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STUDENTS FACE FRENCH TEST

Ireland will face France tomorrow (Friday, 2pm) in the in the quarter-finals of World University Games in Kazan, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

Despite losing 1-0 to Mexico yesterday thanks to Alvarado’s 37th-minute strike, former Bohemians goalkeeper Craig Sexton (IT Carlow/Athlone Town) pulled off a string of top-class saves as goal difference was enough to see the Irish students finish ahead of the Mexicans and secure their place in the last eight.

Mexico needed to win by two clear goals to qualify, with Ireland already in the driving seat following a 2-1 opening-day win against host nation Russia, which was followed by a 2-2 draw with China on Monday.

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Bohs winger and IT Carlow student Andy Mulligan (pictured), who netted against China, was sprung from the bench against Mexico as a 68th-minute replacement for UCD’s Cillian Morrison.

Another former Gypsy, midfielder Correy Davidson (Pearse College Crumlin/Carrick Rangers), played the full 90 minutes.

Manager Danny Crowley said: “It was a monumental effort against a top class team, I couldn’t be any happier with the lads, their attitude has been unbelievable since the start of the tournament.

“We have such a great group of lads and staff. I have never been prouder of a team, this is such a big achievement.”

Ireland: Craig Sexton, Tom King, Dylan Mernagh, Jamie Carr, Reece McEnteer, Darren Forsyth, Paul Malone, Raymond Foy, Correy Davidson, Cillian Morrison, Josh O’Shea. Subs: Johnny Addis for Davidson (52), Andy Mulligan for Morrison (68), Brian Nolan for Forsyth (74), Carl Forsyth, Barry O’Mahony, James Scallon, Niall Corbett, Paul Andrews, Tristen Dent.

Group results: Ireland 2 Russia 1, Ireland 2 China 2, Ireland 0 Mexico 1.

For updates on Ireland’s progress, please follow thirdlevelfootball.ie on Facebook or Twitter.

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MULLIGAN AIMING FOR TOP MARKS

Andy Mulligan has helped put Ireland’s colleges team in contention for a place in the World University Games quarter-finals in Russia, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Mulligan celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring the second of Ireland’s two goals against China on Monday. But China came back with two goals to secure a draw.

Ireland need to draw or win against Mexico later today (Wednesday, 5pm Irish time) to make the quarter-finals in Kazan.

The team started its campaign last Friday with a surprise 2-1 win over hosts Russia. Mulligan came on as a substitute after an hour, replacing ex-Bohemian Correy Davdison, who had scored Ireland’s opening goal.

For updates on Ireland’s final group game against Mexico, please follow thirdlevelfootball.ie on Facebook or Twitter.

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SCHOOLBOYS TRIALS START THIS EVENING

A reminder that Bohemians are holding our schoolboy trials this week, starting with the Under 11s and Under-14s TONIGHT.

All trials will take place in Albert College from 7pm to 8.30pm on the dates specified.

  • Under-11s (born 2003) – Monday July 8th (Open training: Monday July 15th).
  • Under-12s (born 2002) – Wednesday July 10th (Open training: Wednesday July 17th).
  • Under-14s (born 2000) – Monday July 8th (Open training: Monday July 15th).
  • Under-16s (born 1998) – Wednesday July 10th (Open training: Wednesday July 17th).
  • Under-17s (born 1997) – Tuesday July 9th (Open training: Tuesday July 16th).

Both players AND managers needed – contact Kay (086-3245694) or Anthony (0864120528/anthonyc@bohemians.ie) for more information.

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BOSS HOGS POINTS FOR SMASH AND GRAB LIMERICK

BOHEMAINS 0 – 1 LIMERICK

Limerick left Dalymount Park with a scarcely-deserved three points after Axel Bossekota’s second half strike condemed the Gypsies to a fourth home league defeat in a row. No goals and no points was a familiar outcome for Bohs at Dalymount this season – but there was a glimmer of hope for Aaron Callaghan’s men with a much improved performance that could easily have yielded a draw at the very least.

