Bohemians' league game with Dundalk moved forward 48 hours to accommodate Champions League tie

Fri, Jun 23 2017

Dundalk won a rescheduled game at Dalymount Park last season 2-0. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Bohemians' league fixture against Dundalk at Dalymount Park, due to be played on Friday, July 7th, has been moved forward to Wednesday, July 5th to facilitate the Lilywhites' Champions League preparations.


Stephen Kenny's side face Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK in the first leg of their second qualification round tie at Oriel Park on Wednesday, July 12th.


And in order to give the champions the best possible chance of obtaining a positive result to match last season's victory over Icelandic side FH, the FAI have brought the game forward by 48 hours.


It's not the first time Bohemians have moved fixtures to accommodate the Lilywhites' European adventures.


Last season saw home and away ties switched, and a meeting with Wexford Youths switched to a Tuesday night, as Dundalk coped with a heavy fixture schedule following passage to the Europa League groups.


Bohs have been particularly hard-hit this season as next week's tie with Cork City, due to be played on June 30th, has been postponed indefinitely as the Leesiders face Levadia Tallinn in Parna the previous night.


One positive the Gypsies may glean from the fixture changes is that midfielder Georgie Poynton, who has been on loan from Dundalk since the start of the season, may see his time at Dalymount Park extended to the end of the season.