Bohs have lethal weapon in Crowe

BOHEMIANS hotshot striker Glen Crowe yesterday pinpointed upcoming matches against Cork City, Shelbourne and Derry City as critical to ambitions of winning the National League title.

Bohs embark upon this sequence by playing Cork at Turners Cross tomorrow (7.30 ko) and Crowe said: “This is one of the most attractive games of the season. Cork have a good team with good players and with the atmosphere created by the Cork fans it is always a game you look forward to.”

The 24-year-old Crowe continues to be the most prolific goalscorer in the National League. He topped the list last season and he is setting standards again in the current seasons with four goals in the FAI Cup and 11 in the League. His brilliant scoring ability is one of Bohs’ most powerful weapons and his influence on the 14 League matches to date has been immense. Bohs have the best defensive record with 14 goals against and are joint top-scorers with Shelbourne with 27 scored. Crowe missed just one of those games because of injury and while he expressed his pleasure at Bohs’ achievement in avoiding defeat in the competition to date, he suggested they still had room to improve.

“We have been getting good results” he said, “and we’re playing well enough. But hopefully, we can play better still because we have drawn some matches we could have won and we haven’t taken all our scoring chances. We’ve let some teams off the hook when we failed to kill them off when we were on top and there is always room for improvement.”

Bohs’ fans will point to the first meeting of the teams this season at Dalymount Park in August as evidence of this contention. Cork led for most of the match through a goal from John O’Flynn but then fell victim to a late equaliser from centre-back Paul McNally. All of the visiting teams enjoy the expectant atmosphere attending all matches before Cork’s enthusiastic fans. Apart from one or two isolated incidents, that experience has been very positive with the visitors responding well to the inevitable barracking they recoises whenever he was in action. Crowe is one of group of Irish players who excelled at under-age level and failed to get a big break in England. He returned four seasons ago after spending four years with Wolves and remains hopeful of returning to England.

Before the start of the current season he signed a new contract for Bohs and said: “I waited so long to agree the new contract because I wanted to see what offers came in.

“There were a few offers but I did not consider any of them to be better than what I had at Bohs. I am very happy at Bohs and while I will always be prepared to consider a move back to England, I am not concerned about it because things are so good at Bohs.”

Manager Stephen Kenny joined Bohs during last season and inherited the problem of several of their players reaching the end of their contracts. Said Crowe: “He came in late to face this problem but he addressed it very well.

“He did a good job in selling the club to us again.

“The ambitions here at Bohs are well known to all of us and that is why we are here really, but still Stephen did good work in signing us all to new contracts.”

Crowe has seen Bohs make substantial progress in his four seasons. “When I came first there were five or six full-time pros at Bohs and now we have a full professional squad,” he said. “The standard in training and in playing is brilliant and Bohs are determined to go places.”

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