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There was further international recognition for Bohemians during the international window over the past week.


Danny Mandroiu returned to the starting line-up for his second start for Stephen Kenny’s Ireland U21s yesterday afternoon.

Ireland fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Iceland in Reykjavik with the hosts’ goal coming from a contested penalty decision. The spot kick was dispatched by Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen, son of Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Mandroiu was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw against Italy at Tallaght on Tuesday but also started last month’s victory away to Sweden last month having being sprung from the bench in qualifiers against Armenia and Luxembourg.

Bohs team-mate and fellow ex-St Kevin’s man Darragh Leahy missed both games this window.

He had previously been an ever-present since Kenny took over but suffered an ankle injury picked up during the previous international window against Armenia, which was then aggravated against Sweden. It has ruled him out since and will see him miss the remainder of the season.


There was reward for another Bohs man though as in-form Danny Grant was drafted into Kenny’s squad for the first time ahead of the Iceland trip.

While he didn’t feature this time around, at 19, time is on his side to make an impact at this level and his inclusion at this stage is encouraging for the future.

Prior to this season, the last Bohs player to play for the Ireland U21s was Paddy Madden away to Armenia in 2009.


Bohemians trio Seán Bohan, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy all made debuts for the Ireland U19s in their 2-0 friendly defeat against Denmark at the Showgrounds on Monday.
Bohs were the best represented club in Tom Mohan’s 28-man squad.

Tierney started the game, playing 60 minutes, while Devoy and Bohan were introduced after half-time and on the hour respectively.

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Tierney and Devoy had been excused from Mohan’s squad for the 1-0 loss against the same opposition and at the same venue on Friday.

The former instead had a starring role in Bohs’ 2-1 win over champions Dundalk that night and the latter, still only 17, had another encouraging cameo off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the same game.

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

All three have come through the Bohs-SKB partnership teams and travel to Greece next week for Bohs U19s’ Uefa Youth League tie second leg against PAOK in Thessalonica on Wednesday.

Craig Sexton’s side go over with a 1-1 draw from the first leg and with everything play for.

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Disappointingly, their bid to make it three league titles in a row came unstuck 10 days ago at the quarter-final stage of the league with a cruel 3-2 defeat in extra time at home to Galyway Utd.

Bohs finished the game with just eight men having had two men sent off and another forced off through injury after all substitutions had already been made.

It was harsh on Bohs who had lost just once in 20 games in the league section and topped the Northern Elite Division by nine points.

But as well as the Uefa Youth League return leg to look forward to, they are not finished domestically either.

They have a home final in the Enda McGuill Cup against Shamrock Rovers to come as well. No date has been set for that but it is likely to be the week after they return from Greece.

Bohs are the current holders of the McGuill Cup having beaten St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 away last season in the final with two goals from Ali Reghba.

Iceland v Republic of Ireland - UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1


Bohs-SKB v Shelbourne
(Saturday October 19, St Aidan’s, 12pm)

Bohemians v Peamount Utd
(Saturday October 19, Oscar Traynor Centre, 2pm)

Our U17s boys and girls both face crunch games on Saturday afternoon. Any support for either team is most welcome by both sets of players and management.

Bohs-SKB celebrate winning the Mark Farren Cup on Sunday – Stephen Burke

At 12pm, Bohs-SKB U17s host Shelbourne at St Aidan’s in the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity League U17 League.

Mowlds’ men come into the game buoyed by winning the Mark Farren U17 Cup on Sunday after a 5-1 victory away to Billy Dennehy’s Kerry District League side in Tralee with goals from Robbie Mahon, Evan Ferguson (2), Thomas Considine and Precious Omochere.


It is a trophy Mowlds previously guided Bohemians to in 2016 but the latest was an important first – the first trophy won by a Bohs-SKB partnership team.

Stephen Burke took extensive pictures from during and after the game which he has uploaded to two albums: 1) Match photos and 2) Celebrations.

Bohs-SKB will hope that victory can lay the groundwork for an assault on the league when they host local rivals Shelbourne in the last four.

