“we can’t afford to get carried away by one result”

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DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
Monday April 16 2018
The Brandywell, 7.45pm

With fans still beaming after Friday’s Dublin Derby win, boss Keith Long and his team immediately switched attention to tomorrow’s trip to face Derry City.

In an excellent team performance against Shamrock Rovers, the Gypsies netted in the ninth minute of injury time to claim what was only the club’s third victory over the Hoops in Tallaght in nine years.

Eighteen-year-old Danny Grant – in his second first-team start – set up 19-year-old Darragh Leahy to send the vocal travelling support home delirious.

Earlier, Dan Byrne, who grew up supporting the Gypsies from the Jodi Stand, cancelled out Dan Carr’s opener.

After the game, Byrne summed it up: “That’s what I dreamed of when I was 10 years of age.”

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It was Bohs’ third win in a row over the Hoops and the late winner was no more than their efforts and play deserved.

But while fans are soaking it all up, Long has not fallen into the temptation of dwelling on the result.

Failure to build on the team’s season opener win against Shamrock Rovers in February had been a source of frustration for Long. So for him and his team, it’s straight on to the next battle.

He said: “It’s important for us to climb the table, so we can’t afford to get carried away by one result.

“It was an excellent performance. The challenge now is to try and reproduce that every week.

“It’s a quick turnaround playing on Friday and travelling up to Derry – especially given the intensity of a derby – so obviously we will have to freshen things up.

“But Derry have had to come down to Dalymount on a Tuesday already this season too for the corresponding fixture, so it’s the same for every team the way fixtures have been scheduled this year.”

Derry’s much-anticipated return to the refurbished Brandywell this season has bolstered a side that Bohs have struggled to get to grips with in recent seasons.

Since Kenny Shiels took charge at the start of the 2016 season, the Candystripes have won all eight games against the Gypsies in the league and cup.

Long added: “Tomorrow is a huge challenge for us. Derry have won every game they’ve played since returning to the Brandywell.

“They’re flying back at the Brandywell and have had vocal support behind them for every game.

“Our record against them in recent seasons has been poor, so we have to be at our very best to try and rectify that.

“It’s a good pitch to play on and we’ll be looking forward to the challenge.”

TEAM NEWS

Dan Casey (concussion) returns.

Derek Pender (calf) and Oscar Brennan (ankle) remain out alongside long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate).

Dan Byrne, who hobbled off with cramp on Friday, is okay to play.

Luke O’Riordan

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