Bohs looking to bounce back

With Bohemians’ season about to kick off in the League of Ireland, it is time to look at what they have done over the off-season, and what the Dublin 7 club could achieve in this coming season.

Dalymount Park Photo credit: Kyle Houlihan

Despite a promising beginning to last season, Bohs finished outside the European places just before losing to St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup final in November.

Bohemians were then dealt another massive loss, as last season’s top scorer Jonathon Afolabi moved to Belgian top-tier side KV Kortrijk.

From one end of the pitch to the other, starting goalkeeper James Talbot announced he was taking a mental health break from football.

Other players like Ali Coote, Kris Twardek, John O’Sullivan, Krystian Nowak all left the club over the winter break, while centre-back Kacper Radkowski did not have his loan extended and has since been moved on to newly promoted side, Waterford.

With a lot of positions to fill, Bohemians first signing of the window was a familiar face as Rob Cornwall returned from his two-year stint in the U.S.

Drogheda winger Dayle Rooney joined after impressing massively with 13 goal contributions last season. The 25 year old will be looking to nail a starting position this season.

Three Estonian internationals have joined with Martin Miller, Michael Lilander, and striker Sten Reinkort all coming from Estonian champions Flora Tallinn. With Polish goalkeeper Kacper Chorazka also joined to fill the void in their net.

Manager Declan Devine will hope the new signings will reinvigorate his side after their late-season misfortunes last year.

Speaking to Lenny who runs the ever-popular @bohs_fp on Instagram, he spoke on the expectations of the club coming into this season.

“I think it is no secret that we are going into this season with not a whole lot of confidence. I am not quite sure what to expect but I am optimistic we will be closer to the European places rather than the relegation places, despite what some are saying”.

In other Bohs-related news, the club has announced a new Thin Lizzy jersey dedicated to the Dublin band in memory of Phil Lynott, who performed a concert in Dalymount Park back in 1977. The money made will go towards giving access to music to underprivileged children across Dublin City.

Here is the fixture list for Bohemians and the rest of the League of Ireland club for the upcoming season.

Featured Image Credit: Bjorn Christian Torrissen

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