Bohs-SKB needed extra-time to beat Cabinteely 3-2 in the league quarter-finals, while Shels were comfortable 3-0 winners in their last-16 tie.

St Patrick’s Athletic host UCD in the other semi-final.

Bohs U17s huddle - Stephen Burke

Bohs U17s huddle - Stephen Burke

At 2pm, Bohemians U17 women host Peamount United at the Oscar Traynor Centre in the Só WNL U17 Shield final.

This is Bohs’ first season competing at this level in women’s sport and it would be a remarkable achievement for the girls to cap off the season with a trophy.

Once again, all support is most welcome to help get them over the line.

Bohs-SKB celebrate winning Mark Farren Cup - Stephen Burke

“The squad is really stretched but the lads continue to stand up and fight”

SSE Airtricity League
Friday October 11, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long says his depleted Bohemians side need to continue to stand up and fight to consolidate their place in third.

Two of Bohs, Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic will claim the final Europa League qualification spots and Long’s side seized the advantage with a 1-0 win over Cork City at Dalymount Park last week.

That, coupled with Derry City losing to tonight’s opposition, saw the Gypsies move back up to third, while fifth-placed St Patrick’s Atheltic’s defeat to Waterford gave some further breathing space.

But as Bohs found to their benefit last week, the table can change very quickly. Long is not a manager who allows his team to get carried away but with three games remaining, Bohs are on 53 points, Derry on 51 and St Pat’s on 48.

A slice of luck was all that separated Bohs and Cork last week as visiting keeper Tadhg Ryan fumbled Derek Pender’s cross over the line.


With a squad ravaged by injury and devoid of any luck in recent months, Bohs were entitled to feel we were due that bit of good fortune.

Long said: “We got a little bit of luck in terms of the goal but I felt we managed the second half quite well and James Talbot in goal was not overly tested.

“With so many injuries, the squad is really stretched but the lads continue to stand up and fight.

“The emergence of some of our younger players has been a real plus and while at this time of the year it’s all about results, the performances of the young lads have been fantastic which gives you great hope.

“We are a young, vibrant team and if we can continue to grow together who’s to say what we can’t achieve?”

The strength in depth of Bohs’ squad will be put to the test once more when runaway champions Dundalk come to Dalymount Park tonight.

Long said: “I admire Vinny Perth and his management team for what they have achieved this season.

“Stephen Kenny moving into the Irish international set-up left a void at the club, one that was quickly filled by Vinny who had worked in tandem with Stephen for many years and gained invaluable experience.

“Dundalk are clearly the best team in the land with many talented players operating in a culture rich, player-driven environment.”

As Long mentioned, his team are once again missing some of this season’s star performers.

Danny Mandroiu is away on international duty with Ireland U21s, while Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin) are serious doubts once again.

Full-backs Darragh Leahy (ankle) and Andy Lyons (knee) are out alongside long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate).

Dawson Devoy and Ross Tierney have been excused from the Ireland U19s’ game against Denmark tonight and will instead link up with Tom Mohan’s side ahead of Monday’s friendly against the same opposition.

Mandroiu’s absence is all the more frustrating given that the fact he is away on international duty with the Ireland U21s this week means that his one-game additional ban for his red card against Shamrock Rovers will now not be served until next week’s Dublin derby away to St Patrick’s Athletic.

That frustration was perhaps compounded further by the fact he remained on the bench for the Ireland U21s’ 0-0 draw with Italy last night.

Long added: “The FAI rulebook continues to be a source of frustration. Danny should serve his additional suspension tonight but because he is deemed ineligible due to his involvement with the Ireland U21s, this suspension rolls over into next week. This is a ludicrous situation.

“We are effectively being punished for having players involved in international set-ups. In the case of Danny, he came back from the last U21 squad injured and missed three games before returning to play against Rovers.

“He served his automatic game on Friday last v Cork and will now miss tonight’s game and next week’s game v Pats, meaning he misses three games instead of two.

“This is not correct or fair on clubs who put a heavy emphasis on youth development. It is in fact anti-development. If we are serious about moving forward with a new FAI, the rulebook is a good place to start. It needs to updated and modernised so it is fit for purpose and doesn’t punish clubs that are doing their business correctly.”

