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In his wildest dreams, Keith Long could hardly have envisaged a better start to Bohemians’ 2015 season. Less that 90 seconds into a tricky opening away game, the Gypsies had the lead, then carefully built on it to record a comfortable 3-0 victory in Limerick on an electric Saturday night for the North Dublin side.

Goals from Adam Evans, Dean Kelly, and Lorcan Fitzgerald gave the away side an emphatic victory against an abject Limerick side in front of a raucous away crowd in Jackman Park. Fears about  a lack of goals in pre-season were swiftly put aside as the Gypsies raced into a 2 goal lead inside 15 minutes. A third goal followed early in the second half, and Long’s side eased to a truly impressive win – and a place at the top of the fledgling Airtricity League Premier Division table, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Long welcomed Anto Murphy, Derek Pender, and Dean Kelly into the side after recent knocks, and was treated to an opening goal that caught out most of the late arrivals into Jackman Park. Straight from the tip off, Keith Buckley pinged a crossfield ball toward Adam Evans which was cleared by Limerick’s Sean Harding. From the resulting corner, Dean Kelly’s flicked header cannoned off goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell, and fell kindly for Evans who simply bundled the ball in from less than a yard out.

The tempo to Bohs’ play was excellent from the word go – with Roberto Lopes and Kealan Dillon dictating the pace in the middle of the park. The midfield duo were too strong, too determined, and too skillful for Limerick, who were forced onto the back foot for the majority of the opening half. Limerick’s new look defence looked shaky, and the second goal was an unsurprising occurrence.

Evans was involved again, latching onto a lovely dinked pass from Dillon. Limerick left back Robbie Williams came across to clear, but his challenge ricocheted off of Evans, and rolled deliciously across the six yard line. Dean Kelly couldn’t believe his luck, and side-footed into the empty net from six yards. By this time, the entire away crowd had assembled into the temporary stand behind the goal, and the celebrations were as wild as you could imagine.

Shellshocked, struggling, and seemingly out of ideas already, Limerick employed a crass, long-ball style of play with no real coherence. Bohs’ centre-half partnership of Anto Murphy and Derek Prendergast seemed in complete control, and Dean Delany had little to do bar the collection of the occasional over-hit cross. The game fell into a perfect rhythm for Bohs, who could counter attack with menace whenever Limerick gave the ball away. A feature was Bohs’ ability to win 50-50 challenges, and this set up some decent counter attacking opportunities, but none turned into clear-cut chances. Dean Kelly had a free kick from 20 yards out, but shot straight at O’Donnell.

The game was ended as a contest just before the hour mark. The impressive Dillon was clumsily upended by Aidan Price about 25 yards out. Although only signed by Martin Russell in midweek, Price had a nightmare of a debut for the Blues, who looked to be a side bereft of ideas and cohesion. In contrast, Bohs were well organised, disciplined, and dangerous on the counter. Lorcan Fitzgerald stepped up to take the free, and curled a beautiful left-footed strike into the far corner, giving O’Donnell no chance.

Long had the luxury of taking captain Pender out of the firing line with more than a half hour to go. Bohs now face two home games in the space of four days. Athlone arrive in Dalyymount for an EA Sports cup tie on Tuesday before newly-promoted Galway United visit on Friday in the league. The boisterous away crowd in Limerick debuted a number of new chants, but the most apt was a simple rendition of Oasis’ 1995 album opener ‘Hello’. “It’s good to be back, it’s good to be back”, they sang. How true.

Limerick FC: Conor O’Donnell, Sean Harding, Paudie O’Connor, Aidan Price, Robbie Williams, Ian Turner, Shane Duggan, Paul O’Conor, Ross Mann (Vinny Faherty, 46), Darragh Rainsford (Sean McSweeney, 78), Dean Clarke. Subs not used: Tony Whitehead, Tommy Holland, Kieran Hanlon, Val Feeney, Shane Costelloe.

Bohemians: Dean Delaney, Derek Pender (Dylan Hayes, 61), Derek Prendergast, Anto Murphy, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Paddy Kavanagh, Roberto Lopes, Kealan Dillon, Adam Evans, Keith Buckley (Robbie Creevy, 78), Dean Kelly (Jason Byrne, 73). Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Jake Hyland, Karl Moore, Marc Griffin

Attendance: 920 Man of the Match: Kealan Dillon


SSE Airtricity League, Jackman Park, Saturday 7 March, 6.30pm

Bohemians open their league campaign in Limerick with a determination to “play off the front foot”, according to manager Keith Long.

“The players are chomping at the bit and ready to get going,” Long said. “Playing Limerick away is going to be a tough test for us, and we’re under no illusion about that, but we’re looking forward to it.”

The Bohemian manager expects “a tough game” and Limerick to be “well organised and well up for it”.

“We want to go down and win. We will play off the front foot and get at them with fast, attacking football,” Long said.


The manager considered his team “played well in patches” against Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup. But he has been stressing the need for his players to take scoring chances.

“We should be more ruthless in front of goal. We created chances, particularly in the second half, and if we had taken those chances, we could have won by two or three.

