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Preview: College Corinthians v Bohemians

FAI Cup First Round
Sunday July 25 2021
Turner’s Cross, 3pm
Live on LOITV for €5

Keith Long is likely to shuffle his pack for this afternoon’s FAI Cup clash away to College Corinthians at Turner’s Cross following Thursday’s tiring and hard-fought win in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.

Changing personnel did not have the desired effect last week against Longford Town, but those given a chance today do not need to look far for inspiration as to how they might be rewarded should they seize their opportunity.

Last week, 16-year-old Jamie Mullins became Bohs’ youngest scorer in the League of Ireland – his wonderful effort a rare highlight in an otherwise frustrating afternoon for Bohs as they drew 1-1 at home to Longford.

On Thursday, Dawson Devoy was the architect for Ross Tierney to score the winner in a 1-0 win away to Dudelange in the Europa Conference League qualifier first leg.

All three came through at St Kevin’s, through the Bohs-SKB U17s, through the Bohemians U19s and into the first team.

Manager Keith Long said: “It was a great ball by Dawson. Ali Coote made a great run from outside to in, which caused confusion in their back line.

“The keeper came together with Ali and the ball spilled for Rossi to slot home – another important goal by Rossi for the club.

“Ross has created goals for us this year, he’s scored goals for us, he is a total nuisance for the opposition outside the box in terms of pressing and chasing down balls. He is a total bag of energy. He can get around the pitch really, really well.

“For his tender age, he has played a lot of games for the club over the past three years. He’s come through at St Kevin’s, through our Bohs-SKB U17s and then through our U19s to the first team.

“He has been in and around our first team now for quite a number of years but he has really stepped up this year and taken his game to another level.”

Mullins, Devoy and Tierney have all seized first-team opportunities when given them, and Long has proven time and time again that he is willing to give young players a platform, when the time is right, to show what they are capable of.

That will certainly be in the minds of any young player chosen to play against College Corinthians. Changes are inevitable, but Long will not show his hand until he names his team later today.

He said: “We don’t want there to be an upset. We have to go down and look after our performance and to make sure we recover well from Thursday.

“We have the same squad to choose from that went to Luxembourg, so Promise Omochere is our only absentee.

“You have the likes of Stephen Mallon who has been back on the bench in recent games and is eager to play.”

Bohs came home from Luxembourg on Thursday night with an extremely hard-fought 1-0 win to bring into this week’s return leg against Dudelange at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.

The Gypsies left everything on the pitch as they were put to the pin of their collar in the second half when Dudelange threw everything at them.

Speaking after the game, Long said: “Dudelange grew stronger into the game the longer it went on as you would expect.

“We defended really well, which was really important, and we saw the game out. It wasn’t a comfortable win. They threw bodies forward at us and really tested our organisation.

“We had to bring some bodies on ourselves. In those conditions, it was really hot and challenging, the boys dug out a great result.

“The pitch was poor too, the Aviva pitch will suit them better as it will us.

“It’s a cliche, but it is only half-time in the tie. They are a very good side, they’re big and strong, and they have good players.

“They’ll be better fitness-wise after that game and they will be better tactics-wise after seeing us at close hand.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are likely to make changes, but Promise Omochere (quad) is the only confirmed absentee.

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POSTPONEMENTS AND POTENTIAL RESCHEDULING

Bohemian FC can confirm a positive Covid-19 situation within our senior women’s squad has led to the postponement of tomorrow’s Women’s National League game against DLR Waves, which was due to take place at Dalymount Park.

Out of respect to those involved, we will make no further comment. We wish them well in their recovery.

Meanwhile, the senior men’s team’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game away to Finn Harps, originally scheduled for Friday July 30th, has been provisionally rescheduled for Monday August 2nd at 3pm.

This would be postponed again in the event of Bohemians progressing past Dudelange to the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round this week.

And should we do so, our league game away to Waterford, originally scheduled for Friday August 6th, would also then be moved to Sunday August 8th at 3pm, while our home league game with Sligo Rovers, originally scheduled for Friday August 13th, would take place on Sunday August 15th at 3pm.

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Bohemians v Dudelange stream now on sale

The official stream for Thursday’s sold-out return leg of the Europa Conference League qualifier between Bohemians and Dudelange at the Aviva Stadium is now available to purchase from LOITV for €10.

Commentary on the night will be provided by Stephen Doyle and former Bohemians goalkeeper Shane Supple. Please note that this game is not covered by LOITV season pass.

Bohs take a slender 1-0 lead going into the game following an effort from Ross Tierney on 11 minutes in a hard-fought win in sweltering heat in Luxembourg yesterday.

Meanwhile, this Sunday’s FAI Cup clash away to College Corinthians of Cork at Turner’s Cross is also available on LOITV for €5. This game is also not covered by the league season pass.

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Capacity of 8000 permitted for Bohemians’ Europa Conference League tie at the Aviva Stadium

Bohemian FC can confirm a capacity of 8,000 has been permitted for the Aviva Stadium for the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round second leg tie against Dudelange of Luxembourg on Thursday, July 29th, with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.

Pre-sale tickets will be made available for members and season ticket holders tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2pm.

Tickets will then go on general sale from 10am Thursday via Ticketmaster.

General admission tickets are priced at €20, premium level €30, while there will be a limited number of U16s tickets available at the reduced rate of €10.

As explained ahead of the previous round, tickets can only be bought in pairs to maximise capacity while adhering to two metre social-distancing.

The 6,000 in attendance for Bohemians v Stjarnan last Thursday created an atmosphere to remember – a night that will live long in the memory of supporters and players after an agonising 16 months apart.