Keith Long rallies supporters - Stephen Burke

FAI National Draw: Club draw prizes revealed

Our club draw section of the FAI National Draw will be held at our final game of the season against Sligo Rovers in two weeks’ time.

We are delighted to be able to reveal the full list of prizes for the club draw section, which we have listed below. The FAI-run regional and national draws will follow on December 5th.

A huge thanks to all of our friends and sponsors who have donated prizes for the club draw.

Tickets are available online until midnight next Wednesday.

Please endeavour to return books at tonight’s game. We will once again have a table at the halfway line for people to do so or for those who wish to purchase additional books.

Thank you for your support.



  • 1 x Package for 4 people for an Irish international match including premium level tickets and hotel accommodation for the night
  • 4 x Weekend tickets to the 2020 Big Grill Festival courtesy of Bodytonic
  • 4 x €50 vouchers for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St
  • 2 x €100 vouchers for Des Kelly Interiors
  • 1 Craft Beer Hamper from Grand Cru Beers
  • 1 x Hamper from Lilliput Trading
  • 2 x Vouchers for lunch/dinner for 2 in Cowtown Café
  • 3 x Vouchers for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang
  • 2 x Case of beer from Trouble Brewing
  • 1 x Voucher from Frame FX
  • 1 x Voucher for Rua Pizza in Phibsborough
  • 1 x Voucher for a Boiler Service from Atlantic Facilities
  • 2 x Signed Ireland jersey
  • 5 x Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match
  • 2 x Pair of FAI Summer Soccer Schools vouchers
  • 2 x Hospitality Packages for 4 people to a 2020 Bohs match
  • 6 x 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Jerseys
  • 2 x €50 Bohs shop vouchers
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Polo Shirts
  • 2 x Signed Bohs Jerseys
  • 4 x Footballs signed by the Bohs squad
  • 10 x Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match



Bohemians’ Leinster Senior Cup campaign resumes on Saturday as we host North End of Wexford in the last eight at Dalymount at noon.

Free in for kids (U16). General admission €5:

Bar opens 11am for the Rugby World Cup game between Ireland and Samoa and remains open after our match for Euro 2020 qualifier between Georgia and Ireland.

Bohs beat Shelbourne in the previous round back in March with goals from Aaron Barry (2), Danny Grant and a  Charles Mutawee own goal in a game where Keith Long gave first-team debuts to Alex Kelly, Dawson Devoy and Ross Tierney.

North End beat Longford Town in the last round. The winners of Saturday’s game will be at home to Athlone Town in the semi-final.

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02

“At times it may get tough and we might need a little help over the line from our fans”

Bohemians v PAOK
Wednesday October 2 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.30pm

Craig Sexton has called on Bohemians to make the most of home advantage on and off the pitch against PAOK in the first leg of their Uefa Youth League tie at Dalymount Park tomorrow.

Admission is free for all and Sexton is hoping that will help get the Dalymount Roar behind his side from the off and bring a positive result over to Thessalonica for the second leg in three weeks’ time.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy took time out of his squad announcement press conference earlier today to wish Bohs good luck in the tournament – and Sexton is banking on that goodwill to be echoed from the Jodi Stand.

Sexton said: “We are going in with a positive mindset that we want to win the game. We’re not going in to contain them or to see how the game goes – we want to win it.

“We want to bring a positive result to Greece, so that means we can’t just sit back and see how things happen. We are at home so the onus is on us to win.”

PAOK, whose senior team have a strong European pedigree in recent years but lost both Champions League and Europe League play-off this season, have a superior pedigree in this competition.


They progressed through two rounds of the Uefa Youth League last season – beating AEL Limassol and FC Minsk – before narrowly losing out 1-0 to Tottenham.

This is Bohs’ second successive year in the competition. In their debut season, they lost out out 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland, but were up against a side with designs on winning the competition and who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against eventual winners Porto.

It was a commendable effort by a Bohs side depleted due to the tournament’s complex and unfamiliar eligibility rules, something they have learned from this season.

Sexton said: “Preparations have been great this time around. They’ve been a lot better than last year.

“That’s not a negative towards how we prepared last year but they’ve run a lot smoother in terms of player availability. We are without three of our older guys – Marlon Marishta, Peter Adigun and Mikey O’Keane – but we found out a lot earlier who we’d have, so we’ve had a lot more time to prepare.”

When the draw was made last month, Sexton admitted he knew little about the opposition but he and his backroom team have been working hard gathering information since.

He said: “By hook or by crook, we’ve got information on them! We’ve had to beg, borrow and steal to get as much information as you can but we’ve managed to our hands on footage.

“We’ve done our homework. We’ve watched them. They’ve seven players who played for Greece against the Ireland U17s in the European Championships in Dublin over the summer too.

“That’s an indication of the level of player. That finished 1-1, Greece scored late on. They are a strong outfit.

“They played the likes of Spurs. They’ve played top quality opposition in this tournament already so that could be a challenge. They’re more used to this, perhaps more comfortable with it than some of our boys but that’s fine.

“But they are coming to Dalymount – they won’t be used to that! We need to take advantage of that.”

The level of support for Bohs’ second leg tie against FC Midtjylland last year gave Sexton’s side a noticeable lift.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Bohs briefly led on away goals after Ali Reghba’s first-half penalty put them ahead on the night.

It was also something of a celebration and coming together of all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes at youth level at Bohemians and through the club’s partnership with St Kevin’s Boys, with whom many of the current U19s have cut their cloth.

Sexton sad: “It was a massive plus for us having our players exposed to that environment with a big crowd behind them. The lads were really able to feed off the fans in what was a new experience for most of them.

“We need that again against PAOK. We need the place full, noisy and boisterous. We need that and more. At times it may get tough and we might need a little help over the line from our fans.”

The likes of Reghba and Andy Lyons made their mark in this tournament last year and with a first-team manager in Keith Long willing to give youth a chance, more will be looking to follow them and, most recently, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy, into his thoughts.

Sexton added: “This is a chance for them to showcase what they can do. They’re putting themselves on a stage. Instead of playing in Blanch IT they are playing, hopefully, at Dalymount Park in front of a couple of thousand people.

“As a group they get to show how good they are. A lot of them have been around the first team now which is a big help. They’ve seen big nights in Dalymount.

“Hopefully that will make them a bit more comfortable. A lot of them have experience from last year too which they can carry into this year. They shouldn’t be overawed. They might be but they shouldn’t be!”

WATCH: Alex Kelly, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy talk to FAI TV

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy pictured with Ross Tierney, Craig Sexton, Dawson Devoy and Alex Kelly earlier today. Picture SPORTSFILE


 Dear supporter,

Tonight, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet in the FAI Cup semi-final in what is another sell-out at Dalymount Park for the biggest Dublin derby in a decade.

By now, you are probably well aware that while sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club, they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park.

We remain under scrutiny from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade with regard to health and safety concerns during these fixtures. With so much at stake tonight, those concerns are intensified even further.

As well as information and procedures communicated to you previously, there are further measures in place tonight so please read below in its entirety.

We are a members-owned club. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that tickets to this game made their way into the hands of our regulars.

With that in mind, there is a collective responsibility on us all to ensure the safety of one another and that our actions do not invite further scrutiny or sanctions.


The area surrounding the away dressing room at the Block A/Jodi Stand Car Park end of the stand has been declared a sterile area until after the game and until all opposition players and officials have left the stadium.

This includes access to the Tramway End to hang flags. Supporters who wish their flags to be displayed at the Tramway End must bring them down to stewards at Block A no later than 7.20pm and preferably earlier.

They will be hung up by two designated club volunteers and returned to you after the game by these same volunteers. There is otherwise no access to the terrace or to the car park area. This includes the Jameson Bar which is tonight closed to the public.


More often that not when it appears the stand is full, there are actually scores of individual unoccupied seats across the stand.

Move up! And when it’s close to kick-off and it looks like the place is filling up, help fellow supporters find a vacant seat.


All our tickets have a unique barcode that will only scan once. If your ticket barcode shows up on our scanners as having already been scanned, we cannot allow you into the game.


