Reaching the FAI Cup semi-final is just reward for a side brimming with confidence, according to Bohemians manager Keith Long.

The Gypsies booked a date against the holders Cork City on Sunday, 30 September after a deserved 3-1 win over Derry City at The Brandywell on Wednesday evening.

In all competitions, Bohs are now unbeaten in eight games and it's a winning habit that is certainly serving them well. 

"The expectation within the squad was that we were good enough to go to Derry and win," was Keith Long's immediate reaction after the success on Foyleside.

"I thought we deserved to win as we had the better chances in the game. We had to ride our luck a little bit in the second half and our keeper made a vital save at 2-1.

"We had three chances in the second half to put the game to bed. We could have been a bit more measured, a bit more controlled at certain stages in terms of our play, but that's been hypercritical of the players.

"Overall, we have the belief and the confidence that winning gives you. We have an honesty of effort in the way we approach things. We work really hard and our attitude of late has been fantastic."

On Friday last, Bohemians easily accounted for Cork in the league at Dalymount Park, with Long relishing the prospect of another joust with John Caulfield's side back at the Phibsboro venue.

"Dalymount will be bouncing with hopefully a full house," he added.

"It's a fitting rewards for the players efforts to get to a semi-final. We played them last week and won the game. That game won't have any relevance to what might happen on Sunday week.

"Cork will have some players back that weren't available last Friday and they'll be stronger I feel."