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Kids are alright for Keith


Ross Tierney

Ross Tierney

Ross Tierney

Keith Long has told his young players that they have to cope with the demands that come from playing on the big stage.

Frustrated by a home defeat to Waterford on Friday night, where the absence through injury of five senior midfielders forced Long to rely on some of his teenage talent, Bohs are in action again tonight, taking on Crumlin United in the FAI Cup quarter-final.

Ross Tierney, (18) scored against Waterford while Ryan Graydon (20) and Dawson Devoy (17) also started. And with Keith Buckley, Conor Levingston, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward and Danny Mandroiu all struggling for fitness for tonight's game in Richmond Park, Long may need his youngsters again.

"We have to rely on our youth, we have to bring our best young players into the first team," says Long.

"There's no doubt that there is opportunity at this club, out of necessity to an extent, but it ties into our vision where we want the best young players in Dublin to play for Bohemians. We have a very strong partnership with St Kevin's Boys, so it is the way forward.

"But we have to win, we want to get Europe.

"We want to be there. I have steered clear of that a bit with the boys as I want them to play football, to express themselves, to go and play the way we can, but we want success too. We don't want to be the nearly men."