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NDSL PLAYERS GO FREE v DROGS

To celebrate Bohemians’ new partnership with the North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League, NDSL players can attend Bohs’ game against Drogheda United (Friday, 7.45pm) for FREE.

All you need to do is wear your schoolboy club colours or present your NDSL card.

In addition, entry for adults accompanying attending NDSL players is just €5!

All other standard ticket prices: Adult €15, Student €10, Children/OAPs €5.

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Baltimore Bohs have best-ever season

Baltimore Bohemians, partners of Bohemian FC, finished their season this week with their first appearance in the play-offs of the US Premier Development League, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

The Bohs, as they are also known, improved on their sixth-place finish in 2012 in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the league to come second to Ocean City Nor-Easters (New Jersey).

They scored 42 goals in 14 games, the highest tally in their division.

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Bohs secured that second place with a surprise 3-2 win over Ocean City last weekend, when goalkeeper Zach Kane scored the winning goal in stoppage time from a free.

Baltimore Bohemians advanced to a play-off against third-place Reading United (Pennsylvania) on Tuesday but were beaten 3-1 after extra-time.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL IS BACK!

Help promote this fundraiser by downloading THIS POSTER.

We’re now accepting entries for the fourth Bohemian FC Fantasy Premier League Competition. SIGN UP HERE.

This fans’ fundraising initiative for Bohemian FC and the Gypsies Supporters Trust, will kick off on August 17th (Gameweek 1) and the final whistle will be blown on May 11th 2014 (Gameweek 38 ). The entry fee is €20.

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We urge all Bohs supporters to sign up and encourage family, friends, work colleagues and the wider football community (at home and abroad) to join. Start spreading the news!

PRIZES GALORE
As ever, we have lots of overall prizes to give out. Even last place will get a prize! The breakdown of prizes is as follows:

  1. €500
  2. €200
  3. €100
  4. €50
  5. Entry to Bohs FF Comp 2014/15
  6. Entry to Bohs FF Comp 2014/15
  7. Last Place: Crate of minerals

AND THERE’S MORE…

In addition, there will be fantastic monthly prizes.The following prizes will be up for grabs from August to May:

  • 2 tickets to a Manchester United home game
  • 2 tickets to a major gig (last season it was The Killers)
  • Four ball at New Forest Golf Club
  • Cordless twinset landline phone
  • Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian FC training top (signed)
  • Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian FC Sweatshirt
  • Signed match-worn Bohemian FC jersey
  • Signed Bohemian FC football
  • Four Ball at Castleknock golf club
  • Crate of Heineken bottles and a crate of minerals
  • Lunch for 2 in the Cinnamon Cafe and tickets to the Savoy Cinema
  • Four ball at Moyvalley Golf Club
  • €50 Casa Rebelde voucher
  • One night B&B getaway at Druids Glen Resort

….and if that isn’t enough, as usual there will be a number of weekly prizes!

SELLERS’ PRIZES

Sell 3 entries (including to yourself if necessary!) and be entered into a draw for:

  1. Four ball at Moyvalley Golf Club and a crate of Club Orange
  2. Crate of 7Up

Simply email the names to bfcfpl@gmail.com by 23.59 on August 17th.

TO JOIN

To register for the competition, simply click the ‘Register Now’ button on this link and follow the simple online registration steps. You pay can securely by credit card, Laser and PayPal.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE LEAGUE

Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation number and the league code for the Bohs Fantasy Premier League. Many of you will already be playing the game and will know the score.

However, if you don’t it’s an easy process to sign up at http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ and then enter the code to join the league. Let the games begin!

QUERIES

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at bfcfpl@gmail.com.

 

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BOHS BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE

BRAY WANDERERS 1 BOHEMIANS 3

Life after Aaron Callaghan started for Bohemians with a much-needed victory against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday evening, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

A first-half penalty from Ryan McEvoy, celebrating his 23rd birthday, and two late strikes from Dinny Corcoran, making his first start since re-signing from UCD, ended the Gypsies’ run of 11 league games without a win.

Despite Shelbourne’s late win against Limerick, Bohs’ victory reignited confidence and  with it, hopes of survival in the Premier Division, among players and fans alike.

Having taken temporary charge on Tuesday, caretaker boss Owen Heary had to be content with watching on from the TV gantry as he served the first of a two-match ban handed down after his red card in last week’s defeat to Dundalk at Oriel Park.

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It was left to first-team coach Terry Butler and Heary’s Under-19 assistant manager Graham O’Hanlon to relay the 36-year-old’s instructions from dugout.

