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Highlights: Bohemians 1 Derry City 2

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 30 2021
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Live on WatchLOI.ie

Keith Long has urged Bohemians to cut out mistakes at the back and to become ruthless in front of goal to deliver the results recent overall performances have deserved.

After back-to-back wins against Dundalk and Waterford, Bohs were left empty-handed from two high tempo games last week. First, at home to Sligo Rovers on Tuesday and then away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

It was bitterly disappointing for Bohs, particularly the result in Tallaght when, with Ross Tierney dazzling in midfield, they produced some of their best football of the season only to be condemned to defeat by baffling officiating.

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Long said: “There is no doubt in my mind that our performances deserved more with some good football in both games against both Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers.

“Unfortunately, a combination of some bad defending, some poor finishing and some dreadful officiating cost us.

“We need to be more clinical in both boxes, cutting out some basic errors defensively and taking our chances when they come our way.”

There is no denying that Bohs’ finishing had let them down in performances that otherwise produced plenty of positives. With Sligo winning 2-1, Keith Ward had a glorious opportunity to level the game but somehow scuffed his shot wide and the Bit O’Red instead went on to add a third.

Similarly in Tallaght, both Liam Burt and Georgie Kelly, albeit the latter under serious pressure from a defender, found themselves in good positions to score but both failed to hit the target.

Long said: “We have been guilty of missing some really gilt-edged chances in the last two games and we must take those opportunities and become ruthless in front of goal.

“We will stick to our principles and we will not allow set-backs to set us back. We have a firm belief in what we are doing and we will do what we have always done by trying to move forward and to become better.”

While cursing mistakes at the back and missed opportunities up front, it was a refereeing decision that cost Bohs most dearly on Friday as a penalty was controversially awarded against James Finnerty, who was inexplicably shown a red card for the same incident.

Long said: “Unfortunately a great game and a great advertisement for the league was spoiled by a refereeing decision that saw us ultimately lose the game and also lost James to a red card.

“I do not have selective memory – it is important to note we have benefitted from some decisions in previous derby games, most notably when Lee Grace was sent off for a handball when the ball hit his face.

“My argument is that it only became clear upon watching the replay back several times to realise the ball actually hit Lee on the face and not in fact the hand. It was almost impossible for the referee in real time to think otherwise.

“But Friday’s decision was not like for like, and the referee gets it wrong in my opinion. He obviously feels that James’ action was serious foul play to deny a goalscoring opportunity. Clearly this was not the case and we were punished on the double.

“On balance, decisions tend to even themselves out over a season and maybe our good fortune is yet to come. It is important however to demand an improvement from our officials.

“They are a very important stakeholder in our game and there are some really good guys doing a difficult job. But they need to be more accountable for their actions and the process to which they are made accountable needs to be more transparent.”

Having parted ways with manager Declan Devine last week, visitors Derry City got their ‘new manager bounce’ when they beat Sligo 1-0 last Saturday at the Showgrounds in former Bohemians midfielder Ruaidhrí Higgins’ first game in charge.

Long said: “Ruaidhrí got his reign as Derry boss off to the best possible start with an away win at Sligo and his team will come to Dalymount with great confidence and belief.”

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James Finnerty is suspended. Bastien Héry (ankle) and Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) remain out.

Long added: “Thankfully James’ ban is only for one game. Bastien stepped up his recovery from his ankle injury and has taken part in parts of training this week but he is not yet available for selection this week.

“Stephen is making good progress and we hope to see him return to parts of training next week.”

Ross Tierney - Stephen Burke

Highlights: Shamrock Rovers 2 Bohemians 1

Interviews: Erica Burke and Erica Byrne

Emma Meyler chatted to Erica Burke and Emma Clinton spoke to Erica Byrne. They reflected on last weekend’s entertaining 3-3 draw with Cork City and looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Peamount.

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.”

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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.”

Waterford v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

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.

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