Sunday, July 18, 2010
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Saints prepare for Bohemians clash

THERE will be live updates this evening from Dublin's Dalymount Park where The New Saints take on Bohemians in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round first leg tie.

The players trained at the ground on Monday evening and are in good heart ahead of what is sure to be a tough test against the Irish champions, who have found their form in recent weeks.
Bohs expect a crowd of around 1,500 for the tie, which will included around 50 Saints' fans who have made the trip over the Irish sea by air and ferry.
And they have sold out their allocation of 400 tickets for the return leg at Park Hall next Tuesday.
The Saints have concerns over the fitness of midfielder Barry Hogan, who has been ill with food poisoning since arriving in the Emerald Isle, but wingman Craig Jones is expected to shrug-off a groin strain in time for the game.
Meanwhile, Bohs' manager Pat Fenlon believes that his side's European experience - and superior match fitness - could hold the key to the tie.
"We've got a bit more youth into the team this year and that's starting to show benefits. We've also got experienced players who have been around a bit and they have played in Europe," he says.
"The older lads know it's a different game, played over two legs. That's not something the younger players are used to. So it's important that we have the older players to help the younger ones."
With The New Saints still in pre-season training, Fenlon believes this could be to his side's benefit.
"They have had a few pre-season matches and haven't conceded a goal so far," he added.
"The one advantage we will have over them should be our fitness levels. Hopefully, that can count in the game.
"They are a quality team and they passed the ball around a fair bit in the two games I saw them in.
"Their results in Europe have been decent. They have gone out by not too many goals. They have lost by the odd goal here and there, playing against strong opposition."
Former Cardiff City striker Jason Byrne has recovered from injury to take his place in the squad, but Aaron Greene (ankle), Anto Murphy (Achilles) and Stephen Gray (Achilles) are unavailable.
Photo: Players train at Dalymount Park on Monday night.

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