Selection problems for Bohs

Bohemians head coach Gary Howlett has some selection problems ahead of tonight’s eircom League Cup Final against Longford Town at Flancare Park (7.45pm).

Bohemians head coach Gary Howlett has some selection problems ahead of tonight’s eircom League Cup Final against Longford Town at Flancare Park (7.45pm).

Howlett is picking his last team before handing over the reins to new player-manager Gareth Farrelly with the first piece of silverware of the season on the line.

He will be without midfielder Fergal Harkin and defensive duo Ken Oman and Simon Webb.

Harkin missed Friday night’s 3-2 victory over Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers with a knee injury which will sideline him for up to six weeks, while left-back Webb damaged a shoulder late on against Rovers and is likely to be out for three weeks.

Centre-back Oman, meanwhile, has been out for three weeks with an ankle injury, while former Republic of Ireland midfielder and new boss Farrelly is recovering from a hamstring strain and will not make his Bohs début until this Thursday’s game against Dublin City at the earliest.

With strikers Dominic Foley and leading scorer Glen Crowe, who hit two goals against Rovers, set to continue in attack, Damien Lynch could come in for Webb in defence, while Howlett is likely to stick with the midfield quartet of Dave Morrison, James Keddy, Kevin Hunt and Bobby Ryan that overcame the Hoops.

Longford Town manager Alan Matthews will again be without injured defender Stephen Paisley and midfielder Darragh Sheridan, and so could send out an unchanged side from the one which edged Shamrock Rovers out of the Cup in extra time last week.

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