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LONGFORD TOWN  2 – 1 BOHEMIANS

Bohemians suffered consecutive league defeats for the first time this season as Longford Town claimed a smash-and-grab victory at the City Calling Stadium. In a scenario similar to last week, the Gypsies conceded a sloppy winner in the dying minutes of the game. Off the field, it was all smiles with the future of Dalymount secured, but on the field, it wasn’t to be.

Keith Long’s men had numerous chances in both halves, but struggled at the other end, with goalkeeper Dean Delany keeping them in it with a string of top class saves in the first half, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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With the evening sun shining beautifully into the away fans’ eyes, the home side were straight out of the blocks, and grabbed the lead after just three minutes. Robbie Creevy was dispossessed too easily in midfield, and one pass later, David O’Sullivan was in on goal. The striker tucked the ball past Delany into the corner to give Tony Cousins’ side a dream start.

Wearing their changed green strip, it took Bohs a good 20 minutes to string a meaningful move together. Lovely hold up play from Ismahil Akinade and a splayed pass from Robbie Creevy put the returning Paddy Kavanagh away on the right, but his shot / pull-back was just inches away from Adam Evans at the back post.

Evans had another glorious chance minutes later. Akinade was involved again, brushing Mark Rossiter aside before unleashing a shot that was blocked right into Evans’ path, but his effort was blazed into the car park.

At the other end, Dean Delany was extremely busy. First, he tipped a Mark Salmon effort brilliantly over the bar, and then had to claw a Gary Shaw header away. A hoofed Steven Rice clearance somehow turned into a clear run for O’Sullivan, but Delany was out quick and saved well with his legs.

If the Bohs keeper was on top form, it was nothing compared to what Paul Skinner pulled off on 35 minutes. A long Anto Murphy throw in was flicked on by Derek Prendergast, and Robbie Creevy simply buried a header from 4 yards. However, Skinner somehow managed to save the ball and hook it over the bar. As good a point-blank save as you’ll ever see.

Bohs continued to dominate possession in the second half, and you felt an equaliser was coming. Akinade was superb throughout. He flicked a long Anto Murphy ball onto Keith Buckley, and raced onto Buckley’s lovely back-heeled return. However, the Nigerian’s toe-poked shot was just wide of Skinner’s post.

Eventually, the big man was going to make it count, and did so on 67 minutes. The hard surface of the pitch bounced a ball up, and a hesitant Longford defense allowed Akinade to bull his way through on goal. He flicked the ball past Skinner, and Keith Buckley bundled it in for good measure. The ball would more than likely have been cleared by Conor Powell, so Buckley’s intervention was essential.

From that point, it would seem that Bohs would go on and win it, but the equaliser seemed to re-invigorate Longford. A draw would probably have been a fair result, but Bohs switched off in the 88th minute, and were punished. A long ball forward was only flicked on by Dave Mulcahy, and Anto Murphy got his legs entangled, allowing Pat Sullivan to get a shot away. Prendergast managed to block the initial effort, but the ball fell to substitute Ayman Ben Mohamed, who slapped a low shot in off Delany. Ecstasy for the home fans, a forlorn journey back up the N4 for the Gypsies.

Longford Town: Paul Skinner, Pat Sullivan, Mark Rossiter (Willie Tyrell, 26), Conor Powell, Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon (Lorcan Shannon, 74), Gary Shaw, Kevin O’Connor, Jack Doherty (Ayman Ben Mohamed, 56), Rhys Gorman, David O Sullivan. Subs not used: Paul Hunt, James Mulhall, Martin Deady, Kaleem Simon.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald (Stephen Best, 67), Paddy Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, Roberto Lopes, Robbie Creevy (Kealan Dillon, 85), Adam Evans (Karl Moore, 58), Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Jason Byrne, James O’Brien, Jake Hyland.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Ismahil Akinade

MEMBERS ENDORSE PROPOSED SALE OF DALYMOUNT PARK

Bohemian FC is delighted to confirm that arrangements have been agreed for the transfer of Dalymount Park to the ownership of Dublin City Council. These arrangements were endorsed tonight (3 July) by an extraordinary general meeting of the members of Bohemian Football Club.

