Goalkeeping crisis for Bohemians

Bohemians will be looking to stay in touch at the top of the table when they take on UCD at the UCD Bowl tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Bohemians will be looking to stay in touch at the top of the table when they take on UCD at the UCD Bowl tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

There is a goalkeeping crisis at the Dalymount club as Barry Murphy is ruled out with a groin strain and fellow shot-stopper Chris O’Connor has a shoulder injury.

Ollie Cahill is also ruled out with hamstring issues and Lee Dixon is also missing as he recovers from a calf injury.

Christy Fagan remains out with a hamstring strain, while Glenn Cronin is also out with a knee injury.

Craig Sexton is set to make his second league start in goal for the Gypsies, while Killian Brennan may feature despite suffering bruised ribs.

Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon said: “There might be some young lads that are going to make their debuts on Friday. We have to try them – we have to see how good they are. We haven’t got anything else, and people will have to be patient.

“In fairness to UCD, they keep producing players. They have some decent players that we would have been chasing over the years. There should be a fair few young players on show, which will be good for the game.”

The Students will be hoping to add to their tally of four points from their opening five games as they look to secure their first home win of the campaign.

College must plan without defender Sean Harding who is missing with a hamstring strain, while striker Cillian Morrison is also out with an ankle injury.

UCD boss Martin Russell said: “Despite Bohemians restructuring they are still able to field a team with league winners and guys that have European experience. Our young side is looking forward to that challenge, from which they can learn a great deal.”

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