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Match report: Bohemians 2 Dundalk 2

Bohemians finally got their season underway in an enthralling draw with Dundalk.

Having twice taken the lead through debutant and ex-Lilywhite Jordan Flores and Promise Omochere, the Gypsies let slip their advantage on both occasions as Pat Hoban and Steven Bradley conjured up equalisers.

It has been a long 89 days since the Bohemians faithful saw their heroes kick a competitive ball and, having seen last week’s encounter with Sligo Rovers called off, the excitement and anticipation from players and fans alike was a joy to behold

As has become the norm, there was a high turnover over playing staff, but plenty for the home fans to be positive about with the return of cult hero Kris Twardek and big name signings like Flores and Junior.

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The visitors had played out an extremely entertaining 2-2 draw with big-spending Derry City, and came into the game with a new look squad of their own including returning Bohs hero, Keith Ward, who was given a warm reception upon his arrival.

The game was a rip-roaring, full-blooded battle for the 90 minutes and the hosts took a deserved lead just before the half-hour mark.

Ali Coote’s whipped corner from the left was nodded home by Flores, who was not shy in celebrating his debut goal in front of his former employers.

But the visitors hit back immediately through a Pat Hoban header from a set piece of their own.

As half-time approached, Bohs got their noses in front again and it was a moment of the highest quality from Bohs front man Omochere. The excellent Twardek burst down the right wing and delivered a low cross that was fantastically turned home with a clever backheeled finish.

The second half continued at an outrageous pace as Bohs looked to add to their lead. But with 10 minutes played from the restart, it was 2-2.

Ex-Bohs man Daniel Kelly floated a dangerous cross from the left wing and Bradley rose highest to head in off the post.

James Talbot was called into action a couple of times before the end to ensure Bohs got a deserved point, saving brilliantly from Bradley’s powerful strike and denying substitute David McMillan from point blank range.

A frustrating night having had the lead twice, but plenty for the fans of not just the Gypsies but the league to get excited about having seen the attacking potential of this Bohs front line.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Grant Horton, James Finnerty, Tyreke Wilson (c), Dawson Devoy, Jordan Flores (Jordan Doherty 66), Ali Coote, Kris Twardek, Stephen Mallon (Jamie Mullins 70), Promise Omochere. Subs not used: Tadhg Ryan, Max Murphy, Ciaran Kelly, Conor Levingston, JJ McKiernan, Ryan Cassidy, Jack O’Reilly.
Dundalk FC: Nathan Shephard, Same Bone, Andy Boyle, Mark Connolly, Lewis Macari, Dan Williams (Keith Ward 53), Greg Sloggett (Paul Doyle 77), Steven Bradley, Robbie Benson, Daniel Kelly (John Martin 68), Patrick Hoban (C) (David McMillan 53). Subs not used : Peterherrie, Brian Gartland, John Martin, Keith Ward, Joe Adams, Paul Doyle, Mark Hanratty, Ryan O’Kane, David McMillan.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

Bohemians v Dundalk - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Post-match v Dundalk: Kris Twardek

Prodigal son Kris Twardek was one of the key performers on his return to Bohemians in last night’s 2-2 draw with Dundalk. Afterwards, he spoke with Colm McDonnell.

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK

SSE Airtricity League
Friday February 25 2022
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Live on LOITV.ie

Keith Long wants Bohemians to start as they mean to go on by making a good first impression and getting a sold-out Jodi Stand behind them from the off this evening.

Long said: “All clubs look forward to the beginning of the season every year with high hopes, great anticipation and expectations.

“We are no different as we seek to kick off our campaign with a positive performance and result at home in front of our fans.

“Dalymount is a special place to play football and it is important to try and make a good first impression, get the crowd behind us and play to our capacity.

“We know the importance of getting a good start and we hope to do that tonight with a positive display.

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“The boys have worked extremely hard throughout pre-season and are looking forward to playing competitive games. Not playing last weekend has added to boys’ eagerness to play and we cannot wait to get our season underway.

“We hope to give supporters every reason to get behind the team, we want to get them excited about coming to watch this team play, and we will be doing everything we can to produce a team that upporters can be proud of.

“That support has always meant so much to us and, at the outset of this campaign, with many new faces at the club, it is important that we get behind the boys and show them what a special club this is to play for.”

Tonight’s game sees Bohs renew acquaintances with Dundalk manager Stephen O’Donnell, who got the better of Bohs when in charge of St Pat’s in the FAI Cup final in November.

Long said: “Dundalk have undergone significant change in the off-season, recruiting plenty of quality and experience to add to their squad.

“With Stephen back at Dundalk, this time as manager, his team will provide us with different challenges but we know we will have to perform to a really high level to overcome those.”

Finally, in a difficult week when Long’s mother sadly passed away, he expressed his gratitude for the support he has received from supporters of the club and the wider football community since.

He added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank the players, ex-players, staff, supporters, the board and the Irish football community in general for their support in what has been a difficult time for me and my family after the passing of my mam last week. Sincere thank-you to all, it meant so much to us, and provided us with great comfort.”

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Highlights: Bohemians 2 Dundalk 2

Goals from Jordan Flores and Promise Omochere saw Bohs twice take the lead at Dalymount Park on Friday night only to be pegged back on both occasions by Dundalk.

Match preview v Dundalk: Tyreke Wilson

“We have had an extra week to prepare. We hope to set our own game plan and execute it.”

Bohs defender Tyreke Wilson spoke with Colm McDonnell ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Dundalk to Dalymount.

Match preview v Dundalk: Rory Feely

“A full Dalymount is going to be unreal for us. The new lads are going to be welcomed into the best atmosphere in the league in the best possible way.”

DHL EXPRESS IRELAND ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL LOGISTICS PARTNER OF BOHEMIAN FC

DHL Express Ireland and Bohemian FC are proud to announce the start of a new partnership ahead of the 2022 season.

The new agreement will see DHL continue its longstanding history and involvement with Bohemian FC, which stretches back over a decade and indeed with Irish football, which has seen them partner with the FAI for over 25 years.

Bernard McCarthy, MD DHL Express Ireland said:

“I am pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Bohemians by signing this three-year partnership deal. We have been Bohemians’ international shipping partner for a number of years and have also worked closely with the club on other projects such as delivering Christmas gifts for children in direct provision.

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PRE-SEASON INTERVIEW: JORDAN FLORES

“I wanted to come here. I heard good things from Georgie Kelly as well! I like the way Bohs want to play. We want to be attacking, we want to be a pressing team.”

New signing Jordan Flores spoke to Colm McDonnell.

Bohemian FC and Dublin City University receive maximum €300,000 award in Sports Capital Funding

Bohemian FC today welcomes our sports capital grant award, applied for in partnership with DCU, with the support of the FAI, of €300,000 for the development of an all-weather pitch at the DCU Sports Campus.

This pitch will be developed solely for football and have co-usage for DCU Soccer and Bohemian FC. Access and usage will also be provided to increase participation across multiple groups, including disadvantaged groups.

The announcement was made today by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sports and Media.

Bohemian Football Club wish to thank Minister for Sport Catherine Martin, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath for their support.

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Bohemian FC Announce Partnership with Dublin City University
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