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KEITH LONG APPOINTED MANAGER

Bohemian FC announces the appointment of Keith Long as the club’s senior team manager following the recent departure of Owen Heary.

Keith, 40, arrives at Dalymount Park having managed Bray Wanderers and Athlone Town.

In his playing career Keith had spells with Stoke City, Dundalk, St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers, winning league titles with both Dundalk and St Patrick’s.

“We would like to welcome Keith to the club and look forward to him building on the progress Bohemians made this season,” said Bohemian club president Matt Devaney.

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“Keith is a young and ambitious manager who matches well the ethos at Bohemian Football Club and will help develop it.”

Keith Long said: “I am delighted to be taking over as manager of Bohemian FC and I am very much looking forward to working at this great football club.

“Preparations for next season will begin immediately and we will endeavour to build on the progress made this year.”

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GYPSIES SNATCH SEVENTH IN PARTING GIFT TO HEARY

BOHEMIANS 2 – 1 DERRY CITY

Departing Bohemians manager Owen Heary signed off with another impressive home win as the Gypsies leapfrogged visitors Derry City into 7th place as the dust settled on the 2014 SSE Airtricity League season. Goals from the prolific strike partnership of Dinny Corcoran and Jason Byrne clawed back a lead against a Derry side with one eye on next week’s FAI Cup final.

It was a strange atmosphere in Dalymount, with many fans unsure if this was the last time they’d see some of these players in red and black. Heary’s departure was all-but confirmed, but there were still 3 vital points to play for. A 7th place finish with respectable cup runs would be undoubtedly a season of exceeded expectations, and that’s exactly how it played out, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Heary’s final selection was a familiar 4-4-2, with Jason Byrne captaining the side. Kevin Devaney returned to the right wing, and resumed his terrorising of defences with incisive runs. He was backed up on the right flank by Steven Beattie – how Bohs fans would dearly love to see those two don the famous jersey in 2015.

However, it was a depleted Derry who took the lead. The Candystripes named only 5 substitutes and were without key men Rory Patterson, and Patrick McEleney, but that didn’t stop an impressive opener. Youngster Josh Treacy was offered too much space in front of the back four, and he picked out Mark Timlin on the right edge of the box. Timlin jinked inside Jack Memery, and fired a low drive into Dean Delany’s bottom corner.

Before Friday, Bohs had not come from behind to win a game this season, but that was all to change once the strike partnership of Jason Byrne and Dinny Corcoran clicked into action. Corcoran’s equaliser was his 20th of the season in all competitions, a fantastic return for the Donabate man. Eoin Wearen collected a clearance, and floated the ball back into the box. Derry seemed to stop, thinking Corcoran was offside – but he had time to control on the chest and side-foot Bohs back into it.

On what was likely his last appearance in a Bohs shirt, Steven Beattie was excellent in the right back role. Bombing forward with Devaney on the right, he earned Bohs a penalty on the stroke of half time. Played through by Devaney, he got to the ball a split-second before Ger Doherty in the Derry goal. Referee Andrew Mullaly first indicated a free kick, but after consultation with his assistant, pointed to the spot. Jason Byrne stepped up and did what he does best – scoring yet another league of Ireland winner.

Byrne left the field to a standing ovation late in the second half. With Derry having made their three substitutes, a serious head injury to Ryan McBride meant that Bohs played against 10-men in the last 10 minutes. Dinny had the chance to get a 21st goal in injury time, but his penalty was skewed wide.

The next league game in Dalymount in March will see a new manager, and almost certainly a much-changed squad. A stablised Bohs can now look up the table, and forward to the future.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Steven Beattie, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery, Kevin Devaney (Jake Hyland, 80), Keith Buckley (Paddy Kavanagh, 80), Eoin Wearen, Karl Moore, Dinny Corcoran, Jason Byrne (Craig Walsh, 80). Subs not used: Ryan McEvoy, Adam Evans, Paddy Collins, Gavin Moore.

Derry City: Ger Doherty, Barry Molloy, Shane McEleney, Aaron Barry (Ryan McBride, 46), Dean Jarvis, Mark Timlin, Danny Ventre, Sean Houston (Philip Lowry, 15), Joshua Tracey, Ryan Curran, Nathan Boyle (Stephen Dooley, 68). Subs not used: Michael Duffy, Ciaran Gallagher.

