“It really meant a lot to everyone, you just don’t see that other clubs”

Preview: Bohemians v Sutton Utd
Irn-Bru Challenge Cup Rd 3
Saturday October 13, Dalymount Park, 3pm

*Please note that as tomorrow is a split gate, membership, Junior Gypsies and season tickets do not apply. Members can, however, pay the reduced rate of €10 on the members stile on production of membership card.

Keith Long admits his team are hurting – but also believes they are determined to put smiles back on the faces of Bohemians supporters.

The Gypsies ran out of steam in their Irish Daily Mail Cup semi-final replay on Monday night.

Bohs were out-muscled in the first half and trailed 2-0 at the break. Ian Morris’ wonder strike gave them a way back into the tie but an equaliser proved elusive.

Having gone so close to winning the first game – they led 1-0 until Cork were awarded a contentious penalty three minutes from time – it is natural for Long’s side to still be thinking ‘what if?’

Long said: “Monday was a long, hard night. It’s obviously difficult to pick lads up after that.


“Last night was the first night we had them back training.

“We felt they needed a break after Monday as everyone was extremely disappointed. But we look bright in training.

“We had a look last night at where we went wrong and what we did well. Obviously we could have played a lot better in the first half.”

Monday was the second defeat in three days but the Friday 3-1 loss to Waterford saw a Bohs team line out with nine changes to the side that took to the field in the first cup game against Cork City – the only two survivors were suspended for the rematch.

Prior to that, Long’s side were on a remarkable 10-match unbeaten run of nine consecutive wins and a draw.

He said: “It was unfortunate and disappointing after the run we’ve been on that we gave what was probably the worst 45 minutes we’ve had in months.

“A cup final would have been a huge reward for the players, everyone involved behind the scenes at the club and for our supporters who’ve been right behind us.”

Long expressed his wish to put on record his gratitude for the 700-strong travelling support who stayed back after the game to applaud his

He said: “Every one of the players and staff remarked on the effort of our supporters to pick us up on Monday.

“It’s been the same for months. But what we saw from our supporters on Monday in the way they stayed behind and tried to give us a lift after the game was special.

“It really meant a lot to everyone, you just don’t see that other clubs.”

While Bohs are still licking their wounds, Long has one eye on next season and believes there is huge potential for his team to continue to build on the foundations laid in recent years.

He said: “If we can keep this group together, we can progress together as a group. We’ve some very talented young players coming through.

“I think people realise that and the younger players coming through are getting great encouragement.”

But before he can look too far ahead, there is the somewhat unknown quantity of Sutton United to contend with.

Long said: “Tomorrow is unfamiliar opposition in an unfamiliar competition but we want to progress.

“It will be hard to pick everyone up but we want to get back winning and this is a chance for us to get to a quarter-final.

“We don’t know a lot about them other than the video footage we’ve seen of them. But they play at a good standard.

“The Conference in England have the likes of Adam Rooney and Rory Gaffney playing there so it’s a tough league with a high calibre of player and a very competitive standard.

“We’re looking forward to it. We want to win to help put a smile back on the faces of our players and supporters.”


Dan Kelly and Dan Casey return from suspension but the latter is a slight doubt with a calf strain.

Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain out.


Please note the bars open at 1pm tomorrow ahead of the game until late.

We will have Bobby Harper performing live in the Phoenix Bar and we will be screening Ireland v Denmark at 7.45pm.

All Sutton fans are invited to make use of our bars also.

“Tonight is an opportunity and it’s one that we hope to take.”

Monday October 8, Turner’s Cross, 7.30pm

Keith Long says his players are more determined than ever to deliver big nights for Bohemians.

The Gypsies travelled to Cork City after training yesterday evening ahead of tonight’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup semi-final rematch.

Bohs looked to have one foot in the final after taking a deserved 1-0 lead through Dinny Corcoran last Sunday.

But the disputed decision to award the Leesiders a penalty three minutes from time was enough for John Caulfeld’s side to earn a replay tonight.

Some observers felt that was Bohs’ chance, but Long’s team is one that has continued to defy the odds this season.


