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POST-MATCH REACTION: ROB CORNWALL

Adelighted Rob Cornwall was the unlikely goal-scoring hero for Bohemians in Saturday’s 1-0 win away to Waterford. He spoke to Colm McDonnell after the game.

POST-MATCH REACTION: KEITH LONG

Bohemians manager Keith Long spoke to Colm McDonnell after a 1-0 victory against Waterford at the RSC made it back-to-back wins on the road.

MATCH REPORT: WATERFORD 0 BOHEMIANS 1

Bohemians made it two wins from two on the road and continued to climb up the table with a comfortable performance over Waterford at the RSC.

Rob Cornwall’s first-half finish was enough to bag all three points and condemn their hosts to their fourth defeat in five, as Bohs earned another 1-0 win on the bounce following last week’s impressive victory at Oriel Park.

Bohs, forced into one change from last week with Rory Feely coming in for the injured Andy Lyons, started the game on the front foot and looked to take the game to their hosts and set the agenda on a sunny but chilly evening in Waterford.

Despite their slow start, Kevin Sheedy’s side showed they carried a threat of their own, with new man Isaac Tshipamba showing great pace and skill to beat two bohs defenders, but his shot was well saved by James Talbot.

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The Blues also carried a threat from set pieces, but Gypsies fans will be pleased to see the new look backline holding firm for their second clean sheet in a row.

Going forward, there was a bit more zip about the play as the side looked to play quicker and create more as a result. The creative Keith Ward stung the palms of Paul Martin early on and looked to come in off the left hand side to get involved throughout.

The deadlock was broken, and deservedly so, just before the break as the Bohs pressure finally told.

Many first goal-scorer bets were ripped up when unlikely hero Cornwall was on hand to tap home, despite Martin’s excellent save from a thunderbolt of a free-kick from Tyreke Wilson against his old club.

The Gypsies started the second half on the back foot and really could have found themselves level.

The visitors were thankful that Blues skipper Kyle Ferguson’s free header in the box was straight at the relieved Talbot, following a couple of high balls into the area.

This warning shot seemed to wake Keith Long’s troops up and they in turn showed some encouraging creativity in the final third.

A lovely quick passing move including Ward and Liam Burt resulted in a low cross from the winger just inches away from the toe of Georgie Kelly just before the hour mark.

Things were freshened up just minutes later with the introduction of Jack Moylan and Dawson Devoy for Ross Tierney and the aforementioned Ward.

Moylan took up the right hand side berth and the pacey Burt switched over to the left wing, and was beginning to show glimpses of what he is capable of with his direct running and skill to beat his man.

It was this exact avenue that should have resulted in Bohs doubling their lead, with man of the match Burt flying down the left, leaving defenders in his wake, then cutting back cleverly to the penalty spot but Moylan could only side-foot his effort straight at the keeper.

There was a little worry creeping in now that, despite their dominance and continued threat, that the lead was just 1-0 going into the final 10 minutes, and a late corner for the hosts did nothing to ease the nerves.

A poor delivery, followed by a lightning quick break, however, saw Devoy clean through on goal.

But the talented youngster was just unable to get the ball fully under control and snatched at his shot slightly, hitting it straight at Martin, who to his credit performed excellently on the night following the surprise omission of former Bohs keeper Brian Murphy.

Although unable to match the performance or tempo of the previous week at Oriel Park, and frustrated that they failed to make their numerical advantage pay when Waterford played the last 25 minutes a man down due to Tshipamba’s injury, there were certainly positive signs of this Bohemians side continuing to gel.

Now, after two away games on the trot, Bohs will look to build on back-to-back victories when they return to the Home of Irish Football on Tuesday night as Sligo Rovers make the trip to Dalymount Park.

Waterford: Paul Martin, Darragh Power, Jamie Mascoll, Kyle Ferguson (c), Cameron Evans, James Waite (Jack Stafford 56), Isaac Tshipamba, Tunmise Sobowale, Adam O’Reilly (Katlego Mashigo 61), John Martin, Daryl Murphy (Prince Mutswunguma 36). Unused substitutes: Niall O’Keeffe, Eric Molloy, Shane Griffin, Matthew Connor, Josh Collins.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Rob Cornwall, James Finerty, Tyreke Wilson, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy 63), Ross Tierney (Jack Moylan 63), Keith Buckley (c) , Ali Coote, Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Anto Breslin, Ciarán Kelly, Conor Levingston, Promise Omochere, Bradley Rolt, Thomas Oluwa.

Referee: Adriano Reale.

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Interview: Niamh Kenna and Niamh Coombes

Niamh Kenna and Niamh Coombes caught up with Emma Clinton and Emma Meyler ahead of Saturday’s game against Cork City at the Oscar Traynor Centre.

