Preview: Bohemians v UCD

Keith Long wants a quick response from his side when they host UCD at Dalymount Park tonight as Bohemians look to move up a congested league table.

They face the league’s bottom side, but a team they struggled to break down the last time they met six weeks ago when the spoils were shared after a 1-1 draw in Belfield.

Bohs come into the game licking their wounds after a 3-1 defeat to champions Shamrock Rovers last week at the same venue.

Bohs found themselves 2-0 down at the break after a disappointing first-half showing, but battled hard to get back into the game when Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe scored on 69 minutes only for Rovers to reinstate their two-goal advantage a minute later.

Long said: “It is important that we react in the right manner after last week’s defeat to Rovers and to try and bounce back quickly tonight against UCD.

“We know we are a little bit short of where we would like to be at this point in the season but we also know things can change quickly.

“We also know that you don’t get anything for free in this league and you have to earn every point that you get.

“UCD are always dangerous opponents and caused us massive problems in our last game in the UCD Bowl.

“They have good young players and can hurt you if your performance levels are not right.

“From our perspective, we know we have to perform better and perform consistently better. The players are working extremely hard in training and in the analysis room to improve performances.

“To their credit, the lads have always accepted responsibility and are determined to put things right.

“We need to remain positive, our season is very much alive and I believe we can put a good run together and climb the table.”

With another big Bohs crowd expected in both the Jodi Stand and Des Kelly Stand tonight, Long is hoping the home support can give his side a big lift.

He added: “The support last week in difficult circumstances was terrific. Tonight is another Dublin Derby, there are three points on offer as there was last week.

“These are the games that our season will be defined on and in that respect your support is vital for the players.

“I absolutely accept we have a responsibility to get you on the edge of your seat watching the team play and at times this year that has been difficult.

“We need your support, it genuinely can be the difference. Hopefully we can repay the faith you have shown in the team with a strong performance and committed team display.”

TEAM NEWS

Rory Feely (ankle) and James Finnerty (knee) are out while Stephen Mallon (ankle), Conor Levingstson (hamstring) and Grant Horton (knee) are doubts.

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 22 2022
Dalymount Park, 745pm

Bohemians manager Keith Long has challenged his side to perform to their optimum in the Dublin Derby tonight and to retain courage and belief against their rivals.

Bohs put aside their frustration of conceding late goals in three of their previous four games to beat Shelbourne with a convincing 4-1 win at Tolka Park on Easter Monday.

But they face a far greater challenge when champions Shamrock Rovers come to Dalymount Park tonight.

Second-placed Rovers reduced the gap on league leaders from six points to one over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Bohs are currently in sixth but looking for results to go their way to move up the table with third spot within touching distance, just two points away.

Long said: “It has been a challenging time on the field of play for us but it was pleasing to bounce back from the disappointment of last Friday against Finn Harps with a good team performance on Monday against Shelbourne.

“Shelbourne are difficult opponents and to come away from Tolka Park with an emphatic win was great testament to the players.

“It was not a perfect performance but nonetheless the players reacted in a positive fashion scoring some good goals which we hope will give us confidence ahead going into tonight’s game.”

 

Not a whole lot separated Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers when they met at Tallaght Stadium last month.

But as Bohs struggled to created chances, Rory Gaffney’s first-half goal was enough to win it for Rovers.

And now Long is looking to bring that attacking threat and determination seen at Tolka Park on Monday into this evening’s game.

He said: “Our focus and efforts had to shift quickly to playing Shamrock Rovers as we know this represents a massive challenge against the current league champions.

“Rovers are in great form and have quality players and a depth of squad unrivalled in this league.

“We will have to perform at our optimum tonight and that’s a fantastic challenge for us.

“It’s essential we show great courage to retain belief.”

TEAM NEWS

James Finnerty (knee) is making progress but still a number of weeks away from full fitness, while Stephen Mallon (ankle) is likely to sit this one out too.

Meanwhile, loanee JJ McKiernan has returned to Watford, with Long adding: “JJ was frustrated with lack of game-time. We would like to thank JJ for his efforts during his short time at the club and wish him every success for the future.”

PREVIEW: SHELBOURNE v BOHEMIANS

SHELBOURNE v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Monday April 18 2022
Tolka Park, 3pm

Keith Long wants Bohemians to turn frustration into motivation when they make the short trip to Tolka Park this afternoon.

In three of their last four games, Bohs have conceded late goals to lose points.

The good news is that they remain just three points off third, but conceding those three late goals in their last four games have cost them five points.

That has frustrated Long and his players, but they are happy that a quick turnaround gives them an opportunity to bounce back quickly today.

Against Finn Harps on Friday night, Bohs conceded in the 93rd minute for a 2-2 draw having bossed the game for the majority of the second half with plenty of chances to put the game beyond doubt.

Long said: “We have been incredibly frustrated at the manner of dropping valuable points late in games.

