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Highlights: Dundalk 0 Bohemians 1

Georgie Kelly’s first-half penalty gave a much-improved Bohemians a deserved victory away to Dundalk at Oriel Park.

Preview: Dundalk v Bohemians

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 9 2021, 7.45pm
Live on WatchLOI

Bohemians and Dundalk finished second and third respectively last season but three games into the 2021 season they find themselves going head to head at the opposite end of the table.

While it is very early days yet, both sides have taken just one point from their opening three games and both are keen to kick-start their season at Oriel Park this evening.

A frustrating 1-0 defeat away to Finn Harps on the opening night of the season was followed by a 2-2 draw against Longford Town and a 1-0 defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic.

Midfielder Keith Ward, the oldest member of the squad this season at 30, is around long enough to know Bohs have enough about them to turn that form around.

He said: “There is no getting away from it that one point is disappointing. We are disappointed with the performances too, not just the results. It was particularly disappointing to give away a set-piece goal in the defeat to St Pat’s.

“It has been a difficult start but for as long as I have been here the fans have stuck behind us.

“It’s difficult with them not being there behind us – the games actually feel even more important because you know so many people are at home wishing they could be there.”

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Dundalk have been the pacesetters for the best part of the last decade but Ward is undaunted and is looking forward to taking on his former club.

He added: “Every game in this league is tough. Dundalk are a top side and it’s great game to look forward to.

“Like us they only have one point from three games. They have a lot of unknown players but they still have good quality too.

“But we have a real chance to turn things around too. We just have to stick with each other.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are once again without wingers Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) and Promise Omochere (knee).

Finn Harps v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

INTERVIEW: CHLOE DARBY AND AOIFE ROBINSON

Chloe Darby and Aoife Robinson caught up with Emma Clinton and Emma Meyler to reflect on Bohemians’ start to the WNL season. Next up after an extended Easter break is a home game against Cork City on Saturday April 17th.

Emma Clinton and Emma Meyler are communications students in DCU and have joined the Bohemians media team this season as part of the partnership between the two organisations.

 

INTERVIEW: ANDY LYONS AND KEITH WARD

Bohemians right-back Andy Lyons and midfielder Keith Ward caught up with Daniel Kiely and Cormac O’Gara at the DCU Sport Campus.

The duo spoke about the tricky start to the season so far and looked ahead to Friday’s trip to Dundalk, while Lyons reflected on his recent time away with the Ireland U21s.

Daniel Kiely and Cormac O’Gara are communications students in DCU and have joined the Bohemians media team this season as part of the partnership between the two organisations.

INTRODUCING BOHS’ eLOI PLAYER: ERIC FINN

Introducing Eric Finn, aka XampL, who is representing Bohemians in the first-ever edition of the eLOI FIFA 21 competition.

The new tournament sees all 20 LOI clubs pitted together and gets underway tonight, with Eric’s first fixture coming next week, when he faces Cabinteely on Tuesday.

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We caught up with Eric to explain to us what the tournament is all about…

What is Esports?

“Esports is just like any other sport. It is just a form of competition based around a select few video games that have implemented competitiveness in to the core of the selected game. I was never the best at football in real life, but being premier standard in the DDSL for 7/8 years with my local football club being competitive was bred into me from an early age, and when I found Esports that drive only strengthened.”

How did you get in to Fifa Esports?

“So when I was in my second year of University, I was working around the clock with my job too so I needed an escape every couple of days from the seriousness of life, so I started playing Fifa again after a year or two of not playing it at all.

Who is XampL?

“I am just a bloke from South Dublin that likes to play/stream an array of games but just so happen to be one of the best in Ireland at Fifa. I have helped create the first-ever Esports Uni scholarship in Ireland, appeared in newspapers to talk Esports and radio/podcasts to chat about my past and the future of this forever-growing industry that is Esports. But most of all XampL is just a success-hungry 24 year old man from Dublin named Eric Finn.”

What is the eLeague of Ireland and how do you feel going into it?

“This is the inaugural Fifa Esports competition in Ireland where all SSE Airtricity League teams get to select a Fifa player to compete for the first ever trophy. It’s great to see some movement in this scene and I’m just off the back of some good form coming top 65 in Europe at the latest Fut Champions Cup Qualifier #5 (EA Event), which put me #1 in Ireland on Xbox.

“I mainly compete on Xbox, so coming over to Playstation to compete in this tournament is going to need some correcting but I feel in pole position given my current form, and the backing of the largest fan-owned club in the country that is Bohemians. All the competitors know who I am, and I’m sure they won’t be delighted if they see I’m their next opponent when the league starts up.”

What is the goal for eLeague of Ireland?

“That’s an easy answer. Beat Rovers, lift the trophy. Anything short of that will need some reflection!”

Post-match interview: Dawson Devoy

Teenage midfielder Dawson Devoy made his first start of the season in Bohemians’ defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday and afterwards spoke to Colm McDonnell.