Preview: Waterford v Bohemians

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First-half goals from Ali Coote and Tyreke Wilson were the difference between the sides the last time Bohemians met Waterford.

Bohs were curing their luck on that occasion back in September but would be delighted with a similar outcome this evening.

When Waterford came to Dalymount in John Sheridan’s last game in charge, Coote and Wilson lined out for the Blues and their suckerpunches in an otherwise even game left Bohs kicking themselves.

This time around though they will be lining out in the red and black of Bohemians when they travel to familiar surroundings of the RSC.

The duo were among nine new signings snapped up by manager Keith Long in the closed season.

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But Scottish midfielder Coote, 22, says he will have little inside knowledge facing his former club, such has been the high turnover of personnel there under new manager and former Ireland international Kevin Sheedy, including the addition of former Bohs man Oscar Brennan as club captain.

He admitted: “I have no idea what to expect from Waterford! There has been a huge turnover of players. There are only a few left from when I was there last season.

“I enjoyed my time there, we did well last season. The RSC is a good place to play football with a good pitch. We are just looking forward to going down there and hopefully building on our performance last week against Dundalk.”

That performance in Oriel Park saw Bohs claim their first win of the season after a tricky opening to the season, which saw them pick up just one point from their first three games.

It was a hugely improved performance and deserved victory. Bohs created plenty of chances, but it was Georgie Kelly’s first-half penalty that was the difference between the sides.

Coote said: “We just clicked on the night – everyone was at it. We deserved the result. We knew going up there that they were a good side. They have been one of the best sides in the country for a number of years.

“But the gaffer told us to put in a performance we could be proud of and I definitely think we did that. If anything I thought we could have gone and scored more.

“We passed it about more, and that suits me personally as I get to show my qualities. The challenge now is to build on that performance and to try to get a run going.”

That victory marked 21-year-old Wilson’s debut in a Bohs shirt as he was chosen ahead of Anto Breslin, who had started the three previous games.

Breslin was an ever-reliable last season, so left-back is one of a number of positions where there will be healthy competition.

Wilson, who was on the books of Manchester City before joining Waterford, said: “I’ve had to be patient. The gaffer has been good to me though.

“There have been a lot of new players so it was always going to take a little while to get used to each other but we showed what we are capable of against Dundalk.

“It’s all about building momentum. We can take a lot of confidence as a team and hopefully we can go on a run.

“We are training well together too so hopefully we can bring that into the next few games.”

Wilson had Bohs fans cursing him when he stepped up and fired home a stunning free-kick that sealed that victory for the Blues back in September.

If a similar opportunity arises this evening, will he be putting his hand up again?

“Yeah, definitely! I fancy myself with free-kicks – I always practice myself after training. It’s something I have in my locker so if the opportunity presents itself yeah I’ll definitely be trying to take it and to score,” he added.

TEAM NEWS

Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) remains out.

Andy Lyons, who came off with a hamstring injury against Dundalk, and Bastien Héry (ankle) will not be risked.

But Promise Omochere (knee) and Conor Levingston (calf) come back into contention.

Long explained: “Andy came off with a tight hamstring last week so we won’t risk him for this game, especially as we have two games next week.

“Unfortunately Bastien went over on his ankle late in a training game so he is unavailable for us this evening.

“The good news is we have Levo and Promise back. Promise is looking really sharp and both of those will be with the squad this evening.”

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INTERVIEW: ALI COOTE

Bohemians midfielder Ali Coote caught up with Daniel Kiely and Cormac O’Gara at the DCU Sport Campus.

INTERVIEW: TYREKE WILSON

Bohemians left-back Tyreke Wilson caught up with Daniel Kiely and Cormac O’Gara at the DCU Sport Campus.

BOHEMIANS COMMIT TO CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT WITH UN FRAMEWORK AND MG MOTOR IRELAND ELECTRIC CAR PARTNERSHIP

Bohemian Football Club has taken two significant actions in the fight against climate change.

Firstly by signing up, through our voluntary Climate Justice Officer, to the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework.

Secondly, by today announcing MG Motor Ireland as our Official Vehicle Partner for 2021.

The club becomes the first Irish signatory to the UN framework, and joins major clubs, organisations and governing bodies including Arsenal, LA Galaxy, UEFA, World Rugby, the English and German FAs, the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1, and BBC Sport.

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Bohemians Car Handover Announcement

MARK O’MEARA APPOINTED CLUB ARTIST OFFICER

Bohemian FC is delighted to announce Mark O’Meara as our club artist officer, a new voluntary role at the club.

Mark has been a Bohemians volunteer since 2019, working on a project which has brought dozens of artists, both local and international, together with the club by delivering one-off matchday posters.

This project, initially led by Gavin Fahy before Mark took over, has been hugely successful and brought a new tradition to matchdays – a large group of collectors now eagerly await each release, while it also delivers steady income to the club through sales of the posters.

