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“We’ve stopped any talk of Europe among the players until after the final”

ENDA McGUILL CUP FINAL
Tuesday September 4 2018, Richmond Park, 7.30pm
St Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians
Admission: €5 and free for U16s

Tomorrow marks a big day for the Bohemians U19s.

First, Craig Sexton’s side will find out who they will play in the UEFA Youth League this season.

Then they travel to Richmond Park for the final of the Enda McGuill Cup at 7.30pm. Admission is €5 and free for U16s.

U19 league champions last year, Bohs qualified for the Europe by the skin of their teeth.

The UEFA Youth League format is split in two – the Champions League Path and Domestic Champions Path.

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The Gypsies needed all three of the remaining Champions League play-off games last Wednesday to go their way for Ireland to qualify through the Domestic Champions Path. Qualification was looking unlikely until Red Bull Salzburg squandered a 2-0 lead to lose out to Red Star Belgrade on away goals.

Former Bohemians goalkeeper Sexton said: “When we found out that we’d be in Europe, the first priority was to try keep the lads focused on tomorrow’s game.

“Obviously we were all absolutely delighted to qualify but we’ve stopped any talk of Europe among the players until after the final. But it’s great for the team and for the club as a whole too.

“Initially I thought we needed Red Bull Salzburg to win so I was cheering them on in the first half until I was put right! Thankfully the results just about went our way.”

Bohs will be in Group 2 of the Domestic Champions Path at tomorrow’s draw. That means they will play one of Chelsea (ENG), Anderlecht (BEL), FC Admira (AUT), Midtjylland (DEN), Elfsborg (SWE), Molde (NOR) or KR (ISL).

The draw takes place from 1pm Irish time. First round first and second legs are due to be played Wednesday October 3 and Wednesday October 24 respectively. The draw for the second round will also take place tomorrow.

Sexton said: “We don’t have a preference about who we’d like to play really.

“Obviously the likes of Chelsea would probably see a massive crowd in Dalymount but then from a team point of view, it would be good for the players to maybe take on a team from further afield and experience something different. But we’ve an open mind about whoever we face.”

Before Sexton and his players can start thinking of Europe, however, they’ve the short trip across town to face St Pat’s and with the Saints top of the Northern Division of the U19 league, they are expecting a tough challenge.

Sexton said: “We’ve only played St Pat’s once this season and they’ve beaten us, they’re six points ahead of us in the division and they’re at home. They will be favourites.

“When we played them at IT Blanchardstown in May, St Pat’s scored twice in the last seven minutes to win 3-1. It was a tight game up until then. We’ve had good battles with St Pat’s in recent seasons and I expect it will be another tight game tomorrow.

“It’s a final, a one-off game so anything can happen. We will be going there determined and focused.”

While silverware would be a welcome added bonus, Sexton is clear about what the objective is at this stage of player development.

The expansion of the national leagues to underage levels in recent seasons has seen League of Ireland clubs take an interest in developing players from a younger age than ever before.

Bohs’ efforts have been bolstered by joining forces with St Kevin’s Boys. They play under the joint umbrella of Bohs-SKB at U15 and U17 level so far and at U13 level in the near future, providing a clear player development pathway from youth level to senior level.

Sexton added: “For us, the priority is developing players to a level that they’re ready for Keith Long and the first team.

“We’ve had Danny Grant, Andy Lyons and Paddy Kirk all play for the first team in the league this season.

“We’ve others knocking on the door too – Steven Nolan, who made his first-team debut last season, and others like Promise Omochere too.

“We want to develop players the right way. Getting players to a good enough standard to play in the first team is our No 1 priority.

“This is the U19s’ third final in three seasons so far – the Shield in 2016, the league last year and now the Enda McGuill Cup – so we feel we have had a group that have developed a mindest and togetherness.

“They’ve done exceptionally well and the season doesn’t hinge on tomorrow’s game. They can be extremely proud of their efforts and results over the course of the year so far.

“There’s great belief within the squad, a determination to do well and to improve further.”

Bohs U19s celebrate victory v Derry City - A. Baldieman

U19s READY FOR BIG DAY

It’s a big day for the Bohs U19s tomorrow.

First they will find out who they will play in the UEFA Youth League this season.

But after that, they travel to Richmond Park for the final of the Enda McGuill Cup.

We hope to see as many Bohs fans as possible make the short trip across town.

Kick-off is 7.30pm. Admission is €5 and free for U16s.

Meanwhile, Bohs will be in Group 2 at tomorrow’s UEFA Youth League draw.

That means they will play one of: Chelsea (ENG), Anderlecht (BEL), FC Admira (AUT), Midtjylland (DEN), Elfsborg (SWE), Molde (NOR) or KR (ISL).

