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‘We let Derek down on Sunday’ – Bohs out to make amends for dismal derby effort

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Bohemians midfielder Jordan Flores at the launch of FIFA 23. Photo: Stephen McCarthy

Bohemians midfielder Jordan Flores at the launch of FIFA 23. Photo: Stephen McCarthy

Bohemians midfielder Jordan Flores at the launch of FIFA 23. Photo: Stephen McCarthy

Bohemians are still reeling from their damning FAI Cup quarter-final defeat to Shelbourne, Bohs midfielder Jordan Flores says ahead of today’s league clash against Finn Harps (4.0).

Last year’s beaten finalists saw their faint European hopes extinguished after the 3-0 defeat at Tolka Park.

The Phibsborough side have won one in six in the league ahead of the trip to Donegal, with midfielder Flores admitting the team are still reeling from the Dublin derby defeat.

“It was very tough,” said Flores, speaking at the EA Sports FIFA 23 launch. “Myself and all the lads are still feeling the effects of it. We let Derek (Pender) down on Sunday.”

While Bohemians’s search for a new manager continues following the departure of Keith Long, Flores reflected on a disappointing season at Dalymount, and hopes to pick up as many points as possible in the remaining seven games – starting with Harps.

“We have to go up and put in the best performance we can. It comes down to the players, I feel we’ve let ourselves down over the course of the season. Now, it’s all about building for next year.

“It was tough when Keith left, he was the man who believed in me and brought me in. We’ll just have to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.”

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Harps goalkeeper Gavin Mulreany hopes his side can lift themselves off bottom with a win. Although Bohs ran out 3-1 victors in the FAI Cup first round last July, the two league clashes before that ended all square.

“It’s disappointing we’re bottom, but there’s always a chance because of the professional and semi-professional differences between clubs,” Mulreany said, also speaking at the EA Sports FIFA 23 launch.

“We have six games left and four of those are at home, where we’ve had a good enough run of form. We’ll go out and give it everything. Hopefully, results do go our way and we can pull away.”

Ollie Horgan’s side are bottom coming into the clash, one point behind UCD, who they face in the second-last game of the season. The 24-year-old admits it will be a ‘six-pointer’ when the Students visit Ballybofey next month.

“Ollie has huge experience in these situations. He’s not panicking. It rubs off on the players and brings confidence. When you’re watching him you know he has a plan and it works, he’s done it so many times.”


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