The project has been featured in Totally Dublin Magazine, has been applauded by many other clubs who are now considering replicating, and was a standalone exhibition in the Back Page at the end of 2019 when a full season of art was showcased.

We recently decorated Dalymount Park’s Phoenix Bar with dozens of the posters while it awaits the return of fans post Covid-19. There is a dedicated Instagram page Dublinsoriginals, which features all works to date, and is well worth a look.

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Mark O'Meara

Match report: Dundalk 0 Bohemians 1

Bohemians grabbed our first win of the season on Friday night with an impressive and morale-boosting win at Oriel Park thanks to an early Georgie Kelly penalty.

Keith Long had spoken in previous weeks about the team needing time to gel with nine new players incorporated in his squad, but this was the perfect tonic as Bohs put in an assured team performance to take all three points back down the M1.

Both sides entered the encounter off the back of a slower than expected start to the season sitting on a point apiece, and desperately hoping to get back on track.

For the visiting Gypsies, Long elected for two changes to the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to St Patrick’s Athletic last Saturday.

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In came Tyreke Wilson, for his first start to the season at left-back in place of Anto Breslin, while Keith Ward was included at the expense of Dawson Devoy.

Despite the changes, it was the Lilywhites who looked to enforce their game plan and try to dominate proceedings, with Andy Boyle clipping the crossbar with an early header and Michael Duffy cutting in from the left wing but dragging a tame shot past James Talbot’s near post.

Bohs dealt with these early jabs, and responded well landing a big blow of their own.

Ross Tierney, being deployed in the No 10 position, picked up the ball and drove at the heart of the Dundalk defence, showing brilliant pace and a low centre of gravity, and was eventually scythed down by wreckless challenge by Dan Cleary just inside the edge of the area.

Up stepped Kelly, who confidently sent Peter Cherrie the wrong way to give Bohs the lead against his former side, with just 12 minutes played.

The hosts made a big call in dropping under-fire keeper Alessio Abibi and bringing in the aforementioned Cherrie in a bid to try resolve their defensive woes.

They responded well to the early setback. Pat Hoban, on the occasion of his 200th appearance for Dundalk, went close with a header midway through the first half but was martialled well by central defensive duo Rob Cornwall and James Finnerty.

It was Bohs who carried the bigger goal threat in the first half. They looked dangerous on the break, and were almost gifted a chance to double their lead just after the half-hour mark when Kelly pounced on a sloppy play by Cherrie, dispossessing the keeper but couldn’t pull the ball back to Tierney in the area.

Just before the break, it looked as if Liam Burt had doubled the Gypsies’ lead but, with Cherrie beaten all ends up, he was unlucky to see his powerful low drive narrowly miss the bottom corner.

As expected, the FAI Cup winners came out in the second half with a fire in their bellies looking to push for an equaliser but were met with a strong resolute Bohs defensive unit.

But Bohs’ hard work was almost undone before the hour mark following some sloppy play from their own throw-in, and had Talbot to thank for keeping the lead intact as he denied Sam Stanton from point-blank range with one of the saves of the season so far.

Rory Feely, who had replaced the injured Andy Lyons at right back earlier in the half, delivered a dangerously whipped cross just past the penalty spot but the busy Tierney was unable to guide the ball goalwards, as Bohs continued to carry a threat despite less possession than their hosts.

Kelly also went close with a dipping strike just outside the edge of the area.

As their desperation grew, Dundalk opted for a more direct route, bombarding Talbot’s area with long hopeful crosses and despite appeals for penalties, including a handball claim against Cornwall, did not otherwise create many clear-cut opportunities to trouble the Bohs backline.

The clock ticked agonizingly towards the 90-minute mark and the final whistle was greeted with a sense of relief from the Gypsies players and staff as they secured their first win of the 2021 season.

Long and his troops will be hoping this much-improved performance and result can be the catalyst to make it two wins from two away to Waterford at the RSC next week.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Cameron Dummigan (Ryan O’Kane 78), Dan Cleary, Andy Boyle, Sam Stanton (David McMillan 63), Chris Shields (C), Raivas Jurkovkis (Darragh Leahy 63), Han Jeongwoo (Patrick McEleney 45), Ole Erik Midstkogen (Junior 63), Pat Hoban, Michael Duffy. Unused substitutes: Greg Sloggett, Jesus Perez, Val Adedokun, Alessio Abibi.
Bohemians: James Talbot, Andy Lyons (Rory Feely 50), Rob Cornwall, James Finerty, Tyreke Wilson, Keith Ward (Dawson Devoy 84), Ross Tierney, Keith Buckley (C), Ali Coote (Ciarán Kelly 83), Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Bradley Rolt, Jack Moylan, Robbie Mahon, Bastien Héry, Anto Breslin.
Referee: Rob Harvey.

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