Long hopes scrappy win boosts Bohs
Keith Long hopes that a badly needed win over Bray Wanderers can help his Bohemians side find the confidence they need to get the season started.
Bohs ended a poor run of six games without a win by beating Bray Wanderers 2-1 on Friday night, creating a seven-point gap between Bohs and bottom side Bray.
There's no rest for Long's side as they are back in action tonight, at home to Cabinteely in the EA Sports Cup with a tough test looming on Friday, away to an in-form Dundalk.
Long admits that Bohs were below par against Bray, but still managed to win for the first time since the opening night of the season and also saw their top scorer from last season, Dinny Corcoran, find the net for the first time time this term.
"It's a relief all round as we didn't play particularly well against Bray. It was our worst performance this year, but it yielded three points and hopefully we will get a bit of confidence from that," says Long.
"We have put in good performances before and got nothing out of the game, Friday was a disjointed, scrappy display, but we got away with it. Dinny came up trumps with the goal.
"We can play better and hopefully that win will give them the injection of confidence we need and can build on it, but we know the performance will have to improve.
"You have to factor in that it's five games in 14 days, that's a lot for professional players in any league. It's high demands on the players and considering the heavy nature of the pitches this time of the year, I have to commend the players."
Corcoran was the third top scorer in the league last season, with 15 goals, but the 2018 campaign had been a struggle for the Portmarnock man, no goals in six games before Friday.
"Dinny's game time has been limited, he had a stop-start pre-season," says Long.
"The nature of his injury is that we can't overload him and have to manage him as best we can. He is critical to the team and hopefully that is now his season up and running, he was banging in goals last season. Hopefully, he can reproduce that form this season."
Cabinteely head to Dalymount looking for something to lift their season, Friday's 3-1 loss to UCD their fourth defeat in four games.
Also tonight in the League Cup, Shelbourne travel to Wicklow to play Bray Wanderers (7.45), Shels on a high after their weekend win over Cobh Ramblers, and Waterford, boosted by Friday's league win over Shamrock Rovers, host UCC (7.45).
In the First Division, Drogheda United host Finn Harps, a game refixed from the first weekend of the league season after a floodlight problem at United Park.