All three previous victories in this competition – against Wexford, Galway United and Derry City – came on the road.

It goes without saying that tonight’s opposition are a huge step up from any of those three teams.

But having got this far, there is no doubt in Long’s mind that his side are refreshed, refocused and ready to make the most of tonight’s game.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it. Last Sunday was a great occasion in Dalymount.

“Obviously it would have been nice if we’d held on a little bit longer. But it wasn’t to be on the night.

“It’s a tough ask to go down to Turner’s Cross. We’ll have to do it the hard way. It’s a big game and the lads can’t wait for it.

“Cork might feel they’ve done the hard part by forcing the replay, but we see tonight’s game as a big opportunity for us.

“We want big nights like last Sunday. We want big nights like that in Dalymount. We want to be involved in big games at the business end of the season.

“Tonight is an opportunity for us to get to a cup final and it’s one that we hope to take.”

While the penalty debate dominated press coverage last week, Long insists his side drew a line under it and put it out of their minds.

He said: “Obviously there was a lot of discussion about whether it was or wasn’t a penalty.

“As a team we had to move on from that quite quickly.

“The players were obviously naturally very disappointed afterwards but they digested what happened and collectively moved on.

“You can’t look back. We’ve another massive game to get up for and we will be ready for it.”

Friday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Waterford ended a remarkable 10-game unbeaten run for Long’s men.

While the manager was disappointed to see the run of form come to an end, the priority was always to rest key men ahead of tonight’s game.

Long made nine changes from Sunday’s game. The only two survivors on Friday – Dan Casey and Dan Kelly – are suspended this evening after accumulating five yellow cards each.

Long said: “We’ll miss the two lads, there’s no doubt about it. But we have fellas ready to come in and desperate to play.

“The lads are in a good frame of mind after a good run of form.

“Friday was a much-changed team. It would have been nice to keep that run of form we were on going but the priority was tonight, let’s be honest.

“We’ll go down there and hopefully give a good account of ourselves.”

Long’s men will be backed by a crowd of 700 boisterous travelling Bohs supporters.

He added: “It’s fantastic. Even on Friday you could see the togetherness between the players and the supporters.

“The supporters come to Dalymount and further afield and they consistently urge their team to do well.

“They get excited when they see young players on the pitch – particularly their own who have come through and been developed by the club.

“You can see that togetherness. You can’t overstate the importance of that – the players feed off that, they really do.

“They can feel the energy from the terraces to the pitch. To have 700 going down on a Monday night is fantastic.

“I know they will get behind the team and they will help us.”


Bohs are without the suspended duo of Dan Casey and Dan Kelly. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain out.

“Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves – it’s been an extremely positive week in training”

Preview: Bohemians v Waterford
SSE Airtricity League
Friday October 5, 7.45pm, Dalymount Park

K[/dropap]eith Long says Bohemians have put last week’s controversial FAI Cup semi-final behind them and are determined to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Bohs looked to have one foot in the final after taking a deserved 1-0 lead through Dinny Corcoran against Cork City on Sunday.

But the disputed decision to award the Leesiders a penalty three minutes from time was enough for John Caulfeld’s side to earn a replay between the sides this Monday at Turner’s Cross.

Bohs’ initial allocation of 500 away tickets sold out earlier this afternoon with an additional 100 set to go on sale tomorrow.


The Bohs supporters are up for the Cup – and Long’s men certainly are too. 

He said: “Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves. It’s been an extremely positive week in training.

“Obviously the manner in which they equalised was very disappointing at the time and hard to take but you move on from that.

“When I left Dalymount on Sunday night and put the disappointment to one side, the hunger for the club to be involved in more big games and occasions like that took over.

“We’re not out of it, we just have to do it the hard way. We are very much in this tie and we will go to Cork confident.

“We know we will be up against it. Cork are an excellent side there will be a big home crowd down there but we will have a big following of our own behind us.”

But before they can focus all their energy on that, there is the small matter of taking on Waterford tomorrow.

The Blues are in fourth, the Gypsies in fifth but ten points separate them.

