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SEÁN CONNOLLY RIP

The funeral of Seán Connolly takes place tomorrow at St Joseph’s Church, East Wall, 10am on what would have been his 84th birthday.

Seán played for and captained #Bohs in the 1950s.

He was proud of it too and as such, he will be buried in his club blazer and a Bohs flag will adorn his coffin.

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ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY ​SUCCESS

There was a great turnout at our Alzheimer’s Tea Day at Dalymount yesterday.

Sincere thanks to all members and supporters who contributed to making it such an enjoyable day.

The day was hosted by the Bohemian Foundation in conjunction with the More Than A Club Initiative.

More photos via Sportsfile from the day are available on our Facebook page.

One of those in attendance yesterday was Ethna Fullam, wife of the late Christopher Fullam.

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Better known as ‘Bunny’ Fullam, he was most famous as a Drumcondra FC legend, playing at right full-back for Drums for a decade up to the mid-1960s.

But he started his playing career with Bohemians in 1949 as an 18-year-old featuring in the first team through three seasons when he also won junior and amateur international caps. He joined Shelbourne in 1952.

With Drumcondra he won three league titles and the FAI Cup in 1957, scoring a penalty in a 2-0 cup final defeat of Shamrock Rovers.

Ethna brought with her a Bohemians squad photo from the 1950/51 season – featuring young ‘Bunny’ sitting down bottom left.

‘Bunny’ passed away in 2011 aged 80 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves”

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Saturday May 5 2018
The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long insists no Bohemians player will be found feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to climb the table.

Players looked exasperated leaving the Dalymount Park pitch on Monday night as they succumbed to a smash-and-grab 1-0 defeat against high-flying Waterford.

Similarly, supporters were left scratching their heads as to how the team failed to get anything out of game they thoroughly dominated.

In previous weeks, Bohs have been left frustrated by costly mistakes at the back and a lack of cutting edge up front leaving them empty-handed.

But Monday night was that and more.

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With Dylan Watts, who was today nominated for the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association April Player of the Month Award, pulling the strings in midfield, the Gypsies created enough chances to win any game.

But between an inability to find that killer touch in front of goal and some contentious refereeing decisions, the Gypsies failed to overturn that one-goal deficit.

Long was sent to the stands for contesting one of those calls but is not suspended for tomorrow’s game.

He said: “The energy and effort of the players on Monday, you couldn’t have asked for much more from them. They were outstanding.

“We conceded a bad goal, which has happened too often for us this season.

“But they ran themselves into the ground trying to get a goal back and it’s hard to fault the performance.”

Against Sligo Rovers, Bohs face a team one place and two points ahead of them in eighth position.

The sides cancelled each other out when they met earlier in the season in Dalymount Park in a match that finished 2-2.

He said: “The last time we played, there wasn’t a lot between us but we felt we should have won the game.

“Sligo on a Saturday is a difficult place to go but we are going there to get a result: to win.

“We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We believe in ourselves and we will stay strong as a group.

“Let’s go get a result.”

TEAM NEWS

Rob Cornwall (back), Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) are out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Dan Byrne (groin) a doubt.

Paddy Kavanagh returns from suspension.

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IRELAND AMPUTEE TEAM TO COMPETE AT THE HOME OF IRISH FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND

International football returns to the Home of Irish Football this Friday when the Ireland Amputee team host neighbours England at Dalymount Park in the first game of a three-team tournament at 7.45pm.

On Saturday, the tournament continues as Poland play England at noon followed by Ireland taking on Poland at 4pm.

Admission to all three games is FREE.

It caps a breakthrough year for the sport in Ireland following the establishment of the Irish Amputee Football Association National League.

A veteran of the game, Chris McElligott has been a leading light behind the growth of amputee football in Ireland – as both a player and a coach – and was the key man behind the establishment of the league.

He said: “This year has been fantastic. I couldn’t have dreamed of where amputee football is going at the moment.

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TEA DAY: Thursday May 3

Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which is held this Thursday May 3rd is the largest annual fundraising campaign in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) calendar.