“It will take composure from players in front of goal, and we need them to have that belief and confidence in themselves. But we have lads who are well used to scoring and we will need others to chip in.”

Long made up for a missed friendly last weekend, cancelled because of the weather, with a XI v XI match behind closed doors on Monday. “That was a small disruption to the programme, but we’re ready now.”

Bohemians will be missing three players through suspensions carried over from last season – Stephen Best, James O’Brien, and recently re-signed Conor Murphy, who comes back to Bohemians after a spell at Shelbourne.

Also out is long-term injured Dan Byrne, and Dave Mulcahy (calf injury), who is expected to return to training next week.

Team captain Derek Pender (knee) and Dean Kelly, who took a knock in a pre-season game, will face late fitness tests. Anto Murphy, who missed the Bray game through groin injury, is fit for selection.



Today’s friendly away to Wayside Celtic has been called off.

Bohemians are once again calling on members and supporters to show your love for Dalymount Park this Saturday February 28th.

We want you to raid your shed of all brushes, tools and power-washers, and come down to Dalymount to help get the ground looking spick and span ahead of the season.

Any fan who has any time to spare between 10am and 6pm is encouraged to help out in this volunteering initiative.


Volunteers will be provided with food and refreshments.

Dalymount is our home – let’s take more pride in it!

If you feel you can help out, please contact Anthony Donnelly at


Our man in the stanza Lewis Kenny took to the national airwaves today for the first time since being appointed Bohs’ poet in residence.

Lewis was welcomed on to RTE Radio 1′s The John Murray show and recited the poem below.

Bohemians official Daniel Lambert also took part earlier in the show and spoke about the club’s plans for our 125th anniversary year. To listen to the show in its entirety, visit the RTE Radio Player.



Bohemians’ SSE Airtricity League opener away to Limerick FC will now take place at Jackman Park on Saturday March 7th with the earlier kick-off time of 6.30pm.

A supporters’ bus, costing €20 return, will leave Dalymount Park at 3pm. Email to reserve your seat.

Meanwhile, Bohemians’ pre-season preparations will continue with a friendly away to Wayside Celtic at 2.30pm this Sunday March 1st at  Jackson Park, Carrickmines.



Bohemians will play Wicklow side Newtown United (venue, time and date tbc) in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup after Sunday’s penalty shootout victory against Bray Wanderers.



After 120 goalless minutes at Dalymount Park, penalties were required to separate Keith Long’s new-ish look Bohemians and visitors Bray Wanderers. Long’s Gypsies progressed to the Leinster Senior Cup quarter finals after former cult hero Dave Scully crashed his decisive penalty off the crossbar after a topsy-turvy cup tie in North Dublin.

While the LSC is never top of any new manager’s priority list, Bohs boss Long will be pleased with an extended run out for many of his key players, and a first competitive success. In truth, the home side should have wrapped up this last 16 tie well before the 90 minutes were up. Many of the decent crowd at Dalymount got a first look at several new signings, and would have been intrigued with the second half performance in particular, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


With 3 brand new arrivals in the starting line-up, the Bohs back 4 was the most unfamiliar to the home fans in attendance. Experienced duo Lorcan Fitzgerald and Derek Prendergast joined Stephen Best and Derek Pender in an all-new back four, while Kealan Dillon started alongside Roberto Lopes in midfield. Veteran Jason Byrne led the line on the eve of his 37th birthday.

Bohs’ wingers had a familiar look, and they combined to create the opening chance in the third minute. Keith Buckley has been impressive in pre-season, and his driven cross was met by Karl Moore on the opposite wing – but the shot was straight at Bray’s Stephen McGuinness. Unfortunately for the fans in a chilly, windswept Jodi Stand, that was the only clear cut opportunity of the opening half. Derek Prendergast had a header wide from a Dillon cross, but apart from that, the loudest cheer was reserved for referee Ben Connolly falling head over heels on the Dalymount turf.

Speaking of, manager Long will certainly be concerned with the pitch at the home of Irish football. Pock-marked and bobbly, the surface simply doesn’t lend to flowing football, and 120 sodden minutes wont have helped it today.

The game heated up in every way just after the break as Bohs carved out three clear-cut chances within 10 minutes of the re-start. Half time substitute Robbie Creevy had the first, but he somehow failed to connect with a pinpoint Derek Pender drive across the face of goal. Buckley was next, picked out by a sublime pass from Moore. However, the Bohs No. 8 was streching at the ball and could only toe-poke wide. Finally, Paddy Kavanagh missed the best of the lot after a determined run from Roberto Lopes. Lopes’s pull-back found Kavanagh 8 yards out, but he could only shoot straight at the legs of McGuinness.