“Friday wasn’t a defeat but it felt like one and we got punished for not being ruthless enough in front of goal and conceding a late equaliser, which was preventable.

“Draws are of no real benefit to anyone. We want wins and we need to start turning draws into victories.

“Playing so soon after Friday is a good opportunity to try and bounce back.”

This afternoon they face a side who are buoyed by the fact they were the first team to inflict a defeat on league leaders Derry City this season.

Long said: “It’s a Dublin derby and a sellout where we will have a large travelling support behind us once more.

“We are looking forward to the challenge, Shelbourne are a young, hungry, energetic and well-organised team and will be confident after their win up in Derry.”

TEAM NEWS

James Finnerty (knee) remains out while Grant Horton (knee) remains a doubt.

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DLR WAVES

SSE AIRTRICITY WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE
Saturday April 16 2022
Dalymount Park, 6pm

In what has been an exciting week for women’s football in Ireland, Bohemians manager Pat Trehy hopes supporters will get behind his side in Dalymount Park this evening when they host DLR Waves at 6pm.

The Ireland senior international team secured a fantastic 1-1 draw away to Sweden to put them in the contention to reach a play-off for the 2023 World Cup.

That result has added to the buzz and momentum around the direction of women’s football.

Trehy said: “It was a brilliant result against a top, top side.

“It shows that women’s football in this country is heading in the right direction.

“Performances and results give players and teams here something to aspire to.

“They all want to emulate that and we want to emulate that here at Bohs. We want to see our players go and play for their country.”

But before they start targeting international recognition, Bohs’ players will be looking to improve their form domestically, and are hoping for some vocal support at Dalymount this evening behind them.

Trehy said: “We’re looking for support for the girls this evening.

“They’re loving playing in Dalymount with all the young fans behind them this season. It really makes a difference.

“We had a disappointing result down in Cork last time out so it’s important that we try and make the most out of playing at home so we can get back on track and try to build a bit of momentum.

“We went into that Cork game thinking it was a game we could get some points from so we were disappointed with the defeat.”

That game was also cause for some concern as defender Katie Burdis was down injured for several minutes before the end of the first half before being carried off on a stretcher.

Thankfully, though, the injury is not as bad as first feared although she will remain on the sidelines for now.

Trehy said: “It was an impact injury to her knee and thankfully it wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be.

“We hope to have her back as soon as possible as she is an important player for us.”

In Burdis’ absence this evening, her team-mates will have to be at their best against one of the league’s more established set-ups.

Trehy added: “Waves are a good side. They are extremely well organised and in Graham Kelly they have a very experienced manager.

“We are going to have to give it absolutely everything this evening to get a result from the game, so that is why it is so important that we have support behind us from the off.”

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PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v FINN HARPS

SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE
Friday April 15 2022
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians start the second series of games still looking to find the consistency that can propel them up the table.

With a quarter of the league season gone, Derry City are currently the runaway leaders, enjoying a six-point lead over nearest challengers Shamrock Rovers.

But the chasing pack is somewhat more congested.

Bohemians currently sit in sixth place after an indifferent start but there is just three points between them and third spot.

That makes the small margins of conceding late goals to Derry City and Drogheda United in recent games, costing one point and two points respectively, all the more frustrating for manager Keith Long.

Now he wants his team to put a run of results together that can see them looking up the table rather than looking over their shoulders.

Long said: “We now enter the second phase of games and I believe every team with the exception of Derry are looking for a greater level of consistency in terms of results and performances.

“The table is taking shape somewhat but teams that can put a run of games together will climb the table very quickly.

“We are only concerned with ourselves, however, and generating an increased level of performance every week, which will see us move in the right direction.

“Good teams find a way to win and also find a way not to lose when games are in the balance.

“We must do better on both fronts in this phase of games and for the remainder of our campaign.

“I don’t believe we are a million miles off and there have been many positives in recent displays without us necessarily hitting the performance levels I believe we are capable of.

“There have been some good signs but we need to produce them over a prolonged period of time and not in moments.”

Tonight at Dalymount Park they host Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps – a side they have found difficult to break down at times in the past.

Long said: “We face a good Finn Harps team who will also be looking to improve in this series of games.

“I suspect Harps will feel their points tally so far this season does not reflect some of their performances and as always they are very dangerous opponents.

“We will need to focus on producing our best performance and as always our supporters have a pivotal role to play in that.”

It will by some distance be the biggest home support at Dalymount this year with Bohs fans able to purchase tickets for the Des Kelly Stand for the first time this season. That allocation sold out this morning.

Long added: “Dalymount in full voice is an intimidating place to play and it is all of our responsibility to make it an uncomfortable place for visiting teams, so we hope the fans get behind the team from the off again.”

TEAM NEWS

James Finnerty (knee) remains out while Grant Horton (knee) and Stephen Mallon (ankle) are doubts.

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