The biggest concern remains the overcrowding in sections F&G and in particular people standing in the aisles, which could lead to serious crowd surges, crushes and injuries.

Standing in the aisles needs to stop. It is a major health and safety concern that is potentially catastrophic.

There is usually space further down in the Jodi Stand, particularly in blocks A&B. Please help recreate the derby atmosphere throughout the stand rather than just in F&G.

The Gardaí have instructed stewards to allow no standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that these blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

We ask that our members and supporters cooperate with stewards and adhere to their instructions.


Our bars cannot accommodate everyone. Overcrowding in our bars and in the access routes under the stand have been identified by DFB as areas of major concern.

If our staff/volunteers indicate that our bars are full, please accept this. Matchdays are stressful enough for our staff/volunteers without unnecessary confrontations.

If you are only accessing underneath the stand to use the toilet, please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos), by the merchandise store (portaloos) or those under Block G instead. Doing so will help alleviate the numbers under the stand.


DFB fear so many people congested in the one place and the regularity with which flares and smoke bombs are ignited that these combined pose a fire hazard.

DFB and the Gardai have insisted that no flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G.

Similarly, fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out, such as those done by the Notorious Boo-Boys, will have to take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

The authorities have also insisted on increased searches on Dalymount Lane.

Any supporter found in possession of a flare or similar pyrotechnics will be refused access/denied entry to the ground and faces being banned by the board of management.

Anyone who used pyrotechnics in the ground also faces a large fine and potential prosecution.


In the event of a fire or other incident in the Jodi Stand all supporters should please move down the aisles and on to the pitch and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Des Kelly Stand, away supporters should exit through the appropriate gate, either into the adjacent car park, or via the Jodi Stand, and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.


Missile have been thrown on to the pitch at derbies in recent seasons. This cannot continue or the Gardai and FAI will impose further sanctions on the club.

ALL drinks served in the bars tonight will be served in plastic glasses until after the game. Anyone caught throwing missiles will be ejected from the stadium and faces being banned from all further Bohemians games.

Similarly, anyone who encroaches on to the pitch will be ejected and could face prosecution.


Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control and supervision of the Gardai:

  • Match ticket holders must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.
  • A reminder that season tickets and Junior Gypsies cards do not apply for this fixture.
  • Away fans enter Des Kelly Stand via Connaught Lane.


  • Early access for home fans from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • There will be no entry to Dalymount Lane or late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We strongly advise supporters not to leave any margin for error here. We advise against arriving any later than 7.15pm.
  • Please reduce the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.


We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above may be unpalatable.
But collectively as a fan-owned club, a level of self-policing is required.

We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all those who attend our games.

Please assist us by cooperating with our stewards with respect and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

If we fail to meet the requirements laid down to us by the authorities and the FAI, we run the risk of further sanctions and costs we can ill-afford being imposed on us: increased number of stewards, reduced capacity, kick-off times being moved etc

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the game. Get behind Keith and the lads, and let’s all collectively contribute to getting the result we are all hoping for.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Jodi Stand


Andre Wright (ankle) hobbled off against Derry City last week. He is considered a major doubt alongside recent absentees Danny Mandroiu (hip), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin).

Darragh Leahy (ankle) is definitely ruled out once more alongside long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate).


Bohemian FC wishes to thank all members, season ticket holders and supporters for their understanding with regard to the selling of tickets to Friday’s FAI Cup semi-final.

Members wishing to purchase additional tickets and season ticket holders took time out from their day to queue for considerable periods on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Cross-checking of membership cards/season ticket numbers by club volunteers necessitated this being a drawn-out process.

The board and our volunteers present on the day want to put on record the respect shown by those queuing for the club’s efforts to distribute tickets as fairly as possible given demand far outweighed supply due to Dalymount’s current reduced capacity.

The aim was for all tickets to find their way as much as possible into the hands of our regulars. We do know that some people were left disappointed that they didn’t get a ticket and for that we can only apologise.

