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VIDEOS: BOHEMIANS 0 SHAMROCK 0 POST-MATCH REACTION

Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan and captain Owen Heary gave their post-match reaction to ROBERT O’REARDON after Bohemians’ goalless draw against Shamrock Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday.

Filmed by Peter O’Doherty

 

THE HANGOVER

BOHEMIANS 0 SHAMROCK ROVERS 0

It was billed as a Bank Holiday Blockbuster – but the first big Dublin Derby of the season failed to live up to expectations as Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers played out a goalless draw in front of a strong 4,000 crowd at a bitterly cold Dalymount Park, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Bohs struggled to break down a determined 10-man Shamrock Rovers side who did little to justify their tag as one of the favourites for the title. Derek Foran’s first half red card handed the initiative for the Gypsies, who despite controlling the game for large patches, failed to create any real clear cut chances.

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Unfortunately for Bohs, the one real negative is the Dalymount surface. Visibly bobbly at the start of the game, the pitch got worse and worse as the match progressed until eventually, simple 10-yard passes became extremely difficult. That said, the Gypsies midfield duo of Stephen Traynor and Ryan McEvoy were far superior to their Hooped counterparts, and Aaron Callaghan will definitely be the more disappointed manager after this one.

Even when the game was 11 v 11, Bohs were the brighter team. The opening quarter saw a pattern developing with McEvoy and Traynor feeding Karl Moore, who was in flying form. The winger was torturing Rovers captain Pat Sullivan, and put in a few good early crosses that had the visitors’ defence scrambling to clear. Sullivan himself launched a trademark pile-driver that had Dean Delany scrambling, but it flashed just over.

In an extremely niggly affair, Shamrock Rovers were clearly rattled by the pace and high-pressing game exhibited by Callaghan’s men. At the forefront of this quick-footed nippiness were Moore and striker Chris Lyons. The former UCD frontman was causing Jason McGuinness and his central partner Derek Foran all kinds of problems. With 10 minutes to go to half-time, Lyons skipped past Foran who caught him with a crunching lunge. A simple yellow-card decision for referee Neil Doyle. Unfortunately for Lyons, he never recovered from the tackle and was replaced by Shane Murray.

The game seemed to have swung Bohs’ way when Foran received his marching orders just five minutes after getting his first card. This time it was Moore who beat him to the ball. Foran’s reckless tackle was just a split-second late, but still offered Doyle no choice but to flash a second yellow. The lack of complaint from anyone in green and white was the tell-tale sign.

Bohs were well on top before and after the half time whistle. McEvoy and Traynor were particularly impressive. Traynor had what was certainly one of his best games in a Bohs shirt. He exuded a calmness and presence on the ball, and also offered plenty of slaloming runs through his apparently more illustrious midfield opponents in James Chambers and Shane Robinson.

Rovers players seemed to mirror the mood of their unusually subdued fans. While the Tallaght club sold out their allocation, the hundreds gathered in the Des Kelly Stand offered little in terms of atmosphere. The Bohs fans, however were in fine voice, but just couldn’t roar their team on to what would have been a deserved victory.

Chances were few and far between to say the least. The most excitement in the second half was a dipping and swerving Moore shot that had Barry Murphy flapping. The fact that Dave Scully’s booking for an outrageous dive was also a highlight tells the tale of a true Derby stalemate. The result leaves Bohs on four points with a win, a loss, and a draw for Callaghan’s men to start the season. The Dublin Derbies are coming thick and fast – next up for Bohs is a trip to Inchicore to face St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Owen Heary, Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor, Karl Moore (Darragh Hanaphy, 83), Dave Scully, Chris Lyons (Shane Murray, 37 (Dwayne Wilson, 73) ). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Conor O’Brien, Ciaran Nangle, Michael Barker.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, Pat Sullivan, Jason McGuinness, Derek Foran, Conor Powell, Shane Robinson, Stephen Rice, James Chambers (Ciaran Kilduff, 57), Billy Dennehy, Karl Sheppard (Sean O’Connor, 76), Thomas Stewart (David Elebert, 43). Subs not used: Richard Brush, Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn, Conor McCormack.

Attendance: 4,000

Bohs Man of the Match: Stephen Traynor.

(Pic, by Eddie Lennon, shows Karl Moore tackling Rovers’ Pat Sullivan. View more of Eddie’s pics on our Facebook page.

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BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS (Dalymount Park, Monday March 18th, 2pm)

Following a disappointing second half reversal against Cork City on Friday, Bohemians will need no motivation to bounce back as they take on fierce rivals Shamrock Rovers in a Bank Holiday Blockbuster in Dalymount Park on Monday, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

All St Patrick’s Day goodwill will go out the window as another chapter is written in the Airtricity League’s most intense rivalry.

Despite the defeat, Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan was pleased with his side’s performance on the banks of the River Lee, where Owen Heary’s header just before the interval was cancelled out by two second-half strikes.

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“I thought it was a good performance overall, obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted. The intensity they came out with in the second half we couldn’t cope with it.

“We conceded two sloppy goals, I think their second one was a bit lucky with someone miscontrolling it. But we got back into the game in the last 15 to 20 minutes, so I was delighted with the performance individually and collectively.”

Coming off back-to-back wins in games against Shamrock Rovers last season, Callaghan knows that there is more than just three points on offer against the Hoops.

He said: “It’s not just a game – it’s a big Dublin Derby against our biggest rivals. Last year we were set up quite well for those games but we definitely need to perform at our best to get a result.

“I think last year is history to be honest. They’ve strengthened, they have a new manager and a new set of players. They’ve started the season well so it’s a good test for us – but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

The Gypsies boss knows that he won’t need to fire his players up for this one. Callaghan said: “They know the importance of the game for themselves first of all, but also for the fans. They need to make sure they put in a performance individually, and then collectively I think we’ll be good.”

Callaghan praised the effect of a raucous Jodi Stand support in the 4-0 win against Rovers last season. He expects a big crowd again this time around, and the Bank Holiday kick-off should make for a fantastic atmosphere.

He added: “I think there’s going to be a really good crowd. The fact we moved it forward and that they’ve started well, I think there could be four or five thousand at it, and I know our fans will come out in force.”

Bohs will be without midfielder Dave Mulcahy, who is still struggling with an ankle injury, while centre-back Stephen Paisley and midfielder/forward Kevin Devaney are doubts through illness. Bar that trio, Callaghan expects his squad to be at full strength for the big game.

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BOHEMIAN FC STATEMENT

Bohemian FC totally condemns the disgraceful actions of a very small number of our so-called fans during last night’s Airtricity League game against Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

The club is undertaking a thorough investigation into the events, we have received photographs of individuals involved and those identified will receive a lengthy ban from Dalymount Park.

Any further assistance from fans and members in identifying those involved is greatly appreciated.

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Bohemian Football Club is a proud members-owed club since 1890 and an integral part of the local community – the actions of this small minority must not detract from our famous club.

BOHEMIAN FC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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WEEKENDER: MARCH 15

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

Aaron Callaghan’s Bohemias may not have impressed too many neutrals last week, making hard work of seeing off a 10-man UCD team.

The goals were well-taken though, and UCD were only allowed back into the game by the type of error that we will hopefully see very few of as the season goes on and we develop the impressive organisation we showed last season. That level of organisation is a positive reflection on the manager considering the inexperienced profile of the squad.

Cork City are guaranteed to play hard this season under Tommy Dunne and it will be interesting to see if they can turn Turner’s Cross into a fortress and challenge at the very top level. It’s a credit to our team that the game doesn’t look intimidating on paper like away games in Cork used to.

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The prices look about right though and we wouldn’t be rushing to back Bohs at Pinnacle’s 4.99 (just short of 4/1) in a fixture where, as last season, the draw is always going to be a runner. If betting, the draw is the one to be on at 3.52 (Pinnacle).

It may be a while before St Pat’s Athletic have as good a chance as to win the league as they did last season, and although they have added quality players such as Killian Brennan to their squad, they still lack firepower up front and will not be scoring goals for fun. Shamrock can be backed at 2.17 with Pinnacle and that’s a price worth taking. Some may wish to take 9/20 draw no bet on Rovers, but if they get their noses in front they should be able to shut out the Saints.

Elsewhere, Shelbourne will be looking to bounce back from last week’s opening day shocker in Bray where a red card and a one-nil defeat gave little signs of promise. Dundalk, on the other hand, managed a clean sheet against the title favourites and will be gaining in confidence under Stephen Kenny. Back the away win at Tolka (2.88, Coral).

UCD-Derry and Drogheda-Limerick are not easy games to call and involve teams that it’s difficult to form much of an opinion on this early in the season. Drogheda flattered in the Setanta Cup against weak though Danske Bank Irish League opposition, but then looked moderate enough when losing in Inchicore last week. There is no guarantee that they will find Limerick a soft touch when they visit Hunky Dorys Park.

To complete this weekend’s bets, we instead look to Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers on Saturday night. There is no reason to believe that Bray’s win over Shelbourne suggests they are in for a season dramatically different from last year. Given that they can be expected to finish down near the bottom of the table, and given Sligo’s ability on the ball and knack for scoring goals, we can back over 2.5 goals here at around 1.8 (4/5) on betfair. We can repeat ourselves as many times as is necessary in pointing out that there is no such thing as a banker but this the short price worth taking this week.

Recommended:
Shamrock, 1pt 2.17 (Pinnacle)
Dundalk, 1pt 2.88 (Coral)
Sligo Rvs – Bray Wanderers over 2.5 goals, 2pts 1.8 (betfair)

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THERE’S LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

PREVIEW: CORK CITY V BOHEMIANS (Friday March 15th, Turner’s Cross, KO 7.45pm)

Bohemians face a challenging trip to Cork City for their first away assignment in this season’s Airtricity League Premier Division, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Having lost out after extra-time to UCD in the Leinster Senior Cup last month, the Gypsies came out on top in the two key games of an exhausting Dalymount trilogy against College – winning 2-1 in the league on Friday and 3-2 after extra-time in the EA Sports Cup on Monday.

And Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan is delighted to be preparing for a game against someone other than the Belfield outfit!

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“Three games in 15 days against UCD is a bit much – but we came out on top in two of them, which is the main thing.

“I wasn’t overly pleased with the performance in the league game but the second-half performance in the cup game was probably our best performance to date, culminating in us getting a last-minute goal and bringing it to extra-time.”

Callaghan was also pleased with the fact that he could afford to change nine players from the starting line-up for the league victory and still progress in the EA Sports Cup with that thrilling extra-time winner from Chris Lyons.

He said: “For the squad, I was trying to get two players to compete for every position, and I think we’ve done that. When you can change eight or nine players and still get the result, it’s definitely pleasing for me.”

What will also please the Gypsies’ boss is the form of his attacking players. Out of the six goals scored against UCD over the three ties, five were from strikers and the other from the attack-minded Karl Moore (pictured). Firepower up front is a big priority for Callaghan this term. He said: “It’s an area that we’ve tried to improve on and hopefully that can continue”.

This weekend’s opponents Cork City have one of the most-changed squads in the league this term and Callaghan is expecting a tough fixture, adding: “They’ve spent wisely, brought in a lot of players. They have quite a decent budget down there by all accounts and we’re expecting nothing but a tough game. I watched their draw against Limerick and I think it was pretty even. We’re looking forward to it now.”

On the injury front, Bohemians have a few doubts for the trip. As well as a few players carrying knocks from Monday, Stephen Paisley has been ill over the past few days, Kevin Devaney is nursing a knock on his ankle and Dave Scully has a back strain. Those three will be assessed at training tonight before Callaghan decides who to bring on the trip down South.

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LOPES TOP OF THE CLASS

Roberto Lopes will have the bragging rights between two ex-Belvedere boys in the Bohemians dressing room this week.

‘Pico’, 19, marshalled the defence as DIT beat Stephen Traynor’s DCU 2-0 to claim the College & Universities Football League Premier Division title on Wednesday.

DCU didn’t have to travel too far from campus for the Frank Cooke Park decider but Traynor and Co were up against it when they were reduced 10 men after 40 minutes as Rory Dunleavy got his marching orders from referee Paul Tuite for a second bookable offence.

And DIT made the most of the extra man as Aaron O’Dwyer gave them the lead early in the second half.

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DCU had opportunities to level the game – a curling shot from Traynor went narrowly wide – before Sam Simpson netted in the final minutes to seal victory for DIT and with it the college’s first-ever CUFL Premier Division title.

While Lopes toasted victory, 21-year-old Traynor wasn’t the only player with Bohs links left disappointed. The midfielder’s DCU team-mates on the day included Robbie Gaul, Dan Mahon and David Lodola – all of whom were previously on the books at Dalymount Park.

Last week, another Gypsy picked up a medal at this level as winger Andy Mulligan lifted the Colleges FAI Cup alongside former Bohemians goalkeeper Craig Sexton.

DCU: B Dale, M Logan, D Gaul, G McArdle, R Gaul, R Dunleavy, D Mahon, S Traynor, M Isichei, D Lodola, P Kavanagh. Subs: P O’Driscoll for Kavanagh 46 mins; D Brick for Lodola 46; D Aherne for Mahon 81.

DIT: N Cooney, C Dowd, R Matthews, R Lopes, N Cooney, P Malone, D Soon, E Murray, J Conroy, T Smullen, A O’Dwyer. Subs: D Higgins for Smullen 83; S Simpson for Soon 83; S Crowe for Dowd 89; C Smith for Murray 90.

REFEREE: P Tuite (Dublin).

 

(Pictures, courtesy of Sportsfile, show 1) Lopes and his DIT team-mates celebrating at the end of the game and 2) Lopes closing in on David Lodola)

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VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 3 UCD 2 POST-MATCH REACTION

Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to ROBERT O’REARDON after Bohemians’ stunning comeback to beat UCD 3-2 after extra-time in the EA Sports Cup.

Filmed and produced by Jamie O’Halleron.

VIDEO: CHRIS LYONS’ EA SPORTS CUP WINNER

Mark McGinley was nearly the UCD hero on Monday night – but Chris Lyons buried the rebound to seal a 3-2 victory for Bohemians.

Filmed by Peter O’Doherty.

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BOHEMIANS 3 UCD 2 (AET)

A stunning comeback from 2-0 down at Dalymount Park on Monday evening saw Bohemians progress to the next round of the EA Sports Cup, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

A brace from former Bohs man Dinny Corcoran –  a tap-in from close range on 36 minutes and a penalty on 54 minutes - had put the Students in the driving seat.

But the Gypsies stormed back through Dave Scully and Karl Moore to force extra-time before Chris Lyons sealed Bohs’ second victory over Martin Russell’s side in three days.

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Much like the league opener on Friday, it was a cagey affair early on. Bohemians midfielder Conor O’Brien missed a one-on-one with UCD goalkeeper Mark McGinley,  while Stephen Paisley had a header cleared off the line from another former Gypsy, Gary Burke.

But nine minutes before half-time, the Students drew first blood. The ball ricocheted around the box before Corcoran had the easiest of chances to put the ball past Greg Murray.

The home side responded well though and won a penalty just before the break. A clumsy challenge from Hugh Douglas sent Derek Pender tumbling and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot just before the break. Shane Murray stepped up but McGinley saved the former Sheffield United youngster’s spot-kick and subsequent follow-up.

Aaron Callaghan’s side seemed to have taken the manager’s words on board at the start of the second period and built up a head of steam. But all that momentum was lost as the Students doubled their advantage through Corcoran’s penalty after Roberto Lopes was adjudged to have fouled his former team-mate.

It looked all over but second after the kick-off,  fans’ favourite Scully pulled a goal back for his side and it was game on again.

Lyons and Moore were sprung from the bench as Bohs looked to gather momentum again  - and both of them proved to be inspired changes.

But time looked to be running out for Bohs until Lyons was fouled on the edge of the area in the last minute. Moore stepped up and curled his stunning free-kick into the top corner at the Tramway End.

On a freezing night in Phibsborough, 30 minutes of extra-time and possible penalties beckoned.

Paisley came close yet again at the start of extra-time when his header smashed off the crossbar. And Derek Pender came close too before the deciding moment came.

Referee Derek Tomney pointed to the spot for the third time in the evening as McGinley fouled Paisley.

This time Lyons stepped up, but once again McGinley was equal to the effort. Unlike Murray’s earlier effort, however, Lyons was able to bundle in the rebound to net his second goal against his former club in three days.

UCD pressed for an equaliser but this young Bohs showed great courage and stamina to hold on for victory and get revenge for an extra-time defeat against the same opposition in the Leinster Senior Cup last month.

Next up for the Gypsies is a trip to Turner’s Cross on Friday, before Shamrock Rovers come to Dalymount on Bank Holiday Monday (March 18th, KO2pm).

Bohemians: Greg Murray; Michael Barker, Roberto Lopes, Stephen Paisley, Ciaran Nangle; Dwayne Wilson (Karl Moore 63), Shane Murray, Derek Pender, Conor O’Brien (Chris Lyons 63), Andy Mulligan (Darragh Hanaphy 80); David Scully. Subs not used: Dean Delany, Darragh Reynor, Luke Byrne, Santiago Miguel Falbo

UCD: Mark McGinley; Gareth Matthews, Hugh Douglas, Tomas Boyle (Colm Crowe 106), Mark Langtry; Dean Clarke (Craig Walsh 56), James Kavanagh, Robbie Benson, Samir Belhout (Sean Coyne 78), Gary Burke; Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Ger Barron, David McMillan, Tyrone McNelis, Cillian Morrison.

(Picture by A. Baldiemann shows l-r Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Darragh Hanaphy, Dave Scully and Shane Murray saluting Karl Moore’s (No 10) late leveller.) View more match pics on our Facebook page!

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