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“Winning is a good habit”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 24 July,7.45pm

In their second successive home game Bohemians are aiming to confirm the form shown last week. A ten-man win over Sligo Rovers, with a clean sheet, was a welcome response to losses against other teams below Bohemians in the league table.

Manager Keith Long was very pleased with the grit his team showed as they weathered a Sligo storm in the latter part of the game.

“Winning is a good habit and, equally so, losing can become a bad habit. So, it was important that we didn’t let the rot set in last week. It was a good three points, and we hope we can back it up against Derry,” said Long.

“The players really dug in and put their bodies on the line. It was our first clean sheet in seven competitive games and a return to the defensive performances that served us so well earlier in the season.” (Bohemians started the season with eight clean sheets in eight competitive games.)

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In a strong team display last Friday Roberto Lopes put in yet another exemplary performance. Just turned 23 last month, he has had leadership responsibilities thrust upon him through captain Derek Pender’s absence.

“At the start of the year I named him vice-captain because he epitomises everything that is good about Bohemian Football Club. He’s come up through the under-19s, he’s honest, he works really hard, and is an example to everyone,” said Long.

“He goes about his business in a quiet manner, he doesn’t look for plaudits. He’s a big influence in the dressing-room, maybe more in actions than in words.”

Lopes may have to play a more defensive role again on Friday, as Bohemians plan without Anto Murphy, who serves an automatic suspension for his red card last week. Fellow-defender Lorcan Fitzgerald returns from suspension but is rated a “50/50 chance” to start, with a hamstring injury.

With defenders Pender and Dan Byrne on the long-term injury list, Bohemians are especially pleased to welcome back Eoin Wearen, a midfielder who can also cover in defence.

Wearen transferred to the north-west with former Sligo manager Owen Heary but has not featured in Rovers’ most recent games. He returns to his native area of Dublin and, if the paperwork can be completed in time, could be pressed into action on Friday.

“He’s a very welcome addition, and we hope we can the best out of him. He’s got a lot of quality and he’s a good fit for Bohemians,” said Long.

Marc Griffin’s cruciate injury and Dean Kelly’s departure leave Bohemians short in the striker department but manager Long, working with a very modest player budget, continues to look for possible signings in the remaining week of the transfer window.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

Bohs to host Man City Elite Development Squad

Bohemians v Manchester City Elite Development Squad
Dalymount Park, Saturday August 1st, 3pm

Bohemians will host Patrick Vieira’s Manchester City Elite Development Squad in a friendly at Dalymount Park on Saturday August 1st at 3pm.

Bohs manager Keith Long will pick a strong team for the game against Vieira’s squad of next generation Premier League stars, which will include City’s latest addition Patrick Roberts, who joined from Fulham last week for £8 million.

Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for children, and are now available from Dalymount Park Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and at this Friday’s SSE Airtricity League clash against Derry City.

All remaining tickets will be available on the turnstiles on match-night.

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WEAREN RETURNS

Bohemians are delighted to announce the re-signing of midfielder Eoin Wearen after his brief stint with Sligo Rovers.

The former West Ham youth originally signed for Bohs in May of last year. He made 15 league appearances for the club last season, scoring three times.

Wearen, 22, said: “I can’t wait to get started and push for Europe with this great club. It is a special club to play for and I feel privileged to have another opportunity to play here.

“I feel like I am coming back home and look forward to playing in front of our great fans once again.”

Eoin Wearen and Club Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert

“LET’S GET BACK TO BASIC”

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 17th July, k-o 8.05pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is looking for his side to get “back to basics” after a disjointed few weeks which have seen the Gypsies play just two competitive games in the last 34 days.

Bohs face Sligo Rovers this Friday night in front of the Setanta Sports cameras, looking to bounce back from consecutive league defeats against Drogheda United and Longford Town.

“It’s been a bit disjointed in the last few weeks, but it gives us a chance to re-focus and get back to the basics and back to what we did well earlier in the season,” said Long.

“We’ve trained particularly well this week and last week, and hopefully you’ll see that in the performance tomorrow night against Sligo. As disappointing as the defeats were, we can’t dwell on them. We need to look forward, and that’s what we’ve done over the last 13 days.”

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While Sligo Rovers have been going through a rough patch, Long still expects a tough game from the Bit O’Red, now managed by former Bohs man Joseph Ndo.

“They’re in a state of flux at the moment, but they’re a full-time team and they have lots of good players. If we’re not on our guard, it could be a difficult night for us,” said Long.

“Joey was one of the great technicians of the League of Ireland, and I have no doubt that he’ll try and play a brand of football that he’s accustomed to.”

At the beginning of the season, many pundits would not have been surprised if the current league positions (5th & 10th) of the two teams was reversed. But the Bohs manager welcomes the new-found expectations that his side’s form has heralded.

“That expectation is there now, and we’ve got to handle that and embrace it. We recognise that the players have done a decent job so far, but we can’t take our foot off the pedal in any way,” said Long.

