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We can still do treble - Heary

BOHEMIANS skipper Owen Heary believes that his club still have a chance of winning the treble this season, but only if the Gypsies can put together an astonishing run of wins.

A defeat for St Pats to Shamrock Rovers on Friday knocked them out of the race for the championship, leaving Bohs -- seven points behind Rovers -- as the only realistic challengers to Rovers, who have not looked like a side about to drop points.

But Bohs, who have already lifted one trophy this season with the Setanta Cup win, are still in with a shout in terms of silverware, Bohs assured of a place in the last four of the FAI Cup if they can beat Bray Wanderers on Friday, and Heary believes that, although it's a tall order, the league title is still winnable.

"We have seven league games left and we need to win all seven if we're to have any chance, we can't afford to drop any more points," says Heary as Drogheda United visit Dalymount Park tonight.


"The FAI Cup will look after itself and we'll worry about that later in the week when we have this league game out of the way, but sadly for us the league is out of our own hands. We need Rovers to drop points and need to go on a run ourselves.

"But the feeling here among the players and the coaching staff is that it can be done, the treble is something that could happen for us," added Heary.

"All we can do is try to win our games and see what happens with Rovers. If they drop points before they come to play us in Dalymount next month then we could be in with a real shout and it would make the last two or three games very interesting. I think that points will be dropped between now and the end of the season, it's just a question of who drops them, and I know that we need nothing less than seven wins," says Heary.

Rovers have looked very slick in recent weeks, the Hoops now unbeaten in 17 league games and with six straight wins under their belts, most recently against St Pats last Friday.

"You need a bit of luck at this stage of the season and Rovers have had some of that recently, they beat Sligo the other week when they didn't play well, but I know from all my years in the game that that's what happens when you're going for a league," he says.

"What Rovers have going for them now is a very strong squad. I spoke to one of the Pats players after Pats played Rovers on Friday and he said that a huge difference between the clubs was the bench. Rovers had some top players on the bench but Pats just didn't have the same strength in depth," added Heary.

"Bohs and Rovers both have some tough games left -- Rovers have to play Fingal, we have to play Pats, and Bohs and Rovers have to play each other, so I think someone will drop points, but with the seven-point gap between us it means we have no margin of error and we now need to win every game."

Bohs put on one of their best displays of the season with Friday's win over UCD and even though Paul Keegan is close to full fitness again, boss Pat Fenlon could stick with the same XI against Drogheda, meaning a central midfield role for Gareth McGlynn, who has played most of his football for Bohs as a winger.