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“This is a huge opportunity for players”

​BOHEMIANS v CABINTEELY
EA Sports Cup
Tuesday April 4th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

The chance to be included in Saturday’s squad against Sligo Rovers is the prize on offer for players promoted to the Bohemians first team tomorrow.

Manager Keith Long has seen his options curtailed by injuries – with six first-team starters currently sidelined.

Bohs were already without Ian Morris (knee) and Dinny Corcoran (knee) as well as long-term absentees Eoin Wearen (cruciate) and Ismahil Akinade (surgery to remove spleen).

They were joined on the sidelines when Jamie Doyle (knee) and Shane Supple (hip) were both forced off in Friday’s disappointing 4-0 defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic.

Morris and Doyle went for scans on their injuries today and the club is awaiting the results of those.

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Supple is ruled out of tomorrow’s game and will continue to receive treatment before he is reassessed.

Corcoran will not be risked against Cabinteely but it is hoped he is nearing a return to action.

With one eye on Saturday’s SSE Airtricity League clash away to Sligo Rovers, Long is not prepared to take unnecessary risks.

His side slipped to fifth after Friday’s loss and the Gypsies will travel to The Showgrounds facing a Bit O’Red team battling for points.

With that in mind, players lacking game-time and under-19 starlets will be given the opportunity to stake their claim tomorrow.

Expected to be included in the matchday squad are promising Ireland under-17 internationals Brandon Kavanagh, Dominic Peppard and Kian Clarke.

Brandon Perry, Cian Fay, Dylan Thornton and Paddy Kirk are among those who could be promoted from Graham Lawlor’s Bohemians under-19s.

Long said: “We have a very good first XI when we have everyone fit and healthy.

“We just can’t afford to lose anymore bodies. Our injuries have effectively dictated who can play.

“But this is a huge opportunity for players from the under-19s to step up.

“It’s a competitive game and with the injuries we have, there are places up for grabs in our squad for Saturday too.

“It’s also a chance for players who have been in and around the first team – the likes of Dylan Hayes – to get a bit of game-time under their belt and show us what they can do.

“We want to win the game, but the chance to be included on Saturday is an extra bit of motivation.”

Against Cabinteely, Bohs face a team flying high in the First Division.

Pat Devlin’s side will be licking their wounds after they squandered a two-goal lead and a chance to go top of the league in their 3-3 draw away to Athlone Town.

They are a club with some familiar faces too, with two-time Bohemian league winner Jason Byrne in their ranks, and former Bohs assistant manager Graham O’Hanlon on their backroom team.

Long added: “They’re doing very well and will be disappointed they’re not go top of the table.

“They’re going to give us a game and it’s up to our players to show they’re up for it.”

Bohemians huddle - by Martin Doherty

TICKET INFORMATION v CABINTEELY

There are reduced admission prices for tomorrow’s EA Sports Cup game.

General admission: Adults €10, concession/student/juvenile €5. These can be purchased at tickets.bohemians.ie.

A reminder that both members and season ticket holders are required to pay in for split-gate cup games.

Admission for members for this game is €5 and can be paid at the members’ stile on production of 2017 membership card.

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STARS OF THE FUTURE

Three of our under-19 and under-17 players – Aaron Lynch, Dylan Thornton and Lido Lotefa – have been invited to Germany with the Leinster Football Association Youth squad to play two matches against the Hessen FA. The squad is flying out on Monday April 17th and returning on Friday April 21st.

These call-ups come on the back of Steven Nolan, who made his first-team debut against Drogheda United nine days ago, being included in the Ireland Schools squad for the Centenary Shield game away to Scotland this Thursday.

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BUS TO SLIGO

Bookings are now being taken for the supporters’ bus to see Bohemians face Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds this Saturday April 8th.

  • Departs: 3pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Fare: €20
  • Please email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.
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PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL 2

With Áras an Uachtaráin roughly halfway between Dalymount Park and Richmond Park, Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins made the short trip to see his two local clubs face off on Friday night.

Unfortunately, it was St Patrick’s Athletic who came away with the bragging rights this time around.

At half-time, Higgins, the ninth President of Ireland, adjourned to the Jackie Jameson Bar where he sat underneath the photograph of Eamon de Valera, third President of Ireland, and Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland, which was taken in Dalymount Park in November 1938.