The draw takes place from 1pm Irish time. First and second legs of the tie due to be played Wednesday October 3 and Wednesday October 24 respectively.

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HUGH RODDY RIP

Everyone at Bohemians wishes to extend our sympathies to the family of Hugh Roddy who passed away on Saturday after battling illness.

Hugh was an ever-present in Dalymount and a regular on away trips too. He’ll be sorely missed.

Hugh’s funeral mass will take place tomorrow at St Brendan’s Church, Coolock at 10am.

RIP Hugh

Hugh Roddy

“ROBBIE’S A GREAT PROSPECT AND WANTS TO DO WELL”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday August 30 2018, The Brandywell, 7.45pm

Bohemians travel to the Brandywell tomorrow looking to end a ten-game losing streak against Derry City.

It will the first of two trips to the Maiden City in the coming weeks after the clubs were paired together at Monday’s draw for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-finals.

That tie is still yet to be scheduled as the international call-ups of Derry City players means they are unable to play the preferred date of Friday September 8.

That means the Gypsies will proceed with their Irn Bru Cup tie away to Peterhead in Scotland on Saturday September 8 instead.

But Bohs aren’t getting ahead of themselves.

Before they can think about progressing in either of those cup competitions, there is the small matter of trying to end their barren run against the Candystripes tomorrow.

Form against Kenny Shiels’ side over the past three seasons means the Gypsies will go into the game fully aware of the challenge that awaits them.

But they can proceed with some confidence too having extended their recent run of good form last week with a disciplined victory away to Galway United in the FAI Cup.

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That win made it five wins from their last six games – losing only to Dundalk – and having kept five clean sheets while scoring 24 goals in the process.

Long said: “I thought we were very good down in Galway, my only complaint was we could have scored more.

“The application of the players was spot on. Galway were a different proposition to what we’re used to. They defended deep and that allowed us a lot of possession.

“We created a lot of chances – we hit the crossbar, missed a penalty – so we were pleased with the performance overall.

“We were all delighted to progress. It’s obviously a competition we all want to do well in. But that’s last week, it’s in the past, we’ve another game to try win now.”

Long has strengthened his squad ahead of the trip north with the addition of Robbie McCourt.

The 20-year-old, a product of St Kevin’s, joins the club having spent the last three years with West Brom.

Long said: “Robbie’s a very good footballer. He can play centre-back and at left-back but I’ve brought him to the club primarily believing he can operate as a defensive midfielder for us.

“He’s a very talented player and was much sought-after when he was at St Kevin’s before going to West Brom.

“It’ll obviously take time for a player coming home from England to adapt to first-team football, players can find that transition more difficult than they had anticipated.

“But obviously we hope he clicks quickly – we don’t have as many games as you would like for a player to kick in.

“He’s great prospect and wants to do well. He’s a local lad too, from Glasnevin. He’s a technical player, very good on the ball and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Another recent addition to the squad, Ryan Masterson, made his first-team debut as a late substitute in last Friday’s game in Galway.

Long added: “Ryan has pace and power. He gives us something different in attack.

“Again he’s joined up with us at a time of season where you’re running out of games to impress but he’s been excellent in training and has given us something to think about.”

TEAM NEWS

Cristian Magerusan (hamstring) is ruled out. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

Robbie McCourt signs for Bohemians

KEITH LONG PAYS TRIBUTE TO ORAN TULLY

Ahead of today’s funeral of Bohemians fan Oran Tully, manager Keith Long has expressed his wish to pay tribute to a dedicated supporter on behalf of the team that he followed up and down the length and breadth of the country.

Oran, aged just 19, passed away on Sunday having courageously battled an extremely rare bowel condition.

Tributes have come from far and wide for the popular football-mad teen, with Long adding: “On behalf of myself, the staff and all the players at the club, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Oran’s parents, family and friends.

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“I met Oran on many occasions as have all the staff and players. He was an extremely popular lad. His enthusiasm would almost take you back when met him at first and I know the enthusiasm he showed for the team from the stands was infectious among our supporters as well.

“I want to put on record the regard with which he was held by all of us at the club. When we heard the news earlier in the week, we were all absolutely devastated.

“We’re all devastated for his parents – I can’t begin to imagine what they’re going through at this time. Our love goes out to them.

“We hope the turnout at the funeral later will be of some comfort to those close to him. We’ll be there as we want to help in any small way we can.”

Oran’s funeral mass will be held at midday today at St Patrick’s Church, Skerries. May he rest in peace.

Oran Tully celebrates in Tallaght in April crop

BOHEMIANS QUALIFY FOR UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE

Tonight’s Champions League play-off results mean the Bohemians U19s have qualified for the UEFA Youth League.

