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SSE Airtricity League
Friday July 2 2021
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has told Bohemians to use tonight’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic as a chance to refocus following last week’s bruising 4-0 defeat against Sligo Rovers.

Stephen O’Donnell’s Saints have had Bohs’ number in their two previous meetings this season.

But both defeats were tight affairs – first a 1-0 at Dalymount in the first series of games and then a 2-1 mugging in Richmond Park in May.


Tonight’s opposition top the table on goal difference ahead of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, with Bohs eight points adrift in fourth.

Long said: “This is an opportunity to refocus now. They have beaten us twice this season and we know how good a side they are.

“We had been on a good run prior to Sligo and it is important that we try to bounce back with a good performance.”

That defeat in the Showgrounds was a kick in the teeth for Bohs who went into the game in form with four wins in a draw from their previous five games.

But in an encounter that saw both defences carved open with unusual ease, it was Liam Buckley’s Bit O’Red who had their scoring boots on.

Bohs had an abundance of goal-scoring opportunities but could not – other than a Georgie Kelly effort that was controversially ruled offside – find the net.

Long said: “It was a chastening experience in the Showgrounds last Saturday as we struggled badly to follow up our wins here at home to Drogheda and Shamrock Rovers. The truth is we never got going, and were a little fortunate in the end that we did not concede more.

“It looked like we lacked energy and we did not play with the tempo and intensity of recent games.

“Sligo are a good side with good attacking players but we very much contributed to our own downfall, conceding some poor goals and failing to take the chances we created.

“I don’t want to take away from Sligo’s performance but it would have been interesting if the disallowed goal we got just after half-time had stood.

“Having watched the replay back numerous times, it’s difficult to see how Georgie is deemed to be offside and at 2-1 it would have been game-on having started the second half brightly.

“Instead, we conceded a bad third goal and were comprehensively beaten. It was a bad night for us and sometimes that can happen in football but it was not for the lack of effort from the boys.”


Stephen Mallon (hip) remains a doubt.

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

This is Our Place – A Survey of Dalymount Park, the Home of Irish Football: Map and Publication launched

Visual Artist Dorothy Smith and Bohemian Football Club are delighted to be able to reveal a map and publication that records and celebrates Dalymount Park’s unique standing in sport, music, architecture and Dublin folklore.

Both the map and publication are now available via the club’s online store.

Bohemians’ home ground since 1901, this map and publication come at a time when Dalymount Park in its current guise, as it has been known and loved for generations, is nearing its end.

Dublin City Council, who purchased the site in 2015, plan to demolish and build a new municipal sports stadium and community hub in its place.

It will remain the home ground of Bohs, maintaining the club’s long-standing relationship with the place and its local community.



Bohemians v Stjarnan: Aviva Stadium capacity and ticketing update

Bohemian Football Club and the Football Association of Ireland can today confirm a capacity of 6,000 and ticketing arrangements for the UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round second leg against Stjarnan FC of Iceland, which will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday, July 15th, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

This capacity has been agreed as part of Phase Two of the government’s pilot programme for the safe return of spectators to Irish sport and follows detailed talks between all parties.

From the outset of our negotiations, our objective was to ensure that as many of our supporters, in particular our 1200+ members and 350+ season ticket holders, would be able to attend this game.


A change of venue from Dalymount Park was also necessitated due to temporary unforseen building works at the Des Kelly Stand end of the stadium that will temporarily affect access.

In a season where there was no guarantee that any member or season ticket holder would be able to attend any game, it is remarkable and indeed humbling to all involved in the club that we have the greatest number of members in our 131-year history.

We are indebted to that loyalty in the most challenging and uncertain times for all, and we are delighted to confirm that, with a capacity of 6000 now confirmed, all our members and season tickets will be given a 24-hour window for exclusive access to purchase tickets to this game.

