PREVIEW: ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS

Bohemians Squad Portraits 2021

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday May 21 2021
Richmond Park, 5.45pm

Bohemians make the short trip to Inchicore with renewed confidence after two wins from two from the second series of games.

There was little between the sides when they met in Dalymount in April, with a Ronan Coughlan header sealing all three points for St Patrick’s Athletic.

The Saints are a much-improved outfit compared to last year and currently sit in second place. Bohs had a stuttering first series of games but now appear to have found their groove in the second series, with a 4-0 win against Finn Harps and a 2-0 win against Longford Town.

James Finnerty has been a standout performer at the back and said: “The game against St Pat’s in Dalymount, there wasn’t much in it.

“We are high in confidence now after our last two games but know it will be a very tough place to go.

“We played well in both our past two games games, keeping a clean sheet in both. The boys have been very clinical in the last few games which takes a bit of pressure off us at the back. Long may it continue!”

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Winger Liam Burt, a closed season arrival from Celtic, has also been a key man in Bohs’ upturn in form with a keen eye for goal.

Liam Burt: “I have three goals now but the main thing is trying to help the team win.

“We take huge confidence from the last two games. We had a rocky start to the season but we can take confidence from those two performances.

“Before the second run of games we had a group discussion and thought of it as a fresh start. We got the three points from the first game, which obviously boosted our confidence. But we are just taking it one game at a time.”

Manager Keith Long was also encouraged by the recent performances.

He told Ríomhaire Teilifís Bóihéamach: “We had a really good win against Longford last Saturday. Another clean sheet and another decent team performance.

“We had a particularly good first goal with quality build-up play from Dawson Devoy and Tyreke Wilson, and Liam finished it off with a wonderful strike.

“Liam has shown in previous games that he is capable of that and we are looking forward to working with Liam to continue to try and get the most from him along with others. Ali Coote got another goal too. That’s three in two games from him playing on the right-hand side.

“Two wins, two clean sheets. That brings us into the St Pat’s game. We are looking forward to the game now. We have a little bit of confidence.

“It’s a Dublin derby. Form and league positions go out of the window in a Dublin derby.

“Pat’s have had a great start to the season. They are up there near the top of the table. It is a tough place to go at the best of times but it is a good place to go and play football.

“The pitch is always good in Richmond. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and get a win if we possibly can.

“It won’t be easy, it will be difficult. But we go there in a positive frame of mind and we are looking forward to the game.”

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