Colm McDonnell is a communications student in DCU and has joined the Bohemians media team this season as part of the partnership between the two organisations.

Post-match interview: Keith Long

Bohemians manager Keith Long spoke to Colm McDonnell following Sunday’s disappointing defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic and looked forward to Friday’s trip to face Dundalk.

Colm McDonnell is a communications student in DCU and has joined the Bohemians media team this season as part of the partnership between the two organisations.

Highlights: Bohemians 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 1

Highlights of Saturday’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park. A second-half effort from Ronan Coughlan was enough to give the visitors all three points on a frustrating evening for the Gypsies.

Highlights: Galway United 3 Bohemians 1

Highlights of our second WNL game of the 2021 season as Bohemians lost 3-1 away to Galway United with Chloe Darby on target for the Gypsies. Filmed by Justin Burke.

 

Match report: Bohemians 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 1

Bohemians are still in search of their first victory of the season after going down 1-0 in their first Dublin derby of the season on Saturday.

Ronan Coughlan’s second half header was enough to take all three points in a very tight and competitive game at a sun-soaked Dalymount Park.

The Gypsies, who did the double last season against St Pat’s and were on an impressive nine-game undefeated streak against the visitors, made two changes to the team that let slip a two-goal lead to Longford Town the week previous.

In came Andy Lyons and Dawson Devoy, who were away last week with the Ireland U21s, replacing Keith Ward and Rory Feely.

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Although there was little between the sides, and as a fascinating clash of styles unfolded, 4-2-3-1 for the hosts versus a fluid 3-5-2 for the visitors, it was Bohs who created the first two half-chances.

The first came from a bit of pinball in the Pat’s area from a whipped Anto Breslin corner. But as the ball fell invitingly for Ross Tierney, the youngster just couldn’t make contact as he swung and the ball trickled into the arms of the on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros.

Bohs’ best avenue of a breakthrough looked to be from Liam Burt who looked a threat throughout, and was finding some good space on the left wing. He was slipped in behind the Saints backline from an Andy Lyons through ball.

The pacey Scotsman showed good feet to cut inside and smash a low drive through a cluster of legs that was well blocked and eventually scrambled wide for a corner kick.

Stephen O’Donnell’s St Pat’s have started the season well with an encouraging draw away at champions Shamrock Rovers, followed by an injury-time victory against Drogheda United, and they really should have broken the deadlock midway through the first half.

Some sloppy play at the back saw Rob Cornwall dispossessed on the edge of his own area but Robbie Benson, under pressure from the recovering Cornwall, dragged his effort just wide of Talbot’s far post.

St Pat’s began to dominate possession, with Coughlan and Mattie Smith looking a threat in behind and clever movement.

With little goalmouth threat as the hosts held their shape well, the Saints came armed with some clever corner routines, which could have paid dividends before the break but Lee Desmond was unable to direct his powerful header goalwards.

The second half started very much a case of copy and paste of the first, as both teams failed to wear each other down with the Inchicore side building well from the back.

Cornwall had a very good chance to give Bohs the lead with a free header at the back post, from another good Breslin delivery.

It took until just after the hour mark for one of the visitors’ smart set pieces to pay off, as Coughlan rose highest from Benson’s inswinging corner to power a header home past the helpless Talbot, who could only push the ball into the roof of the net. That’s two in two now for the ex-Sligo Rovers man.

Bohs finally sprung to life as the urgency in their play increased greatly, but they struggled to carve out that one clear-cut equalising opportunity, with Jaros making just one save throughout the 90 minutes.

The impressive visitors, with a midfield trio of Chris Forrester, Jamie Lennon and Benson just had too much guile and graft about them and saw out the game in excellent fashion to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. The final whistle was met with a huge roar of relief from the travelling party as they find themselves joint top of the league

Bohs were left frustrated with their new-look attack still finding their feet. Up next is a trip to Oriel Park on Friday to face Dundalk.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Rob Cornwall, James Finnerty, Anto Breslin, Keith Buckley (c) (Thomas Oluwa 82), Ali Coote, Liam Burt, Dawson Devoy (Keith Ward 68), Ross Tierney, Georgie Kelly. Unused substitutes: Stephen McGuinness, Rory Feely, Ciaran Kelly, Bradley Rolt, Tyreke Wilson, Bastien Hery, Jack Moylan.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros, John Mountney, Sam Bone, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham, Jamie Lennon, Chris Forrester, Robbie Benson, Darragh Burns (Paddy Barrett 73), Mattie Smith (Jason McClelland 88), Ronan Coughlan (Billy King 78). Unused substitutes: Barry Murphy, Josh Keeley, Kian Corbally, Ben McCormack, Alfie Lewis, Nehum Melvin-Lambert.
Referee: Neil Doyle

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
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