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“it’s my job to pick the guys up”

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS (Saturday June 8th, The Showgrownds, 7.45pm)

Bohemians face a “David-and-Goliath match” as they return to league action but they are “going there to try and get points”, according to manager Aaron Callaghan, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

“If we can replicate the intensity shown in training on the pitch and get Owen [Heary] back with his experience, I can see things turning around for us, no problem,” said Callaghan, following defeats in league and cup in the past two weeks.

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“Lack of experience has at times gone against us and that can affect confidence but it’s my job to pick the guys up, ” Callaghan added.

“I think sometimes they don’t realise they can become good players, if they can get that bit of self-belief.  They’ve been working their hearts out since the start of the season and I believe the confidence they need at the moment will come back.”

Bohemians’ defeat to Drogheda in the FAI Cup last weekend “was not a three-goal game”, Callaghan insisted. “When we make a mistake we get punished for it. The other side of that coin is, when you get a rub of the green, it can change things for us. Against Drogheda, we hit the bar twice and we had a one-on-one.”

The manager is committed to giving his young players an opportunity to prove themselves and to develop. “It’s a positive for us that Adam Kelly made his début for us at 17 years of age [against Drogheda]. Most of the other squads are settled, with just one or two young lads, while we have a plethora of younger players with one or two more experienced ones.”

Striker Kelly had a break after the under-19 campaign and is working towards the fitness levels required for league action. Callaghan expects him to feature again in the remainder of this season, but is mainly looking to him as a prospect for next season.

At the other end of the age scale, Bohemians have “definitely missed Owen’s presence and influence”, the manager said. With Heary back, Dave Mulcahy can be moved into the centre of the park to help provide the kind of leadership that comes from “these guys who have gone through the mill”.

Heary (hip injury) faces a late fitness test for the Sligo trip but, as he possibly returns to action, another experienced player, Derek Pender (illness) is likely to be out.

There will also be late fitness tests for Luke Byrne, injured in training, and Keith Buckley, who came off in the last match with a hamstring strain. Andy Mulligan will be missing this weekend due to a family commitment.

Sligo Rovers, who have Anthony Elding and Evan McMillan suspended, have had a dip in form, Callaghan noted. “But it’s not over from their point of view. The gap at the top could be closed with a couple of results going against Pat’s. And it’s certainly not over for us.”

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LAST CALL: BOHS BUS TO SLIGO

The Bohs bus heads to the Showgrounds tomorrow (Saturday June 8th) as the Gypsies travel take on champions Sligo Rovers in the Airtricity League.

Check-in is from 3.30pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 4pm sharp and return straight after the game. The cost is €20 return.

To put your name down, mail bus@bohemians.ie.

TREAT YOUR BOHS-MAD DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY

Struggling for gift ideas for Father’s Day (Sunday June 16th) this year?

We’ve got the perfect solution… treat your dad to something from the Bohemian FC Premium Gifts Range!

This range includes silver cuff-links engraved by former player and club legend Tony O’Connor (€70) as well as hip flasks and (€35) and Zippo lighters (€32) made by Peterson’s of Dublin.

Order online now: cuff-links, hip flasks,  Zippo lighters.

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DALYMOUNT DESPAIR CONTINUES – DROGS DUMP BOHS OUT

BOHEMIANS 0 – 3 DROGHEDA UNITED

Outclassed, outfought and out of the FAI Cup – Bohemians are a team flirting dangerously close to a crisis.  Three unanswered goals from visitors Drogheda United saw the Gypsies limp out of the cup at the first time of asking in front of a disappointingly small crowd at Dalymount Park.

Aaron Callaghan’s men were without the suspended Dave Scully and worryingly enough really struggled without the big front man.  Chris Lyons was deployed as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation that struggled to create chances and rarely got in behind the Drogheda defence, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Bohs have had the unhealthy habit of conceding early goals this season, and tonight the trend continued.  A Jason Marks corner was knocked down to right back Stephen Quigley who unleashed a powerful half-volleyed shot from the edge of the area.  Not for the first time this season, Dean Delany will be disappointed with his role, as the ball seemed to go right through his out stretched arms.  On the bench – Greg Murray watches and waits.

Bohs only real spell of dominance came during the middle of the first half.  First, a Ryan McEvoy swirling cross slipped through Gabriel Sava’s hands and hit the post. Then, Bohs only clear cut chances were created. Unfortunately for the home side, they fell to the less prolific Keith Buckley.   He created the first for himself, jinking inside and floating a shot too close to Sava. The second chance was the key one. Good work from Lyons down the left led to Buckley in acres of space, 14 yards out in the centre of the goal. His right-footed shot was somewhat scuffed, and bobbled off the post. It was a stroke of luck that has summed up Bohs last few performances at Dalymount Park.

Drogheda’s second goal came from a simple move down the left. Michael Barker was tortured by Jason Marks all night, and the left winger’s 38th minute cross found Declan O’Brien in acres of space in the six yard box. A striker of Fabio’s quality doesn’t need to be asked twice, and his header doubled the Drogs’ lead. The half-time whistle was greeted with a kind of glum silence.

Fair play to Bohs, they tried to gee themselves up in the second period. Buckley was especially busy, buzzing around the midfield areas. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any real cutting edge. The watching Pat Fenlon would have been puzzled to see the strike force that ended the game. Kevin O’Leary and Adam Kelly are not household names, but their inclusion in such an important game underlines the standard of Bohs squad at the moment.

Drogheda’s third goal fully killed the game. After Bohs failed to properly clear their lines, Philip Hand unleashed a powerful shot from a truly outrageous angle. Delany will again be disappointed to be beaten at his near post, but the finish was very good.