The game was somewhat disrupted after an unfortunate injury to Bray’s Graham Kelly. Robbie Creevy chopped him down in order to stop an attack – a professional yellow card – but Kelly seemed to be seriously injured, and the dreaded inflated leg-brace / stretcher came on. For a pre-season-type of game, there was a lot of niggle, and referee Ben Connolly had a poor game. He could easily have sent off Dave Scully and Bray sub Emeka Onwubiko, while Creevy was lucky not to have gone for a kick out at Scully, who was a genuine irritant all afternoon. David Cassidy was Bray’s brightest light. He tested Delany with 10 minutes to go, and had the ball in the net a minute later, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Extra time was a much trickier affair for Bohs. After Prendergast saw his header come off the crossbar in the opening minutes, Bray started to get on top. Bohs captain Pender was forced off with a knee injury, and with all 3 subs used, the home side had to play the last 10 minutes with just 10 men. Delany showed his worth, saving two stinging free-kicks from Daniel O’Reilly. Bray had the ball in the net again, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Delany by another Bohs old-boy, Chris Lyons (Bray started five former Gypsies in total, Scully, Lyons, Ryan McEvoy, Michael Barker, and Jack Memery).

They say penalties are always a lottery, but when you take them like Bohs did, you’ve got more than a fighting chance. Buckley, Creevy, Kavanagh, and Prendergast buried their kicks. For Bray, Lyons saw his spot kick well saved by Delany. Then, with the pressure on, Scully tried to burst the ball, which crashed off the crossbar, sending Bohs into the quarter final after a Long haul of an afternoon.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Derek Prendergast, Stephen Best, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Keith Buckley, Roberto Lopes, Kealan Dillon (Robbie Creevy, 46), Karl Moore (Adam Evans, 60), Paddy Kavanagh, Jason Byrne (Marc Griffin, 81). Subs not used: Lee Stacy, Jake Hyland, Dillon Hayes, James O’Brien.

Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness, Michael Barker, Alan McNally (Hugh Douglas, 46), Daniel O’Reilly, Jack Memery, James O’Donnell (Emeka Onwubiko, 57), David Cassidy, Ryan McEvoy, Graham Kelly (Luke Gallagher, 72), Dave Scully, Chris Lyons. Subs not used: Brian Kane, Adam Mitchell, Niall Cooney, Peter Durrad. Man of the Match: Roberto Lopes


Leinster Senior Cup, Dalymount Park, Sunday 22 February, 3pm

Bohemians come to their first competitive game of the season aiming to “build momentum” towards the league campaign, according to manager Keith Long.

The confidence of the players and coaches has been lifted this week with the unexpected return of battling midfielder, Dave Mulcahy – “a great boost to everyone at the club”, said Long.

The season curtain-raiser against Bray Wanderers is a repeat of 2014’s start, when Bohemians beat Bray 5-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup.

In his first competitive game in charge of Bohemians, Long comes up against the club where he played for five years and began his coaching career. But he insists “it does not matter who we’re facing”.


“I’m fully focused on the job here, and I know it’s a big job,” Long said, adding that he is fully aware of the Bohemian fans’ expectations.

“We want to generate excitement among the supporters, so that they’re proud of their team, and want to come and watch them.”

The manager expects to see continuing improvement in his team’s pre-season performances.

“It’s important that we build momentum in the pre-season. Performances will improve as we get to know each other, and to gel as a group.

“We’re coming to the business end of the pre-season and we’ll be sharpening our focus on the start of the league.

“It’s important that we put our best foot forward against Bray. We want to do well in the competition, but we have some players with niggles and we obviously don’t want to put them at risk, with the league in mind.”

Long says he and his backroom team are getting close to identifying their preferred starting line-up. “We’ve worked on different combinations. But there’s still room for players to force their way into the team.”

Bohemians have three players out – new signing Dean Kelly has taken a knock in training, Anto Murphy has a groin strain and Dan Byrne is still recovering from long-term injury, but “making good progress” and aiming to return soon to contact training.

Manager Keith Long. Pic: Sportsfile


Lewis Kenny has been appointed Poet in Residence 2015 at Bohemian FC – the first such appointment in Irish football.

As Poet in Residence, the 21-year-old student from Cabra will compose poems about the club, Dalymount Park, football and the local community which will be published in the club’s match-day programmes. In return, Lewis has been presented with a VIP Season Ticket.

Lewis has performed at and hosted several spoken-word evenings at Dalymount Park since 2013. His work draws on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations of young people. Some of his poetry, including ‘Cabra’, refers to Bohemians and Dalymount Park.

“My reaction to this appointment is pure joy,” Lewis said. “My boyhood dream was to play for Bohemians, and I have been a fan all my life. I never thought I would represent the club as a poet.”


Lewis has several pieces “in the works” and hopes to unveil one of these at the start of new league season next month.

He is a regular performer on the Dublin and festival circuit and headlined his own show, ‘OutStraight’, at Electric Picnic. He is the founder of the Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam, a college competition which starts in March and aims to become an all-Ireland event next year.

Lewis is also Chairperson of the Poetry Society at the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) in Dun Laoghaire, where he studies audio-visual media technology.

Lewis Kenny’s appointment comes in Bohemian FC’s 125th anniversary year. The programme of events includes an exhibition, a drama reading, a family day, historical talks and other cultural initiatives. Already known as “the people’s club”, Bohemians are increasingly recognised also as a “club of culture”.

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