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SPHERE 17

A group from Sphere 17 – a regional youth service in Dublin 17 – came to visit the Bohemian Foundation at Dalymount Park last week.

They loved their trip and afterwards, Ashley Behan from Sphere 17 sent us this lovely letter:

“Just wanted to thank you so much for the lovely afternoon you provided for us at the Bohemian Football Club. It could not have gone better!

“The visit was even more than what we expected! The nine young people we had are huge Bohs fans and from the start of our tour right to the end, Thomas Hynes really organised it so well and made us feel so welcomed and valued.

“Greeting us at the gate with Cllr Larry O’Toole and Oscar Brennan from the team really made the young people feel like VIPs.

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“Our tour around the stadium was amazing, the young people still can’t believe they were in the players’ dressing room.

“The photos we got were brilliant. It was so lovely for us youth workers to see the delight on these football crazy faces.

“The atmosphere while Oscar spoke about the club and his experience around football was so lovely to watch. All were totally tuned in.

“I got great satisfaction from listening to our young people ask him their questions they had. Oscar really was amazing with them. They were also amazed by the work the club does for the community, that it’s not just all about football.

“My aim for this particular group of young people was to try give them some knowledge around two of Sphere 17′s core values which is Equality and Respect.

“For this I focused on anti-racism. After running my workshop around this with the group, I really feel our trip to your club got that message through to them that bit more.

“Lastly I just want to also thank you for the lovely surprise of providing us with some match tickets and agreeing to do some follow-up work with me over the next coming months with the young people.

“Yourself and the club are an absolute credit to the community. Our young people enjoyed our visit so much they are back in today talking all about it.

“I look forward to seeing you again.”

Thanks for coming guys.

Sphere 17

“We have to roll up our sleeves”

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Keith Long has urged Bohemians to roll up their sleeves and tighten up at the back.

They welcome Limerick to Dalymount Park tomorrow with both sides level on nine points – Long’s side nudging seventh place on goal difference.

The Gypsies are yet to keep a clean sheet this season in nine league games and two EA Sports Cup ties.

It has been a source of much frustration as some overall promising performances have come unstuck due to defensive errors.

That was the case in Oriel Park last Friday as a clinical Dundalk side punished Bohs’ mistakes to win 3-0.

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Long said: “We conceded poor goals again. We just can’t continue to do that.

“We started off well, Dundalk were passing the ball well and had a lot of possession but they couldn’t get near us.

“But then we shot ourselves in the foot in a seven-minute period and found ourselves 2-0 down. Those goals were avoidable.

“We were a lot better in the second half but the damage was already done and Dundalk were comfortable at that stage.

“We did look the more likely team to score for much of the half before they got their third.

“Danny Grant came on for his league debut and did well. He should have had a penalty and he was probably a little too honest staying on his feet as he was fouled.

“At 2-0, that could have brought us back into the game but the damage was done with those mistakes in the first half.”

With two games a week for the past month taking its toll with a growing injury list, Long once again opted to use the EA Sports Cup as an opportunity to give both youth and players needing game-time a chance to show what they can do.

Having gone 2-0 down against First Division table-toppers UCD on Easter Monday, the experimental side battled back to 2-2 to force extra-time and a penalty shootout.

The game also ended Bohs’ unfortunate run of missing three penalties in a row (Eoghan Stokes v Derry, Keith Ward v St Pat’s and Dylan Watts v Cabinteely although the latter scored the rebound).

First, JJ Lunney scored from the spot to force extra-time and Bohs scored all five in the subsequent shootout with Stokes atoning for his penalty miss earlier in the season by netting the decisive spot-kick.

Long said: “We made 10 changes to the starting team that played against Dundalk. Dan Casey was the only player to start both games but we had taken him off against Dundalk.

“That game was a great test of where our younger players are at – UCD are in form at the top of the First Division and they played their strongest team.

“The team that we put out haven’t played a lot of football together, so there were mistakes. But they didn’t let their heads drop and the players took control of the game to turn it around.”

Last time Bohs faced Limerick, it took a late effort from Stokes for Bohs to salvage a point despite bossing much of the game.

