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Preview: Dundalk v Bohemians

Bohemians go into their final three games of the season knowing that maximum points will almost certainly guarantee a top-half finish, bringing Setanta Sports Cup football to Dalymount Park next season, against all the odds.

Starting off this end-of-season run is a trip to bottom side Dundalk (Saturday, Oriel Park, 7pm).

The Lilywhites are doomed to a relegation play-off against either Longford or Waterford at the end of the season.

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But Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan doesn’t believe that means this will an easy game for his young side.

“I know they’ve had a few bad beatings in recent games, but I don’t think they’ll be resting players (for the playoff) to be honest,” Callaghan said.

“I think they’ll be trying to win as many games as they can. There’s a pretty big gap until the play-off, so I think they’ll be trying to get a bit of confidence back into their group.”

Callaghan dismissed notions that revenge would be on the minds of the Bohs players, following Dundalk’s victory in Dalymount in the FAI Cup Quarter Final last month.

Victory over Dundalk would be the Gypsies’ only clean sweep of wins against another Airtricity League team this season.“What’s gone is gone. We cant change the past. The cup game was just one of those nights, it took a special free kick to win it. From my point of view, it’s just about getting the three points”

“We’ve done well against them this season, won home and away. I didn’t think either side played well in the cup game to be honest. From our side, it’s about getting as many points as we can and trying to finish in that fifth spot.”

And what an achievement that would be. Considering the position the club were in in February, Callaghan believes a top-half finish would be a massive coup for his resurgent Bohemians.

“To cement a Setanta Cup place, having been where we were at the start of the season – not knowing if we even had a club – I think it would be an unbelievable achievement for everyone involved.”“I think it would be a massive achievement. Not only for the players – with the effort and the application they’ve put in this year, but also for the club.

Kevin Feely is suspended for the game against Dundalk following his red card against UCD, while Adam Martin is out with an ankle injury.

Otherwise, Callaghan expects to have a full squad at his disposal for the trip to Oriel.

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Alert: Ding Ding! All aboard the Bohs bus

 The Bohs Bus heads up to Dundalk tomorrow (Saturday, October 13) as Bohemians travel to Oriel Park (KO 7pm).

The fare is €15 return.

Email  bus@bohemians.ie  - or contact the office at 01-8680923 –  to book your place.

The bus departs Dalymount Park at 5.30pm sharp, with check-in from 5pm and will return immediately after the game.

Q&A WITH KARL MOORE AND KEITH WARD

We asked our followers on Facebook to submit questions for a Q&A with Bohemians midfielder Keith Ward. We picked the best 10 and put them to him;

Q. 1) Bohs’ two main highlights of the season were undoubtedly beating rivals Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in Dalymount and then subsequently getting our first win against them out in Tallaght. Both were special, but which was your favourite?

KARL MOORE: I’d say the 4-0. Obviously mainly because I scored twice, which was special. But a scoreline like that against your rivals is a total embarrassment, which was just great from our point of view.

KEITH WARD: I’d say the beating away was even more special than the 4-0. It was just amazing. To be part of the first Bohs team to beat them there was just a great feeling for all of us. In both games, you could see how much it meant to the fans. It was amazing.

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AUDIO: ‘The Garrison Game’ – Recorded at Phizzfest

An educational discussion between a distinguished panel of sports historians on Bohemians involvement in the origins and history of League of Ireland football. Recorded at Phizzfest by Andy Donlan.

Donal Fallon (‘Come Here To Me’ blog), David Toms (UCC), Paul Rouse (UCD) and Brian Trench (Bohs PRO) were the speakers on the day, and the discussion, chaired by History Ireland’s Tommy Graham, was recorded by bohemians.ie contributor Andy Donlan.

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LISTEN TO FULL DISCUSSION HERE

 

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REPORT: UCD 2 – BOHEMIANS 2

After a horrific start at the Belfield Bowl on Friday night, Bohemians got out of jail as two injury-time goals from supersub Dave Scully salvaged a point, Robert O’Reardon reports.

Down to 10 men and two goals behind after 22 minutes, things appeared ominous for Aaron Callaghan’s faltering young side.

UCD, who had won five of their last six league games, started off brightly with the away side looking a group lacking confidence after winning just twice in the the league since the teams met at Dalymount Park in July.

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And the game looked to be going on recent form as the home side drew first blood early on.

