Sunday 16 December 2018

Dinny is setting big goals at Dalymount

Paul Byrne

Bohemians striker Dinny Corcoran believes his side are well equipped to fight for a top-four place and thinks the Phibsboro outfit will be a tough challenge for most sides this season.

The Donabate native is enjoying his second consecutive season in his third spell with Bohs, having previously played for them in 2012 and 2013/14, and believes that manager Keith Long is building something special at Dalymount Park.

'We lost a few very good players in the off season, with Izzy (Akinade) going to Waterford, Warren (O'Hara) going to Brighton, Fuad (Sule) going to Barnet and Dylan Hayes leaving for Bray. I feel, though, that our manager Keith Long has recruited well and we've managed to bring some very talented young players in during the off season.

'We've had an ok start to the season, but we would have been disappointed to lose to Derry at home last week. You always want to do well in your home games and we just weren't clinical enough last week unfortunately, which allowed Derry to leave with all three points.

'Obviously we had Shamrock Rovers in Dalymount for the first game of the season and that was a brilliant game to be part of. They are the sort of games you want to be involved in and as usual the atmosphere was unreal.

'To score three late goals to win the game against your biggest rivals is not a bad way to start the season and we really enjoyed that one.'

According to 29-year-old Corcoran, the league has never been more competitive, with standards improving in recent years on the back of Dundalk and Cork raising the bar.

'I think it's a very competitive league this year. I know we've had a couple of big scorelines in the last week, but I feel that will be the exception rather than the norm as there's not too many weak sides in the division. Usually you could pick one maybe two sides who you feel could struggle during the season, but I can't see that this year and I feel every game is going to be a challenge.

'Personally, I feel the coaching is brilliant in the league at the minute and in Trevor Croly I think we have one of the best in the league. He's the best coach I've ever worked with and the training is really intense, which is great. He pushes us every day in training and you can see each week players are responding and improving.'

Corcoran also revealed that his other passion, the GAA, will have to take a back seat for the moment as he concentrates on his career with Bohs.

'Yeah, I loved playing Gaelic football with St Pat's of Donabate, but I haven't played with them in a couple of years now and won't be for the foreseeable future. I'm putting all my efforts into playing with Bohs at the minute.

'Maybe in a few years when I've finished soccer I'll be back playing with Donabate, although probably not at the level I was before,' he laughed.

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