Bohemians play host to UCD FC, in the opening round of matches in this season’s Airtricity League of Ireland, at 7.45 on Friday night. This local derby between the two sides from the capital will be awaited with plenty of interest.
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Bohs did better than expected last season, eventually finishing seventh in the table after showing plenty of ability. The pressure will now be on the side to maintain that level of form in 2013, and hopefully build on it going forward. UCD have always produced plenty of top class players and exciting football, and fans will be hoping to see more of the same this season.
Bohs really impressed from a small budget last season and while it will take some doing to repeat the dose twelve months on, manager Aaron Callaghan has shown that he can get the best out of his players, and it would not surprise were they to maintain their form for the coming months. While seventh place will be difficult to repeat, the Gypsies should be safe in the top flight at the very least.
UC Dublin FC are always the dark horses ahead of each season, and while they were short on goals last year, the students always entertain. There is certain to be plenty of excitement around when they play.
Players To Watch
Goalkeeper Dean Delany has plenty of experience at the top level and he will be a commanding presence at the back for Bohs this season. David McMillan has been the main threat up front for the students and if the midfield can win enough possession he can bang in the goals.