Dublin City Council have acquired the property for €3.8 million and have undertaken to redevelop and maintain the iconic stadium as a major sports, cultural and community amenity, which will allow Bohemian FC to continue playing at ‘the home of Irish Football’, as we have done since 1901.

“This is a good deal for Bohemians and for the city of Dublin,” said club president Matt Devaney.

“We can clear all our major debts and can commit fully to realising our ambitions in football and in the community. The city now owns a major, and historic, sporting facility close to the centre and can provide public amenities, as well as a long-term home for Bohemian FC, Dublin’s oldest football club.

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“Bohemians want to thank the city officials, public representatives, the FAI, the local residents and community groups and the many friends of the club who contributed to securing this agreement. We also thank the members and fans for their patience. It has been a long road but one that opens a bright future.”

Further information: Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC director, 086-8576054

Advisory to media: Bohemian FC will hold a media briefing on the deal at Dalymount Park on Monday, 6 July, at 1.30pm. Matt Devaney, Daniel Lambert and other club directors who have been involved in the negotiations will be present.[/dropcap]

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“LAST WEEK WAS A BLIP”

LONGFORD TOWN v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, City Calling Stadium, Saturday 4th July, 7.30pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is hoping his side can ‘regroup, re-energise, and get a result’ as they travel to the Midlands to face Longford Town this Saturday. The Gypsies suffered a disappointing home defeat to Drogheda United last time out, and the manager is hopeful they can bounce back quickly.

“It was a disappointing result – we were at home, and we’re expected to win. But hopefully we can bounce back with a result and performance against Longford. Last week was a blip and we need to get back to basics and do the things that have served us well in the games to date.

“Games against Drogheda and Longford are extremely important for us. We need to keep going and keep the pressure on the teams above us – and the only way we can do that is by winning football matches.”

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Tony Cousins’ side should pose a significant test for Long’s men, who ran out 2-0 winners when the teams met at Dalymount Park in April. “Going to Longford is not going to be easy. They’ve come up from the First Division with a very experienced squad of players,” said Long. “They’ve done extremely well so far this season, but they’ll equally be looking for a win having lost their last couple of games.”

With the four teams above the Gypsies in the table involved in European action over the next few weeks, Bohs have an opportunity to pick up points on the full-time sides above them. “It’s an opportunity to get points on the board, so let’s see how the league table looks after the weekend ,” said Long.

“It does help that we don’t have the distractions of Europe – and we’d like to be in that position this time next year. We’re ambitious, but we have to be realistic about our ambitions too.”

Despite their excellent start to the season, Long insists that his side are still taking it one game at a time. “You can’t look past the next game. If you do that, and get ahead of yourself, you can come unstuck. The second series of games is notoriously difficult – teams have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and are therefore better prepared.”

Bohs hosted recently-promoted Scottish Premier League side Hearts in a friendly game on Wednesday night and Long was happy to give some returning players and young players game-time against quality opposition. “I thought it was a good exercise, and I thought we played very well,” said Long.

“It was good to get decent game time for some players and it was a good run out for some members of our Under 19 squad. They did themselves no harm in terms of their performance.”

Bohs will be without Dylan Hayes (back), while the Longford game will be too soon for Jason Byrne (calf), who only returned to training this week. Stephen Best suffered a gash on the head in the game against Hearts, but should be fit to be part of the squad in Longford. Derek Pender (achilles), Dan Byrne (knee) and Marc Griffin (cruciate) remain on the longer-term injury list.

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

KIDS TICKETS FOR JUST €1.25

BOHEMIANS v HEARTS
Wednesday July 1st, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians host newly-promoted Scottish Premiership side Hearts tonight.

