee, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson (Nathan Boyle, 28). Subs not used: Eric Grimes, Rory Holden, Mark Timlin, Alon Netzer.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Jamie Doyle

CLUB STATEMENT

Ismahil Akinade has been withdrawn from tonight’s squad on medical advice.

Ismahil was due to undergo surgery last month at the Mater Hospital to resolve a low platelet count issue.

However, on the day he was due to receive the treatment, specialists decided not to proceed in order that he could receive further tests.

These tests came back clear and we are now awaiting a new date for Ismahil to undergo the required surgery.

It had been anticipated that he would be able to resume playing while awaiting a new date.

However, despite the player himself wishing to play, the club has received medical advice not to risk him until he has received the necessary treatment required.

The well-being of our players is of the utmost importance to the management team and club and we will adhere to that advice.

Izzy

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
Friday February 24th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has urged his new-look Bohemians team to start as they mean to go on when the 2017 season kicks off on Friday night.

The Gypsies welcome Derry City to Dalymount Park for their season opener and manager Long is relishing the challenge.

Long, in his third season in charge at Bohs, said: “We can’t wait to get started. It’s been another long off-season so we’re all eager to get out there now.

“It’s the first day of the season, so we know we’ll have a big home support.

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“It’s potentially the club’s last year in Dalymount, so we hope people will come and support us.”

Having lost some experienced players over the closed season, Long has had his work cut out rebuilding his squad.

But he has succeeded in attracting previous fans’ favourites such as Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran back to the club from Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic respectively, while defender Rob Cornwall joined from rivals Shamrock Rovers.

That experience has been complemented by the additions of exciting young talent such as Oscar Brennan (Cabinteely), Jamie Doyle (Shelbourne), Philip Gannon (Longford), Georgie Poynton (Dundalk – loan), Kaleem Simon (Longford) and Fuad Sule (St Patrick’s Atheletic).

Bedding in so many new players will be a challenge, but Long is placing high demands on his new recruits.

He said: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

“We’ve a lot of new faces and it’s important they try and get off to a good start.

“We want the supporters on our side from day one so we have to give them something to shout about and put in a good performance.”

Long has been impressed by his players’ dedication during pre-season.

He said: “They’ve worked extremely hard. They’ve bought into what we’re trying to do and their application has been first class.

“But pre-season is over. The serious business starts now. It’s about going out and delivering on the pitch.”

For all the positives of pre-season, there have been some negatives too. Midfielder Eoin Wearen suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear which is set to rule him out for the majority of the season.

Long said: “It was an impact injury in training and he will be out for six to nine months.

“It’s a big blow but it’s up to others in the group to see it as their opportunity to step up. One door closes, another one opens.”

In 2015, Bohs succeeded in beating Derry City three times out of three.

But it was a different story last year as it was the Candystripes’ turn to complete the clean sweep in the league, while Kenny Shiels’ side also knocked Bohs out of the FAI Cup.

Bohs were left frustrated on each occasion and felt they should have got something out of each of the four meetings.

Long added: “We lost too many games by the odd goal last year and against Derry that was no different.

“There were defeats we could have turned into draws and draws we could have turned into victories.

“We will have to rectify that this year. With the way the league is being restructured, every point is massive. Everyone will be scrapping.”

SSE Airtricity & FAI Photoshoot with League Players

Win a pair of VIP season tickets with Mr Green

Show your colours to win a pair of VIP season tickets with Mr Green.

Our friends at Mr Green write:

The 2017 season kick-off is in sight, Dalymount is ready, we want to see how you’ll be showing your colours in support of Bohs. Got a jersey as old as the hills? A scarf on its last threads?

Post your photo in the comments here to enter. The more creative the better.

Mr Green will pick his favourite entry and the winner will be announced here on Monday February 27th at midday.

Prize includes: Entry to all home games in 2017, seats in the sponsorship box, half-time hospitality, match programme and a feature piece on you in the programme.

Mr Green

REMINDER: COMEDY NIGHT POSTPONED

The Bohemian Foundation Comedy Night, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed until Saturday April 8 with the same line-up and venue.

Tickets will be valid for the new show or you can obtain a refund by emailing foundation@bohemians.ie.

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You winning jersey

The fans have spoken and your votes have been counted!

We’re very proud to announce the winning  away kit design, decided by a poll on the Mr Green Sportsbook Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

Your winning jersey

COMEDY NIGHT POSTPONED

The Bohemian Foundation Comedy Night, originally scheduled for February 16th, has been postponed until Saturday April 8 with the same line-up and venue.

Tickets will be valid for the new show or you can obtain a refund by emailing foundation@bohemians.ie.

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CHOOSE THE 2017 BOHS AWAY JERSEY

Bohemians, in conjunction with our sponsors Mr Green, are giving supporters the chance to decide our away jersey for the 2017 season.

Vote for your favourite now and you could WIN one of five shirts – or one of ten €20 Mr Green FREE BETS.

Since joining forces in 2014, the past three seasons have seen the Gypsies don green away kits as part of our partnership with Mr Green.

But now we think it’s time for change – and both Bohemians and Mr Green want our fans to decide what we will wear on our travels this year.

The poll is being conducted on the new Mr Green Sportsbook page.

To cast your vote, react with ‘love’ for option 1, ‘haha’ for option 2 or ‘wow’ for option 3.

Voting closes Monday 13th at noon, and winners will be drawn at random. Get voting!

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Keith Long Q&A/Jersey auction for Mags

MEMBERS’ BAR, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10th, 7pm, DALYMOUNT PARK

Bohemians would like to welcome all supporters to the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park this Friday for a question and answers session from 7pm with manager Keith Long and some members of his squad.

After the Q&A, we will be hosting a jersey auction for Mags Forkan, wife of club member Jimmy Dignam, who suffers from EDS and is currently fundraising for life-saving surgery in the United States.

Included in auction are Tony O’Connor’s 2001 double-winning jersey and the Pele-signed jersey from 2015.

More details will be posted about these items in the coming days. If you would like to bid before Friday, please email luke@bohemians.ie.

More details about Mags’ condition can be found here and you can donate directly to Mags’ fund here.

Keith Long Q&A
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