Realistically Bohs’ main aim is to consolidate their current position, with only goal difference separating them and St Pat’s in sixth.

Games against Alan Reynolds’ side have been frustrating ones for Bohs this season, losing twice and drawing once.

Efforts to address that record tomorrow are all the more challenging with Long feeling it necessary to freshen his side up ahead of Monday’s Cork rematch.

When he last made wholesale changes to his starting team – 11 in fact – an experimental Bohs side came from behind to beat St Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 away from home two weeks ago.

Long’s options are more restricted this time around though as some of the budding Bohemians who came in and starred that day played a challenging game in the Uefa Youth League last night when Craig Sexton’s U19s lost 2-1 away to FC Midtjylland.

Long said: “It would be foolhardy not to have one eye on Monday’s game so we will obviously change things up a little.

“But our hands are tied on that front to a certain extent too. Of the players you’d like to bring into the squad, four of them – Andy Lyons, Ali Reghba, Promise Omochere and Ryan Graydon – played a draining game last night.

“So we have to be mindful of that and manage our squad correctly as we don’t want to be pushing players too much.

“But we have a group of players who are pushing each other themselves all the time so I’m confident the team we put out will give a good account of themselves.

“They’ve been tight affairs against Waterford this season. 

“We’ve drawn one and lost twice to them but they were games we felt that we left points behind and where our performances deserved more so we want to get a result tomorrow and consolidate our place in the table.”


Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (thigh) are the only players ruled out but Bohs are expected to make changes ahead of Monday’s FAI Cup semi-final against Cork City.

“They’ll have no fear and are determined to get a positive result”

FC Midtjylland v Bohemians U19s

Wednesday October 3, Arena Herning, 5.30pm (6.30pm local time)

The Bohemians U19s will line out in the Uefa Youth League for the first time tomorrow “with no fear and determined to get a positive result.”

Competition eligibility rules mean some of Craig Sexton’s regulars will have to sit this tournament out but the 2017 SSE Airtricity League U19 champions and 2018 Enda McGuill Cup winners’ successes over the past 18 months gives them every reason to be positive.

While some star men such as now first-team regular Danny Grant and Jamie Hamilton were among the unlucky ones not to meet the criteria, there are five players in the travelling party who have already tasted senior football under Keith Long, while goalkeeper Seán Bohan has been a regular on the bench.


Steven Nolan made his first-team breakthrough last season and has featured in senior squads again this term, while U19s skipper Andy Lyons has deputised in the place of first-team captain Derek Pender at times this season and delivered mature performances way beyond his 18 years.

Lyons was one of four of the team that will play tomorrow who featured in the first team’s Dublin derby win over St Patrick’s Athletic 10 days ago – the others being winger Ryan Graydon, two-goal debutant Ali Reghba and pacey attacker Promise Omochere.

Sexton said: “Some of the boys didn’t meet the criteria, which is disappointing but we have a strong group who I believe will be strongly competitive and positive as they always have been.

“The issue around eligibility for the compeitition are what they are but they are kinder to the winter leagues rather than summer leagues.

“But in this group we have young boys who have done really well over the last 18 months. They will play with no fear and are determined to get a positive result tomorrow.

“We want to bring the tie back to Dalymount in three weeks’ time and show people what we are about.”

The budding Gypsies had an early start and a long day’s travel today, catching a 6.25am flight from Dublin to London Stansted, a connecting flight at 11.30 to Aarhus and a coach journey to Herning.

Sexton said: “I was actually expecting the travel to be harder on the boys but they’re grand.

“We’ll get to train later but it will be quite light. We’ll get the travelling out of their legs, have a bit of fun and then get them refocused on to the game.

“We’ll look at some video and analysis and get them prepared for tomorrow.”

Reaching this competition is the culmination of a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes at youth level, which has been complemented this season by working closely with new partners St Kevin’s at U17 and U15 level.

Sexton added: “It’s a great experience for everyone. Getting able to travel, coming across to play in a different culture is what we should be striving for all the time for young players.

“To do it in a competitive environment is great for them. It creates a real edge for them.

