Bohemians manager Keith Long was left to rue a host of missed opportunities as his side fell to an opening weekend defeat at Finn Harps.

Bohs finished second in last season's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division but have made a slow start to the 2021 campaign despite dominating for large spells on Saturday evening.

It was Harps' Adam Foley who made the breakthrough with the only goal on 38 minutes to leave Bohemians without a share of the spoils.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Long felt his side could also have had two penalties.

"It's not the start we would have wanted," he said. "Difficult place to come, Finn Harps, they make it difficult for you here. I'm not quite sure how we haven't got something out of the game," he said.

"Whether we did enough to get the three points, I felt certainly we done enough to get a point from the game. We missed some golden opportunities, particularly Ross Tierney's one at the back post late in the second half.

"We possibly could have got a penalty as well, maybe even two, so I'm not quite sure how we haven't got something from the game."

Finn Harps counterpart Ollie Horgan was happy with how his side adjusted on route to victory. But he also warned that his side will need to build on it to have a chance of survival once again.

"It wasn't a pretty game by any means. Physically and football wise they are a smashing side," he said.

"(They) caught us a little bit with the shape they played at the start. It took us a while to adjust to it - I'm not saying that's why we had a slow start - but Bohs started way ahead of us. They looked like a team that were right in the middle of the season and we looked like a team in pre-season.

"But we ran our luck, we weathered the storm and we got a good result. But I don't think three points will keep you in the division. We need to accumulate a hell of a lot more to try and stay in this."

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