A long ball from the hosts went over the head of Kevin Feely, who looked to have the situation under control before slipping under pressure from Danny Ledwith.

The quick-footed Ledwith stole in to take the ball off Feely’s toes and fell to the ground himself after a clumsy challenge just outside the box from the 20-year-old defender.

Referee Seán Grant adjudged the Kildare man’s foul to have prevented a goal-scoring opportunity and had no hesitation in giving the fuming youngster his marching orders.

To compound Bohs’ misery, Ledwith dispatched the resultant free-kick past Greg Murray in the Bohemian goal to give the hosts an early lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Gypsies as they went 2-0 behind 14 minutes later.

Paul O’Conor was pulling the strings for the Students in the middle of the field, and it was the 25-year-old who struck the second blow as his speculative effort found the net thanks to a wicked deflection.

The ball bobbled around on the edge of the box before O’Conor struck a low shot, which looked to be heading away from danger until Evan McMillan stuck out his leg to divert it past the flat-footed Murray.

John O’Connor came close to getting Bohs back in the game after 27 minutes. The striker, 20, was well positioned at the back post to meet Karl Moore’s cross but his faint touch saw the ball flash wide.UCD then went looking for the vital third and O’Conor’s midfield partner Barry McCabe nearly put the game to bed with a long-range effort that flashed wide of Murray’s left-hand post.

Moments later, Callaghan opted to shuffle his pack as Derek Pender came on in place of O’Connor.

The change failed to halt the Students’ blitzing of Murray’s goal in the second half, however. O’Conor was dangerous from long range and the inexperienced Murray, 19, did well to keep the scoreline down to 2-0.

Dave Mulcahy, Pender and Scully all went close to getting Bohs back into the game. Yet as the clock ticked ticked towards the full-time whistle, it looked like it was going to be the Students’ night.Callaghan used his final two rolls of the dice on 66 minutes as Moore and Kevin Devaney were sacrificed for Scully and Dinny Corcoran. And it was the former who proved to be the hero of the day.

But as the fourth official signaled there was to be three minutes’ injury-time, ex-Monaghan United man Scully found himself running through on goal after a superb through ball.

He composed himself and fired home past Ger Barron from the edge of the area.

Too little, too late? So it seemed. But a hopeful punt up the field from Bohs skipper Owen Heary saw Michael Leahy nearly head past his own keeper in the dying embers.

But it was supersub Scully again, this time from Ryan McEvoy’s placed ball, who was on hand to head home a late and unlikely leveler.The ball went out for a corner and Murray and his glistening silver jersey joined in on one last Bohemian attack.

Next up for the Gypsies is an away trip to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk on Saturday week.

Originally due to host Monaghan United this Friday, after a busy campaign, the Bohs players can take a breather this weekend due to the Mons’ unfortunate demise.

UCD: Barron; Douglas (Russell, 82), Leahy, O’Connor, Nangle; Clarke (Mulhall, 72), O’Conor, McCabe (Kavanagh, 59), Ledwith; Benson; McMillan.

BOHEMIANS: Murray; Heary, Feely, Lopez; Barker, McEvoy, Mulcahy, O’Connor (Pender, 28), Moore (Scully, 64); McMillan, Devaney (Corcoran, 64).

MAN OF THE MATCH: Dave Scully.

 

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Bohemian FC PREMIUM GIFTS RANGE

Club legend Tony O’Connor is back on board to help deliver some silverware – or ‘silver-you-wear’ to be precise – for Bohemians.

Having joined in 1992, ‘Toccy’ was a jewel in the Bohemian crown for an incredible 11 seasons, the highlight of which was his winner in the 2001 FAI Cup final.

He helped bring enough silverware to Dalymount Park in the twilight years of his Bohs career – two leagues and a cup in total.

But nearly a decade on from his last game in red and black, his deft touch is back to deliver some more!

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Hand-crafted by ‘Toccy’ at his company Celt Clan Jewellers, special edition sets of silver cuff-links are now available to order online from the Bohs Store at a price of €72.

The set – engraved with the Bohemian FC crest – is the first product in the club’s exciting new Premium Gifts range.

As well as Toccy, Peterson’s of Dublin are on now on board too – with Bohs hip flasks (€35) and Bohs Zippo lighters (€32) now available from the online store.

The Premium Gifts range is perfect for husband, father, son or brother – so this is the perfect opportunity for those of you thinking of getting some Christmas shopping done early!

