Monday 25 September 2017

Bohs' suspension woe forces Fenlon reshuffle

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

BOHEMIANS will be without three key players for Sunday's FAI Cup semi-final against Sligo after the FAI suspended them for accumulated bookings yesterday.

Strikers Anto Flood and Christy Fagan and defender Liam Burns will all be forced to sit out the biggest game of the Gypsies' season, exposing the lack of depth in Pat Fenlon's squad.

Aidan Downes is the only available senior striker, while Burns' absence may force the manager to deploy a right-back or central midfield player in the heart of his defence, rather than pitching one of his younger players in against one of the most potent attacks in the league.

Flood has picked up eight bookings, with Fagan and Burns collecting four over the course of the season and the news will again raise question marks about accumulated league bookings resulting in cup suspensions at the end of the season.

Last season, Sligo's Richie Ryan and Matthew Blinkhorn missed the final at the Aviva Stadium, Conor O'Grady missed the 2009 final and in 2008 Jason McGuinness was forced to miss the showpiece due to accumulated yellow cards.

The FAI have amended their suspension periods to avoid a repeat of the final suspensions this year, but the semi-finals still count. Sligo have no suspensions, neither do St Patrick's Athletic but their opponents Shelbourne will be without Gareth Matthews for tomorrow's first semi-final.

Irish Independent

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