The Gypsies started the better but could have fallen behind when former Bohs favourite Jason Byrne forced a great save from Dean Delany.

But the visitors drew first blood on 11 minutes. Keith Buckley surged down the right wing and played the ball into Chris Lyons.

The Bohs frontman flicked it away from Bray defender Shane O’Connor, who then took down Lyons  in his bid to regain possession. Referee Tomás Connolly had to point to the spot and birthday boy McEvoy stepped up and buried it into the corner of the net. 1-0 Bohs.

Bray goalkeeper Darren Quigley almost handed Bohs a two-goal cushion close to half-time when he spilled a cross into Corcoran’s path. The Bohs No 24 prodded the ball goalwards but the Seagulls managed to get back and clear their lines.

Izzy Akinade then almost made the former UCD player rue that wasted opportunity but he too fluffed a glorious chance when he mistimed his header from six yards out.

The second half started with the home side beginning to exert some dominance. Pat Devlin’s men had numerous sightings of goal but the Bohs defence kept them at bay.

And, when Adam Mitchell received a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Moore, it looked as though Bohs would kick on to secure a comfortable victory.

But on 67 minutes, Byrne both won and a converted a controversial penalty, after Dave Mulcahy was adjudged to have fouled the 35-year-old.

Memories of April’s trip to Thomond Park came flooding back among the nervy travelling support. On that occasion, Bohs threw away a 1-0 lead to lose late to 10-man Limerick.

And those fears could have been realised when Kieran Marty Walters went close to giving the home side the lead when he tried lob Delany from 30 yards out.

But, with just over 10 minutes remaining, the travelling support got the decisive goal they had craved for so long as Moore put the ball across the box where Corcoran finished neatly from 12 yards out.

Bohs faced into a nervy few minutes, but Corcoran was on hand once more as the clock ticked towards injury-time. Quigley saved from Conor Murphy, but Corcoran was in the right place to put the game beyond the Seagulls’ reach.

BRAY WANDERERS: Quigley; Hyland (Webster 64), Mitchell, O’Connor, Earley (Knight 82)6; Dempsey 6 (Coombes 69), Zambra; Akinade, Mulroy, Waters; Byrne.

BOHEMIANS: Delany; Pender, Lopes, Byrne, Reynor; Buckley (Devaney 81), McEvoy, Mulcahy, Moore; Lyons (Murphy 69), Corcoran.

REFEREE: T Connolly (Dublin).

Picture, by David Maher of Sportsfile, shows Dinny Corcoran his first and Bohs’ second goal of the night.

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EXCHEQUERS TAXIS – PROUD SPONSORS OF BOHEMIANS

Bohemians are delighted to announce that Reidy’s EXCHEQUERS TAXIS have come on board as sponsors for the back of the first-team jerseys.

With bases in both the city centre and Finglas, Exchequers now have the largest fleet of taxis on the Northside of Dublin covering areas such as Clontarf, Raheny, Coolock, Ballymun, Cabra, Glasnevin, Phibsborough, Blanchardstown, the city centre and beyond.

The next time you need to book a cab, call Exchequers on 01-8343435… and tell them we sent you!

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“We need to be well organised and structured”

BRAY WANDERERS v BOHEMIANS (Friday July 18th, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm)

Bohemians have been focusing on tighter organisation and playing further up the pitch as they prepare for their first match under caretaker manager Owen Heary.

They go to Bray determined to start a run of results that will ensure their survival in the league’s Premier Division.

“I’ve told the team it doesn’t matter how we play once we get results. We may be overplaying at times at the back and then leaving ourselves open when the ball breaks,” said Heary.

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“We need to be tighter at the back and get higher up the park, playing in the last third more than in our own back third. If you look at the strongest teams in the league, they clear their lines and play further up the pitch, and we need to do that too.”

Adapting from the short-passing style of play that has been the team’s trademark should not be a problem, according to Heary.

“The lads know they have to defend with their lives. They know where we are, and they know what I’m talking about. We’ll learn a lot on Friday about whether we can make it happen.”

Bray represent strong opposition, with some very experienced and some big players, Heary notes, though they have been conceding goals as well as scoring them. “It will be a tough game but we’ll have no fear going there. We need to believe in ourselves. We need to be well organised and structured,” said Heary. “The lads have shown in training they’re raring to go.”

Heary has reduced the numbers in senior team training to concentrate on the 22 players who are most likely to feature in the remaining games.

Aaron Callaghan’s last signing, defender Mark Byrne (22) from Crumlin United, has joined the squad but Owen Heary hopes to add a strong, experienced centre-half and he has a shortlist of candidates.