It was looking ominious for the Gypsies but thankfully old foes Red Bull Salzburg blew a tw0-goal lead to lose on away goals to Red Star Belgrade, which was enough to see Bohs qualify.

Bohemians will enter the competition via the Domestic Champions Path. The first round dates are October 3 and October 24 with the draw to take place on September 4.

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IRN BRU CUP DATE SET

Bohemians’ Irn Bru Cup tie away to Peterhead will take place on Saturday September 8 with a 3.30pm kick-off.

No date has yet been set for our Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final tie away to Derry City.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans wishing to travel to Peterhead for the time it has taken to confirm this fixture.

Because there was a potential clash between the FAI Cup quarter-finals and the Irn Bru Cup, we were unable to confirm either fixture until we knew if we would progress in the FAI Cup and, when we did, who we would then face in the quarter-finals.

But because Derry City will be unable to fulfil the FAI Cup quarter-final on the scheduled date of Friday September 7 due to international call-ups, our Irn Bru Cup game can now proceed on its original scheduled date of Saturday September 8.

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SUPPORTERS’ BUS TO DERRY

The Bohs supporters’ bus heads to Derry on Friday.

  • Departs: 1.30pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Fare: €25
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie before ASAP to reserve your place
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ORAN TULLY RIP

Everyone at the club is very saddened to learn of the passing of Oran Tully.

A volunteer programme seller for the club, Oran was a dedicated supporter who followed Bohs up and down the country with an infectious passion for the team he loved.

For someone so young, he made an impact on so many people and he will be sorely missed.

RIP ‘Ginger Mourinho’.

Funeral details: Reposing at his family home on Wednesday, 29th, from 5pm to 8pm. Removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Skerries on Thursday, 30th, arriving 11:50am for 12 noon Funeral Mass, followed by cremation at Dardistown Crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin, donation box in church.

Oran Tully celebrates in Tallaght in April

“If you take things for granted in a cup competition, you can very quickly find yourself out of it”

GALWAY UTD v BOHEMIANS
FAI Cup Rd 2
Friday August 24 2018, Eamonn Deacy Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long says there is no room for complacency if you want to progress in cup competitions.

Bohemians are on a high after last week’s 1-0 Dublin Derby win away to Shamrock Rovers.

But no trophies are handed out for winning the Dublin Derby. While supporters lapped it up, the team’s celebrations were brief and measured as they knuckled down in preparation for tomorrow’s FAI Cup tie away to Galway United.

Long’s men are a team in form, however, and will travel west in confidence having won four of their last five games – losing only to the country’s form team Dundalk – and having kept four clean sheets while scoring 22 goals in the process.

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Long said: “The upturn in our form is no coincidence. We’ve been able to plan and recover properly playing games Friday-Friday as opposed to earlier in the season when we were playing Friday-Monday-Friday.

“Being able to plan for games consistently is very important and it’s played a big part in our results.

“We’ve been on a good run recently but tomorrow is a very important game for the club and it’s important we maintain those standards if we want to progress in the cup.”

The high tempo and energy-sapping nature of the Dublin Derby has at times in recent years seen Bohs struggle to reach the same heights in subsequent games but Long is confident this week’s recovery and preparations will ensure that the Gypsies will be well-primed.

He said: “I don’t think that’s going to be a factor for us.

“We were up in Derry on a Monday after the last time beating Rovers whereas this time we’ve recovered well on the Saturday and got back into our normal training schedule for the week.

“We had to win for our own reasons last week too – it wasn’t just because it was a derby. We wanted to put some distance between ourselves and the play-off spot and we managed to do so.

“Everyone was obviously in good spirits in training this week but everyone knows last week is in the past now. Tomorrow is a different game and a very important one.”

Bohs notched up a stunning 7-0 win in the last round in Ferrycarrig Park but before that game Long warned that “we can’t go looking ahead dreaming of a cup run without overcoming Wexford first.”

And Long and his troops will travel to Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow in very much the same frame of mind – First Division sides Drogheda United and Longford Town claiming the scalps of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers respectively in the previous round a timely reminder to proceed with caution.

Long said: “If you take things for granted in a cup competition, you can very quickly find yourself out of it.

“Galway United is a club geared towards being a Premier Division club. They have some excellent players, excellent facilities and an excellent pitch.

“They will have been happy with a home draw so we will be going down there taking absolutely nothing for granted.

“Anything can happen in a one-off cup game. The onus is on us to go down there and impose our game-plan on Galway.

“They’ll have a big support behind them but I think we will too.

“This is a competition everyone at the club wants to do well in and know they’ll be right behind us down there. We’re looking forward to it.”

TEAM NEWS

Kevin Devaney (septum) misses out. Rob Cornwall (hamstring) returns. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains sidelined.

Keith Long celebrates at the final whistle 17/8/2018
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