Order online now!

NOTE: Please allow a delivery time of up to two weeks for these  products. 

 

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Report: Bohemians 1 – Cork City 1

A 1-1 draw against an in-form Cork City was all Bohemians had to show for their second-last outing at Dalymount Park this season, Robert O’Reardon reports.

The Leesiders took the lead through a close-range effort from Davin O’Neill in the first half.

After that, the home side showed their superiority and they got their just rewards when Evan McMillan fired home a magnificent effort from 25 yards much to the delight of the home crowd.

But a late flurry by the home side was not enough to get another much-needed win under their belts.

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With both sides knocked out of all cup competitions and fighting for a fifth-place finish in the league, the early exchanges were understandably slow-paced.

There was very little action in terms of scoring opportunities, so perhaps it came as a surprise when the first chance yielded a goal.

The Bohs defence, which has been one of the positives of Aaron Callaghan’s first season, fell asleep as it allowed Vinny Sullivan surge into the box and superbly volleyed home past Greg Murray.

Most people would have thought that this would shock the Gypsies into action but the problems that were evident in the home defeat by Dundalk were still present and Cork nearly went two goals ahead when another cross by Daryl Horgan was headed onto the post by Sullivan.

The home side were restricted to crosses from Andy Mulligan and Owen Heary, which weren’t causing Tommy Dunne’s side many problems.

On the stroke of half-time, referee Rob Rodgers waved away a Bohs penalty appeal for handball, which on another night could well have been given.

The half-time break saw Callaghan turn to his subs bench to make the difference.

On came Dave Scully for Ken Carr as he partnered the versatile Evan McMillan, who had played at centre-back in the first half. up front.

And straight away the changes began to have an effect. McMillan made a nuisance of himself and chances were being created.

Keith Ward delivered a free-kick, which nearly found its way to McMillan and Scully should have done better from a great cross from Mulligan but headed wide.

It wasn’t long after that the equaliser came, though. Some terrific work from McMillan again led to him getting the ball at his feet 25 yards from goal. The former St Patrick’s Athletic man showed great composure to curl in his sixth goal of the season.

It looked like Bohs would power on to to win but it could have been oh so different two minutes later as Sullivan hit the post for the second time.

McMillan continued to win more aerial duels as the Cork defence just about dealt with the constant aerial bombardment.

Both sides had moments of hope near the end. After a through ball from Stephen Kenny, Horgan found himself 20 yards from goal but he tried a deft chip which sailed over the bar.

Shortly afterwards, Ward ran into the and fell to ground from what looked like a mistimed challenge from Dan Murray.

The referee saw otherwise and booked Ward for simulation, which meant he was sent off having already been shown a yellow card earlier in the second half. This proved to be the last kick of the game as the referee blew for full time.

Next up for Bohs is a short trip out to the Belfield Bowl to face Martin Russell’s UCD.

Man Of The Match: Evan McMillan

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Preview: Bohemians v Cork City

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST  -  DALYMOUNT PARK, KICK-OFF 7.45PM

Bohemian manager Aaron Callaghan is determined to secure the highest-possible finish in the league and Friday’s game gives Bohemians an opportunity to move up a place in the table.

Callaghan is aiming at a possible place in the Setanta Sports Cup, that “would be no mean achievement”.

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“I think we can target 11 or 12 points from the five remaining games,” Callaghan said.

“The onus is on us to go out and win the games. If we make sure that the attitude of the players is right we can get a run of wins.”

Friday’s game is also an opportunity to get over last weekend’s cup quarter-final defeat to Dundalk. It came in a match which Callaghan thinks neither side deserved to win but also a performance from Bohemians that the manager described as “poor all over the pitch”

“There may have been a bit of stage fright. The euphoria of beating Shamrock Rovers was probably still in a lot of our minds and we were in the unusual position of being favourites.

“From our point of view the preparation for the game was no different. But if your head is not right as a player going into any match you’re going to get your comeuppance.

“In football you always have your next game to get over a disappointment. It’s done and dusted now and we have been focusing on the Cork City game.”

For Friday, Derek Pender is suspended and Ryan McEvoy (ankle) is unlikely to be fit. Kevin Feely returns today (Thursday) from a trial at Stoke City and will be assessed. Latest signing Garreth O’Connor is likely to be in the match-day squad on Friday.