Members and season ticket holders will be emailed a unique link tomorrow (Friday July 2nd) at noon, 12pm. Please add to your safe-senders list to ensure you do not miss it.

General admission tickets are priced at €20, while there is a limited number of U16s tickets available at the reduced rate of €10.

Tickets will then go on general sale, via Ticketmaster, on Saturday July 3rd at noon, 12pm.

The absence of supporters has been a constant in the minds of our players and management on every occasion they have taken to the pitch since the return of football 10 months ago.

And, after 16 months apart, it means everything to us to be able to have all our first team and management, our members, our season ticket holders and our wider fanbase together once more under the one roof.

Given the current restrictions, obstacles and compromises are plentiful despite the low capacity of 6,000 in a stadium that would ordinarily hold 51,700.

The vast majority of these issues are out of our hands, but we have worked very closely with the FAI, the Aviva Stadium and Ticketmaster to navigate through those hurdles and make the very most of a challenging situation, while adhering to public health restrictions.

Please note that due to social-distancing measures, tickets can only be bought in pairs, and the logistics of trying to accommodate larger groups together are, unfortunately, unworkable under current regulations.

We know that will be frustrating to families and groups of friends, but we hope supporters will understand that the club and the FAI have done our very best to make the most of these challenging circumstances.
Keep the faith – and we hope to see you all at the Aviva!

Key points:

1. Members and season ticket holders will be emailed a unique link to purchase tickets at 12pm tomorrow (Friday July 2nd). The window of exclusivity is 24 hours.

2. Tickets will go on general sale at 12pm Saturday via Ticketmaster.

3. Tickets must be bought in pairs only due to social-distancing stadium protocols.

4. The personal contact details of all attendees must be submitted online at point of purchase in line with Covid-19 contact-tracing protocols.

Leinster v Munster - Guinness PRO14 Round 14


SSE Airtricity League
Saturday June 26 2021
The Showgrounds, 7.45pm
Live on LOITV

It is third against fourth as Sligo Rovers host Bohemians in the Showgrounds tonight.

For Liam Buckley’s Bit O’Red, it is an opportunity to go level with league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers, who both dropped points last night in draws away to Waterford and at home to Drogheda United respectively.

For Keith Long’s side, it is a chance to keep the pressure on the three teams currently ahead of them, while hopefully adding some distance between themselves and Drogheda United and Dundalk who are breathing down their necks in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Bohs come into this game in form with four wins and a draw from their last five games.

They are particularly buoyed by last Friday’s 5-0 over Drogheda United and Monday’s 1-0 win in the Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers, with on-fire Georgie Kelly netting five between those two games to top the goalscoring charts with 11.

Shamrock Rovers had won the previous five meetings between the sides so Monday’s victory was not insignificant.


But while fans’ natural inclination might be to get carried away with the bragging rights, now in his seventh season in charge of Bohs, Long has always been one to keep feet on the ground.

He is right to do so. Sligo came to Dalymount Park earlier this season and while it was a game that could have gone either way, Buckley’s men punished Bohs mistakes and went home with all three points.

They showed that night that they have a killer instinct that could punish Bohs once more tonight if Long’s men are not on top of their game.

So, understandably, Long did not dwell on Monday’s derby, and instead gave tonight’s opposition his full attention.

He said: “Sligo are an excellent team with a great balance of experience and some exciting young players.

“They beat us well in Dalymount in the last phase of games and, although we felt we could have got something from that game, they showed the quality they possess and punished us with some high quality goals.”

Bohs enjoyed a level of vocal support that belied the small number allowed to attend – 100 fans for each – their last two games.

It will be Sligo who can count on cheers from the stands this evening, with away fans yet to be allowed into games but Long’s men are fully focused on the job at hand.

Long added: “Going to the Showgrounds is always difficult and after a good couple of results, we understand that we will have to produce a really good performance to get any type of result.”


Bohemians hope that Stephen Mallon (hip) will be available for selection once more.


