Long disappointed for "brave" Bohs players
Bohemians title chances look to be dead in the water, following an unlikely home defeat against Sligo Rovers on Friday night. Result aside, this game was overshadowed by serious injuries to players from both sides with eighteen additional first-half minutes played as a result of a serious clash of heads involving Sligo ‘keeper, Ed McGinty and his defender, Dante Leverock while “Bohs” centre-forward, Dinny Corcoran sustained a serious looking ankle injury.
Having lost out to a last-gasp Patrick Hoban penalty at Oriel Park for the second time this season on Monday, Bohemians found themselves nine-points off the pace setters ahead of this encounter with Sligo Rovers and defeat sees the “Gypsies” now looking over their shoulder as opposed to being involved in any sort of title race.
With that in mind, this week has certainly been a case of “what could have been” for Bohemians supporters, as the Dubliners created a number of clear cut opportunities to down Sligo Rovers on Friday night, even after captain Derek Pender’s second-half red card.
Speaking to Between the Stripes TV post-match, a clearly heart-broken Keith Long admitted his side went for broke in an attempt to claim a precious league win.
“We did try to win the game, even with ten men, we were brave, it was wave after wave of attack and we end up losing a game we possibly should win” said Long.
Offering an update on injured star striker, Dinny Corcoran, Long could only reveal his player was now wearing a protective boot and the clubs medical team would not know more until a scan could take place. Sadly for Bohemians fans, it has been confirmed this afternoon that Corcoran has indeed suffered a broken bone in his foot and is set to miss a substantial quantity of playing time with no estimation available for his return to action.
You can watch Keith Long’s post match interview with Gerard Browne for Between the Stripes TV on episode 9 of our LOI review show on YouTube below.