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Post-match reaction: Keith Long

Colm McDonnell caught up with Keith Long following Bohemians’ frustrating 3-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers.

Match report: Bohemians 1 Sligo Rovers 3

As one Super League crumbled, another continued full steam ahead as Bohemians and Sligo Rovers played out an enthralling and high-quality, end-to-end encounter at Dalymount Park.

Stunning efforts exchanged by Jordan Gibson and Liam Burt had the teams level going into the final 15 minutes, but the in-form Bit O’Red grabbed all three points with some clinical finishing by substitutes Mark Byrne and David Cawley.

Bohs bounced into the encounter on the back of two 1-0 wins on the road, and with the Dublin Derby up next, Keith Long shuffled his pack making five changes from the side that beat Waterford on Friday evening.

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The home side should have taken the lead after just three minutes. A frantic start saw Georgie Kelly pounce on a slack back-pass, but saw his low shot well saved by Ed McGinty.

Sligo responded immediately and it was their turn to miss a gilt-edged chance. The visitors, who sat joint top going into the clash, won the ball in the Bohs area from some sloppy defending and the ball found its way to new kid on the block, Johnny Kenny, with the goal at his mercy.

Bohs keeper James Talbot showed excellent reactions to get down and deny the 17-year old.

The relentless pace did not let up as McGinty was forced into action again just before the half-hour mark.

Anto Breslin, on a rampaging overlap run, clipped a delicious cross to the back post and winger Jack Moylan, on his full league debut, did well to get his header on target but the Ireland U21 international saved well yet again.

The breathless encounter, now resembling a basketball game, continued as the visitors snatched the lead following some excellent build-up play in the final third.

Kenny, brimming with confidence following his first league goal against Finn Harps, slid in Romeo Parkes from deep, and although he was initially covered, showed incredible awareness to float to the ball to his right, teeing up Gibson to smash home a first time volley.

For the remainder of the half, the hosts dominated possession but just lacked that final ball to get themselves back on terms, as the Bit O’Red defended comfortably enough.

Keith Long’s came flying out of the traps after the break and equalised within minutes of the restart with a stunning effort from Burt.
The winger cut in from the left wing, and curled a magnificent effort to the far post giving McGinty no chance.

A war of attrition developed as both teams refused to give an inch. Heavy, full-blooded challenges followed by a spate of bookings as both sides showed their mettle.

With just a quarter of an hour remaining, the visitors put together yet another excellent move in the Bohs final third.

Ex-Shamrock Rovers man Greg Bolger floated a lovely cross onto the head of Kenny, who found himself in between Rob Cornwall and Ciaran Kelly. The front man clevely flicked the ball onto unmarked Byrne coming in from the left. The substitute showed great composure to flick the ball over the onrushing Talbot to give his side the lead.

The Gypsies responded with a double change, in came Ali Coote and Keith Ward, and it was the latter who really should have made an instant impact.

Breslin’s initial low effort fell back to the feet of Ward, and with two defenders on the line, he somehow managed to miss the target.

Still reeling from the miss, Bohs fell further behind as Sligo made it 3-1 through another substitute Cawley, who smashed home into the roof of the net from just inside the area to seal all three points on a frustrating night for the home.

Bohs will not have much time to dwell on that though as up next on Friday it is the big one as the Gypsies travel across town to visit rivals Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Bohemians: James Talbot, Rory Feely, Rob Cornwall (c), Ciaran Kelly, Anto Breslin, Ross Tierney (Ali Coote 81), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 81), Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan, Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly (Promise Omochere, 72). Unused substitutes: Andy Lyons, Tyreke Wilson, James Finnerty, Robbie Mahon, Thomas Oluwa.

Sligo Rovers: Ed McGinty, Colm Horgan (Lewis Banks 86), John Mahon, Garry Buckley, Robbie McCourt, Greg Bolger (c), Jordan Gibson, Niall Morahan, Walter Figueira (Mark Byrne 58), Johnny Kenny, Romeo Parkes (David Cawley 74). Unused substitutes: Richard Brush, Ryan DeVries, Regan Donelon, Darren Collins, Scott Lynch, Peter Maguire.

Referee: Neil Doyle.

Liam Burt lets fly

Post-match reaction: Jack Moylan

A disappointing night for Bohemians but a proud one for Bohs-SKB Academy graduate Jack Moylan who made his full league debut having previously featured off the bench. He spoke to Colm McDonnell.

Highlights: Bohemians 1 Sligo Rovers 3

Bohemians failed to build on their previous two victories as despite a wonder goal from Liam Burt, high-flying Sligo Rovers claim victory at Dalymount Park.

Preview: Bohemians v Sligo Rovers

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League
Tuesday April 20 2021
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Live on WatchLOI

Bohemians are looking to build on the form of two away wins in a row when we welcome high-flying and unbeaten Sligo Rovers to Dalymount Park.

Successive 1-0 wins on the road in Dundalk and Waterford have moved Bohs up to sixth after a frustrating start to the season where Keith Long’s picked up just one point from their opening three games.

Goal difference sees the visitors in third but Liam Buckley’s men are level on points with league leaders Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic after three wins and two draws from their opening five games.

Long said: “Sligo have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, have looked impressive so far this campaign and will come to Dalymount with confidence.

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“They have a nice balance of experience and some talented young players coming through and will have ambitions on building on last season.

“It will be another tough game – our games against Sligo are always difficult and generally very close affairs.”

In fact the same can be said of Bohs’ opening five fixtures of this campaign – a draw and four 1-0 results.

Bohs came out on the right side the two most recent of those – away to Dundalk and then away Waterford – but lost out to Finn Harps in Ballybofey on the opening night of the season and again to St Pat’s in our last outing at Dalymount.
Long said: “After our defeat against St Pat’s in our last home game, I referred to the fine margins we have experienced so far this season.

“The same could have been said for our win in Dundalk where we came out on the right side of the result – a result which could have very easily gone the other way. The point is that we have not been a million miles off, despite not playing at our best.

“Against Waterford, we didn’t play anywhere near how we did in Dundalk but still kept a clean sheet and a win. Our performance was a bit flat, we didn’t create enough and our use of the ball was slow. Overall it was quite the contrast to the performance in Oriel Park.

“Our performance levels have to improve on Waterford but we hope the injection of confidence provided by back-to-back wins will lead to better performances and, by extension, improved results.

“We will improve as the season goes on and we will get more consistency in our performances. The attitude of the players has been excellent and we are all working very hard to get better.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs are likely to be without Andy Lyons (hamstring) and Bastien Héry (ankle) once more.

Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) remains out also but there was some good news as he returned to training last week, while Promise Omochere (knee) and Conor Levingston (calf) were named on the bench against Waterford for the first time this season.

Long added: “It is pleasing to see some of the long term injuries return to training. Conor played 60 minutes in a recent behind-closed-doors friendly against St Pat’s and Promise Omochere is back training now on a full-time basis, which means he is closer to returning to playing competitive games.

“Stephen picked up an unfortunate metatarsal injury in pre-season but is back to light training now. He is a number of weeks away from playing but is making great progress and working extremely hard. He is doing everything right in order to get back playing and to make an impact at the club.”

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Highlights: Bohemians 3 Cork City 3

Bohemians came from behind twice to earn a well-fought point against Cork City with goals from Erica Burke, Aoife Robinson and Chloe Darby. Filmed by Justin Burke.

Highlights: Waterford 0 Bohemians 1

Bohemians made it back-to-back victories on the road as Rob Cornwall’s first-half effort from close range following on from a spectacular free-kick effort from Tyreke Wilson gave Keith Long’s men all three points at the RSC.

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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