“The League table doesn’t lie at this stage of the season, we want to kick on, get as many points as we can, and try and finish as high up the table as we can.”

The Gypsies have collected more points on their travels than at Dalymount Park this season, and Long is looking for his side to take the game to the opposition when on home turf.

“It’s a home game. The onus is on us, irrespective of who we’re playing. We’re expected to win, and we want the players to embrace that challenge.”

Bohs will be without the suspended Lorcan Fitzgerald, while Jake Hyland is almost certain to miss out with a groin injury.

Jason Byrne and Dylan Hayes are back in contention after run outs in a friendly against Everton Under 21s on Wednesday. Derek Pender (achilles), Marc Griffin (cruciate) and Dan Byrne (knee) remain on the longer-term injury list.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

HOME TO BRAY IN FAI CUP

Bohemians have been drawn at home to Bray Wanderers in the third round of the FAI Cup. Tie to be played Friday August 21st.

BOHS TO HOST EVERTON XI

BOHEMIANS v EVERTON XI
Wednesday July 15th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm 

Bohemians will host an Everton XI next Wednesday, July 15th at Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

As we are celebrating our 125th year, child tickets for the game are just €1.25. Admission for adults is €15.

The Everton squad will also include three Irish players: Matti Hewelt, who played for Stella Maris and Shelbourne, Sam Byrne who is an Ireland Under-19 international, and Harry Charsley, who is an Ireland youth international.

Pic (Sportsfile): Keith Buckley wins possession from a certain Ross Barkley the last time an Everton XI came to Dalymount in 2011.

Keith Buckley tackles Ross Barkley in 2011

MEMBERSHIP LEVY 2015 – WAYS TO PAY

At an EGM of Bohemian FC on Friday July 3, members voted overwhelmingly in favour of supporting a compulsory once-off membership levy of €200 this season to help raise funds in order to pay off debts required to facilitate the sale of Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council.

Members are asked to pay the levy as soon as possible and within two months (by August 31). Members who are not in a position to pay the levy are asked to make contact with the club at levy@bohemians.ie.

Additional voluntary donations from members and non-members will be gratefully received and can also be made online via PayPal below.

Thank you for your continued and dedicated support.

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LAST-GASP LONGFORD SPOIL CELEBRATORY MOOD

LONGFORD TOWN  2 – 1 BOHEMIANS

Bohemians suffered consecutive league defeats for the first time this season as Longford Town claimed a smash-and-grab victory at the City Calling Stadium. In a scenario similar to last week, the Gypsies conceded a sloppy winner in the dying minutes of the game. Off the field, it was all smiles with the future of Dalymount secured, but on the field, it wasn’t to be.

Keith Long’s men had numerous chances in both halves, but struggled at the other end, with goalkeeper Dean Delany keeping them in it with a string of top class saves in the first half, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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With the evening sun shining beautifully into the away fans’ eyes, the home side were straight out of the blocks, and grabbed the lead after just three minutes. Robbie Creevy was dispossessed too easily in midfield, and one pass later, David O’Sullivan was in on goal. The striker tucked the ball past Delany into the corner to give Tony Cousins’ side a dream start.

Wearing their changed green strip, it took Bohs a good 20 minutes to string a meaningful move together. Lovely hold up play from Ismahil Akinade and a splayed pass from Robbie Creevy put the returning Paddy Kavanagh away on the right, but his shot / pull-back was just inches away from Adam Evans at the back post.

Evans had another glorious chance minutes later. Akinade was involved again, brushing Mark Rossiter aside before unleashing a shot that was blocked right into Evans’ path, but his effort was blazed into the car park.

At the other end, Dean Delany was extremely busy. First, he tipped a Mark Salmon effort brilliantly over the bar, and then had to claw a Gary Shaw header away. A hoofed Steven Rice clearance somehow turned into a clear run for O’Sullivan, but Delany was out quick and saved well with his legs.

If the Bohs keeper was on top form, it was nothing compared to what Paul Skinner pulled off on 35 minutes. A long Anto Murphy throw in was flicked on by Derek Prendergast, and Robbie Creevy simply buried a header from 4 yards. However, Skinner somehow managed to save the ball and hook it over the bar. As good a point-blank save as you’ll ever see.

Bohs continued to dominate possession in the second half, and you felt an equaliser was coming. Akinade was superb throughout. He flicked a long Anto Murphy ball onto Keith Buckley, and raced onto Buckley’s lovely back-heeled return. However, the Nigerian’s toe-poked shot was just wide of Skinner’s post.

Eventually, the big man was going to make it count, and did so on 67 minutes. The hard surface of the pitch bounced a ball up, and a hesitant Longford defense allowed Akinade to bull his way through on goal. He flicked the ball past Skinner, and Keith Buckley bundled it in for good measure. The ball would more than likely have been cleared by Conor Powell, so Buckley’s intervention was essential.