Interviews: Chloe Darby and Christy Lougheed

Bohemians player Chloe Darby and coach Christy Lougheed spoke to Emma Clinton and Emma Meyler respectively this week ahead of their WNL clash against Galway at Dalymount Park today.

Aviva Stadium to host Bohemians’ Europa Conference League tie

Bohemian FC and the Football Association of Ireland can confirm that the second leg of the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League first qualifying round tie with Stjarnan FC of Iceland will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday, July 15th, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Further details on stadium capacity and ticketing will be made available in due course. We will not be in a position to make any further comment until those details are finalised.

Aviva Ireland light up Aviva Stadium to celebrate Pride Month

Reaction: Georgie Kelly

The Dublin derby match-winner spoke to Colm McDonnell after last night’s game.

Highlights: Bohemians 1 Shamrock Rovers 0

A great strike from in-form Georgie Kelly gave Bohemians the bragging rights in the first Dublin derby held in front of fans in 16 months.

Reaction: Trevor Croly

Bohs fans in attendance went home happy on Monday evening, but assistant manager Trevor Croly, while delighted with the 1-0 win in the Dublin derby, believes there is still room for improvement. He spoke to Colm McDonnell.


SSE Airtricity League
Monday June 21 2021
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Exclusively live on LOITV

The return of supporters to Dalymount Park on Friday night meant so much to Bohemians manager Keith Long and his players.

But having had a reminder of what it is like to be roared on from the Jodi Stand, Long shares the frustration that only 100 more will be able to attend the Dublin derby against league leaders Shamrock Rovers.

The Gypsies turned on the style in Friday’s emphatic 5-0 win over fourth-placed Drogheda United to send the 100 Bohs fans in attendance home happy.

Frustratingly, the gradual return of crowds to games has been a long time coming – the last time fans, other than a small number of essential club staff, officials and volunteers, attended a game at Dalymount Park was the March 6 2020 win against Shelbourne.

100 more – 90 members and 10 season ticket holders – will be in attendance for the first Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers Dublin derby to be held at Dalymount since the onset of the pandemic 15 months ago.


The two meetings between the sides at Tallaght Stadium since then were both very close affairs from which Bohs emerged empty-handed.

Daniel Lafferty’s fourth-minute goal in September was enough to give the home side all three points.

And back in April, a bewildering refereeing decision at 1-1 when Bohs were in the ascendancy saw Rovers awarded a penalty from which they scored the winner, while James Finnerty was shown a red card for the same incident.

Dougie Bolger was the first fan in on Friday – Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Home fans in attendance in Dalymount will be hoping their vocal support can help their side over the line this time around.

Those lucky 100 aside, all other Bohemians will have to contend themselves from supporting the team from home on a stream once more.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and Long, his staff and players, have been all too aware of those fans every time they have taken to the pitch since football returned behind closed doors last August.

Long said: “It’s such a pity we won’t have more of a crowd in behind us for this considering the atmosphere the derby creates in Dalymount.

“But it was brilliant to have some fans back in the ground, even if it’s only 100 or so.

“They got right behind the lads on Friday, even during the warm-ups. It makes a huge difference having that support during the game and after it as well.

“The boys put on a bit of a display for them as well with a 5-0 win so we are pleased with that.

“Even though it is a limited number for now, it means a lot having them back in the stadium. We have really missed them.

“Dalymount is a special place to play football but what makes it even more special is when you have fans there; when the Jodi Stand is rammed with supporters right behind the team.

Georgie Kelly jumped top of the league’s goalscoring charts – Luke O’Riordan

“We have a team now that can excite supporters. We have a team with real talent and I think supporters will have enjoyed some of the performances we have put in here at home recently, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we can have more inside the ground.”

Long is right to say his side put on a display – Georgie Kelly grabbed the headlines with his stunning and deserved four-goal haul putting him top of the league’s goalscoring charts with 10.