Callaghan handed league debuts to recently signed duo Conor Murphy and Zein Albehadlie, but the home side still failed to find the net for the 5th home game in a row in all competitions. Indeed, the last Bohemians player to score a league goal at Dalymount Park was Chris Lyons against Bray on the 26th of April – more than two months ago, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The opening exchanges were particularly cagey, with Callaghan’s side clearly desperate to avoid conceding yet another early goal. Iraqi full back Albehadlie’s positional sense was questioned, but the 19 year old showed some real tenacity and willingness to compete, which is going to be the key to the obvious relegation battle that the Gypsies now find themselves in. The first opportunity fell to Limerick dangerman Bossekota, whose low shot was well saved by the feet of the improving Dean Delany.

Karl Moore was outstanding for Bohs down the right flank, and he linked up well with Shane Murray to set up Bohs’ first real opportunity. Murray’s lovely floated cross found debutant Murphy, but his header from 12 yards was miscued wide. There was a break in play as referee Paul Tuite was informed that Bohs full backs Michael Barker and Albehadlie were both wearing number 22. Albehadlie was given the correct no. 20, and the Jodi Stand collectively shook their heads. Perhaps the confusion was down to the fact that Bohs were bizarrely wearing white against a team in all blue. With the team in such dire form, the iconic red and black jersey is what the players should be playing for, not a generic away strip.

Moore had Shane Tracy haunted all night until he was bizarrely switched  to the left side in the second half. He disposessed Tracy and fed a lovely pass through to Murphy who had almost too much time, sliding a tame cross into Barry Ryan’s hands. Derek Pender was playing in a midfield role, and he had a great opportunity from 18 yards. His shot stung Barry Ryan’s palms but no more. Limerick had the last opportunity before the half with Darragh Rainsford forcing another smart stop from Delany.

Moore jinked inside Tracy again on 63 minutes but his shot flew wide. Almost instantly, Galbraith’s long ball caught the Bohs defense at sixes and sevens, and Bossekota was suddenly through on goal. The French-born forward may have handled the ball to control it, but steadied himself to fire expertly past Delany. Just the kind of luck that Bohs didnt deserve.

Kevin Devaney, Dave Mulcahy and Dave Scully were thrown on to try and save the game for Bohs, and the increase in pressure started to yield results. Again, Moore was involved, setting up Murphy for a goalmouth scramble that was cleared at the last moment. Successive corners followed, with Scully and Mulcahy going close before an ill-advised short corner was lost by Keith Buckley, who had an abysmal game.

Bohs still had time for two great chances in stoppage time. First, Dave Scully did brilliantly to head a bouncing ball towards the bottom corner. It was all but in, but Barry Ryan somehow managed to stretch out a claw and deny Scully a first league goal of the season. With almost the last attack, Ryan saved brillantly with his feet as Derek Pender desparately tried to poke home an equaliser.

That’s 10 league games without a win for Bohs, who remain in the relegation play-off spot, 5 points ahead of Shelbourne having played a game more than their North Dublin rivals. Next up is a trip to title chasing Dundalk before a crucial game against Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Zein Albehadlie (Kevin Devaney, 63), Roberto Lopes, Michael Barker, Luke Byrne; Karl Moore, Shane Murray (Dave Scully, 70), Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Darragh Reynor Dave Mulcahy, 52); Conor Murphy. Subs not used: Greg Murray; Owen Heary, Chris Lyons, Santiago Miguel Falbo.

Limerick: Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy (Shane Costelloe, 52); Stephen Bradley (David O’Leary, 63), Joe Gamble, Danny Galbraith, Craig Curran; Darragh Rainsford, Axel Bossekota. Subs not used: Shane Cusack; Brian O’Callaghan, Barry Sheedy, James McGrath, Val Feeney.

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v LIMERICK

BOHEMIANS v LIMERICK (Dalymount Park, Friday July 5th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians will test their resolve to improve their league home form when they welcome Limerick to Dalymount Park for the first time in seven years.

Manager Aaron Callaghan has taken much encouragement from his side’s two performances against Derry City since the season break.

In last Friday’s league game at the Brandywell, Bohemians “deserved at least a point” in Callaghan’s view.

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“Even Derry people commented on how well we played,” he said. “There was a little bit of naivete in the defending at times but it was against the run of play that they scored.

“We got back into it when Kevin [Devaney] scored and we might have nicked another. We kept going to the end and I’m a bit disappointed not to have got anything from it.”

On Monday in the EA Sports Cup against the same opposition, but in Dalymount, Bohemians put in “as good a performance at home as any all season”, according to the manager.

“We started well and we didn’t concede until the 82nd minute,” said Callaghan. “But when you look at Derry’s bench and at ours, you see the difference between the squads.”

