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Byrne: We have belief

JASON BYRNE believes that it’s only a matter of time before his goal-shy Bohemians side start finding the net again.

The Gypsies have failed to score in their last three league games while, apart from leading scorer Byrne, no Bohs player has managed a goal in the last eight league games.

Veteran Byrne may well be rested for the side’s game tonight, away to Longford Town in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup as teenage striker Jake Hyland, who has scored three times in two appearances in that competition this season, could get a run while there is added firepower for boss Owen Heary as Dinny Corcoran returns from a three-match ban.

Byrne is aware that he has shouldered the burden of scoring this season and while he admits that the recent drought is a concern, he insists that the goals will come.

“We will start scoring soon, I know that will happen,” says Byrne, who has scored five times in 13 league games this term.

“If we weren’t creating chances I would be worried, but the chances are coming for the front players and it’s just a matter of time before they start going in.

“Friday’s 0-0 draw away to Shamrock Rovers is a case in point, we didn’t score but we had enough chances to win the game, we missed a couple and their keeper pulled off a few good saves.

“As a striker I don’t worry too much about things like this, once I am getting in the right positions I know that things are going the right way. We have attacking players like Paddy Kavanagh and Karl Moore who are making chances for me, we had chances to win the game against Drogheda last week but we didn’t score and we lost.

“But the important thing is that our heads didn’t go down, and the belief is still there that we will score and move up the table,” added Byrne, who has been enthused by the form of young striker Hyland this term.


Hyland has yet to play in the league for Bohs but his form in the EA Sports Cup is a sign of his potential.

“Jake is very good,” says Byrne. “For his age he is very calm on the ball and that’s a very important trait.

“I looked at Stephen McPhail when we played Rovers on Friday night. Stephen had that calmness you need, he never panics on the ball and Jake is like that, he always uses the ball well.

“I doubt I will start tonight, at my age two 90 minutes in four days is a lot to ask, but we’ll see what the manager decides. I was very tired before the end of the Rovers game on Friday but Owen didn’t want to make a change that would disrupt things for us as we were doing well in the game.

“It’s an important game for us tonight even though it’s not a league game. It’s hard to see us competing for the league title this season so the EA Sports Cup is a chance for us to get a trophy.”