Bohemians, through the More than a Club Initiative and the Bohemian Foundation, are delighted to be hosting a Tea Day this Thursday from 11am in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park.

We hope as many members and supporters as possible can join us for this event.

Find out more about the work of ASI at www.alzheimer.ie

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Leading The Line

AN INTERVIEW WITH DINNY CORCORAN

Up to last Friday, a vital injury-time winner in an early six-pointer against Bray Wanderers had been the highlight of an injury-hit season so far for talismanic Bohemian striker Dinny Corcoran.

But a late two-goal salvo at Richmond Park has surely surpassed that as Dinny rescued a deserved point for Bohs in the derby with St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday. His second goal deep in injury-time was first credited to Keith Buckley and then in most media to Kevin Devaney. But among the lads and the Bohs management, the goal is definitely going to Dinny Corcoran!

“It was great to get something out of the game,” he beams, “especially after a dismal first half. It was brilliant to get on the scoresheet. The second goal definitely hit my leg. I thought it might have hit someone after that but I watched it back for the first time on Sunday and it looks like it goes straight in. So I’ll try to claim it!”

To be fair, you could not begrudge the big man a bit of better fortune after an injury-plagued pre-season has left him behind the rest in terms of fitness and sharpness. The 29-year-old has found the going a bit tougher. But as the saying goes, form is temporary, class is permanent.

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It’s relatively early doors yet and as soon as Dinny regains full fitness for the cut and thrust of Premier Division football, normal service in front of goal will no doubt resume regularly as it did last Friday.

The Donabate man first joined the club in 2012 from Drogheda United when Aaron Callaghan enticed him to the red and black. He was to score four times that season in 21 appearances in what was a very difficult campaign for the club.

His second spell at Dalymount in 2014, when he scored 13 goals in 27 games under Owen Heary, secured him hero status among the Bohemian faithful. He backed that up last term when he rejoined from St. Patrick’s Athletic notching another 16 goals in 25 appearances in a stellar fifth place finish.

He sees plenty of reasons to be positive despite Bohs’ rather precarious position in the table. Performances have been good but tight battles have been lost. No team has played through us, he feels, and once the commitment and passion is retained, he has no doubt we will begin to climb the table.

As always Bohs fans have been very understanding and encouraging but at the same time, very few know of the trials and tribulations that he has been dealing with over the close season and early weeks of the league campaign.

“Yes the fans have been brilliant to me as always. That’s been a huge plus actually. There have been there for the team week in, week out and have got behind us no matter what.

“On a personal note, no disrespect to any of the clubs I’ve been at, but the Bohs fans are the best I’ve played for. I feel they’ve been with me all the way, through the good times and the bad.

“I love getting the texts and messages after a game when I’ve scored but let me tell you, you appreciate them even more when you’ve had a bad game or lately when I’ve been injured. They’re always there to encourage you rather than dish out a slating.”

THE START OF THINGS

Dinny’s niggling injury is in a tendon in his groin, a frustrating knock that has been stubborn in its refusal to clear up. Innocuous enough at the time, it has dogged his winter preparations and pre-seasoon, something he is still paying the price for now as he approaches full fitness again.

“It happened in the off-season when a few of us were having a workout on astroturf to keep fit, Bohs players and a few I’d know well from other clubs. I did something to my groin but I didn’t think it was anything serious. It was sore and I took a few days off from running to recover.

“I thought that was the end of the matter but when we started back into pre-season training it flared up again. Pre-season is very intense, as you’d expect, and I felt it go again. I had a scan which revealed bad inflammation in a tendon in the groin.

“It didn’t need an op but it did need rest and management. But it kept recurring. I’d rest it, train for a day or two and then I’d be out for a few days. To be honest, it has left me four or five weeks behind the rest of the lads when it comes to fitness levels.”

ON THE MEND

For a player so used to playing and so used to being a central figure in the team, it has been a bit of a nightmare for him.

“Yes it has been so frustrating as I feel I have a lot more to give,” he says. “I haven’t trained or played as much as I needed to so you feel a bit sluggish. The problem is that midfielders and defenders are all about endurance, long distance running, stamina.