However, before you purchase your ticket, we must remind all supporters that the club’s use of the Aviva Stadium necessitates a personal responsibility from all in attendance to adhere to the very basic Covid-19 public health requirements such as sitting in your allocated seats, social-distancing and wearing face-coverings at all times.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

  • We regret to inform supporters that, as it stands, Dudelange will not be providing a stream for this Thursday’s first leg. This is completely out of our hands, and we do not have the rights to stream the game ourselves. Should Dudelange’s situation change, we will inform you immediately.
  • Bohemians’ FAI Cup tie away to College Corinthians of Cork has been scheduled for this Sunday at Turner’s Cross with a 3pm kick-off. A stream for this game can be purchased from LOITV for €5. Please note that as this is an FAI Cup game, it is not included in the FAI season pass.

Note to members and season ticket holders: Please look out for an email from tickets@bohemians.ie at 2pm tomorrow and add that address to your safe-senders list to prevent it from going to spam. Please also be aware that, depending on your email provider, it could arrive in your promotions/updates folder rather than your primary inbox.

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Aviva Stadium to host Bohemians v Dudelange Europa Conference League tie

Bohemian FC and the Football Association of Ireland are delighted to announce that the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round second leg tie against Dudelange of Luxembourg will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday, July 29th, with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.

Capacity and ticketing arrangements will be confirmed tomorrow.

As was the case for the previous round against FC Stjarnan, there will be an exclusive window for club members and season ticket holders to purchase tickets.

Once again, tickets will NOT be available to purchase in singles. This is to ensure maximum safe capacity, while also adhering to social-distancing requirements.

General admission tickets are priced at €20, premium level €30, while there will be a limited number of U16s tickets available at the reduced rate of €10.

This game forms part of the government’s ongoing pilot programme for the safe return of spectators to sporting fixtures.

Ahead of the announcement on capacity and ticketing details tomorrow, the Bohemian FC Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert said: “I again want to thank the FAI and the Aviva Stadium for their help in making this fixture possible.

“The 6,000 in attendance for Bohemians v Stjarnan last Thursday created an atmosphere to remember – a night that will live long in the memory of supporters and players after an agonising 16 months apart.

“We look forward to more of the same on July 29th when we will again ask our fans to comply with all FAI protocols and government guidelines on the safe return of spectators to Irish sport.”

As crowds return to League of Ireland and Women’s National League football in increasing numbers, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill welcomed this announcement.

He said: “I was one of those lucky enough to be present for the first round game between Bohs and Stjarnan and the atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium that night was fantastic.

“It is great that the second round home game for Bohemian FC will also be played at the Aviva Stadium and we look forward to another great night and a further boost to our Return to Watch programme at the home of our senior Irish football team ahead of those big World Cup games at the stadium in September.”

League of Ireland Director Mark Scanlon said: “This latest announcement is another step forward for our game as we edge back to normality and work with all our stakeholders on the return of supporters to our grounds in significant numbers.

“I again want to thank the government and their agencies, the clubs and our own FAI staff for their hard work to date on this pilot scheme and look forward to another great European night in Dublin.”

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Preview: Bohemians v Longford Town

SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE
Sunday July 18 2021
Dalymount Park, 4pm
Streamed live on LOITV
Audio-described commentary: access4all.bohemians.ie

Keith Long has reminded his players that nights to remember like Thursday just gone won’t come around too often unless you get your domestic form right too.

The Bohemians manager could shuffle his pack a little after that fantastic but energy-sapping 3-0 Europa Conference League qualifier win against Icelandic side Stjarnan.

With a trip to Luxembourg to look forward to as Bohs travel to face F91 Dudelange on Thursday, supporters may already have one eye on that game but for Long and his players, they are firmly focused on the task at hand today.

200 fans will be in Dalymount Park this afternoon when Longford Town provide the opposition. They will do well to recreate the atmosphere that 6000 did at the Aviva Stadium. But Long’s team will be out to recreate Thursday’s performance.

Long said: “We hope we recover well from Thursday’s game. Nights like that don’t happen unless you look after today’s game and games like them.

“We want to get back into Europe and to be playing in Europe on an annual basis. As soon as Thursday night’s game finished, focus immediately turned to Longford.

“We have depth in our squad and we have a squad for a reason. We have quality players bursting at the seams wanting to play.

“It’s our job to manage that and to manage the potential of the squad.

“Whatever team we pick today will be ready. We have to make sure we look after our domestic form and not get too carried away and stay on an even keel.”

While it is back to business for Long and Co, supporters are still on cloud nine after finally being together under the one roof – 6000 of them creating the noise and energy of 60,000.

The team repaid that support in spades with a near-flawless 3-0 win, Georgie Kelly helping himself to a brace with housemate Liam Burt grabbing the third as the Gypsies progressed 4-1 on aggregate.

That was the first time since 2008 that the club won a tie in Europe, and the first time since the 1992 FAI Cup final that Bohs played/won at Lansdowne Road.

Long said: “It took us a while to find our rhythm but we started to get some balls into the box and we started to ask some questions of their defence.

“The pressure told when Dawson Devoy got a cross into the box and Georgie Kelly was on hand to finish – a great finish.

“In the second half, they came into it for a spell after half-time but after Georgie got our second we were absolutely outstanding.

“We played with freedom. Liam’s goal for the third put us firmly in control – we could have added another one or two more.

“We’re delighted to get through and we’re delighted for the supporters who made themselves heard – they generated an unbelievable atmosphere.

“We want to generate more nights like that for the supporters because they deserve it. They have been right behind this team and many teams over recent years.

“In my time at the club they have backed us. For me the most important thing as manager was that our supporters came to the game and some of our play had them on the edges of their seats.

“That’s what we want – we want the supporters with us, behind the team and to get them excited about watching their team playing football.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Ali Coote (suspended) and Promise Omochere (quad) but Stephen Mallon (hip) is available.

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