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ENGLAND v IRELAND: Watch it at Dalymount

Con Martin and Peter Farrell in 1949, Alf Ringstead in 1957, Cabra man and former Bohemian Gerry Daly in 1976 and again in 1987, Ray Houghton in 1988 (pictured), Kevin Sheedy and Tony Cascarino in 1990, Niall Quinn in 1991 and David Kelly in 1995.

Who’ll be the next Irishman to put the ball in the England net? What better place to find out than the Home of Irish Football, Dalymount Park!

The Members’ Bar will be open from 6pm this Wednesday (May 29th) ahead of Ireland’s first meeting with England (KO 7.45pm) since the infamous 1995 abandoned match.

All pints €3.50 on the night – spread the word and invite your Facebook friends!

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MAD AS A BRUSH: FRIDAY JUNE 21st

Bohs-mad Brush Shiels (pictured with Bernard Dunne) will perform a one-off special gig in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park on Friday June 21st.

Admission to this important fundraising gig for the club will be just €10.

More information and ticket details to follow – spread the word!

Meanwhile, another date for your diary is SATURDAY JUNE 15th as the DALYMOUNT SESSIONS return to the Members’ Bar from 8pm.

Admission to the Dalymount Sessions, which features musicians with a wide range of musical tastes, is FREE.

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VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 0 ST PAT’S 2 POST-MATCH

After Bohemians’ disappointing Dublin derby defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon. Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron

FAGAN, BRENNAN RETURN TO SEND BOHS INTO BOTTOM TWO

Bohemians’ winless run stretched to 6 league games following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to St. Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park. The Gypsies have now slipped into the bottom two, with just one win in 10 Premier Division games after goals from ex-Bohs men Christy Fagan and Killian Brennan downed Aaron Callaghan’s men.

The Gypsies boss made two changes to the team that drew  with Shamrock Rovers in last week’s Derby, but the returning Chris Lyons and Stephen Traynor could do little to influence a game dominated by the newly-crowned league leaders, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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While the gulf in class was apparent, Bohs will be extremely disappointed with a listless first half performance that showed very little heart and determination. The goals came within just three minutes of each other, and knocked what little stuffing was left out of Callaghan’s young side.

The opening 20 minutes was painfully cagey, with both teams feeling each other out on a deceptively bobbly surface in Phibsboro. You felt it would take a moment of magic or a mistake to open the game, and it was the latter, unfortunately for Bohs and Stephen Traynor. The midfielder was caught in possession 30 yards from goal on 23 minutes by John Russell, who quickly slipped a lovely ball through to Christy Fagan. The former Man United trainee showed his class by slotting the ball between the legs of Dean Delany to give the Saints the lead.

A clearly shell-shocked Bohs had barely registered the opener when the lead was doubled. Just 90 seconds had passed when Chris Forrester’s mis-hit cross was clearly handled just inside the box by Derek Pender. It was a silly and needless error from the experienced Pender, and referee Alan Kelly had no choice but to point to the spot. Killian Brennan smashed the penalty home with an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Brennan’s Ronaldo-esque apologetic celebration showed some respect to the club he spent 4 successful years.

Half-time couldn’t come quick enough for the Gypsies who were at sixes and sevens. Traynor was having a particularly torrid evening alongside Ciaran Nangle. The left back was culpable again as Fagan got in behind for a second time, but this time his shot creeped just past the post.

Callaghan changed to a 3-5-2 in the second period, but Bohs still struggled to create any clear cut chances. The home fans were howling on the hour mark when a Dave Scully cross seemed to strike the arm of Kenny Browne. Although Pender’s was more obvious, many felt Alan Kelly would even up the penalty count – but to no avail. The Bohs fans were particularly irked by a string of Kelly decisions. Perhaps that was a good thing for the Bohs players as it took the attention away from probably one of the team’s worst performances in a long time.

With the next league game away to Sligo Rovers, Bohs may well be still in the bottom two by the time Shelbourne visit on the 14th of June. What a huge game that might be in the context of the season.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Ciaran Nangle (Kevin O’Leary, 66), Shane Murray, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Roberto Lopes, 46), Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore, 83), Chris Lyons, Dave Scully. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Kevin Devaney, Michael Barker, Michael Scott.