Bohs return to league action next week with a daunting trip to Sligo before a crunch relegation clash against Shelbourne.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore, 75), Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Michael Barker, Dwayne Wilson (Kevin O’Leary, 46), Chris Lyons (Adam Kelly, 70). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Stephen Traynor, Michael Scott, Darragh Reynor.

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava, Stephen Quigley, Paul O’Conor, Alan McNally, Cathal Brady, Ryan Brennan (Michael Daly, 86), Peter Hynes, Shane Grimes, Jason Marks (Philip Hand, 58), Alan Byrne, Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien (David Cassidy, 64). Subs not used: Michael Schlingermann, Gary O’Neill, Brian Gannon, Dean Gaynor.

Bohs Man of the Match: Luke Byrne

“YOU HAVE TO BE MORE GUNG-HO IN A CUP MATCH”

BOHEMIANS v DROGHEDA UTD (Friday May 31st, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians will have to be assertive against Drogheda, as they look to take advantage of the “one-off” nature of the cup tie, according to manager Aaron Callaghan.

Playing in their third competition in three matches Bohemians will seek to confirm the battling form shown in their 4-2 league cup win last week.

“You have to be a bit more gung-ho in your tactics for a cup match, because if you lose you’re out,” said Callaghan.

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“Sometimes in a league game you’re happy enough to get a single point out of it. But we want to win this one, particularly as it’s on our home turf.”

The Bohemian manager admitted he would prefer to be playing a league game following last week’s defeat. “It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and we’re waiting two weeks to put things right. But this is another competition we’re hoping to do well in.

“It’s a tough ask as this is one of only two all-Premier Division ties in the round. The cup draw hasn’t been kind to either Drogheda or ourselves and it’s going to be difficult for both of us.”

Despite his team slipping down the league table, Callaghan insists they go into the cup tie confident. “I’m always confident going into a match, even when performances may not have matched the standards we set for ourselves,” he said.

“We had a good result against them up in Drogheda [2-2, four weeks ago]. They have had some problems with consistency themselves. They had a heavy defeat in the Setanta Cup final and they seem to be conceding more goals than they did last year.

“It’s probably going to be an open game and you’ll see goals. We just hope we get more than they do.”

The most recent cup encounter between the sides was in the EA Sports Cup last season (10 April 2012). That game was level, 1-1, after extra time and went to penalties, Drogheda winning the shoot-out.

For Friday, Bohs are without Dave Scully, suspended for one match with four yellow cards. Owen Heary remains out with a hip injury, though he has returned to training and may be fit for Bohemians’ next league match.

The absence of Scully and Heary, following the recent departure of Stephen Paisley, means Bohemians are short on bigger, stronger players.

“Drogheda are a strong, physical side and we may be a bit lightweight. To be missing Dave’s height and his battling qualities is disappointing,” said Callaghan.

Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne and Chris Lyons have returned to the squad after training with the Ireland under-21s. Callaghan is delighted with the opportunity these young players have had, “and it shows we must be doing something right when we supplied three of the 22 players in the squad”.

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TEMPLE BAR HOTEL OFFER FOR DERBY COUNTY FANS

Our good friends at the Temple Bar Hotel have joined us in welcoming Derby County supporters to Dublin for our upcoming friendly in July (Saturday 13th).

The hotel, with an unrivaled location in the very heart of Dublin city centre, is providing special weekend bed and breakfast rates for the travelling Rams of €95 per single room and €125 per double room.

To make a reservation, please contact the Temple Bar Hotel at reservations@tbh.ie or call +353 1 677 3333 – and make sure to mention you’re coming to Dublin for the Bohs game!

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Nestled in the most vibrant area of city centre bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and close to all major bus and rail links in the city, this hotel offers every possible amenity on its doorstep.

Dublin’s most popular shopping streets – Grafton St and Henry St – are both within short walking distance, while the city’s most popular tourist attractions are accessible by foot and by bus/Luas.

And that’s not all… The Temple Bar Hotel not only has a great location, but offers guests full entertainment facilities all under one roof! Check out www.buskersbar.com & www.alchemyclub.ie for more details.

Meanwhile, Derby fans are advised that tickets for the game will not be sold in advance – money will be accepted at the turnstiles.

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MATCH SPONSORS v DROGHEDA UTD

A big Bohemian thank-you to AES Waste Management, our match sponsors for this Friday’s FAI Ford Cup clash with Drogheda United (Dalymount Park, 7.45).

AES Waste Management is Ireland’s leading provider of waste bin collection and recycling services. They serve over 95,000 homes across Leinster and North Munster. As part of the Bord na Móna group, they are “committed to delivering innovative, eco-friendly waste management solutions.”

As always, please support our sponsors – visit www.aesirl.ie for more information.

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If you are interested in matchday sponsorship packages at Bohemians, click here for more information, or email commercial@bohemians.ie.

The matchday sponsorship package is an excellent way to reward your company’s staff or your clients with a good night out, whilst at the same time promoting your business.

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EA SPORTS CUP DRAW DATE SET

Bohemians will find out who they face in the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup when the draw is made live on RTÉ’s MNS on Monday June 10th.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Monday July 1st, while the semi-finals and final are pencilled in for Monday August 5th and Saturday September 21st respectively.

Bohs last won the tournament in 2009 (pictured), beating Waterford Utd 3-1 in the final at the RSC.

QUARTER-FINAL LINE-UP: Bohemians, Cork City, Drogheda Utd, Limerick, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic.

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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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