Mr. Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Keith Buckley

CLUB STATEMENT RE: OWEN HEARY

As Owen Heary’s tenure as manager of Bohemian FC ends, the club expresses its heartfelt thanks to Owen for his outstanding service to Bohemians.

Bohemian FC extends its very best wishes to Owen Heary in the next stage of his illustrious career in League of Ireland football. 

“We have been lucky and privileged to have a person of the calibre and qualities of Owen Heary with us,” said club president Matt Devaney.

“Over eight seasons with Bohemians Owen Heary has been an exemplary leader in many roles, as captain, as coach to youth teams, as assistant manager, and most recently as manager. 

“In this season he and his squad achieved much more than was expected of them in the league, the FAI Cup and the league cup.

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“We want to thank the fans, particularly those who have travelled away with us”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 24 October, 7.45pm

Bohemian manager Owen Heary has called for a big show of support from fans as they play Derry in the final game of the season.

Heary is keeping his players focused on a victory to secure 40 points and seventh position in the league.

“It would be a great achievement for the team and for the club to make seventh, as well as having reached a cup quarter-final and a cup-semi-final,” the manager said.

“We’ll play with the same kind of intensity as we have been, and we’ll aim to finish the season on a high. It would be nice to be able to say we beat the cup finalists.”

But Heary also wants a big crowd there to “applaud the players, and thank them”.

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“We want to thank the fans as well, particularly those who have travelled away with us,” he said. “We’ll be happy to sit down with them after the game and celebrate a long, tough season but also an enjoyable one.”

For Friday Dave Mulcahy and Stephen Best are automatically suspended as a result of red cards against Cork. Anto Murphy is also suspended for accumulated yellow cards, having very recently come back from injury.

Derek Pender and Dan Byrne are out injured for the longer-term. But Aidan Price and Paddy Kavanagh return from suspension and Roberto Lopes is available this week.

Heary had to shuffle his defence last week and will have to do so again. “Last week we had Steven Beattie at right-back and Mullers [Dave Mulcahy] at centre-half and we can mix it around again. It’s important that we have players who can play in a couple of positions,” he said.

Heary aimed this season to produce a side that can compete with the best and his team continued to do that last weekend in Cork, going down to the title contenders by a single goal from a long-range free.

“We were unfortunate to go down to a bit of a fluke of a goal, but we kept battling away and gave them a game. It’s important that we keep that mentality in the club,” said Heary.

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“THERE’LL BE A BIT OF DOUBT IN THEIR MINDS”

CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Turner’s Cross, Friday 17 October, 7.45pm

Bohemians go to Cork unfazed by their opponents’ desperate need for maximum points to keep them in the hunt for a league title.

“We know there’s going to be a big crowd there, and they’re vying for the title. We expect a very tough game but there will be a bit of doubt in their minds, from the fact that they haven’t beaten us this season,” said Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

“They’re a physical team, they’re strong, and they’ll go out to win the game. But the three points are as vital to us as they are to them. We want to move up the table.”

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Bohemians have been a bogey side for Cork this season. The teams drew in the league and in the cup at Turner’s Cross and Bohs won both of their encounters at Dalymount Park. Only Dundalk have a better record against Cork City this season.

Heary has a weakened squad for Friday, missing Aidan Price and Paddy Kavanagh through suspension, and Derek Pender (calf) and Dan Byrne (cruciate) through injury. Roberto Lopes has exams on Friday evening, meaning four potential defenders are missing.

“We’re down a few bodies but we’ll put out a team that can compete on the night,” said Heary. “Last week, with Pender and Mulcahy out, we took the game to Sligo and could have won.

“We gave it everything and it showed you how well we can compete against the teams with a full-time set-up.

“We like to have a go at teams and we have younger players who should have no fear playing Cork in front of a packed house. They should enjoy the occasion.”

As Paddy Kavanagh is ruled out, Kevin Devaney returns from a toe injury to resume his raiding runs down the wing. Dave Mulcahy comes back from suspension and will be in the reckoning for a role in midfield or defence.

Steven Beattie, last week’s man of the match as winger, might revert to the back line where he has provided cover on right and left when circumstances demanded it. Playing Keith Buckley at right-back, as he did against Cork City in the cup, is another option.