“As a striker, it’s all about short bursts of pace and getting beyond your man, quick movements and anticipation. And that is exactly what the groin was preventing me from doing. The darting runs and quick accelerations that being a striker is all about were not possible for me in pre-season.

“I’d get through a session well enough but the next day it used to be killing me so I’d have to miss a few days’ training. In that regime, it’s very hard to build up your core strength. In hindsight I should have rested it more, managed it better. But when your first game of the season is home to Shamrock Rovers, it’s a hard thing to do to give up on playing in it! Who sits out Rovers?

“It’s been horrible to miss sessions and watch lads play matches but it’s all forgotten now, I’m nearly there!

“In my previous two campaigns at the club, I’ve hit the ground running and started scoring early,” he continues, “but I haven’t been fit enough or sharp enough to do that this time. The confidence does take a hit, but I know continued hard work will change my luck soon. I just need a run of games once I am fully fit to get that confidence going again.”

The good news is that Dinny feels he is well on the mend and not too far off being in the condition he wants to be in. St Patrick’s Athletic can bear testimony to that!

“It’s better now, it’s not giving me any bother. But it has been tough because I have been short on training and games so now I need to keep catching up and getting the match sharpness back. I’m getting fitter every week and hopefully I’ll be back to last season’s levels very soon.”

OFF THE MARK

That winner against Bray reminded us of what he is really all about, a goal that gave him as much satisfaction and relief as any he has scored in the red and black.

“Yes scoring against Bray was huge, more so because it was a vital game we had to win, not just because it was my first goal. The first one can be the hardest to get! I’d like to have kicked on but my body wasn’t quite ready to let me.

“Luckily there is still a long way to go for me to get back into the side, make my mark on the team and cement my place. Last week was a very important game for me and as a striker, goals are what you are all about. It’s been hard with all of the two-game weeks, any player trying to recover from an injury would relate to that I think.

“I certainly wouldn’t use it as any class of excuse for the team. We have players good enough to win any game and we know better than anyone that we should have more points on the board. It’s just been tough for me personally as I am trying to get my sharpness back and the games have come a bit too thick and fast for me.

“We have played very well and been very unfortunate not to have more points.. We’ve produced good football but a few silly mistakes and poor finishing have cost us dearly. There’s no cause for panic though, I honestly think we are improving as the games pass.

“I believe our luck will change as we will force it to by continuing to play good stuff and retaining the work ethic we have shown. Good football or not, we know it is a results business though The Rovers wins were fantastic and it’s hard to say why we haven’t got results like that more often.

“But the team is full of character – there we were in Tallaght battling to the end with our left-full up in the box after 99 minutes!”

GOING TO THE WELL

In our league games thus far, up to and including the 2-2 draw at Richmond last Friday, Bohs have only been ahead for 18 minutes of the season. It seems incredible but it’s true.

Falling behind as often as we have has given the team a lot to do.

“It is a pity as I think that if we could be more solid and take the lead I think we’d be hard to pin back,” Dinny agrees.

“It is hard chasing games every week, sometimes against solid teams like Cork and Dundalk. We keep giving ourselves a lot to do like at St Pat’s. We have to change that as we are playing well enough to have taken a lot more than 13 points.”

Add in the fact that Dinny and his partner Leighanne have been blessed with a baby, 17-month-old Freddy, who gives Dinny a thorough daily workout and a meaner man-marking job than any league centre-half, and his whole life has been turned on its head this past year!

But he says he wouldn’t change any of it for the world and is at last smiling again after these tough few injury hit months.

“It’s been some change all right, at the click of a finger! My football has been going great too at the club before this injury and as I said earlier, the support of the fans has been immense for me. I just need to play to get back to where I was last year and reward their faith in me with a few goals.”

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“We’ve fallen behind in too many games”

BOHEMIANS v WATERFORD
Monday April 30 2018, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Match sponsor: Litho Supplies/Fujifilm. Matchball sponsor: Bang Bang

The best and worst aspects of Bohemians’ season were to the fore as they battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.