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien, Conor Kenna, Kenny Browne (Aidan Price, 77), Ian Bermingham, Chris Forrester, Greg Bolger, Conan Byrne, Killian Brennan, John Russell, Christy Fagan (Anto ‘Bisto’ Flood, 86). Subs not used: Dave Ryan, Jake Carroll, Shane McFaul, Sean Gannon, Jake Kelly.

Bohs Man of the Match: Luke Byrne

LADIES NIGHT TONIGHT

It’s Ladies Night at Dalymount Park tonight, with an admission price of just €5 for all our female fans!

And if that wasn’t enough, our friends and neighbours at HICKEY’S PHARMACY will be handing out free product sample bags to the first 30 ladies through the turnstiles!

To mark the occasion, Bohemians will be working with the Marie Keating Foundation to help promote their cause –  providing women and their families with vital information to help  prevent cancer and detect it at its earliest stages. For more information on the Marie Keating Foundation’s work, please visit www.mariekeating.ie.

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“Those results give us confidence and self-belief”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC (Friday May 24th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians host in-form St Patrick’s Athletic boosted by an injury-time draw in their last league game and an extra-time win on Monday in the EA Sports Cup, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

But manager Aaron Callaghan insists his team will have to be at its best to get a result from Friday’s clash with second-in-the-table Pat’s.

“Those last two results give us added confidence and self-belief,” said Callaghan. “But the mood in the squad was always good, even when we had to deal with difficult defeats, games that we felt we deserved a lot more from.”

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Last Friday’s late equaliser against Shamrock Rovers represented just reward for the players’ efforts, added Callaghan. “That was probably our best performance of the season. We passed the ball well and we had a great confidence and energy about us.”

Ryan McEvoy’s equaliser also cancelled out a deficit due to “as bad a referee’s decision as I’ve seen anywhere in the game”, according to the Bohemian manager.

“To come back from that and get a goal in injury time was brilliant. But it would have been one hell of an injustice if we hadn’t got something from that game.”

Friday’s match will be Bohemians’ second league game against St Patrick’s Athletic in less than a month. “We went over to them a few weeks back and we had a good performance. They’re a very good side and it will be a difficult game in Dalymount. We will have to be at our best to get a result,” said Callaghan.

Nine of the last ten league games between Bohemians and Pats have been drawn or decided by a single goal either way.

Captain Owen Heary (hip) and Conor O’Brien (illness) are out, as is Keith Buckley who serves out the second game of his two-match suspension.

Callaghan made eight changes from last Friday to Monday. “You take a big risk when you do that but you’ve got to give these guys game-time because you will need them before the end of the season.”

Against Shamrock Rovers he put on 19-year-old defender Michael Scott for his first league appearance, placing him up-front in the hope of taking advantage of his height and he was on the field when the equaliser was scored.

Callaghan’s faith in the other less-tested players was rewarded on Monday, as was his entrusting of the captaincy to Luke Byrne, the third 19-year-old to lead Bohemians’ senior team in the last three years.

“I saw leadership qualities in Luke the first week I trained with him. Asking him to skipper the side is just reward for Luke’s attitude, effort and dedication.”

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THE WEEKENDER: MAY 24

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

We are getting into the meat of the second series of games now in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League, and although there is no “big game”, RTE has chosen to broadcast the Limerick v Sligo Rovers game.

As the All-Ireland GAA season starts to motor in the coming weeks, watch for a marked decrease in the number of live football offerings.

Live games can be often difficult to watch for people with only a passing interest in the Airtricity League but for the die-hards and keen gamblers alike, plenty can be learned.

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Limerick have a record that reads W4 D6 L4, and despite fancy predictions from some quarters, are probably sitting in roughly the league position most people would have expected of them.

Indeed, the table has now settled into something of a familiar look, with maybe only Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk in the opposite spots than would have been predicted, and Shelbourne 5 points worse than UCD and Bray another slight surprise.