“Everyone at the club has bought into it. They know the U19s have done the extremely proud and we’ve had brilliant support from the club.

“Hopefully long may it continue. We want to make being in the UEFA Youth League a habit and everyone in the first team is striving to get to Europe too.

“Right through from the partnership teams with St Kevin’s at U15s and U17s, there is huge effort being made to bring players through.

“The link with St Kevin’s is already bearing fruits with the U15s and U17s and we will see that come through then in the next year or two for the U19s.

“It’s been fantastic. The U17s have gone 20 games unbeaten, which is phenominal. Hopefully they can see that through into the knockout phase as Jimmy Mowlds and the boys deserve it.

“They were desparetely unlucky to lose to Cork in the final last year but they’ve been brilliant. When they players move from U17s to U19s, they make the transition quickly because they’ve already been in a competitive environment and that stands them in good stead.”

Bohemians U19 squad: Seán Bohan, Jamie Cleary, Alex Nevin; Michell Byrne, Seamus Curley, Warren Curran, Andrew Lyons, Peter Adigun, Thomas Considine; Dylan Thornton, Alex Kelly, Josh Dunne, Conor O’Neill, Ryan Graydon, Arturs Balavins; Ross Tierney, Ali Reghba, Promise Omochere, Steven Nolan.

“People are talking us up and we can’t shy away from that”

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup semi-final
Sunday September 30, Dalymount Park, 5.45pm

Keith Long says Bohemians are hungry, measured and determined to build on the recent feelgood factor at Dalymount Park and reach the promised land of an FAI Cup final.

Bohs welcome 2017 league and cup double winners Cork City to Dalymount this evening with the Gypsies looking to reach a cup final for the first time in ten years.

Getting there will be easier said than done. But after winning nine games in a row, Long admits there is a measured confidence about his team.

Nobody is getting ahead of themselves, but the optimism is shared on the terraces too – the home stand for this game sold out in less than two days and will be bouncing this evening.

Long said: “It’s a really important game. We’re looking forward to it. We’re on a good run of form.


“We will be up against it against a strong Cork side. But we feel that we are ready. The boys are hungry to do well.

“If we play well we know we have a chance. We’ll have a big crowd behind us. The feelgood factor is good around the club. People are talking us up and we can’t shy away from that.

“We’ve had barren spells earlier in the season, so we have to enjoy the moment and do all we can to keep it going.”

These sides met two weeks ago in the league at the same venue with Bohs pulling off a 4-2 victory to derail City’s bid to retain their league title.

John Caulfield’s side will be eyeing revenge and Long said: “Our last game against Cork is immaterial. They’ll have players back – Alan Bennett, Kieran Sadlier.

“Cork will be stronger than they were in the league game. That will have no bearing on this. Obviously it was important that we won that game and it kept up the good run of form we’ve been on.

“But we’ve been beaten three times by them this season prior to that so we know we have to be at our very best against them.

“We’re in a good run of form and people will rightly point to that as we’re coming into the game with confidence but when you look at where Cork are in the table, I don’t consider ourselves favourites.”

Bohs come into this game refreshed after Long started an entirely different starting XI at last Saturday’s 3-1 derby win away to St Patrick’s Athletic.

Given the experimental nature of the team, it was perhaps one of the most notable of the Gypsies’ nine wins in a row.

Long said: “It would have been foolhardy to play players 68 hours after running themselves into the ground in Derry so we felt we had to make 11 changes last week.

“It was a really rewarding display for everyone at the club and for everyone associated with bringing those players through.

“You could see the potential of the boys we have here, which has been strengthened further with our partnership with St Kevin’s.

“The players came in and showed what they’re capable of. We went a goal down very early in the game and the manner in which they responded to that made it an even more pleasing performance.

“It took 15/20 minutes for the team to find their feet but once they settled down and played their stuff, they grew into the game.

“They’ve given me food for thought, not just for next season but for this game too. Fellas have come in, they’ve put their hand up, they’ve done well and are in the reckoning to feature.”


Bohs are at full strength bar long-term absentee Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (thigh).

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