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Football: JOE LIKES LOOK OF BOHS; Kilkenny City v Longford Town.

FORMER Bohs and new Kilkenny City boss Joe McGrath has cast an envious glance towards the top of the eircom premier division table and believes his former club will romp to the title this season.

During his short spell at Dalymount Park McGrath took the first steps towards making the Gypsies a full-time outfit, and believes that's the way forward.

"Without doubt, it makes all the difference," he says.

"My team just wouldn't compete with Bohs at the moment, and I reckon they'll win the league by about 12 points."

Kilkenny were the architects of their own downfall at Bray last Friday, while Longford were tanked 6-1 by Bohemians.

McGrath recalls: "We gave away a gift of a goal after 14 minutes, and it was uphill after that, then we conceded another 10 minutes later, but I have to say that Jason Byrne got a fantastic goal."

Longford boss Stephen Kenny says the Bohs defeat is already out of the system.

"Before that game we'd won four and drawn two of our previous six matches, but we created our own problems and we're just mad to get back into action now.

Wes Byrne, Stephen Kelly and Enda Kenny are all out, but Paul Perth is back in the squad for the first time since damaging ankle ligaments in a pre-season game against Northampton Town.

Kilkenny will be without Derek McGrath and Sean Murray.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2000
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