Michael D Higgins by Luke O'Riordan

PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL 1

On Friday night, the board of Bohemian FC made a presentation to Matt Devaney.

Matt stepped down in February after four years as President of the club and eight years on the board in total.

We are eternally grateful for all of his service to the club.

Matt Devaney presentation - by A. Baldiemann

DEAN CASEY INTERVIEW

Coming on for the injured Jamie Doyle, Dean Casey got a chance in the first team on Friday night in the disappointing loss to St Patrick’s Athletic. Jamie O’Halleron spoke to him after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

LEINSTER SENIOR CUP

Bohemians’ Leinster Senior Cup tie versus Shelbourne has been scheduled for Monday April 24th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm.

KEITH LONG INTERVIEW

A[/drocap]fter a disappointing 4-0 home defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, Ketih Long spoke to Jamie O’Halleron and reflected on a bad night that saw two more injuries to key players. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

Bohemians 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 4

Bend it like Byrne! St. Pats winger hits a Beckham-esque effort as the Saints go Marching on hammering Bohs 4-0.

A jam packed Dalymount Park, which included President Michael D. Higgins, was witness to its first home Dublin derby of the season, with St. Pats the visitors on a glorious evening.

And it was the hosts who looked brightest from the off but were dealt a massive blow when Jamie Doyle lunged in late on Michael Barker and strangely enough, it was the Bohs man who seemed to come off worse with the stretcher being called immediately and was subsequently replaced by Dean Casey.

Despite the break in play Bohs continued in the ascendancy with Paddy Kavanagh volleying over, just before last weeks match winner Dan Byrne saw his effort from 12 yards out rise just over at the last second.
This sparked the game into life and both sides took turns of decent spells of possession.

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It was the visitors who had the games best chance a half an hour in, when a long hopeful ball over the top found its way to ex-Bohs man Kurtis Byrne who found himself clear one on one. Shane Supple stood tall to deny the winger and somehow the game remained 0-0.

It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken and just 10 minutes later Pat’s good work was rewarded when Conan Byrne raced down the right wing and picked out talisman Fagan at the edge of the box. Despite having his first effort blocked, the sharp number nine reacted first to volley home, sending the rapturous away end into hysteria.

Right on the stroke of half time the Saint’s doubled their lead with a goal of the season contender, if not winner already! Conan Byrne spotted Supple off his line and with an audacious effort, lobbed the Bohs number one from just inside his own half. An incredible way to grab your 100th league goal and in some style too.

Amazingly there was still time for a miss of the season contender from Fagan, who blasted over from just three yards out with the goal at his mercy, following Kurtis Byrne’s low cross.

Luckily Fagan and his teammates were not left to rue the missed chance and two nil became three just minutes into the second. A terrible mix up at the back from the ever reliable Lorcan Fitzgerald allowed man of the moment Byrne to grab his second, cleverly poking the ball home and in turn sapping every ounce of optimism the Gyspsie’s faithful had of a comeback in the process.

Try as they might, the home side never recovered from the loss of Jamie Doyle early on, who was shaping up to be to the focal point in their attack, proving again that the loss of Izzy Akinade and Dinny Corcoran up front is just too much for a small squad to cope with.

Keith Long’s miserable night went from bad to worse when Supple was then forced off in the 71st minute with no sign of a knock.

The game never got going following a spate of substitutions and Pat’s made it two wins from two Dublin derby’s as the home side saw their four game unbeaten run come to a disappointing end.

And just to compound the misery around Phibsborough, ex hero Kurtis Byrne got in on the action, notching the 4th in the 91st minute getting the goal his performance deserved.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple (Greg Murray), Derek Pender, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Keith Ward (Philip Gannon), Kaleem Simon, Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Jamie Doyle (Dean Casey), Georgie Poynton

Subs: Greg Murray, Stephen Best, Philip Gannon, Fuad Sule, Dean Casey, Dylan Hayes, Steven Nolan

St. Pats: Conor O’Malley, Michael Barker, Ian Bermingham, Gavin Peers, Patrick Cregg, Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan (Josh O’Hanlon (Billy Dennehy)), Jonathan Lunney (Sam Verdon), Lee Desmond, Kurtis Byrne, Alex O’Hanlon

Subs: Barry Murphy, Graham Kelly, Sam Verdon, Rory Feely, Darragh Markey, Billy Dennehy, Josh O’Hanlon

Referee: Jim McKell

Attendance: 2600

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