As we are celebrating our 125th year, child tickets for the game are just €1.25.

Adult tickets are also at reduced rate of €10.

Hearts

BOHS BUS TO LONGFORD

The Bohs bus is heading to the City Calling Stadium on Saturday (July 4th) as Longford Town host Bohemians at 7.30pm.

  • Departs Dalymount: 5pm sharp.
  • Cost: €20.
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to book your place.

EGM CHANGE OF VENUE

Please note that this Friday’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Bohemian Football Club will now take place at the Phibsborough (Panama) Scout Hall.

WHERE IS PHIBSBOROUGH SCOUT HALL?

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An Cumann Peile Boiteimeac, Teoranta
(The Bohemian Football Club Limited)
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the above named company will be held at Phibsborough Scout Hall, Dublin 7, on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm precisely, to deal with the under-noted business:

  1. Proposed sale of Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council.

By order of the Management Committee,
Stephen Lambert
Hon. Secretary.

LARRY KINSELLA RIP

It is with great sadness that we today learned of the passing of a true Bohemian clubman, Larry Kinsella.

Everyone at Dalymount would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Larry’s friends and family.

Funeral details to follow.

Larry Kinsella

“The challenge is to try and improve”

BOHEMIANS v DROGHEDA UTD
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 26 June, 7.45pm

Bohemians resume their league campaign determined to maintain at least their present position in the table.

Finishing the first half of the season and a very intense week with victory over Shamrock Rovers, was “fantastic”, according to manager Keith Long.

But he and his squad are fully focused on the games ahead. “The real challenge for us is to try and improve in the second half of the season. The same three points are on offer this Friday as they were against Shamrock Rovers,” Long said.

“You’re always a little anxious how the players will react, coming back from the break. But they have come back in good spirits, trained well this week and are fully focused on Friday’s game against Drogheda.”

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Long expects a very competitive game as Drogheda United look to move up the table. Last April in Drogheda Bohemians came away with a 2-1 win, thanks to a late goal from sub Marc Griffin.

Eight yellow cards were handed out that evening, including two in quick succession for ex-Drogheda player Derek Prendergast. Bohemians played 70 minutes with ten men, showing the grit that has become their trade-mark this season.

Long believes Drogheda may come to Dalymount feeling “a little aggrieved” at that result and wanting to “take something from the game”.

“I have seen them play a few times this year away from home and they’re organised, difficult to break down and can exploit on the counter-attack,” he said.

The season-break has given time for Robbie Creevy (groin) to recover fully and for Paddy Kavanagh (knee) to get back into training, though he is likely to be out until next week. Kealan Dillon had tonsillitis during the break but is fit again.

Still out are the longer-term injured, Derek Pender, Dan Byrne and Marc Griffin, and Jason Byrne will be out for a few weeks with a calf strain, while Dylan Hayes (back) is also sidelined.

Dave Mulcahy and Anto Murphy benefited from the week off to regain full fitness, having returned from injury to play key roles in the win over Shamrock Rovers.

“They’re experienced players, they’ve been around the league a long time and they know what it takes to win games like that,” said Long. “They were pivotal in that win.”

Bohemians 3 Shamrock Rovers 1 by Simon Alcock

BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO

What do you think it would cost you to sponsor a Bohs match, the matchball and Keith Long for the season?

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125th ANNIVERSARY GOLF CLASSIC

Bohemian FC is holding a golf classic at the stunning Luttrellstown Castle Golf and Country Club on Thursday August 20th as part of our ongoing 125th anniversary celebrations.

Bookings and enquiries can be made with our Honorary Secretary, Stephen Lambert.

When: Thursday August 20th, 2pm

Where: Luttrellstown Castle Golf & Country Club

Cost: €250 for team of four (includes two-course meal)

Bookings: Stephen Lambert (087 259 8170/honsec@bohemians.ie)

Tee box sponsorship is also available for €150.

 

125th Anniversary Golf Classic
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