Limerick host Sligo Rovers, who are seen by many as having “reacted well” to getting beaten 2-0 at Inchicore by St Pat’s. Their results since then, however, have included away draws at Shamrock and Bray, a home draw with Drogheda, and a Setanta cup elimination from the same outfit.

The manner of their 3-0 home win against Derry was convincing save for some generous refereeing decisions, but in general that Derry result may have been overplayed somewhat. In the Home-only league table, Limerick are two places better off than their league position of 7th, and at the result of sounding like a broken record here, this column is again tipping the draw at 53/21 on betfair

The other bet comes at the Tallaght Stadium, where the home side will hope to avoid another draw, which would incredibly be their tenth in 14 games this season (drawn 3 of their last 6). As they struggle to put a decent run together in the league, Trevor Croly will find that people will forget about the Setanta Cup final rather quickly. Tonight’s visitors are Shelbourne, and we all know how poor they have been this season, both in terms of discipline and everything else.

Even if they don’t snap a 3-game losing run in Tallaght, however, they have shown already this season that they can frustrate certain teams in certain games. They held tonight’s opponents scoreless in the first series of games, and tonight’s encounter may well again be low-scoring. Take under 2.5 goals at 6/5 with Pinnacle.

Our own game against St Pat’s will look an open and shut case for the neutrals. Our home record is poor, losing 4 of 7 thus far in the season. The Saints have been missing a league-winner’s ruthless edge for around ten years now, although as with most seasons, some observers will suggest this could be their year.

Killian Brennan is having a superb season and at his best he can drag those around him up another gear. Their general lack of ruthlessness means they don’t always do things the easy way though, and a short-list bet (not a full recommendation) for tonight’s game is the half-time draw at 13/11.

Recommended:
Limerick v Sligo Draw, 1pt 53/21 (betfair)
Shamrock v Shelbourne, under 2.5 goals, 1pt 6/5 (Pinnacle)

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BOHS SHAVE OR DYE

Members of the Bohemians squad, along with players of other Airtricity League clubs, are taking part in a ‘Shave or Dye‘ fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Participating Bohs players will be dying their well-groomed locks – or face the lot being scalped!

Follicly-challenged veteran Owen Heary was said to be dread-ing it, however, but has taken time to mullet over and it is now believed that the chances of his tonsure surviving are, erm, receding…

Karl Moore, one of the mane men behind the hair-brained Bohs effort, has called on fans to pick up his team-mates’ slack when it comes to persuading fellow supporters, friends and family to donate, claiming: “The lads are absolutely hopeless about getting sponsored.”

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Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children aged between three and 17 living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Each year, children around Ireland bravely struggle with life-threatening medical conditions and emotions such as anxiety, despair and an uncertain future. Having their wish granted to be a firefighter or a ballerina for a day or meet their favourite sporting celebrity boosts their strength and outlook on life, in addition to providing joy to the families that witness their special day.

Every 25 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child around the world. That’s more than 20,000 wishes every year.

Over 230,000 wishes have been granted since 1980. In Ireland over 1,300 magical wishes have been granted sine 1992.

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FAI FORD CUP DATE CONFIRMED

The date for Bohemians’ FAI Ford Cup second-round tie against Drogheda United has been confirmed for Friday May 31st with a 7.45pm kick-off at Dalymount Park.

EXTRA -TIME DOUBLE SENDS BOHS INTO EA QUARTERS

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T wo goals in the first period of extra-time sent a much-changed Bohemians into the last eight of the EA Sports Cup after this second-round tie against Bray Wanderers finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Bohs had earlier thrown away a 2-0 lead in the first half of this topsy-turvy all-Premier Division clash in Dalymount Park.

Boss Aaron Callaghan made eight changes from the team that drew heroically with Shamrock Rovers on Friday.

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 Shane Murray, Ciaran Nangle, and captain for the night Luke Byrne were joined by the returning suspended duo Chris Lyons and Roberto Lopes, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

In one of the most open and entertaining games at Dalymount this year, the Gypsies got off to an absolute flyer, and were two up within the opening 15 minutes.

