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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 13, 2009
Venue: Dalymount Park
Att: 1,800 (est)

Killian Brennan 15' -
Scored: 15'


Scored: 8'
- Thomas Stewart 8'


Bohemian FC -v- Derry City FC

Fri, Mar 13 2009
Friday night will see a re-run of last season's FAI Cup Final as champions Bohemians take on Derry City at Dalymount Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

Derry dominance
Despite losing out on penalties on that occassion, the Candystripes will travel south full of confidence having not lost to Bohemians at Dalymount Park for five years. Indeed, Bohs have never beaten a Derry side managed by Stephen Kenny in the league.

Leading contenders
While much attention will be on events taking place over in Tallaght, this is arguably the game of the night with these two sides the hot favourites with the bookmakers for the title. If Bohs had such a thing as a bogey side last season then Derry were surely it. As the Gypsies romped to the title, Derry were the only side they failed to beat in the league - with the two sides sharing the spoils in their first two meetings, before Stephen Kenny's men marched in on Dalymount Park on the night Bohs picked up the league trophy last October and left with all three points.

King Kenny
Both sides go into the game on the back of opening night victories, with Bohs overcoming Dundalk 1-0 at Oriel Park last Friday while City defeated Drogheda United at the Brandywell by the same scoreline. Unsurprisingly, Bohs manager Pat Fenlon is anticipating a tough game. "We have had some very good games against Derry," he said. "Last year's cup final was a classic. I have great respect for Stephen Kenny and I think that he has done a very good job at the Brandywell. He has enjoyed the support of the board and with everyone pulling in the same direction, Derry won't be far away this year. Last season I felt that we were the two best sides in the league. Other clubs have strengthened a great deal in the off-season but I expect Derry to be among the front runners again this year".

'Bohs favourites'
With such a strong record against Bohs in recent times, Kenny is understandably upbeat going into the game. "Bohs are everyone’s favourites to win the league," he said. "They have a serious budget but we wouldn’t be fearful of them at all. We’ve shown a capacity to go down to Dalymount and win. It’s a tough game and people will expect them to win. They only lost two games last season and one of them was to us in Dalymount. They’re obviously the top side and the team to beat this season. We have to improve. We played well against Drogheda but there’s obviously a big difference so we have to up it, but we are well capable of doing that."

Selection headaches
Bohemians will again be without Conor Powell for the game, with the left-back still struggling with an ankle injury. Midfielder Glenn Cronin, who started last week's game in Dundalk, is also likely to miss out after being forced off midway through the second half of that match with a groin injury. Defender Brian Shelley is another major doubt. On a more positive note, Ken Oman is in contention to face his old side having returned to training this week. Fenlon's options have been further boosted by the return of striker Jason Byrne. Opposite number Kenny also has something of a selection headache with Clive Delaney suspended and James McClean and Kevin Deery also unavailable. Delaney is almost certain to be replaced in defence by Mark McChrystal.

Bohemians
Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
Mark Rossiter
Defender
Anto Murphy
Defender
Jason McGuinness
Defender
Owen Heary
Defender
Joseph Ndo
Midfielder
Paul Keegan
Midfielder
Gary Deegan
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
15Scored: 15'
Midfielder
Neale Fenn
Forward
Glen Crowe
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Powell
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Matt Gregg
Goalkeeper
Graham Carey
Midfield
Jason Byrne
Forward
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Mark McChrystal
Defender
Peter Hutton
Defender
Steven Gray
Defender
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Gareth McGlynn
Midfielder
Liam Kearney
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfielder
Mark Farren
Forward
Thomas Stewart
Forward
8Scored: 8'

Substitutes
David Scullion
Midfield
James McClean
Midfield
Eddie McCallion
Defender
Ciaran Martyn
Midfield
90Booked: 90'
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper