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SHAMROCK ROVERS 1 – 1 BOHEMIANS

A dramatic injury time equaliser from Ryan McEvoy stretched Bohemians’ unbeaten run against their fiercest rivals after a terrific away performance at Tallaght Staduim. The Gypsies were clearly the better side against their supposedly superior opponents, who only took the lead following a ridiculous penalty decision from referee Neil Doyle. It’s now over a year since Rovers have picked up three points against Bohs, and the pantomime boos from the home fans at the full-time whistle will only increase the pressure on manager Trevor Croly, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Despite suspensions for Chris Lyons and Roberto Lopes and an injury to Owen Heary, Bohs dominated in midfield areas, restricted the Hoops to long-range efforts, and looked extremely dangerous on the counter attack. Andy Mulligan was a constant threat, Dave Scully held the ball up brilliantly, and Dave Mulcahy was a rock at centre back. Only a dreadfully poor refereeing performance from Neil Doyle denied Bohs what would have been a deserved 3-points.

The visitors had the first chance after a fine break down the left. The returning Ciaran Nangle cut the ball back to Mulligan whose whipped cross was inches from Scully’s head. Bohs continued to control the game and after a scrambled corner, Dave Mulcahy nodded to Derek Pender who flashed a left-footed volley just wide of the post.  The excellent Mulcahy released Mulligan again down the left on 25 minutes, and the Carlow man was caught in two minds whether to cross or shoot. In the end he did neither, and his effort didn’t trouble Barry Murphy in the Rovers goal.

Rovers’ only first half chance came predictably from a set piece. Billy Dennehy’s whipped corner found the head of Ciaran Kilduff. His header from six yards had goal written all over it, but Dean Delany somehow managed to claw it onto the crossbar and over. The Bohs net minder has come in for a fair amount of criticism this season, but showed here why he’s been playing at the top level in the country for so long.

Rovers started to come into the game just before half time, and the whistle probably came at a good time for Aaron Callaghan’s men. After regrouping at the break, Bohs took control of the second half. The midfield trio of Ryan McEvoy, Keith Buckley and Shane Murray were bossing the game, finding spaces in between the lethargic Rovers duo of Finn and Robinson. Ten minutes into the second half, Buckley released Mulligan – who haunted Conor McCormack all night. Mulligan’s cutback found Scully, but the forward’s shot was rather weak and David Elebert blocked on the line.

Bohs were constantly creating half-chances, with long range efforts from Buckley and Scully flashing wide of Barry Murphy’s goal. At the other end it was a similar story. Ronan Finn had Rovers’ best long ranger, but Dean Delany didn’t have to make any saves in the second period.

A theme running throughout this pulsating Derby was the truly awful refereeing performance from Neil Doyle. A host of 50-50 calls went the wrong way for both sides, players were fooling him with exaggerated falls, and he dished out amazing yellow cards to Mulcahy and Scully. The icing on the cake came in the 80th minute when he gave Rovers a penalty with a decision that would have almost been comical if it wasn’t so important. Sean O’Connor’s cross fell to Andy Mulligan who tried to hook the ball over his head. Instead, he clumsily kicked it off his own face – but Doyle thought otherwise and pointed to the spot. TV replays clearly showed the ball striking Mulligan in the mouth – he even had a bloody lip to show for it! Ronan Finn sent Delany the wrong way and it looked like the Hoops had stolen the points. Doyle had even managed to miss a shocking two-footed lunge from Shane Robinson on Dave Scully just a couple of minutes before that. Many managers and pundits have commented on the standard of refereeing in the league so far this year, and this was another exhibition of poor decision making.

Luckily for Bohs, sweet Karma was smiling down as the sun set over the Wicklow horizon. With two minutes of injury time played, a long throw from Luke Byrne was only partially cleared to Ryan McEvoy in the box. Time stood still as he kept his head, kept the shot low, and sent the travelling support into a delirious frenzy. It may have taken a deflection, but tell that to the Bohs fans who had backed the team all night in the ground where they have suffered so much heartbreak. They could easily be forgiven for the pitch invasion that followed, it was a classic moment in another classic game between these two great rivals.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Conor McCormack, Derek Foran (Ken Oman 68), Jason McGuinness, David Elebert; Gary McCabe (Karl Sheppard 79), Ronan Finn, Shane Robinson, Billy Dennehy (Sean O’Connor 59); Thomas Stewart, Ciaran Kilduff. Subs not used: Richard Brush, Alan Kehoe, Stephen Rice, James Chambers.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Ciaran Nangle (Michael Scott 87); Kevin Devaney (Michael Barker 67), Ryan McEvoy, Keith Buckley, Andy Mulligan; Shane Murray (Karl Moore 67); Dave Scully. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Kevin O’Leary, Shane Fitzgerald, Dwayne Wilson.

Bohs Man of the Match: Dave Mulcahy

WATCH TONIGHT’S GAME IN THE MEMBERS’ BAR

Can’t make it across town for this evening’s Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers?

Fear not! The Members’ Bar in Dalymount will be screening the game live from 7.05pm.

And if €3.50 pints weren’t enough, we’ll also be handing out FREE bottles of Budweiser any time Bohs score!

Spread the word!

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“The magnitude of the game speaks for itself”

SHAMROCK ROVERS v BOHEMIANS (Friday May 17th, Tallaght Stadium, 7.05pm)

Bohemians go to Tallaght determined to turn good performances into matching results. They also go with confidence drawn from a victory in the last derby at Shamrock Rovers’ home ground, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Manager Aaron Callaghan is sure his side can clock up points again after two narrow defeats. “For three-quarters of those games we’ve had good performances and, if the performances are good, things will change around,” he said.

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“I thought we were the better side against Cork for most of the match. Tommy Dunne [Cork City manager] said to me after the match they had got out of jail.

“Against UCD one or two contentious decisions swung the match. Those games turned on slight errors.”

Motivating the players has not been an issue but a derby match against Shamrock Rovers represents a particular challenge. “The magnitude of the game speaks for itself, given the past encounters between the sides. But I don’t do the history side of things. Every game is taken on its merits,” said Callaghan.

“Shamrock Rovers have shown what they can achieve when they’re on form. If we’re not 100 per cent on the night it’s going to be very difficult.”

Bohemians’ 1-0 win in Tallaght last September marked 19-year-old Greg Murray’s second league appearance in goal for Bohemians and, on Friday, he is likely to make his first league start this season. Dean Delany’s groin injury will probably rule him out after 13 successive league starts.

This is one of several enforced changes to the Bohemian line-up, as striker Chris Lyons and defender Roberto Lopes, both of them central to the team’s endeavours this season, are suspended.

The 3-5-2 formation used in recent games is likely to be set aside and Callaghan will consider the claims of Dwayne Wilson, Kevin Devaney and Dave Scully to start up-front or in a position just off the furthest forward.

Lopes was rested against Cork City after starting all 12 league games in the season up to that. “I knew the suspension was coming and the rest won’t do him any harm,” said his manager.

Looking forward to next Monday’s EA Sports Cup match at home to Bray Wanderers, Callaghan insisted that “the plan for the season was to win a trophy and this is a trophy we could win”.

“If you get the right draws and right results you find yourself all of a sudden in a semi-final. It’s a very important game from the club’s perspective,” he added.

The manager expects “to rotate one or two players” but is hoping that there are no injuries coming out of Friday’s match that require more changes than that.

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REMINDER: VOLUNTEER MEETING TONIGHT

We rely on your support! You can invite your friends and fellow supporters to the meeting through our Facebook event page.

If you are unable to attend tonight’s meeting but would still like to volunteer, please email VOLUNTEER@BOHEMIANS.IE with your name, contact details and areas of interest and/or expertise.

MATCH SPONSOR v CORK CITY

A big thank-you to Osmosis Ireland, our match sponsors for last Friday’s clash with Cork City.

Brian Gartlan (pictured with Bohemian legend Billy Young) of Osmosis Ireland said: “I would strongly recommend Bohs’ matchday sponsorship packages.

“The Jackie Jameson bar is in great nick with some quality memorabilia on the walls, and your staff and clients will get the red carpet treatment from Bohs staff.

“A great night was had and our clients really enjoyed themselves.”

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

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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.

Osmosis Ireland is a trade-only distributor, specializing in audio visual, CCTV, IT and consumer electronics.

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

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VOLUNTEER MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY

Your club needs you!

Bohemians are holding a volunteer appeal meeting on Wednesday evening (May 15th).

As a members-owned club, we have always relied on the support and goodwill of our supporters. Given our tight finances, that is true now more than ever.

If you feel you have the time and skills to volunteer for your club, please come to the Members’ Bar this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

If you are unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting but would still like to volunteer, please email VOLUNTEER@BOHEMIANS.IE with your name, contact details and areas of interest and/or expertise.

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VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 1 CORK CITY 2 POST-MATCH

Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to ROBERT O’REARDON after Bohs’ 2-1 defeat against Cork City on Friday night.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron

HEAVEN KNOWS IT’S MISERABLE NOW – MORRISSEY SINKS BOHS

BOHEMIANS 1 CORK CITY 2

cork City produced a smash and grab victory as Bohemians slumped to a second consecutive Airtricity League defeat to one of the teams around them in the bottom half of the Premier Division. A Denis Behan penalty and a late Gearóid Morrissey effort pegged back the Gypsies, who had taken the lead with a Colin Healy own goal. The defeat leaves Bohs with just one win from their last 7 games, and flirting with the bottom three writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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After a run of games with a 3-5-2 formation, Bohs switched to an orthodox 4-4-2 with Dave Scully returning to partner Chris Lyons up front. Derek Pender looked much more comfortable at right back rather than right wing back, and his pinpoint cross set up the first chance of the game. Unfortunately for Bohs, Ryan McEvoy just couldn’t quite get enough on his header.

A first half of few chances exploded into life with 9 minutes to go. Good work from Andy Mulligan down the left forced a Bohs corner, which was whipped in by Stephen Traynor. With the ball about to reach Owen Heary at the back post, Colin Healy stretched out a leg but only managed to divert the ball into his own net.

Aaron Callaghan will be extremely frustrated not to hang onto the lead at least until half time. Denis Behan and Gearoid Morrissey played a simple one-two on the edge of the Bohs box before Morrissey skipped past Heary. The Bohs captain’s outstretched leg clearly caught the Cork forward, and referee Paul Tuite had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Denis Behan sent Dean Delany the wrong way in front of the disappointingly small away contingent in the Des Kelly Stand.

Bohs clearly stepped up their game in the second half, and should really have taken the lead on more than one occasion. Dave Scully had three chances in close succession. The first saw him caught for pace by Kalen Spillane when pretty much through on goal. His second chance came when his header was tipped around the post by Mark McNulty, while his third chance was a header that was wonderfully blocked by John Dunleavy.

A large contingent of the Bohs fans have been calling for Greg Murray to be given his chance in goal, and the Palmerstown man did make his season debut when Delany was forced off with what looked like a muscle strain on the hour mark. The sub keeper could do nothing as Cork got their winner totally against the run of play. Karl Moore, who had a wretched evening, was caught in possession down the Bohs right. Gearoid Morrissey raced away down the left and pulled it back for his namesake Danny, who blasted it in from six yards.

Bohs huffed and puffed for the final 10 minutes, and could have snatched an equaliser when Cork keeper McNulty miscontrolled and allowed Mulligan to square it. Kalen Spillane just got there ahead of the sluggish Chris Lyons and Bohs hopes of a point were snuffed out. With two difficult games against Shamrock Rovers and St Pats to come, things could get squeaky for Bohs before the mid-season break in June.

Bohemians: Dean Delany (Greg Murray, 59), Owen Heary, Derek Pender, Luke Byrne, Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Michael Barker, 81), Andy Mulligan, Karl Moore (Kevin Devaney, 81), Dave Scully, Chris Lyons. Subs not used: Roberto Lopes, Darragh Reynor, Dwayne Wilson, Kevin O’Leary.

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Danny Murphy, Kalen Spillane, Neal Horgan, John Dunleavy (Gary Buckley, 87), Colin Healy, Shane Duggan, Gearóid Morrissey, Daryl Horgan (Ian Turner, 65), Danny Morrissey, Denis Behan (Daryl Kavanagh, 74). Subs not used: Kevin Burns, Ian Turner, Daryl Kavanagh, Adam Rundle, Danny Furlong, Stephen Kenny, Garry Buckley.

