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U15s and U19s advance to league finals

Both our U15s and U19s face a Dublin derby in their respective SSE Airtricity League finals.

At St Kevin’s pitch at Shanowen Road yesterday, Ger Browne’s Bohs-SKB U15s battled from 2-0 down to win 4-3 after extra-time.

Gavin O’Brien helped himself to a perfect hat-trick in normal time – left foot, header and right foot… and he’s a right-back!

O’Brien’s heroics came at a price – he was forced off with cramp. But it was his replacement at right-back Jason Moloney who sealed the win in the last minute of extra-time.

Bohs-SKB will play St Pat’s in the league final. No date has been set for the decider.

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View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and St Kevin’s highlights from the game here.

On Saturday, the Bohemians U19s reached their second SSE Airtricity League final in two years.

Craig Sexton’s side built up a 2-0 lead with goals from Steven Nolan and Ali Reghba.

But the Students fought back to make it 2-2 in injury-time. Extra-time could not separate the sides so the game went to a penalty shootout where Bohs won 5-3, with Cristian Magerusan netting the decisive score.

Champions last year and Enda McGuill Cup winners this term, the U19s will now face Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium in the final. That game will take place on either October 30 or October 31.

View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and Johnny Bohan’s video of the shootout here.

Before that, Sexton’s side face FC Midtjylland in the return leg of the Uefa Youth League tie at 7pm this Wednesday.

They were two goals down in the first leg in Herning, Denmark, on October 3 but rallied to claim an important away goal through Steven Nolan to give them everything to play for in the return leg at Dalymount Park.

We ask all members and supporters to make an effort to attend this game – representing our league in Uefa competition is a huge reward for a group of players who have represented our club with distinction in recent seasons. They deserve your support.

U12s go free, general admission is just €5. Membership cards and season tickets are valid but we ask supporters to consider making a voluntary donation towards the matchday expenses.

Bohs and St Kevin's backroom teams salute U15s

“We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result”

Preview: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians
SSE Airtricity League,
Friday October 19 2018, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long says Bohemians are refreshed and determined to finish the season as strongly as possible.

The Gypsies travel to face relegated Bray Wanderers tomorrow with just three games to remaining after that against Sligo Rovers on Monday, champions Dundalk and an IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final.

They put the gut-wrenching FAI Cup semi-final replay defeat against Cork City 10 days ago to one side when Sutton United were the visitors to Dalymount in the IRB-BRU Cup last 16 on Saturday.

Bohs will feel they should have settled the tie in normal time but in the end needed a remarkable penalty shootout turnaround to seal their passage through to the last eight where they will host East Fife.

No date has yet been 100% confirmed for that tie, but Bohs are hopeful that the tie will be brought forward from the original scheduled date of Saturday November 17 to be closer to the end of their SSE Airtricity League season, which finishes next Friday.

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Long said: “We looked on Saturday’s game as an opportunity to shake the disappointment of going out of the FAI Cup. We wanted a win to put that out of our minds as best we could.

“It was good to have a game against different opposition, against a team with a different style of play.

“We played very well in patches but we looked tired towards the end so we’re glad it went straight to penalties and there was no extra-time.

“We’re delighted to progress in the tournament, it’s something very different for the club but the players and supporters have bought into it.

“We’re hoping we can bring forward the quarter-final as the players don’t want to extend our season too much.

“But they were determined to get through. That was the same for both rounds, no matter what team we put out, they wanted to progress.”

Bohs found themselves 3-1 down in the shootout after Oscar Brennan and Eoghan Stokes saw their efforts saved.

But up stepped goalkeeper Shane Supple to save one, score one and save another to turn the shootout on its head.

Long said: “Supps was actually a bit disappointed he wasn’t further up the list to take penalties!

“That’s the kind of character he is. Supps has been outstanding since day one he came to the club.

“But to win a shootout like that was unique – it might be a quiz question in years to come!”

Tomorrow the Gypsies face a relegated Bray side with little more than pride to play for.

But Long, who has fond memories of his own time with the Seagulls as a player and coach, is never one to take any team for granted.

He added: “We don’t take any opposition lightly. Bray may be down but they are doing a lot of good work behind the scenes now and are in a better place as a club now.

“We have to focus on ourselves. We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result.

“We want to finish the season strongly and as high up the table as possible.

“We have to make sure we deliver a good performance and impose ourselves on the game.

“When we do that, we’re capable of beating any team in the league but the performance has to be right.”

TEAM NEWS

Darragh Leahy is out with a recurrence of a thigh injury. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain on the sidelines.

Shane Supple mobbed by fans after shootout heroics - Stephen Burke

Bohs youths, St Kevin’s and all LOI underage teams invited to Uefa Youth League game

Bohemian FC has invited all Bohemians youth team coaches and players, those of our partners at St Kevin’s, as well as all SSE Airtricity League underage teams (U19, U17 and U15) to attend our Uefa Youth League second leg tie against FC Midtjylland next Wednesday (kick-off 7pm) as guests.

The Bohemians U19s were two goals down in the first leg in Herning, Denmark, a fortnight ago but Craig Sexton’s side rallied to claim an important away goal through Steven Nolan to give them everything to play for in next week’s return leg.

Following Cork City in 2016 and UCD last season, this is the third successive year that our country has had a representative in this competition.

That is something our league as a whole can be proud of and is the pinnacle of any player’s club career at underage level.

It is a credit to the competitive environment of our U19 League and to the hard work being done at youth level at our own club and alongside our partners at St Kevin’s but also at all League of Ireland clubs to develop players and set new standards.

We hope the Bohemians underage players and those of our partners at St Kevin’s will come to the game and see it as something to aspire to.

But Wednesday night is also an occasion we wish to share with those working and playing at elite underage level at all clubs in the League of Ireland.

To that end, we hope league clubs will be in a position to accept our invitation to attend the game. We have written to all clubs how to avail of free tickets for their teams, if you have not received this, please contact luke@bohemians.ie

  • All U12s go free.
  • General admission is €5 (www.tickets.bohemians.ie)
  • Club members and season ticket holders are asked to make a voluntary contribution at the members’ stile to help cover matchday costs.
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    BOHS IN GREEN

    Congratulations to Bohemians U19 duo Andy Lyons and Ali Reghba for the part they played in the Ireland U19s’ European qualifying campaign this week.

    Tom Mohan’s side made it three wins from three, which should mean a favourable draw in December for the elite qualifying phase.

    Bohs U19 captain Lyons started two and came on as a substitute in another, while Reghba started one and came off the bench in another as Ireland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and Holland 3-1, 3-0 and 2-1 respectively.

    The duo’s attention quickly reverts back to club action now.

    You can see them both take to the field in Dalymount Park this Saturday as Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s host UCD at 12pm in their SSE Airtricity League U19 League semi-final. Admission is free.

    Then next Wednesday, the Bohs U19s, trailing 2-1 from the first leg but with an away goal and everything to play for, host FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Uefa Youth League tie.

    Admission to the Uefa Youth League game is €5 (tickets.bohemians.ie), U12s go free.

    Members/season ticket holders are asked for a voluntary contribution at members stile towards match expenses.

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    Where is Mr Green?

    Win 4 tickets with hospitality in The Jackie Jameson Bar for the last home game of the season!

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    HOME TO EAST FIFE IN IRN BRU CUP

    Bohemians have been drawn at home to East Fife in the quarter-finals of the IRN BRU Cup.

    Time and date TBC.

    The club will be requesting to bring the tie forward from the scheduled quarter-final weekend of November 17/18 to be closer to the end of our league season which finishes at home to Dundalk on Friday October 26.

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    IRN-BRU CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

    Bohemians will find out who they will face in the IRN-BRU Cup quarter-finals when the draw is made today at 1pm.

    The draw will be screened live on the SPFL’s Facebook page. Facebook users can set a reminder to watch the draw here.

    Bohs knocked English Conference side Sutton United out on penalties on Saturday after a 0-0 draw, with Shane Supple proving the hero.

    With Bohs losing 3-1 in the shootout, Supple saved one, stepped up and scored, then saved another to turn the shootout on its head.

    Keith Long’s side are one of only two non-Scottish clubs remaining in the competition alongside Welsh club Connah’s Quay.

    The quarter-finals are due to be played Saturday November 17.

    However we advise supporters make any travel arrangements until the fixture details have been confirmed by the club.

    As our final league game of the 2018 season is on Friday October 26, we will be requesting to have our last-eight IRN-Bru Cup tie brought forward.

    Potential opponents: Alloa, Connah’s Quay, East Fife, Edinburgh City, Motherwell Colts, Queen of the South, Ross County

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    DALYMOUNT INFORMATION MEETINGS

    Earlier today, we indicated on social media that we intend holding an open information meeting next week on the proposed Dublin City Council redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

    Due to the high level of interest expressed in attending this, we have decided to instead hold two separate open meetings to make the most of time and to also make sure we have enough capacity.

    • Wednesday, Jameson Bar, Dalymount Park, 7pm: Information meeting for Bohemians members and all supporters focused on the football side of the redevelopment. 
    • Thursday, Jameson Bar, Dalymount Park, 7pm: Information meeting for Phibsborough residents and community groups focused on the community use and social benefits of the redevelopment. 
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    “It really meant a lot to everyone, you just don’t see that other clubs”

    Preview: Bohemians v Sutton Utd
    Irn-Bru Challenge Cup Rd 3
    Saturday October 13, Dalymount Park, 3pm

    *Please note that as tomorrow is a split gate, membership, Junior Gypsies and season tickets do not apply. Members can, however, pay the reduced rate of €10 on the members stile on production of membership card.

    Keith Long admits his team are hurting – but also believes they are determined to put smiles back on the faces of Bohemians supporters.

    The Gypsies ran out of steam in their Irish Daily Mail Cup semi-final replay on Monday night.

    Bohs were out-muscled in the first half and trailed 2-0 at the break. Ian Morris’ wonder strike gave them a way back into the tie but an equaliser proved elusive.

    Having gone so close to winning the first game – they led 1-0 until Cork were awarded a contentious penalty three minutes from time – it is natural for Long’s side to still be thinking ‘what if?’

    Long said: “Monday was a long, hard night. It’s obviously difficult to pick lads up after that.

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    “Last night was the first night we had them back training.

    “We felt they needed a break after Monday as everyone was extremely disappointed. But we look bright in training.

    “We had a look last night at where we went wrong and what we did well. Obviously we could have played a lot better in the first half.”

    Monday was the second defeat in three days but the Friday 3-1 loss to Waterford saw a Bohs team line out with nine changes to the side that took to the field in the first cup game against Cork City – the only two survivors were suspended for the rematch.

    Prior to that, Long’s side were on a remarkable 10-match unbeaten run of nine consecutive wins and a draw.

    He said: “It was unfortunate and disappointing after the run we’ve been on that we gave what was probably the worst 45 minutes we’ve had in months.

    “A cup final would have been a huge reward for the players, everyone involved behind the scenes at the club and for our supporters who’ve been right behind us.”

    Long expressed his wish to put on record his gratitude for the 700-strong travelling support who stayed back after the game to applaud his

    He said: “Every one of the players and staff remarked on the effort of our supporters to pick us up on Monday.

    “It’s been the same for months. But what we saw from our supporters on Monday in the way they stayed behind and tried to give us a lift after the game was special.

    “It really meant a lot to everyone, you just don’t see that other clubs.”

    While Bohs are still licking their wounds, Long has one eye on next season and believes there is huge potential for his team to continue to build on the foundations laid in recent years.

    He said: “If we can keep this group together, we can progress together as a group. We’ve some very talented young players coming through.

    “I think people realise that and the younger players coming through are getting great encouragement.”

    But before he can look too far ahead, there is the somewhat unknown quantity of Sutton United to contend with.

    Long said: “Tomorrow is unfamiliar opposition in an unfamiliar competition but we want to progress.

    “It will be hard to pick everyone up but we want to get back winning and this is a chance for us to get to a quarter-final.

    “We don’t know a lot about them other than the video footage we’ve seen of them. But they play at a good standard.

    “The Conference in England have the likes of Adam Rooney and Rory Gaffney playing there so it’s a tough league with a high calibre of player and a very competitive standard.

    “We’re looking forward to it. We want to win to help put a smile back on the faces of our players and supporters.”

    TEAM NEWS

    Dan Kelly and Dan Casey return from suspension but the latter is a slight doubt with a calf strain.

    Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain out.

    BARS OPEN 1PM

    Please note the bars open at 1pm tomorrow ahead of the game until late.

    We will have Bobby Harper performing live in the Phoenix Bar and we will be screening Ireland v Denmark at 7.45pm.

    All Sutton fans are invited to make use of our bars also.

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    Bohemians welcome Dublin City Council’s plans to redevelop Dalymount Park

    Bohemian Football Club sold Dalymount Park to Dublin City Council in November 2015, a decision which received unanimous support from city councillors and was fully endorsed by the members of our club.

    Bohemians remain grateful to John Delaney and the officials at the FAI, DCC, past and present local TDs and councillors, local residents groups and the huge support of our members, which enabled this sale to take place.

    Since 2015 we have been part of a process, which has made steady progress on realising the full redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

    This has included participation in a steering group with representatives of all the major stakeholders, meetings with local residents groups and consultations with Wrenbridge Sport.

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    The culmination of this stage of the process has been the release of the feasibility report by Wrenbridge Sport, which was commissioned by DCC.

    The report identifies the preferred redevelopment option, which the Bohemian Football club is in agreement with and welcomes as it meets all of our key requirements in terms of capacity, facilities, architectural design and also the need to provide community gain to Dublin 7 and beyond.

    It will receive the full support and backing of our club.

    Now that we have a clear and financially costed vision for the new Dalymount Park, it enables us to enter the final phase of this project: securing appropriate funding.

    We envisage this being provided for mainly through two Central Government funding sources: the Urban Regeneration Fund (URF) and the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.

    We now call upon government to allocate this funding to Dalymount Park, which will be an asset to the entire city for generations to come.

    In summary, Bohemian Football Club is happy with the progress to date, welcomes the release of the feasibility study and urges all those involved in the process to ensure a speedy delivery of a redeveloped Dalymount Park.

    Dalymount is a special place, with a unique and unrivalled history – it will now be transformed into a football facility and social hub, which will bring enormous social, sporting and economic gain to the North Inner City.

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