“It’s given everyone a big lift”

Bohemians v Derry City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

​DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
Friday May 5th, Maginn Park, Buncrana, 7.45pm

Bohemians are determined to build a run of form after recording their first win in five league games.

Bohs ended a sequence of four defeats in a row with a 2-0 victory last Friday after a determined performance against Finn Harps.

The Gypsies had earned plaudits for the manner of their performances during their winless streak, but manager Keith Long was relieved they finally had something to show for their efforts.

Long said: “We knew it would be a battle against Finn Harps. We kept our discipline and put in a professional display.

“It was a good win and it was important to get the three points. We were a bit nervous, but we’ve played better in other games and got nothing.

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“The most important thing was that we won the game. It’s given everyone a big lift and should inject some confidence into the boys.”

Having taken the lead through an own goal, Oscar Brennan sealed the deal with a stunning effort in the second half.

Long is delighted with the progress of the 21-year-old, who started the season in the centre of defence having signed from Cabinteely, but has since more often been deployed in midfield.

Long said: “It was a good goal and he deserved it.

“Oscar has been very good all year. It’s a big step up from playing in the First Division but he’s showing us what he can do.

“He really wants to do well for the team and has a brilliant attitude. That’s half the battle.”

The Gypsies face a Derry City side who are on a winless run of their own.

Having started the season with four league wins on the spin, Kenny Shiels’ side have struggled to regain that form since the tragic passing of club captain Ryan McBride in March.

The Candystripes are six league games without a win since but Long is understandably cautious of a team that beat Bohs 4-1 at Dalymount on the opening day of the season and who have now beaten the Gypsies in each of the sides’ five previous meetings.

He said: “We’ve seen how good they can be already against us on the opening night. They are an excellent side with some excellent individual players and they will get back on track.”

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Bohs hope to be boosted by the return of Dinny Corcoran. The striker has not featured since being forced off with a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day.

He has trained all week and it is expected that he will take his place on the bench at Maginn Park.

Derek Pender (quad) and Dylan Hayes (hip) are both doubts, but it is hoped they too will be available for selection.

Ismahil Akinade (surgery to remove spleen) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain out.

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