It was an important point as a win for St Pat’s would have put them eight points ahead of the Gypsies, who would have fallen into the play-off spot.

Now manager Keith Long has challenged his team, who remained in seventh place, to draw momentum from the manner of their comeback with the aim of climbing the table – starting tomorrow when Waterford come to Dalymount Park.

Falling behind in games has been a frustration. The Gypsies have conceded first in 14 of their 16 games in all competitions this season and have only kept one clean sheet.

That was the case once more on Friday as St Pat’s scored in the third minute of both halves.

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Bohs do not lack perseverance, however.

Eight of the team’s 13 league points this season have been won thanks to goals in injury-time: 1-1 v Limerick (Stokes 90), 2-1 v Bray (Corcoran 91), 2-1 Rovers (Leahy 99) and 2-2 St Pat’s (Devaney 93).

Long said: “We were off the pace in the first half. St Pat’s were first to everything at times.

“It sounds like I’m hitting pause, rewind and repeat every week but we simply have to cut out these errors.

“We need to tighten up. We’ve fallen behind in too many games.

“We conceded early in both halves and again that gave us another uphill struggle.”

Bohs were given a lifeline when St Pat’s were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Ryan Brennan on 52 minutes.

Long said: “The sending-off definitely changed the game. It helped us gain a foothold but the lads persevered to get the second goal.”

And the manager was delighted too to see Dinny Corcoran hitting the net once more.

He pulled one back on 73 minutes and while most match reports attributed the injury-time equaliser to Kevin Devaney, Long is adamant it was Corcoran’s.

He said: “Dinny got both goals – he got the final touch on the second. It’s important for him and will hopefully give him a confidence boost.

“He struggled with injuries in pre-season but he’s looking a lot sharper in training lately and hopefully this will do him no end of good.”

But against high-flying Waterford, they face a side who have already beaten them this season.

He said: “This is a different challenge tomorrow.

“Waterford will be very tough opponents. They’re third in the league for a reason.

“They’ve beaten us down in the RSC already. We felt we should have got something out of that game but we know we have to be at our very best.”

TEAM NEWS

Paddy Kavanagh serves an additional one-match ban for his red card against Derry a fortnight ago.

Captain Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Shane Supple (knee) and Rob Cornwall (back) are considered doubtful but Danny Grant (hamstring) returns.

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BUS TO SLIGO

The Bohemians supporters bus is bound for The Showgrounds this Saturday.

  • Departs: 2.30m sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.
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“We have to be ruthless in both boxes”

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
Friday April 27, Richmond Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians need to be “ruthless in both boxes” if they are to start turning good performances into results.

Keith Long’s men have earned deserved plaudits for their style of play at times this season.

But mistakes at the back and a lack of cutting edge up front has cost them dearly.

That was the case last Friday when a clinical Cork City came away from Dalymount Park with a 2-0 victory.

The scoreline flattered the champions as Bohs were once again left frustrated at their inability to turn possession and chances into goals.

Some of the quality on show in many of the Gypsies’ performances deserves to see them higher up the table.

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But Long won’t entertain any notion of his team feeling sorry for themselves – and has once again challenged them to address their shortcomings.

He said: “Yes, the football we’ve been playing has at times been exciting and pleasing to watch.

“We were good enough on the night to get something out of that game. We created a lot in the first half and had most of the possession in the second.

“But we have to cut out those basic errors if we are to climb up the table. You need to keep clean sheets to give yourself the best chance of getting a result.

“It is a results business and it’s results that people will remember.

“You could say we were unlucky on occasion but that’s down to us not being ruthless enough in attack and at the back.

“The players fully understand that. There’s resolution in this team as to how we want to play.

“We are improving and evolving. I’m confident that we will turn performances into results.

“But we need to believe in ourselves more, be more clinical in front of goal and stronger at the back to give ourselves a chance.”

Long is among a number of managers who have voiced frustrations with the scheduling of fixtures this year.

The Gypsies have played 15 games in all competitions since the season kicked off on February 16.