But this could also be the opportunity for under-19 defender Stephen Best to step up. Signed earlier this year from Crumlin United, he returned recently from ankle injury and played 90 minutes in last week’s 2-1 victory over Longford Town in the under-19 league.

“I’d have no problems throwing him in and seeing how he copes. He would have had more games except for his injury. It will be a tough game for him to be called in, in front of 5,000 people, but he’ll be competing for selection in Friday,” said Heary.

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VIDEO: JOHNNY LOGAN’S SURPRISE VISIT

Johnny Logan made a surprise visit to Dalymount Park on Friday night for Bohemians v Sligo Rovers and he stopped for a chat after the game with Robbie O’Reardon.

Filmed and edited by Jamie O’Halleron.

POST-MATCH: BOHEMIANS 2 SLIGO ROVERS 2

Robbie O’Reardon got the thoughts of manager Owen Heary and goalkeeper Dean Delany after Bohemians’ 2-2 draw with Sligo Rovers on Friday night.

Filmed and edited by Jamie O’Halleron.

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BOHEMIANS  2 – 2  SLIGO ROVERS

Johnny Logan couldn’t have picked a better night to come and watch his beloved Bohemians, as the home side and Sligo Rovers dished up one if the most entertaining games seen in Dalymount Park this year. Four goals, a red card, and a plethora of missed chances ended with the teams taking a share of the spoils. Owen Heary will be disappointed after being 2-1 ahead late on, especially with other results going Bohs’ way (a win would have propelled his side).

While he may be grossly unpopular with the Bohs support, Eamon Zayed continues to do what he does best in the League of Ireland – score important goals. His late header cancelled out Steven Beattie’s lead goal – Paul O’Conor and Dinny Corcoran had traded strikes in the first half. Aidan Price’s late red card would have left a sour taste in Owen Heary’s mouth, but a point might just be invaluable in the race for a top half finish, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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An end-of-season malaise can often seep through these mid-table games, but this certainly wasn’t the case as both sides attacked from the off. Bohs’ orthodox 4-4-2 clashed nicely with Sligo’s 4-2-3-1, producing an open game and some genuine entertainment for the Dalymount crowd of 1,093.

The Dalymount pitch is definitely starting to struggle under the combined weight of games, the weather, and Bohs’ training sessions. The result was a surface that lent itself to errors – and the returning Anto Murphy was punished for his in the 24th minute. His sloppy forward pass was cut out and fed to Eamon Zayed, whose cushioned pass found Paul O’Conor on the edge of the box. O’Conor skipped over Roberto Lopes’ challenge before toe poking past Dean Delany.

The opener was against the run of play, and Bohs deservedly equalised through a familiar source five minutes later. Karl Moore’s corner was headed only as far as Keith Buckley on the edge of the box. Bucko’s scuffed shot bounced toward Dinny Corcoran at the back post, and the striker steered in his 19th goal of the season to bring the sides level. Corcoran will be searching for a tremendous tally of 20 goals in the last two games, which would be an excellent return for the Donabate man.

The second half started at a high pace. Dinny should have given Bohs the lead after he got on the end of a Steven Beattie cross, but somehow skewed the ball over from 6 yards under pressure from Gavin Peers. Bohs kept attacking, and deservedly got the lead goal through the excellent Beattie. Keith Buckley (credited with an impressive two assists tonight), picked up a loose clearance, and drove at the Sligo defence. His slide-rule pass was gathered at-a-stretch by Beattie, who managed to get the ball out of his feet just in time – firing high into the net before being clattered by Evan McMillan. Amazingly, it was Beattie’s first league goal of the season, which is a surprising stat for someone who has been one of the Gypsies outstanding performers in 2014.

Sligo were Champions as recently as 2012, and they’ve still got real quality in the squad, despite naming only 4 substitutes for this game. The familiar figure of Rafaelle Cretaro spurned a good chance when he fired into the Shopping Centre from 12 yards, but he had the last laugh by setting up the late equaliser. Jack Memery struggled with the Tobercurry Tornado all night, and Cretaro’s whipped cross in the 81st minute was perfect. It found the head of Eamon Zayed who headed powerfully past Dean Delany. The ball came off the underside of the bar, but was clearly over the line as it dropped.