Long added: “We have to roll up our sleeves. We are at home tomorrow and we want to deliver a good performance.

“There was a good Bohs crowd up in Dundalk and our supporters expected us to do better.

“But they are realistic too. Everyone knows that with the ten-team league and clubs with stronger resources, now more than ever there aren’t easy games.

“We want the fans on our side from the start again and the atmosphere to be right.

“If games are in the balance, our fans can really play their part.

“They can give our players that little bit of extra confidence, so we hope Dalymount is bouncing again and an intimidating place for teams to come and play.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) will sit this one out again. Kevin Devaney (virus), Philly Gannon (hamstring) and Rob Cornwall (back) are all also sidelined.

Dan Byrne (groin), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring) are all doubts.

Long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) remain out.

Dan Casey applauds support after Easter Monday win - A Baldiemann

SHAMROCK ROVERS TICKETS

Please note that tickets to next week’s Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians game will be on sale from Jimmy O’Connor’s office (car park at Phibsboro Shopping Centre end of Jodi Stand) at tomorrow’s game.

The Dublin derby is all-ticket and no tickets will be made available at Tallaght Stadium on match night for away fans.

Please buy in advance and please do not travel to Tallaght without a ticket.

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GYPSIES HIT THE SPOT

BOHEMIANS 2 UCD 2
(AET, Bohemians won 5-3 on penalties)

Penalties needed to separate Bohemians and UCD with Colin McCabe emerging the hero for the home side in a wonderfully entertaining cup game at a rainy Dalymount Park.

Despite mother nature’s best effort to give the players a day off the game went ahead and those who braved the elements weren’t disappointed as the cracking encounter unfolded.

It was 10 changes for Bohs in all, with Dan Casey the lone survivor from Friday night’s defeat to Dundalk. Collie O’Neill made just the one change for the visitors with Yoyo Mahdy replacing Kevin Coffey.

A quite subdued start, saw the more experienced visitors dominate possession, without creating too much in front of goal and on the break Bohs had the first real effort of note. Dylan Watts, sporting a questionable new blonde hairdo, played a delightful ball into the path of JJ Lunney inside the full back. The left winger’s powerful effort was well pushed away by Conor Kearns after 11 minutes.

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Just as the home side began growing into the game UCD hit them with a sucker punch. Daire O’Connor’s lovely slide rule ball inside Jamie Hamilton at left back to Yoyo Mahdy and in turn, the winger finished smartly across McCabe into the far corner.

The Students made it two nil just after the half hour mark, again catching Bohs on the break. Skipper Gary O’Neill bending a spectacular right footed curler into the top corner from Georgie Kelly’s clever back heel lay off.

Eoghan Stokes looked the best attacking option for the home side stinging the palms of Kearns on a couple occasions as Bohs tried to claw their way back into the tie.

Bohs started the second half much sharper and got themselves back into the game with a well taken finish from the aforementioned Stokes. Danny Grant, who had an excellent game, played a lovely weighted pass into the right channel and the Bohs striker finished well across the body of Kearns.

The Gypsie’s began getting at the backline of the visitors much easier as the game progressed with right winger Grant becoming a huge threat with his pace and direct running with the ball. Just before the hour mark, JJ Lunney spurned a glorious chance to equalise inside the box as his volley sailed high and over.

Despite the pressure mounting from the Gypsie’s, Colin McCabe was called into action on a couple of occasions saving bravely from both O’Connor and Kelly who got themselves into one on one positions.

Bohs got the deserved equaliser with less than 10 minutes to go. Grant showed spectacular pace to get around Darragh Corcoran at the end line and was hauled down by the defender inside the box. Up stepped JJ Lunney to coolly send Kearns the wrong way to make it 2-2 and send the tie into extra time.

Extra time was a lethargic affair for both sets of players as the heavy pitch began to take its toll. Both teams had half chances from distance the home side looking most likely to get the winner.

Colin McCabe was the penalty shootout hero saving low to his left from Paul Doyle as Bohs won the shootout 5-3 with Eoghan Stokes scoring the decisive spot kick to send his side into the next round.

Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philip Gannon, Danny Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Patrick Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Sean Bohan, Andy Lyons, Dylan Thornton, Ryan Graydon, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne, Luke Nolan

UCD: Conor Kearns, Dan Tobin, Macim Kouogun, Josh Collins, Daire O’Connor, Gary O’Neill, Yoyo Mahdy, Timmy Molloy, Jason McClelland, Liam Scales, Georgie Kelly

Subs: Carl Williams, Sean McDonald, Conor Crowley, Kevin Coffey, Darragh Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Ben Hanrahan

Referee: Derek Tomney

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“Players have given me a lot to think about”

​DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
Friday March 30 2018
Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians travel to Dundalk tomorrow buoyed by two wins in four days.

But manager Keith Long insists performance levels must continue to improve if they are to get anything out of the game at Oriel Park.

The Gypsies got back to winning ways last Friday with Dinny Cororan’s injury-time goal – his first of the season – giving them a 2-1 victory against Bray Wanderers.

It was a scrappy game but Bohs will feel they deserved that slice of luck that had evaded them in previous weeks despite superior performances.

Long said: “We’ve had two good results but neither will have any bearing coming up against a team like Dundalk.

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“We know our performance levels have to be much better than they were against Bray, especially against the likes of Dundalk.

“They’ve been the team to beat for a number of years so we will need to be resolute.

“We got a bit of luck in the end against Bray that we haven’t had in previous games.

“But you have to make your own luck and it was an excellent goal – great composure from Dinny to finish and excellent play from Keith Ward to set him up.

“It’s important Dinny got off the mark. He’s an important player for us but he’s struggled a bit since pre-season with a groin injury niggling at him.

“He wasn’t really in the game much before that. But when he was handed that chance, he took it and that’s what good goalscorers like Dinny do.”

Bohs followed that win up with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against Cabinteely in the EA Sports Cup on Monday.

That was a more satisfying performance, particularly as it was an experimental line-up featuring several players needing game-time and members of the club’s U19 team.

Three U19 stars made their first-team debuts: Daniel Grant, who scored, Ryan Graydon and Dylan Thornton.

In total, eight – adding Dan Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk and Steven Nolan – of the 14 players who saw game-time came through the club’s youth system.

A further four – Sean Bohan, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne and Luke Nolan – were the unused substitutes.

Long said: “Several lads have put their hands up now. We could have scored more. It was an excellent performance overall, albeit against First Division opposition.

“We started a bit shakily, which is understandable when you take into account the back five hadn’t played a game at all this season never mind playing a game together.

“As well as the younger players, some of the more senior players came into the team and did very well.

“Dan Byrne captained the side and didn’t put a foot wrong. I felt Philly Gannon also gave a very mature performance and Dylan Watts scored twice and was excellent.

“Several players have given me a lot to think about and it’s not a bad headache to have.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender (calf) remains out, while Kevin Devaney (illness) is also sidelined. Karl Moore (back) is a doubt.

Strikers Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) remain out.

U19 striker Danny Grant, who scored on his first-team debut against Cabinteely, is expected to make the bench.

Bohemians v Cabinteely - EA SPORTS Cup First Round

Giving youth a chance

Three of our U19 stars (all pictured) made their Bohemians first-team debuts last night: Daniel Grant, who scored a stunner, Ryan Graydon and Dylan Thornton.

Well done lads.

In total, eight (adding Dan Byrne, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk and Steven Nolan) of the 14 players who saw game-time in the 5-1 EA Sports Cup win over Cabinteely came through our youth teams.

A further four (Sean Bohan, Cian McMullen, Mitch Byrne and Luke Nolan) were unused substitutes.

This is a credit to the work being done behind the scenes with our elite underage teams.

Graham Lawlor’s U19s won their league last year, Jimmy Mowlds’ U17s finished runners-up – now the first team is beginning to reap the rewards of their efforts.

The future is red and black.

