Bohs boss welcomes return of Keegan

BOHEMIANS manager Stephen Kenny yesterday welcomed the return of centre-forward Paul Keegan as the runaway league leaders attempt to arrest a 'mini-slump' in fortunes against Shelbourne at Dalymount Park tonight.

Keegan is available for his first start in three matches for a game that will kick-off at 8.10pm to facilitate a live broadcast on TV3.

Bohs failed to win any of their last three matches against Shamrock Rovers, Cork City and St. Patrick's Athletic and in a season when their consistency has been exemplary this represents a slump in form.

Bohs' perfectionist manager Stephen Kenny will review the past three matches and emphasise the loss of six points. It is a measure of Bohs' excellence, however, that in spite of this they are six points ahead of their nearest rivals, Cork City.

Kenny will have his own reasons for laying down the law in his dressing-room about the leaking of points but the more relevant fact about their recent run is that they took a point of three of their main challengers.

The context in which those results have to be appraised is to acknowledge that Bohs have successfully moved three matches nearer to the title and each succeeding series that slips by makes an upset less likely.

Kenny must be careful, of course, for Shelbourne will provide them with a vigorous challenge and their manager, Pat Fenlon, will still be harbouring ambitions of taking the title and with some justification.

There are, after all, 12 series of matches to go and it is easy to predict the tone and content of Fenlon's team talk - "If we win tonight we can still win the League" will be the gist of it.

Kenny will take comfort from the return of Keegan for he proved to be a powerful ally to the free-scoring Glen Crowe from the start of the season. And Bohs recent inability to win their matches can be put down to their failure to take all of their scoring chances.

Kenny said: "We have been playing well and creating plenty of scoring chances. But we are failing to kill teams off when we are on top and we have paid a price for that."

Bohs have played the most attractive football in the league this season and Shelbourne are well capable of matching them when the mood takes them.

"Shelbourne are just like us, they like to play an open, attacking, style of football. I hope we can provide plenty of entertainment for TV," Kenny said. Bohs boss welcomes

return of Keegan

Bill George

BOHEMIANS manager Stephen Kenny yesterday welcomed the return of centre-forward Paul Keegan as the runaway league leaders attempt to arrest a 'mini-slump' in fortunes against Shelbourne at Dalymount Park tonight.

Keegan is available for his first start in three matches for a game that will kick-off at 8.10pm to facilitate a live broadcast on TV3.

Bohs failed to win any of their last three matches against Shamrock Rovers, Cork City and St. Patrick's Athletic and in a season when their consistency has been exemplary this represents a slump in form.

Bohs' perfectionist manager Stephen Kenny will review the past three matches and emphasise the loss of six points. It is a measure of Bohs' excellence, however, that in spite of this they are six points ahead of their nearest rivals, Cork City.

Kenny will have his own reasons for laying down the law in his dressing-room about the leaking of points but the more relevant fact about their recent run is that they took a point of three of their main challengers.

The context in which those results have to be appraised is to acknowledge that Bohs have successfully moved three matches nearer to the title and each succeeding series that slips by makes an upset less likely.

Kenny must be careful, of course, for Shelbourne will provide them with a vigorous challenge and their manager, Pat Fenlon, will still be harbouring ambitions of taking the title and with some justification.

There are, after all, 12 series of matches to go and it is easy to predict the tone and content of Fenlon's team talk - "If we win tonight we can still win the League" will be the gist of it.

Kenny will take comfort from the return of Keegan for he proved to be a powerful ally to the free-scoring Glen Crowe from the start of the season. And Bohs recent inability to win their matches can be put down to their failure to take all of their scoring chances.

Kenny said: "We have been playing well and creating plenty of scoring chances. But we are failing to kill teams off when we are on top and we have paid a price for that."

Bohs have played the most attractive football in the league this season and Shelbourne are well capable of matching them when the mood takes them.

"Shelbourne are just like us, they like to play an open, attacking, style of football. I hope we can provide plenty of entertainment for TV," Kenny said.

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