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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 9, 2018
Venue: Dalymount Park
Ref: Robert Hennessy
Att: 2,814
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Scored: 14'
- Dean Clarke 14'



League Preview: Bohemians -v- St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Mar 09 2018

Conan Byrne's spectacular 50-yard finish lit up the first meeting at Dalymount Park last season. Credit: Martin Doherty

BOHEMIANS

It's no Centenary Quaich but there's something arguably more important at stake at Dalymount Park on Friday night – three points and a precious derby win (kick-off 7.45pm).

Keith Long has seen his side's strong start to the season ebb somewhat, with a draw in Limerick and defeat at home to Derry City in their last two games.

They've had longer than usual to mull over the latter result as their trip to Cork City last week was cancelled, along with Monday's EA Sports Cup game with Cabinteely.

The good news for Bohemians is that they've already enjoyed Derby success at Dalyer this season, having put Shamrock Rovers to the sword with a 3-1 win on opening day.

It's that performance – if not quite the heart-stopping drama – that Long will look for his side to replicate on Friday night and get moving back up the table.

“The extreme weather has disrupted the fixture list and it will have a knock-on effect over the next few weeks with a backlog of games,” Long told the club's website.

“This will be a test of our squad and our durability but it will be the same for all clubs.

Of the defeat to Derry, Long added: “I felt it was a great opportunity missed.

“It was a disjointed performance and we never really exerted enough pressure on the opposition when the game was in the balance.

“We must learn from this. But we are a young group and I believe we will improve. Hopefully now we can put in a good performance and get the desired result.”

Strikers Ryan Swan and Cristian Magerusan remain long-term absentees, but fellow attackers Dinny Corcoran and Rob Manley return from groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

 

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC

St Patrick's Athletic had their own reasons to rue the enforced 11-day break from competitive action as they look to bounce back from last week's 2-0 loss in Waterford.

Goals from ex-Saint Kenny Browne and Bastien Hery saw off the Saints in a game in which the visitors never really got going and were deserved losers.

Pats performed well despite losing their season opener to champions Cork City before getting a merited win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds in week two.

Consistency has been a problem for Liam Buckley's side over the past two seasons, however, as evidenced by their form in this fixture last year.

Pats won the first meeting between the sides at Dalymount Park 4-0, a game made famous by Conan Byrne's halfway line strike, but lost the next two meetings.

"Bohs got off to a great start with a win over Shamrock Rovers and a draw in Limerick,” Buckley told the club's official website.

“I saw them lose to Derry City last week and they were unlucky to be edged out. Keith Long has put together a good squad and we are expecting a tough game."

"We had a mix of results last year against Bohs so it just showed that it's all about producing on the day.

“We know we have to be at it from the off and if we can apply ourselves right and perform to a good level, we can hopefully come away with a result."

Defender Mick Leahy and Thomas Byrne are fit again, while Killian Brennan has also regained full fitness, as Buckley has a full squad to choose from.

 

Referee: Robert Hennessy

 

MATCH STATS

The sides met three times in the league last season with radically contrasting outcomes

Pats won the first meeting at Dalymount Park in March, Conan Byrne scoring a remarkable goal from the halfway line as the Saints romped to a 4-0 win.

Bohs got revenge with a 3-1 win at Richmond Park in June, before a Dinny Corcoran double helped them to a 3-2 win in the final game at home.

 

 

BETTING

Bohemians 17/10; Draw 21/10; St Patrick's Athletic 8/5.

 

PREDICTION

Bohemians 2 – 3 St Patrick's Athletic

 

 

Bohemians

Injured: Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal), Ryan Swan (cruciate).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

St Patrick's Athletic

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Dan Casey
Defender
Rob Cornwall
72Booked: 72'
Defender
Darragh Leahy
Defender
Derek Pender
Defender
Oscar Brennan
Midfielder
Keith Buckley
Midfielder
Kevin Devaney
40Booked: 40'
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Midfielder
Keith Ward
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Midfielder
Dinny Corcoran
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Forward
Eoghan Stokes
Forward

Substitutes
Daniel Byrne
Defender
Paddy Kavanagh
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Midfield
Rob Manley
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Forward
Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Karl Moore
Midfield
Ian Morris
Midfield
Dylan Watts
71'
71Subbed On: 71'
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Lee Desmond
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Kevin Toner
Defender
35Booked: 35'
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Owen Garvan
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon
Midfielder 52'
52Subbed Off: 52'
Dean Clarke
Forward
14Scored: 14'
Christy Fagan
Forward 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'

Substitutes
Michael Barker
Defender
James Doona
Midfield
Jake Keegan
Forward
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Graham Kelly
Midfield
Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
Darragh Markey
Midfield
52Subbed On: 52'
52'
Ian Turner
Midfield
72Subbed On: 72'
72'


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