Callaghan was very pleased with his débutants. Argentian Santiago Miguel Falbo was “neat and tidy” on his first start, came off early with cramp but took full part in training this week and is in the reckoning for selection again. Iraqi-born Zein Albehadlie (19) was “very strong” at right-back when he came on as substitute, though his lapse contributed to the first goal.

Meanwhile, Darragh Reynor, another player who has been on the fringe, also put in an impressive performance as a substitute.

Joining these players as contenders for selection is new recruit Conor Murphy (20), who has played with four league clubs, and has been brought to Bohemians “to take goal-scoring opportunities”.

“He knows where the goal is,” said Callaghan as he recalled clearly Murphy’s goal against Bohemians last August during his short spell with Derry City. Now he is looking to Murphy to help improve Bohemians’ modest goal-scoring record. The most recently signed Bohemian is available for Friday.

Callaghan hopes also to have Lorcan Shannon, a 19-year-old right-side midfielder, in his squad soon. Shannon has been on the books of Shamrock Rovers, was on loan to Dundalk last season, and trained with the Bohemian squad this week. Callaghan aims to complete his transfer in the coming days.

Captain Owen Heary (hip injury) has returned to full training, but may not be fit for Friday. Dave Mulcahy has recovered from illness and Derek Pender returns from suspension. But Stephen Traynor (ankle) remains out and Andy Mulligan is in Russia with the Irish colleges squad for the World University Games – a trip Traynor missed due to injury.

Ryan McEvoy and Ciaran Nangle both have sprained ankles from training and face late fitness tests.

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2 GAMES, 1 TICKET FOR DERBY AND BRADFORD FRIENDLIES

ALL tickets for our upcoming friendlies against Derby County and Bradford City will entitle entry to BOTH games.

Two-game ticket prices as follows: Adults €15, students €10 and children/OAPs €5.

Saturday July 13th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Derby County 3pm
Saturday July 20th Dalymount Park Bohemians v Bradford City 1pm

VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 2 POST-MATCH

After Bohemians’ EA Sports Cup defeat to Derry City on Monday, manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon.

Filmed by Peter ‘Doherty (podproductions.ie)

Intro Graphic by Ray O’Hanlon

Graham Parkinson Cancer Treatment Fund charity game

BOHEMIANS v O’DEVANEY/DUNARD (Saturday July 27th, KO 5.30pm)

Dubliner Graham Parkinson, 20, has been battling cancer for 6½ years.

Graham, an ex-Bohemians youth, has a rare tumour in his lower back, called a malignant peripheral nerve sheath and needs to raise substantial funds to travel to Germany for treatment as the treatment required is not available in Ireland or the UK.

Later this month, Bohemians are doing our bit to help Graham’s ongoing efforts as a Bohs XI hosts O’Devaney/Dunard in a friendly at Dalymount Park (Saturday July 27th, 5.30pm).

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The match will be followed by an after-party and presentation night at Hanlon’s Pub (NCR) at 8pm, with DJ Ginger on the decks and spot prizes on offer, including two tickets to the upcoming sold-out Liverpool-Celtic Aviva Stadium friendly.

Tickets to the Bohs-O’Devaney/Dunard match and after-party cost just €10 with all proceeds going to Graham’s treatment fund. We hope to see you there!

For more information on Graham’s fight, please visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GrahamsCancerFund

To donate directly, please visit: http://gogetfunding.com/project/graham-s-cancer-treatment-fund

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WANNA PLAY FOR BOHS?

Bohemians have announced times and dates for upcoming schoolboy trials.

All trials will take place in Albert College from 7pm to 8.30pm on the dates specified.

  • Under-11s (born 2003) – Monday July 8th.
  • Under-12s (born 2002) – Wednesday July 10th.
  • Under-14s (born 2000) – Monday July 8th.
  • Under-16s (born 1998) – Wednesday July 10th.
  • Under-17s (born 1997) – Tuesday July 9th.

Both players AND managers needed – contact Kay (086-3245694) for more information.

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MURPHY SIGNS

Bohemians have completed the signing of former Ireland Under-19 striker Conor Murphy from St Pat’s.

The 20-year-old previously lined out for Derry City, Monaghan United and Bray Wanderers.

Meanwhile, striker/winger Dwayne Wilson, who was released by Bohs last week, has signed for Bray.

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