But Bohs were purring in the middle of the park too, particularly in the second half after a more testing opening 45 despite going in at the break with a firm two-goal lead.

Ross Tierney was only on the pitch 69 minutes but in that time helped himself to four assists, propelling him to joint-top of the division assists chart with seven.

Still only 20, Tierney has been a standout performer this season having come through St Kevin’s, the Bohs-SKB U17s and the Bohemians U19s.

His replacement on Friday, 16-year-old debutant Jamie Mullins, will hope to follow a similar development path having started with St Kevin’s with their U9s and having won the league with the Bohs-SKB U17s last season under Derek Pender. He certainly did not look out of place on Friday.

Skipper Keith Buckley welcomes Jamie Mullins on for his debut – Stephen Burke

Long said: “Georgie got four goals on Friday and he was full value for them. His second goal was particularly important for us because Drogheda are a good side, they’ve been playing really well, and we needed that second goal.

“We certainly didn’t have it all our own way in the first half – Drogheda created chances. But we got ourselves 2-0 in front at half-time.

“We addressed a few things at half-time and we went out determined that we would get the next goal as that would be really important – and we went out and got it in 20 or 30 seconds.

“It was a brilliant goal by Liam Burt after some great work by Ross, who was immense in the build-up.

“Ross was fantastic throughout. He’s a great kid with incredible energy. He’s only 20 and still improving too, so he can only get better.”


Ross Tierney slips the ball through for Georgie Kelly’s opener – Stephen Burke

While the attacking players got all of the attention, Long was happy too with the side’s performance at the back.

Much has been talked about Bohs’ habit of conceding late goals – turning wins into draws and draws into defeats – too often at times this season, including the previous game against Derry City where Bohs conceded in the 93rd minute having taken the lead nine minutes previously through a wonder strike from Ali Coote.

Those lapses in concentration are at the back of everyone’s mind, so keeping a clean sheet was perhaps as pleasing as the goals scored at the other end.

One man central to that defensive display was Ciarán Kelly, who really has had to bide his time to break into the team since his arrival ahead of the 2020 season.

Last year he was a victim of the truncated football schedule necessitated by Covid-19 that cut the number of league games in half, and abandoned other opportunities for players to stake their claim, such as the EA Sports Cup and Leinster Senior Cup.

In all, he managed just 93 minutes of league football for Bohs in 2020 and an appearance in the FAI Cup against First Division Cabinteely.

Rather than take that disappointing return to heart, the former St Pat’s man seized the opportunity of a three-month loan spell with Ballymena United. He became a key man for David Jeffrey’s side in that time, featuring in 12 games and scoring once.

Since returning to Dalymount Park in January, injuries to Rob Cornwall and James Finnerty have seen the 22-year-old afforded his first extended run in the team. He has featured in 11 of Bohs’ 16 league games this season, starting nine of those, including the last five in a row.

Ciarán Kelly battles for possession with Chris Lyons - Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Long added: “It is important that we build a platform from the back where we don’t concede. We have dropped too many points late in games this year.

“We feel we should have more points than we have and there’s no doubt that the key to that changing is keeping clean sheets.

“Ciarán can play his part in that. It’s a good news story when you persevere and that when you get setbacks, you don’t roll over.

“Ciarán has come into the team and he has been really good. He hasn’t had it all his own way here at all – he has had to be very patient.

“It’s been tough for Ciarán at times but he’s come through it, he’s been resilient and he’s learning. He’s constantly improving and he’s getting the rewards for his performances now.

“He’s been quite consistent for us since coming into the team. He has shown that work ethic and tenacity to get his rewards when a chance to play came his way.”


James Finnerty, who pulled out of the squad late on Friday due to tonsillitis, is available again as is Promise Omochere (quad).

Stephen McGuinness (arm) is rated 50/50, while Stephen Mallon, who shipped a heavy knock late on Friday night, will be assessed again ahead of the game.

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