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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

WATERFORD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 16 2021, live on WatchLOI.ie
Please note earlier kick-off time of 5.45pm

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.

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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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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).

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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.

 

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