BYRNE BATTLES BACK

CABINTEELY 3 BOHEMIANS 3

A 10-minute hat-trick from debutant Kurtis Byrne saved Bohemians’ blushes away to Cabinteely in our first pre-season game of 2016 last night.

The First Division side stunned Bohs and led 3-0 thanks to goals from Michael Brown (penalty), Mark Slater and Darren Clarke.

But former Dundalk man Byrne’s goals on 71, 76 and 81 minutes salvaged a draw for the Gypsies, who welcome Shelbourne to Dalymount Park this Sunday at 2pm.

Photo Credit: Michael P Ryan

SAINTS SLAYED AS BOHS BREAK PATS HOODOO

BOHEMIANS  2 – 0  ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

Bohemians kept their faint hopes of European football alive with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over a lacklustre and ill-disciplined St. Pats at Dalymount Park on Friday night. The Gypsies recorded their first home league win over their Inchicore rivals since 2009 as goals from Anto Murphy and Karl Moore moved them within 5 points of Pats in 4th place. With a Europa League spot up for grabs for the 4th placed team in the league – the pressure is now on Pats – who have lost 5 of their last 6 league games.

Wearing green at Dalymount due to an ongoing and infuriating clash with Pats home, away, and third kits, Keith Long’s men dominated the game from start to finish, and could easily have added to the 2-0 scoreline. Pats, for their part, completely lost their discipline, and could easily have finished the game with less than 10 men, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Following four successive league draws, Keith Long was looking for an elusive win, and picked an attacking starting line-up with Jake Kelly and Keith Buckley on the wings, flanking Karl Moore in a no.10 role behind Izzy Akinade. Perennial pest Christy Fagan led the line for Pats, and had the first chance, but his goal-bound effort was struck right into the face of Dave Mulcahy – a typical block from the Kilkenny man. Missing Greg Bolger and Killian Brennan, Pats were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, and Bohs got the breakthrough on 14 minutes.

Jason McGuinness was in a foul mood all night, and chopped down Akinade about 40 yards out on the Jodi Stand side. Lorcan Fitzgerald’s free kick wasn’t the best, and was headed out towards Eoin Wearen on the opposite flank. Wearen’s cross was inch-perfect, landing just over the heads of the Pats defence onto the left foot of Anto Murphy. The defender did well to keep the shot down, and such was the power that it flew past Conor O’Malley before he could move. The hundreds of German fans in attendance nodded in admiration at the atmosphere created by the 2055 fans.

Bohs continued to press forward, with the hassling of Akinade, Buckley and Kelly proving too much to handle, especially for James Chambers in the Pats midfield, who simply didn’t look to have the fitness or sharpness to be playing at this level. Three times Bohs broke toward the Pats goal in a 3 on 3 situation, but the final pass let them down each time. Then, just before half time, Lorcan Fitzgerald’s free kick was somehow not nodded in by Mulcahy, who was less than 3 yards out.

Half-time entertainment included a welcome visit from Johnny Logan, and a fluent German speech from Bohs PRO Brian Trench to the German visitors. My Deutch isn’t what it used to be, but the warm applause from the Germans in attendance signalled that they sincerely appreciated the gesture.

As mentioned above, ex-Bohs defender Jason McGuinness seemed determined to earn some cards. Pats’ first set piece of the second half was swung in and headed away by Dave Mulcahy – who McGuinness simply kung-fu kicked in the head. If it was anywhere else on the pitch, a straight red card would be mandatory, but referee Robert Harvey went for the yellow. McGuinness didn’t hang around, taking out Akinade as the Nigerian skipped past him on the edge of the box. A second yellow in the space of 3 minutes, and McGuinness was invited to head back to the away dressing rooms.

Bohs made the game safe just after the hour mark. Akinade was brilliant in the air all night, this time flicking it on to Jake Kelly cutting in from the right. Kelly played it to Karl Moore, and his shot cannoned down off the crossbar, over the line, and back out. The eagle-eyed referee’s assistant signalled the goal, and three points were secured.

Bohs could easily have added to their tally, with Fitzgerald, Moore and Jason Byrne all having late chances. Pats could easily have lessened their representation on the pitch – Fagan (no relation) should have walked for a lunge on Akinade by the corner flag. Bohs head to Sligo next Saturday aiming to keep the pressure on. Pats need 4 points from their last 4 games against Drogheda, Cork, Sligo and Galway.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Dylan Hayes, Dave Mulcahy, Anto Murphy, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Keith Buckley (Dan Byrne, 90), Roberto Lopes (Jason Byrne, 81), Eoin Wearen, Jake Kelly (Aaron Ashe, 88), Karl Moore; Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Kealan Dillon, Adam Evans, Robbie Creevy, Lee Steacy.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Conor O’Malley, Ger O’Brien, (Ian Morris, 37), Jason McGuinness, Shane McEleney, Ian Bermingham, Conan Byrne, Jamie McGrath (Jack Bayly, 78), James Chambers, Sam Verdon (Morgan Langley, 68), Aaron Greene, Christy Fagan. Subs not used: Michael Hannigan, Darragh Markey, Paul Rooney, Pat Jennings.

Mr Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Karl Moore

10-man Bohs prove a point

Bohemian FC 1-1 Longford Town

Last Friday evening saw Bohemians entertain Longford Town with the home side looking to move to within four points of Saint Patrick’s Athletic in the chase for fourth spot. With the end of the season on the horizon manager Keith Long would have been desperate for his side to take three points from a Longford Town side who sat fourteen points behind them coming in to the game.

The opening exchanges belonged to the Gypsies with midfielder and captain Roberto Lopes getting forward to good effect. It was his neat one two with Akinade which fashioned a half chance but the Longford defense were not to beaten.
As the half wore on the game became somewhat fractured and this suited Longford as they looked to get a foothold in the game. An innocuous tackle on the half way line saw Buckley booked for Bohemians with team mate Kavanagh tasting yellow soon after.

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On the half hour mark Bohs got the games first shot on target courtesy of Akinade. A flick on saw him race between Longford’s centre half pairing but with the angle against him he cut back inside only to see his shot end up in the keepers arms.
Soon after Buckley found himself on the wrong side of the referee and was shown a second yellow. This would prove to be the catalyst for the game and within a minute of Buckley’s sending off the Gypsies found themselves in front.

Man of the match and former Birmingham City player Paddy Kavanagh picked the ball up just inside the Longford half and began one of his trademark runs. With space at a premium he cut inside three Longford men and unleashed a powerful left foot shot from all of twenty five yards which the Longford keeper could only watch nestle into his net.

However, the home sides joy was to be short lived as Longford got themselves back on level terms shortly after from a corner kick. The Bohemians defense could only watch as Haverty’s looping header came off the underside of the bar and in to the net. The goal was greeted with loud cheers by the boisterous Longford contingent.

The second half proved a stalemate as Longford were happy to sit back and hit Bohs on the break. Paddy Kavanagh proved to be his side’s best outlet and came close on a couple of occasions with some mazy runs. In the end a draw seemed a fair result although the Gypsies will feel the loss of Buckley early on cost them three points.

Next up for the Gypsies is a trip to face Drogheda United on the 25th of September, kick-off 7.45pm.

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