Meanwhile, our Easter Monday EA Sports Cup second round tie against the winners of tonight’s Athlone Town v UCD game will be a 3pm kick-off at Dalymount Park.

Daniel Grant, Ryan Graydon and Dylan Thornton

5-STAR BOHS

BOHEMIANS 5 CABINTEELY 1

In what was a welcome distraction from their current league form, for both sides, Bohs played host to a Cabinteely side also looking to kickstart their season.

As expected, there was a raft of changes for both sides, the visitors making nine changes and Bohs fielding a completely different 11 to the side that beat Bray Wanderers Friday night.

The game started at a frenetic pace with players eager to impress, with both teams having great chances to take the lead inside the first two minutes. Daniel Grant, who looked impressive on the right wing throughout, broke through the Cabinteely rearguard and from just outside the penalty area, couldn’t generate much power behind his left footed strike on the stretch.

The visitors immediately went up the other end and Michael Scott almost took advantage of some sloppy defending, dragging his low effort inches wide of the far post.

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With just nine minutes on the clock Sean Fitzpatrick made himself a hero at both ends. Firstly, clearing off the line from Rob Manley, who followed up a spill by Stephen McGuiness. Almost immediately, the big centre half went up the other end and powered home a header at the back post to give the visitors the lead.

Bohs came to life in the 37th minute when man of the match Daniel Grant burst down the right wing, beating Broderick and was eventually brought down by Kieron Butler in the area. Up stepped Dylan Watts, and what seems to be a reoccurring theme at Dalymount, the penalty was well saved by McGuiness. This time, however, Watts reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

Just a minute later, that man again Grant broke the offside trap and raced clear through on goal, but was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post to the grateful feet of Rob Manley to tap home.

The Gypsies weren’t done there, just before half time they made it three with Manley tapping home his second from a beautifully worked corner kick routine played across the box.

Bohs dominated the second half as the pace dropped off and just after the hour mark made it 4-1 with a wonder strike. Daniel Grant, who was outstanding on the night, got the goal his performance deserved scoring brilliantly from all of 40 yards, side footing a looping volley over keeper McGuiness’ who only half cleared.

The host’s went on to make it five – one when Dylan Watts netted his second of the evening, cleverly touching the ball one side of Fitzpatrick and racing around the other. The midfielder showed great composure to slot the ball to the far corner with his right foot as Bohs safely cruised into the next round.

Bohemian FC: Colin McCabe, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Keith Ward, Daniel Grant, JJ Lunney, Jamie Hamilton, John Ross Wilson, Paddy Kirk, Dylan Watts, Rob Manley

Subs: Sean Bohan, Steven Nolan, Dylan Thornton, Cian McMullen, Mitchell Byrne, Luke Nolan, Ryan Graydon

Cabinteely FC: Stephen McGuiness, Karl Byrne, Jamie Broderick, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kieron Butler, Eoghan Morgan, Anthony Dolan, Luke Clukas, Paul Fox, Kaleem Simon, Michael Scott

Subs: Finn McGowan, Jack Hudson, Kyle Hogan, Keith Dalton, Brandon Perry, Jack Tuite, Stephen Ball

Referee: Derek Tomney

 

Danny Grant celebrates his first senior goal - A Baldiemann

BUS TO DUNDALK

The Bohemians supporters bus is bound for Oriel Park this Friday for our SSE Airtricity League clash with Dundalk.

  • Departs: 5.30m sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Fare: €15
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.
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SHAMROCK ROVERS TICKETS

Tickets for Bohemians fans wishing to travel to Tallaght for the April 13 Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers will be on sale at tonight’s EA Sports Cup game v Cabinteely.

The derby is all-ticket and they must be purchased in advance: No tickets will be sold to away fans at Tallaght Stadium on matchday.

They will also be on sale from Dalymount Park during normal office hours and at our home game against Limerick on Friday April 6.

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

VIDEO: DINNY CORCORAN POST-MATCH

Dinny Corcoran chose the perfect time to score his first goal of the season, grabbing a last-minute winner in our 2-1 win over Bray Wanderers on Friday night.

Jamie O’Halleron spoke to him after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite

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