Bohs kick off pre-season with derby draw

BOHEMIANS 2 SHELBOURNE 2

Bohemians kicked off our pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw behind closed doors at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown last night.

Skipper on the night Keith Buckley (pictured with Andy Lyons) opened scoring for the Gypsies before Greg Moorhouse equalised for Shels.

A header from trialist Colman Kennedy saw Bohs take the lead once again but they were pegged back once more, this time through Conan Byrne.

Bohemians: James Talbot (Niall Corbett 45); Lyons (Mitch Byrne 60), James Finnerty (Michael Barker 45), Rob Cornwall (Colman Kennedy 45), Paddy Kirk (Peter Adigun 45); Luke Wade-Slater (Ryan Swan 45), Keith Buckley (Dylan Thornton 45), Danny Mandriou (Keith Ward 45), Conor Levingston (Robbie McCourt 45), Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 45); Dinny Corcoran (Sam Byrne 45).

Upcoming pre-season friendlies:

  • Friday January 25th: Irish Defence Forces v Bohemians (Pearse Rd Astro, 7.45pm)
  • Tuesday January 29th: Bohemians v Longford Town (AUL, 7.45pm)
  • Friday February 8th: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians (Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm)

SEVENTH HEAVEN

BOHEMIANS 4 CORK CITY 2

Bohemians put one nail at least in the coffin of Cork’s title hopes with a deserved 4-2 victory at a raucous Dalymount Park.

After a long six weeks away from “The Home of Irish Football”, Bohs made it seven wis in a row for the first time in 10 years, with a Daniel Kelly double sandwiched between a Delaney own goal and Derek Pender strike.

The in-form home side looked comfortable in possession and smothered the illustrious visitors right from the off. And it was from this intense pressure they took the lead, pressing the experienced Damien Delaney in his own corner, forcing a rushed back pass straight into his own net.

The Gypsies deservedly went onto double their lead with just 22 minutes played. The hugely impressive Daniel Kelly won the ball in the middle of the park and decided to go himself blitzing past every defender in sight with his lightning pace and cooly slotted under the helpless Peter Cherrie.

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A shell-shocked Cork City found themselves three down with only a half hour played and it was that man Kelly again. Bohs, dogged in midfield, won possession and broke with Keith Ward. The playmaker bided his time and played a beautiful slide rule pass to Kelly who finished at the near post to send the home fans wild.

Graham Cummins pulled one back with a bullet header minutes later when a corner wasn’t dealt with, showing great strength to give his side some hope.

Incredibly, it was Bohs who stretched their lead right on half time. Skipper, Derek Pender played the ball into Kevin Devaney on the left hand side of the box and followed his pass. The left winger was tackled and as the ball broke free, Pender reacted quickest to slot under the onrushing keeper with his left foot.

The Champions began the second half in dominant fashion and got one back to make things a little uneasy around Phibsboro.

Jimmy Keohane powered in a header from a delightful Karl Sheppard cross. Cork to their credit pressed and pressed and went close with a couple of headers through Gearoid Morrissey and goal scorer Cummins but the Bohs defense stood firm at everything that was thrown at them and deserved all three points.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Paddy Kirk, Daniel Kelly. Subs: Colin McCabe, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Robbie McCourt, Oscar Brennan, Eoghan Stokes, Andy Lyons

Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Gearoid Morrissey, Jimmy Keohane, Conor McCormaack, Graham Cummiins, Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Barry McNamee. Subs: Mark McNulty, Shane Daly-Butz, Josh O’Hanlon, Ronan Coughlan, Conor McCarthy, Pierce Philips, Ronan Hurley

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

BOHEMIANS U19s: ENDA McGUILL CUP WINNERS

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC U19s 1 BOHEMIANS U19s 2

Craig Sexton hailed the professionalism of the Bohemians U19s after they came from behind to win the Enda McGuill Cup at Richmond Park.

The Gypsies, champions last year but currently trailing tonight’s opponents in the Northern Division by six points, got off to the worst possible start, conceding a header from a corner after just two minutes.

Goalkeeper Seán Bohan got a touch to Neill Byrne’s effort but not enough to keep it out as hosts St Patrick’s Athletic took an early lead.

But after a below-par first-half performance, Bohs came back out after the break refocused and reenergised.

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They took the game by the scruff of the neck and took their chances when it mattered too with Ali Reghba scoring twice in quick succession on 61 and 63 minutes to turn the game on its head.

A delighted Sexton said: “They showed the togetherness of the group in how they reacted to going behind. They’re a great bunch and they pulled together to make sure we came away with the win.

“We had spoken about the ‘what ifs’ during the week, ‘what if we went one down and how do we react as a group?’

“That’s a big part of how players need to develop – learning how to win in different ways and different circumstances. They found a way to do just that tonight.

“It was a game of mixed emotions really. The first half we weren’t at it, we were poor.

“But we changed a couple of things at half-time and the second half was much better. We came out and stamped our authority on the game a bit more.

“We dominated possession at times and we looked like we were the only team who were going to win it in the second half.”

Reghba’s brace was what ultimately proved the difference between the sides and as well as his winner’s medal, he also went home with a deserved man-of-the-match award.

Sexton said: “Ali is turning into a very good player. He still has a lot to learn but he knows that himself.

“He’s only 17 so he has another year with us at this level. He’s a lot of great attributes and he’s a fantastic fella too.

“You can see that with how hard he worked tonight. His finishes were fantastic.

“He could have had a couple more too though and we’ll let him know that to keep his feet on the ground!”

In the run-up to the game, Sexton spoke of his efforts to keep the players’ minds on the job at hand with this afternoon’s draw for the UEFA Youth League an obvious potential distraction, particularly for players so young.

Sexton said: “We needed to make sure the draw for Europe didn’t take over. We’d a cup final to win.

“To be fair, they didn’t let it interfere in any way. I didn’t get any texts about the draw or anything… unless they were all talking about it themselves without me!

“But they were fantastic in the lead-up – fantastic the last 10-12 weeks too – absolutely brilliant.”

The draw sees Bohs’ budding stars pit their wits against FC Midtjylland of Denmark. The Gypsies are due to be away first on Wednesday October 3 with the return leg at Dalymount Park three weeks later on Wednesday October 24, although both games are yet to be confirmed.

The winner of the tie will play the winners of Basel (Switzerland) v Hamilton (Scotland).

Sexton added: “It’s an interesting draw. It’s will be great for the boys to experience something different.

“Obviously there would have been big interest if we’d drawn Chelsea who were in our pool but our players are used to traveling to the UK for academy games, so it’s nice to get something further afield.

“This will be more of a proper European tie for them to experience a different culture and a maybe a different style of play.

“They get to travel and experience all that goes with that. Hopefully in future years the club will be back in Europe with the first team and these players will be on the first team and this will stand to them. That’s what we’re all striving towards as a club.”[/readmore]

 

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