Picture credit: Owen Heary in action against Cork City’s Denis Behan – Photo by Eddie Lennon (www.eddielennonsportingimages.com)

Owen Heary in action against Cork City - Photo by Eddie Lennon

BILLY YOUNG PRESENTATION

As the world’s sports pages are dominated by tributes to Alex Ferguson, coincidentally Bohemians will also be paying tribute to a managerial legend of our own at half-time during tonight’s Airtricity League game against Cork City.

Billy Young (pictured left) was appointed as Bohemians’ second-ever manager in 1973 and remained in the hotseat until 1989. He remains the club’s longest-serving boss of all time and arguably its greatest.

During Young’s 16 years at the helm, the Gypsies won five major trophies – two league titles, an FAI Cup and two League Cups – and consistently punched above their weight, challenging clubs with far greater resources.

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As well as the trophies, Young also presided over some of the club’s most memorable European adventures, including Bohemians’ first-ever outing in the European Cup in 1975 and the historic victory over Rangers in 1984.

But perhaps what fans will remember most was Young’s ability to spot and nurture talent, with the late, great Jackie Jameson the most notable example of prospects rising to stardom during his tenure.

We would ask fans to show their support and gratitude for Billy at half-time, when a presentation will be made.

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THE WEEKENDER: MAY 10

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

Even though this column is often penned later than it should be, we hope that at lest some readers backed one or both of the draws put up here, which were our own game in Drogheda and the Shamrock Rovers v Sligo game.

With a late equaliser in Tallaght and the big price on ourselves claiming a share of the points in Drogheda, the double paid out handsomely even for punters (guilty!) who didn’t shop around for the best price.

Having fallen behind so early in the game at Hunky Dorys Park, our lads did well to fight back twice and take a point. Between that and the draw at St Pat’s, it was a gruelling run of fixtures finishing with a disappointing bank holiday defeat in UCD.

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The flatness in UCD can probably partly be explained by the effort invested in taking away draws from fixtures against two sides much higher than us in the table, but it begs the question of whether we can realistically finish much higher in the table than we currently are. Hopefully the lads are well rested for the visit of Cork City to the Home of Football tonight.

Cork’s bank holiday weekend couldn’t have been much worse, with a home defeat against St Pat’s last Friday followed by a home defeat to Limerick on Monday in a game in which they finished with ten men. It’s probably a little surprising that more clubs didn’t take the decision UCD did, and give the players an extra day’s rest. Financial concerns were probably to the fore in clubs preferring to play on the bank holiday Monday.

Those two home defeats in a row for Cork means that they didn’t move any further ahead of us in the table, and being realistic, a home draw for us tonight would again keep them in our sights as a team we can overtake in the coming weeks. Needless to say a home win would be great but considering the bookmakers rate us a 9/4 shot to claim the three points, it’s easy to see why we’re just not a team that punters are trusting with their money at present.

One thing that punters can and should be trusting more with their money is the draw. Even apart from last week, this season has been kinder to us when we resist investing in the short ones and try to pick a result that has a realistic chance of occurring but which not many punters are going to be backing. Again this weekend I am going to swerve Derry (7/19) at home to UCD and Sligo (3/10) away to Bray. Given the doubts we’ve had about Sligo of late and their record against Bray last season, 3/10 away from home is an extremely short price to be investing in.

The flipside is obviously that Bray look considerably worse than last season and look the weakest team in the league. Punters will be backing this double but we don’t want anything to do with it. We’ve pointed out before that Derry sometimes look a better side on the road where teams don’t set up to pack the middle and frustrate them, as tends to happen at the Brandywell.

The Setanta Cup final looks a trappy affair to be betting on. One suspects that Drogheda have been eyeing this one for a while and will feel they have every chance of causing an upset, but the home side are definitely improving so it’s one to watch more than anything else.

The bet this weekend is again a draw, in the game between Dundalk and Shelbourne. Shels have taken draws at home to Shamrock Rovers and away o Cork this season, so can grind out results if teams underestimate them. There is no guarantee that Dundalk will underestimate them, but as we said last week (even though they won), there could be an angle opposing Dundalk as they might just be a little over-rated at present. The home side is 8/15, and the draw, which you can have at bigger than 2/1 with BetVictor.

The end of the first series of fixtures would have been as good a time as any to provide P&L for the season. We will do this next week, but it’s been a decent season and hopefully it keeps up.

Recommended:
Dundalk – Shelbourne draw, 1pt 31/10 (BetVictor) Column

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