From that point, it would seem that Bohs would go on and win it, but the equaliser seemed to re-invigorate Longford. A draw would probably have been a fair result, but Bohs switched off in the 88th minute, and were punished. A long ball forward was only flicked on by Dave Mulcahy, and Anto Murphy got his legs entangled, allowing Pat Sullivan to get a shot away. Prendergast managed to block the initial effort, but the ball fell to substitute Ayman Ben Mohamed, who slapped a low shot in off Delany. Ecstasy for the home fans, a forlorn journey back up the N4 for the Gypsies.

Longford Town: Paul Skinner, Pat Sullivan, Mark Rossiter (Willie Tyrell, 26), Conor Powell, Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon (Lorcan Shannon, 74), Gary Shaw, Kevin O’Connor, Jack Doherty (Ayman Ben Mohamed, 56), Rhys Gorman, David O Sullivan. Subs not used: Paul Hunt, James Mulhall, Martin Deady, Kaleem Simon.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Stephen Best, 67), Paddy Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, Roberto Lopes, Robbie Creevy (Kealan Dillon, 85), Adam Evans (Karl Moore, 58), Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Jason Byrne, James O’Brien, Jake Hyland.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade

MEMBERS ENDORSE PROPOSED SALE OF DALYMOUNT PARK

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm that arrangements have been agreed for the transfer of Dalymount Park to the ownership of Dublin City Council. These arrangements were endorsed tonight (3 July) by an extraordinary general meeting of the members of Bohemian Football Club.

Dublin City Council have acquired the property for €3.8 million and have undertaken to redevelop and maintain the iconic stadium as a major sports, cultural and community amenity, which will allow Bohemian FC to continue playing at ‘the home of Irish Football’, as we have done since 1901.

“This is a good deal for Bohemians and for the city of Dublin,” said club president Matt Devaney.

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“We can clear all our major debts and can commit fully to realising our ambitions in football and in the community. The city now owns a major, and historic, sporting facility close to the centre and can provide public amenities, as well as a long-term home for Bohemian FC, Dublin’s oldest football club.

“Bohemians want to thank the city officials, public representatives, the FAI, the local residents and community groups and the many friends of the club who contributed to securing this agreement. We also thank the members and fans for their patience. It has been a long road but one that opens a bright future.”

Further information: Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC director, 086-8576054

Advisory to media: Bohemian FC will hold a media briefing on the deal at Dalymount Park on Monday, 6 July, at 1.30pm. Matt Devaney, Daniel Lambert and other club directors who have been involved in the negotiations will be present.

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“LAST WEEK WAS A BLIP”

LONGFORD TOWN v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, City Calling Stadium, Saturday 4th July, 7.30pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is hoping his side can ‘regroup, re-energise, and get a result’ as they travel to the Midlands to face Longford Town this Saturday. The Gypsies suffered a disappointing home defeat to Drogheda United last time out, and the manager is hopeful they can bounce back quickly.

“It was a disappointing result – we were at home, and we’re expected to win. But hopefully we can bounce back with a result and performance against Longford. Last week was a blip and we need to get back to basics and do the things that have served us well in the games to date.

“Games against Drogheda and Longford are extremely important for us. We need to keep going and keep the pressure on the teams above us – and the only way we can do that is by winning football matches.”

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Tony Cousins’ side should pose a significant test for Long’s men, who ran out 2-0 winners when the teams met at Dalymount Park in April. “Going to Longford is not going to be easy. They’ve come up from the First Division with a very experienced squad of players,” said Long. “They’ve done extremely well so far this season, but they’ll equally be looking for a win having lost their last couple of games.”

With the four teams above the Gypsies in the table involved in European action over the next few weeks, Bohs have an opportunity to pick up points on the full-time sides above them. “It’s an opportunity to get points on the board, so let’s see how the league table looks after the weekend ,” said Long.

“It does help that we don’t have the distractions of Europe – and we’d like to be in that position this time next year. We’re ambitious, but we have to be realistic about our ambitions too.”

Despite their excellent start to the season, Long insists that his side are still taking it one game at a time. “You can’t look past the next game. If you do that, and get ahead of yourself, you can come unstuck. The second series of games is notoriously difficult – teams have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and are therefore better prepared.”

Bohs hosted recently-promoted Scottish Premier League side Hearts in a friendly game on Wednesday night and Long was happy to give some returning players and young players game-time against quality opposition. “I thought it was a good exercise, and I thought we played very well,” said Long.

“It was good to get decent game time for some players and it was a good run out for some members of our Under 19 squad. They did themselves no harm in terms of their performance.”

Bohs will be without Dylan Hayes (back), while the Longford game will be too soon for Jason Byrne (calf), who only returned to training this week. Stephen Best suffered a gash on the head in the game against Hearts, but should be fit to be part of the squad in Longford. Derek Pender (achilles), Dan Byrne (knee) and Marc Griffin (cruciate) remain on the longer-term injury list.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock
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