And they face five in 15 days starting tomorrow evening against St Pat’s at Richmond Park.

With fixtures coming thick and fast, the durability of Long’s squad has been tested to the max.

This week, however, has provided a breather of sorts – it is only the fourth time this season that the team has had a full week to prepare for a game.

Long said: “We’ve had a week to prepare and that will help bodies to recover. I expect our players to be fresher than they have been.

“As I’ve said before, the number of fixtures being front-loaded at the start of the season has affected teams’ ability to recover and preparations before games.

“It’s something that needs to be looked at next season.”

Against sixth-place St Pat’s, Bohs face a side just one place but five points ahead of them in the table.

Bohs are desperate to close that gap, but that won’t be easy.

Long added: “St Pat’s are a different proposition for teams than they were last season.

“They’re not conceding many and have been in every game. They’ve drawn with Dundalk and knocked them out of the EA Sports Cup.

“They’ve gone up to Derry and down to Cork and were very unlucky in both, losing by the odd goal. So they’re serious opponents for any team.

“They’ve already beaten us 1-0 this season in another game where we failed to take our chances.

“So it’s the same message again – we have to be ruthless in both boxes.

“But Richmond Park is usually a good surface to play on and it’s somewhere we tend to a bring a vocal travelling support. We’re really looking forward to it.”

TEAM NEWS

Paddy Kavanagh returns from suspension but will miss Monday’s visit of Waterford to Dalymount Park after receiving an additional one-match ban for his red card against Derry City.

Danny Grant (hamstring) and Karl Moore (knee) will sit this one out. They join Derek Pender (calf), Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal) on the absentee list.

Oscar Brennan (ankle) returns.

Oscar Brennan celebrates against St Pat's last season - A Baldiemann

BOHS FAIL TO MAKE CHANCES PAY

BOHEMIANS 0 CORK CITY 2

[dropap]T[/dropcap]he “Home of Irish Football” played host to the Champions Cork City with a big three points on offer at both ends of the table.

The visitors started in dominant fashion and took the lead after 10 minutes. Colm Horgan did well to cut inside on his left foot and delivered a low cross from the right wing towards striker Graham Cummins.

Although the big number nine didn’t get a touch, it was enough to put off Shane Supple as the ball floated in at the back post.

The home side responded brilliantly having four corners in a row almost immediately and went on to dominate proceedings for the remainder of the half.

The outstanding Dylan Watts, almost singlehandedly tried to drag his side back in to the game, fizzing a number of shots inches wide past Mark McNulty’s post.

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Just before the break Eoghan Stokes sprayed a brilliant cross field ball to Kieth Buckley who was bombing on from right back. Buckley cut inside onto his left foot and incredibly Stokes, who made a lung bursting run, was on the end of the low cross and unluckily for the striker volleyed straight at Cork stopper, McNulty.

The Gypsies started the well and just minutes in, an outrageous cross field ball from Watts, found the toe of the busy Keith Ward on the left who did well to shake off Horgan but dragged his shot wide of the near post.

Despite the domination and neat play, the home side were made to pay for not taking their chances and were caught cold in the 65th minute. Substitute Kieran Sadlier’s clever thinking and quick throw in released Cummins over the top who sowed great pace and composure to slot the ball into the far top corner and make it 2-0.

This sucker punch deflated the hosts who plugged away for what remained and will play worse this season and pick up points. Whereas John Caulfield and his troops will know this was a massive three points earned and a professional enough performance and as the old saying goes, Champions find a way of winning, when their not at their best.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward, Danny Grant, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Dylan Watts, Eoghan Stokes

Subs: Colin McCabe, Dan Casey, Philly Gannon, Dinny Corcoran, Kevin Devaney, Paddy Kirk, Rob Manley

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Geroid Morrissey, Jimmy Kehone, Conor McCormack, Graham Cummins, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Conor McCarthy, Colm Horgan, Barry McNemee, Sean McLoughlin

Subs: Peter Cherrie, Danny Kane, Aaron Barry, Kieran Sadlier, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Howard, Josh O’Hanlon

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