The returning Stephen Traynor got the lead goal, and it was a cracker. He collected a half-hit clearance 25 yards from goal, skipped through two lunging Bray defenders, steadied himself, and let fly with an unstoppable right-footed strike from the edge of the 18-yard box. Sean Homes in the Seagulls’ goal could only watch as the ball flew past him into the net. A great way for Traynor to celebrate his inclusion in the World Student Games squad. He’ll travel to Russia in July along with Andy Mulligan and the rest of the Ireland team.

Just five minutes later, Bohs doubled their advantage. Good interplay between Karl Moore and Nangle down the left fed Lyons just on the edge of the box. The striker squeezed past Peter Thomson, who went to ground, sending Lyons sprawling and the Bohs fans appealing. Referee Paul McLaughlin must have been watching on Friday night, and gave Bohs what looked to be a soft decision. It seemed like Thomson got at least a toe on the ball. Bray were understandably miffed, and Lyons made no mistake from 12 yards – sending Holmes the wrong way.

After a superb opening 20 minutes for the Gypsies, Bray started to get a foothold on the game. Pat Devlin made seven changes from the team that beat Cork impressively in Turner’s Cross on Friday, but they still had some quality on the field – most notably 19-year-old Ishmail Akinade. The powerful Nigerian striker forced a corner on the half-hour mark and with it, Bray got back in the game. The near-post cross was flicked toward the back post where centre-half Danny O’Connor bundled it home. Bohs keeper Greg Murray appealed that the ball hadn’t crossed the line, but the goal stood and the tie was back on.

If Murray, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Monk’, was unhappy with his role in the first goal, he could safely say he had no chance with the Bray equaliser, which came on 38 minutes. Sean Hurley whipped in a beautiful cross from the left wing and Akinade was in the right place to power a header in from eight yards. Luke Byrne, impressive again at centre-back, could do nothing to prevent the towering header from the big man, which squared things up at the break.

After the flurry of first-half goals, it was plain to see that both managers had instructed the teams to tighten up in the second half. Chances were at a premium as both sides seemed wary of making a mistake that could send their team out. As Callaghan said before the game, this is a competition Bohs can win, and it showed in the intensity of their defensive concentration in the second half. Neither side created any clear cut openings, with Murray perhaps being the more active keeper, having to claw away a number of threatening crosses. It was no surprise to see the game finish 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Amazingly, Bohs started extra-time in almost the exact fashion as the regulation 90, with two quickfire goals in the opening 15 minutes. The introduction of Dave Scully was key to this, with the cult hero moving up front and Lyons retreating into a midfield role. Scully’s strike partner Kevin O’Leary forced a corner straight from the kick-off, and Bohs instantly retook the lead. Scully caused mayhem in the box and, after a scramble, the ball was cleared to the now deep-lying Lyons, whose shot deflected into the top corner.

With 97 minutes on the clock, Bohs’ place in the last eight was sealed. Sub Dwayne Wilson fed O’Leary, who turned a Bray defender and fired a crisp shot that wrong-footed keeper Holmes to make it 4-2. The remaining 20 minutes of extra time was the Scully show, with the striker playing to the crowd with a series of slaloming runs, tricks, and flicks. There was even a ‘stand up for Dave Scully’ chant that had most of the small crowd on their feet! Boss Callaghan might be a little concerned at 120 minutes for Man of the Match Byrne with a crucial home game against St Pats on Friday, but Bohs are through to the quarter finals, and that’s the main thing.

Bohemians: Greg Murray, Michael Barker, Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne, Ciaran Nangle, Karl Moore, Shane Murray (Darragh Reynor, 77), Stephen Traynor (Dave Scully, 91), Shane Fitzgerald (Dwayne Wilson, 59), Chris Lyons, Kevin O’Leary. Subs not used: Conor Little, Adam Kelly, Michael Scott, Saniago Miguel Falbo.

Bray Wanderers: Sean Holmes, Kevin Knight, Danny O’Connor (Dave Webster, 46), Conor Earley, John Mulroy, Peter Thomas (Kieran “Marty” Waters, 81), Paul Malone, Sean Hurley, Danny Joyce (Dean Zambra, 74), Daire Doyle, Ismahil Akinade. Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness, Paul Moffatt, Ger Pender, Ed McDonagh.

Bohs Man of the Match: Luke Byrne

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