There was still time for late drama as Aidan Price controversially saw red in injury time. Danny North nudged the ball by him and was running toward goal when Price took him out, but the dismissal was harsh. North, with all due respect, was not going to catch the ball – so technically it wasn’t quite a goalscoring opportunity. Sean Grant thought otherwise, and reached for the back pocket. Price will miss next week’s trip to Cork, meaning Owen Heary will have a defender problem with Derek Pender also out. If Bohs get a result next week, they will almost certainly hand the title to Dundalk. With recent Bohs form against Cork in his mind, John Caulfield won’t be looking forward to it.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Aidan Price, Roberto Lopes, Jack Memery, Keith Buckley, Karl Moore (Adam Evans, 86), Eoin Wearen, Steven Beattie, Jason Byrne (Paddy Kavanagh, 68), Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Aaron Shanahan; Ryan McEvoy, Jake Hyland, Craig Walsh, Stephen Best.

Sligo Rovers: Richard Brush, Gary Boylan, Gavin Peers, Evan McMillan, Danny Ledwith, Raffaele Cretaro, Seamus Conneely, Paul O’Conor, Gary Armstrong (Ruairi Keating, 71), Danny North, Eamon Zayed. Subs not used: Kalen Spillane, Ross Taheny, Ryan McManus.

Mr. Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Steven Beattie

BOHEMIANS UNITED AGAINST RACISM

Bohemians are proud to support UEFA’s Football Against Racism in Europe fortnight of action (October 9 to October 23).

As seen on Dalymount Lane, our message is simple: “Love football. Hate racism!”

And we want YOU to show your support too at Friday’s game against Sligo Rovers (Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Tweet @bfcdublin and @farenet with a pic of you beside the Dalymount anti-racism graffiti and we will retweet to show Bohemians is a club united against racism!

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“players are playing for a place in next year’s squad”

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Friday 10 October, 7.45pm

Bohemians resume their push for the highest-possible league finish when they host Sligo Rovers on Friday.

“A win against Sligo would put us just three points behind them and we might move ahead of Derry,” said manager Owen Heary.

“We could be playing Derry in the last game of the season to see who finishes ahead.

“To finish seventh or sixth would be a good achievement for the club as a whole and for the players who have worked really hard.

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“Any player should want to finish as well as possible. There are players too who are playing for a place in the squad next season.”

This game comes just over a month after a rescheduled league game at the Showgrounds was decided by the odd goal in five.

Sligo won 3-2 but also ended ahead on yellow cards, 4-1, all of them given out in the tense last 20 minutes of the encounter.

“They’re a good side, but we don’t want them to let them get away from us,” said Heary.

Bohemians have had two fewer defeats in the league than Sligo Rovers and are unbeaten at home since Dundalk’s 2-0 victory at Dalymount at the end of May.

“We have done quite well at home despite the problems early on. We have lost only four games at home,” said Heary.

“The one thing we had to do, was to make sure we were hard to beat, and we weren’t that last week against Pat’s.”

The manager gave his players some time off since losing 3-1 to St Patrick’s Athletic 11 days ago. He also introduced a few novelties into training to help refresh a team that was showing signs of fatigue.

“You can allow for a few players who were tired, but there were some performances that were not up to the standard we have been asking for. We did not impose ourselves on the game,” said Heary of the Richmond Park game.

Captain on the night Derek Pender came off with a calf injury late in that game and he may miss the rest of the season.

“He’s been excellent all season. He’s had to fill in at left-back and he’s done it without moaning,” said Heary.

“He’s gone back to the right side and he’s scored two great goals. He’s been a leader on and off the park.

“He keeps telling me he’ll make it back for the last game. He’s that committed.”

Kevin Devaney (toe injury) is out for Friday but has returned to training and is expected to be available for next week’s match away to Cork City. Dan Byrne (cruciate) is sidelined for the longer-term.

Dave Mulcahy, who did not make it to the St Pat’s game in time due to a major traffic disruption on the M50, is suspended for Friday. But Anto Murphy, who returned from injury to come off the bench against St Pat’s and scored a late consolation goal, has had more time to regain fitness.

Jason Byrne has also recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the squad against St Patrick’s Athletic.

Steven Beattie is likely to feature again in the back line. But Heary may also take the opportunity to look more closely at some of the players who are in the frame for next season’s squad, among them defender Stephen Best.

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