It had initially been stated that season ticket holders could buy an additional ticket. Due to the high turnout coupled with the fact tickets were also put aside to be purchased by our first-team players and our most loyal sponsors, there was a fear on the day that demand would exceed supply if season ticket holders could also purchase additional tickets than their own.

In hindsight this was probably unnecessary, but we felt it was better to be safe than sorry. We hold our hands up there and apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by that precaution.

Similarly, it had originally been stated that general sales of tickets would commence at 3pm.

The decision, which we believe was the correct one, to bring this forward was based on counting the number of people queuing in Dalymount Lane and that figure outnumbering the remaining tickets left to sell.

We didn’t want those already queuing to have to wait any longer when it was unnecessary for them to do so nor did we want people travelling to Dalymount when there were no tickets remaining.

While it was a drawn-out process, the unprecedented queues in Dalymount Lane, the reaction of our members and supporters, captured so well by Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile, added to the sense of community and to the growing sense of occasion for Friday’s game.

So once again, from all at Bohemian FC, thank you for your continued support. See you on Friday.

Bohemians supporters purchase tickets for their FAI Cup Semi-Final v Shamrock Rovers

“How these players have come in and performed gives me great hope”

SSE Airtricity League
September 20 2019, 7.45pm

Keith Long is hoping Bohemians can deliver some teenage kicks in Derry City tonight.

Bohs come into the game with a continuing injury crisis. Keith Ward (knee) returns but the Gypsies are set to be without Darragh Leahy (ankle), Danny Mandroiu (hip), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin) once more as well as long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate), while Robbie McCourt has decided to leave the club.

The mounting injuries have seen young guns such as 19-year-old Ryan Graydon, 18-year-old Ross Tierney and 17-year-old Dawson Devoy fast-tracked into the first team.

All three have come through the Bohs-SKB League of Ireland youth teams and started in the 2-1 defeat at home to Waterford a week ago, retaining their places for the 2-0 FAI Cup quarter-final win against Crumlin United
Long said: “We have had our hand forced with the number of injuries we’ve had. These lads are playing out of necessity.

“As I said before we know this is the business end of the season and the priority for us is results at this point and not development.

“But how these players have come in and performed gives me great hope for the future.

“They will be better players from this experience and we will be all the better for it as a club as well.

“We’ve had so many players out that it can be difficult to put a shape or structure to things at times but the lads have come in and coped really well with the demands put on them.

“It shows we are progressing as a club. We have quality young players who really want to play for Bohs. They have an affinity for the club and they want to express themselves. They are all working extremely hard but we have to be patient with them.

“As well as the lads coming in for the first time now, it is easy to forget the age of some of the others because they have been around the first team for so long.

“Danny Grant 19, Luke Wade-Slater 21, Andy Lyons 19. Scott Allardice looks older but he’s only 21. Rob Cornwall is an elder statesman in the team and he’s only 24!

“They put in a professional performance against Crumlin. We could have scored more but they are a good side and it was a potential banana skin so I was pleased with the result.”

While the performances being put in by the young guns are a source of great pride, youthful inexperience can also be punished. That was the case against Waterford and would a concern against a team of Derry’s quality.

Long said: “We have to eradicate mistakes at the back. Our early-season run was build on being solid at the back and being hard to beat. We’ll need that again tonight to get a result in the Brandywell.”

It is a mammoth two weeks for Bohs. They are currently in third on 49 points but have played one more game than the Candystripes, who are just two points behind.

And next week Bohs host Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup looking to make the final having gone so close to reaching it last season.

Long added: “It’s going to be a huge occasion. Derry are having a great season.

“We have great numbers travelling up behind us again, which is hugely appreciated by us all. We’ll need that support too as the Brandywell will be bouncing.

“We want to be involved in big games. It’s a difficult place to go at the best of times but there is a real enthusiasm at Derry City again under Declan Devine so we will have to be at our very best.

“Last year. We had momentum second half of the season which carried into the start of this season.

“We’ve faltered slightly at times in recent months. Injuries have come at bad times for us which has been frustrating.

“But we are third in the table, in the semi-final of the cup and everything is in our own hands.”

Crumlin United v Bohemians - FAI Cup Quarter-Final
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