Dinny Corcoran’s return to Bohemians’ forward line is welcome; he has already shown that he can be an effective partner with Chris Lyons, says Heary.

The caretaker manager is in the relatively fortunate position of having his full squad available for Friday. Ciaran Nangle, Stephen Traynor and Ryan McEvoy (23 on Friday) have returned to training, having all been sidelined with ankle injuries.

Andy Mulligan has returned from the World University Games in Russia, where the Ireland team had its best-ever finish in fifth place, ending their campaign with a 3-1 defeat of Ukraine last Sunday.

Heary himself will not be in the dug-out on Friday; his suspension for last Friday’s sending-off as a player applies to him as a manager and will keep him out for three matches in total.  He has brought in under-19 coach Graham O’Hanlon,  who has worked closely with all the former under-age Bohemians, to run operations alongside first-team coach Terry Butler.  

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BALTIMORE BOHS LINK-UP

Bohemian FC is proud to announce that the club has signed a partnership agreement with Baltimore Bohemians of the Premier Development League in the United States.

The partnership will allow for an exchange of talent between the two teams. Exceptional players from both clubs will have the opportunity to go on trial at the opposite team, providing them with an opportunity to gain recognition on either side of the Atlantic.

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The coaching staffs of the two clubs will also cooperate to identify outstanding talent who may flourish in either the League of Ireland or the Premier Development League.

The two clubs will provide exposure for one another, including sale of merchandise, in their respective markets. They are also considering a friendly between the two sides.

“This link-up with Baltimore Bohs, like our recently announced partnership with the North Dublin Schoolboys’ League, opens up exciting development opportunities for players,” said Bohemian FC president Matt Devaney. “We aim to offer various avenues through junior ranks into senior football.

“We look forward to fruitful relations with the directors, players and supporters of Baltimore Bohemians.”

The Baltimore Bohemians compete in the Premier Development League, which serves as the starting ground for a majority of professionals in the US. Baltimore also participates in the US Open Cup, a 100-year-old competition similar to the FAI Cup.

The club was founded in 2011 by the Angelos family, owners of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, and the Tirabassi family. The club’s crest features a tribute to the Dublin Bohs’ famous black and red stripes.

The first team is comprised of the best young talent in the Baltimore area, traditionally a hotbed for football in the US. After the club’s first season, two of the Bohs’ players signed professional contracts with Major League Soccer (MLS) and North American Soccer League (NASL) sides.

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Manager Callaghan leaves Bohemians

Bohemian FC announces the departure of manager Aaron Callaghan, following discussions and agreement with the board of directors.

“The club has reached this stage with much regret, ” said Bohemian president Matt Devaney. “Aaron has made a great contribution to all facets of Bohemians in his 18 months with us.

“But following a run of disappointing results it was clear some change was needed. We are looking for an injection of new ideas and new urgency.”

Assistant manager Owen Heary will assume the responsibility of caretaker manager with immediate effect.

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DUNDALK 3 – 0 BOHEMIANS

The relegation heat is well and truly on for Bohemians after another flat, lifeless defeat left the Gypsies just one point above the automatic relegation spot in the Airtricity Premier Division. Title-chasing Dundalk condemned Bohs to their 5th league defeat in a row after three calamitous, unanswered goals in front of a boisterous home support. In an extremely disappointing second half period, a section of Bohemians supporters audibly turned on Gypsies manager Aaron Callaghan for the first time of real notice during this disastrous run of form.

Goalkeeping errors, defensive mistakes and a ridiculous red card for captain Owen Heary sapped the life out of a clearly disheartened visiting team. Callaghan went for a more attacking 4-4-2 formation but chance and goals still failed to materialise, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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After an initially cagey opening quarter, Dundalk began to turn the screw. Dean Delany saved brilliantly at his near post following a powerful snap-shot from Kurtis Byrne. Unfortunately for the Bohs net minder, that good work was undone when Dundalk grabbed the opener on 27 minutes. Keith Buckley surrendered possession on the right wing and Dane Massey’s looped cross was misjudged by Delany – who could only flap as the ball cannoned off Dave Mulcahy, Pat Hoban, and dribbled into the net.

Bohs’ only real clear cut chance of note fell to Conor Murphy who wriggled his way into the Dundalk box on 35 minutes, however the home side’s bouncy astroturf pitch did him no favours as he couldn’t quite get it down before prodding wide. Dundalk finished the half stronger with a series of free kicks and corners hemming Bohs into their own half.

The opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half yielded little for both teams before a suicidal ten minute spell signalled a change in attitudes both on and off the pitch. First, the usually dependable Dave Mulcahy made what could be described as a schoolboy error of misjudging a floating ball allowing Hoban clean through on goal. The ball bounced kindly for the Dundalk striker who had the relatively simple task of nodding over the on rushing Delany to double the Lillywhites’ advantage. Just 7 minutes later, the game was all but done following another goalkeeping mistake from the ex-Shelbourne keeper. Hoban was a menace to Bohs all night – but there seemed to be little danger when the ball fell to him on the right hand side of the box almost at the by-line. His cross-cum shot was relatively powerful, but caught Delany out at his near post, and the keeper could only bat it into the top corner of his own net.

The atmosphere within the Bohemians fans turned from that point onwards, with manager Callaghan receiving the brunt of their criticism. To compound the misery, captain Owen Heary produced a moment of madness with 20 minutes remaining. Playing at right back, the 37 year old had endured a nightmare of a game – and his groin-high stamp on Hoban gave referee Neil Doyle little option but to show a straight red card. He will miss vital games against Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United; games where his experience could have come in handy.

Bohs ironically began to play a bit following the dismissal of Heary. The introduction of Chris Lyons, and new signings Dinny Corcoran & Lorcan Shannon added some freshness to the already defeated team.

Very few fans applauded the Bohemian players off the pitch, which is a very rare occurrence. To his credit, Bohs goalkeeping coach Fred Davis came out to reason with a group of supporters who were waiting at the side of the pitch at the end of the game. He reiterated Callaghan’s mantra of “young, inexperienced players” and pointed to the crucial next 3 weeks and games against relegation rivals. With Shelbourne closing to within a point at the bottom of the table, next week’s game against Bray becomes absolutely do or die for the struggling Gypsies.

Dundalk: Peter Cherrie; John Sullivan(69), Andy Boyle, Mark Rossiter, Dane Massey(Brian Gartland 53); Richie Towell, Stephen O’Donnell©; Darren Meenan, Francis McCaffrey(John Dillon78); Patrick Hoban, Kurtis Byrne. Subs not used: Vinny Faherty, Jordan Keegan, Brian Gartland, Aaron Shanahan.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Owen Heary©, Dave Mulcahy, Derek Pender, Luke Byrne; Michael Barker, Keith Buckley, Shane Murray(Lorcan Shannon 58), Karl Moore; Conor Murphy(Chris Lyons 76), Dave Scully(Daniel Corcoran 71). Subs not used: Roberto Lopez, Kevin Devanney, Santiago Folbo, Greg Murray.

“THREE GOOD PERFORMANCES, THREE BAD RESULTS”

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS (Oriel Park, Friday July 13th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians go to Dundalk determined to get league points after a series of “good performances, but bad results”, according to manager Aaron Callaghan.

The Bohemian manager is strongly focused on getting his team to create and take goal-scoring opportunities.

“What we have had in the last three games is three good performances but three bad results”, said Callaghan.

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“Goals are hard to come by in any league. Look at what Paris St German are paying Ibrahimovich to make a difference for them. It’s been a problem for us, last season and this season but goal-scorers are few and far between.”

Having signed Conor Murphy in the last fortnight, Callaghan is also looking at signing other forwards.

The series of three friendlies in three weeks, starting with Derby County next Saturday (kick-off 3pm), gives the Bohemian manager opportunities to look more closely at potential recruits.

“We’ll give most of the lads who play on Friday game-time against Derby and Bradford, so they can test their skills against opposition of this kind,” Callaghan said.

“But we‘ll bring on some of the lads who have not been getting so much match experience. Plus, we have a couple of players coming in from England and some others we’re having a look at, from the Leinster Senior League and one lad coming back from America.”

Callaghan expects to sign some players, especially with a view to strengthening the attack. In defence, he notes his team has “paid heavily” for errors, but he is full of praise for how Roberto Lopes and Luke Byrne have taken on their responsibilities as centre-backs.

“They’re only in their second season in a very tough league. They are fantastic young footballers and they are going to be very good in the future, whether they are playing in Ireland or the UK,” he said.

Callaghan must plan for Friday without Stephen Traynor (ankle injury) and Andy Mulligan, on duty with the Ireland team at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, where the Irish have advanced to a quarter-final against France on Friday afternoon.

Ciaran Nangle and Ryan McEvoy (ankle injuries) are also likely to be ruled out for the Dundalk game.

Owen Heary and Dave Mulcahy returned to the bench last weekend after recovering from a hip injury and a virus, respectively.

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