For this final run of games Callaghan may give some of the fringe players a chance to prove themselves, also with an eye to next season.

“We’ll be looking at giving Andy Mulligan and John O’Connor, for instance, more game time and we’ll be looking at some of the under-19 players who have been doing well.”

Bohemians have recently registered several of their under-19 players with the senior team to give them the possibility of appearing in the remaining league games.

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AUDIO: “11 players didn’t turn up tonight”

Aaron Callaghan bemoans sides performance in the FAI Cup quarter final exit in conversation with Andy Donlan. He speaks of his warnings of Dundalk free kicks, his sides preparations for the game, an apology to Michael Barker and how they’ve “unearthed a gem” in Kevin Devaney.

 

Report: Bohemians 0 – Dundalk 1

Kevin Fagan @ Dalymount Park – Friday, September 14th 2012

Bohemians crashed out of the FAI Cup at the quarter final stage following a disappointing defeat to the Airtricity League’s bottom side Dundalk in Dalymount Park. It was a classic case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ for Bohs, who put in a surprisingly flat display following Monday night’s heroics in Tallaght.

A spectacular Mark Griffin free kick put paid to the Gysies Aviva dreams, with his curling 25 yard screamer proving the difference between the sides. Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan made just one change from the side that humbled Shamrock Rovers, with skipper Owen Heary making a surprising return to right back…

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As FAI Cup quarter finals go, the first half of this one will not live long in the memory. There was little or no goalmouth action at all. Kevin Devaney flashed a cross along the six yard box in the opening minutes, but that was as threatening as it got for either side in the first 45 minutes. Bohs played marginally the better football, with Keith Buckley particularly impressive on the right side.

Before the game, Aaron Callaghan praised Dundalk manager Darius Kierans for making the Lilywhites a team that were ‘hard to beat’, and the away side lived up to that billing – Liam Burns and Derek Foran were rock solid at centre back.

Following a toothless 45 minutes for Bohs, Evan McMillan was shifted up front for the second period. He offered a better outlet for the home side, but the spark just wasnt there for Bohs. Dundalk slowly started to come into the game, taking control around the hour mark. Mark Griffin looked particularly skillful and dangerous – his goal against Drogheda last month is widely regarded as the leading contender for Goal of the Season.

Griffin’s delivery from a left-sided free kick should have yielded the opener for Chris Shields, but the Dundalk captain completely missed his header. With 15 minutes to go, it was looking like a replay – unless a moment of magic was to settle matters. That moment arrived when Dave Mulcahy’s clumsy challenge felled Michael Rafter 25 yards out from Greg Murray’s goal.

Griffin stepped up, and let fly with an unstoppable right-footed effort that soared into the top corner. The travelling fans in the Des Kelly Stand went ballistic, and Bohs found themselves backed into a corner.

Callaghan threw on Andy Mulligan and John O’Connor for a hectic last ten minutes. Mulligan provided some much-needed penetration down the left flank. and with 5 minutes to go, his pullback agonizingly avoided everyone in the box as Bohs grew more and more desperate. A Keith Ward cross was headed down to Dave Mulcahy as the game entered injury time – but Mulcahy’s twisting volley clipped the top of the bar and went over. The last throw of the dice was a Ryan McEvoy corner which goalkeeper Murray went up for. Fittingly, Liam Burns headed away – and Bohs FAI Cup dreams were left in tatters.

Five league games remain for Callaghan’s young side. With a top-half finish absolutely within reach, that would be a truly admirable achievement considering the position the club were in when he took over. As for trophys, they’ll have to wait for another year to come back to the home of Irish football.  

Bohemians: Greg Murray, Dave Mulcahy, Owen Heary (John O’Connor, 82), Kevin Feely, Roberto Lopes, Karl Moore (Ryan McEvoy, 69), Keith Buckley, Keith Ward, Derek Pender, Evan McMillan, Kevin Devaney (Andy Mulligan 82). Subs not used: Andy McNulty, Michael Barker, Dave Scully, Ken Carr.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie, Derek Foran, Liam Burns, Chris Shields, Nathan Murphy (Eoghan Osbourne, 90), Mark O’Brien, John Mountney, Stephen McDonnell, Mark Griffin, Gary Shanahan, Michael Rafter (Paul Walsh, 86).Subs not used: Chris Reilly, Lorcan Shannon, Bob McKenna, Conor McDonnell, William Woods.

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