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IRN BRU CUP/FIXTURES UPDATE

Bohemians  have been drawn at home to English side Sutton United in the Irn Bru Cup third round.

The tie is due to be played weekend of October 13/14, most likely Saturday October 13 but this is yet to be confirmed.

Our league game away to Sligo Rovers, which had been due to be played Friday October 12, has been postponed due to both clubs progressing in the Irn Bru Cup. No new date has yet been set.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the winners of the FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry City and Bohemians will be at home to Cork City in the semi-final on Sunday September 30 with a 5.45pm kick-off screened on RTÉ 2.

Bohs travel to the Brandywell next Wednesday. Should that game need a replay, it will take place on Saturday September 22.

If the tie is settled on the night, Bohs will travel to Richmond Park on Saturday instead to face St Patrick’s Athletic in the SSE Airtricity League with a 5.30pm kick-off.

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Irn Bru Cup draw live today at 1pm

The Irn Bru Cup third round draw will be screened live today at 1pm at the following link.

An experimental Bohs team progressed on Saturday after a 1-0 win away to Peterhead with Kevin Devaney – the only survivor from the starting line-up that faced Derry City the previous week – scoring the only goal of the game.

The last-16 ties are due to be played on Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14 but, if we are drawn away from home, we advise supporters not to make any travel arrangements until the time and date for our game has been confirmed by us.

Bohemians are currently due to play Sligo Rovers away on Friday October 12 in the SSE Airtricity League. With both sides progressing in the Irn Bru Cup, that game could now be rescheduled.

Andy Lyons in action against Peterhead - courtesy of Peterhead FC

Kick-off time v Cork City is 7.35pm

Please note that to facilitate live coverage on RTÉ 2 this Friday, the kick-off time for Bohemians v Cork City has been brought forward to 7.35pm.

Please help spread the word to fellow supporters.

It will be Bohs’ first home game in SIX weeks.

We would love to see the Jodi Stand hopping, particularly on the back of the team’s recent form which has seen them win seven of their last eight games, keeping seven clean sheets while scoring 27 goals in the process.

As always, our bars will open at 5pm. Get down early and get behind the team from the off.

Bohemians v Cork City - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW/BUS TO DERRY

The winners of next week’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry and Bohemians will host Cork City in the semi-finals. Dundalk host UCD in the other last-four tie.

Bohs travel to the Brandywell on Wednesday September 19. The semi-finals are due to played on the weekend of September 28/29/30.

Supporters’ to Derry details as follows:

  • Meet: 1.30pm. Departs: 2pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie before ASAP to book your place
Galway United v Bohemians - Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round

“It’s important we try bring players through and we’ve shown we will give them an opportunity when it’s right for the player and the team”

IRN BRU CUP
Saturday September 8 2018
Balmoor Stadium, 3pm

Keith Long is putting faith in his blend of youth and experience to see Bohemians advance in the Irn Bru Cup against Peterhead tomorrow.

Bohs travelled to Belfast this morning to catch a 12.05pm flight to Aberdeen ahead of tomorrow’s game.

They did so minus goalkeeper Shane Supple, who is being rested, as well as fellow first-team regulars Dan Casey and Dan Kelly, who have both been excused as they sit exams this week.

Long said: “Shane has played every league game for us this season and we feel he’s long overdue a rest. But we have approached the game professionally and we are looking forward to it.

“We’re putting out a team we believe capable of going there and getting the result.

“It’s a new experience for us in this competition and it will be interesting playing a game against different opposition with a different style of play in different surroundings.

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“We’re not overly familiar with the opposition obviously but we’ve done as much homework on them as we can.”

The absence of Supple, Casey and Kelly has created openings in Long’s squad and, buoyed by the club’s U19 team lifting the Enda McGuill Cup on Tuesday, he had no qualms adding further members of Craig Sexton’s side to his travelling party.

Members of the U19 panel have already tasted first-team action in the league this season, most notably Danny Grant, who has chipped in with important goals and assists since being handed his first-team debut off the bench against Dundalk in March.

Similarly, 18-year-old Andy Lyons displayed maturity beyond his years when thrown in at the deep end at right-back in place of the suspended skipper Derek Pender in recent league games against Bray Wanderers and Dundalk.

Both travel with the first team today and they will be joined by U19 team-mates Seán Bohan and, for the first time in the senior squad, Ali Reghba and Ryan Graydon.

Reghba was the man of the match in the Enda McGuill Cup final as his two goals in two minutes in the second half turned the game on its head and claimed a 2-1 win for Bohs away to St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park.

They move up to a senior team in form too. Last Friday’s 2-0 win against Derry City in the Brandywell made it six wins from their last seven games – losing only to league leaders Dundalk – and having kept six clean sheets while scoring 26 goals in the process.

Long said: “It’s important we try bring players through and we’ve shown we will give them an opportunity when it’s right for the player and the team.

“The U19s have been, in my view, the best team in the country at this level for two seasons. They are a credit to the club.

“They are a very tight group who have gone and won the cup having come from behind, are competing strongly in the league having won it last year and are on course to reach the semi-finals of the league again.

“The U19 league has only been around for the past six years but between the old reserve and U21 leagues, this U19 team over the past two seasons probably rank as the best underage team the club has ever had.

“They train alongside the first team, which creates an inclusive environment, and the know exactly what it means to play for Bohemians.

“But I think people at the club realise how good they’ve been too. Bohs members and fans know the contribution to the club that’s being made by those working at underage level.

“That was shown on Tuesday. There was a good crowd at the final in Richmond and a significant number were Bohemians people there to support the team.”

While all that hard work has not gone unnoticed within the club, the U19s qualifying for the UEFA Youth League in addition to the silverware won this year and last brings deserved recognition from further afield.

Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League draw will see the Gypsies travelling to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland on Wednesday October 3 before hosting them three weeks later in the return leg at Dalymount Park.

Long said: “We’re delighted we are in Europe. It’s a great opportunity for Craig and the players.

“Without screaming it from the rooftops, the work that goes on with our underage teams has been excellent so it’s pleasing to see that rewarded.

“It’s a new challenge, European football will be a massive step up in terms of quality and it will be different level to what the lads experience domestically.

“It’s huge for the club too and something we all want to build on. Between the U19s’ success and the players coming through, we hope that more players will see Bohs as a club where they can fulfill their ambitions.

“But first and foremost it’s a reward for Craig, his backroom team, his players and for everyone who’s been working hard behind the scenes at youth level and also a credit to the work that’s been done by Jimmy Mowlds and his team with the U17s – feeding players up to the U19s.

“The partnership with St Kevin’s and working closely with them will only improve that.

“St Kevin’s have been producing players for years with many ex-Kevin’s players in our U19s and first team so that link is already there from before.

“It is also important to recognise the part other schoolboy clubs and coaches have played in helping our lads reach this point in their careers.”

TEAM NEWS

Dan Kelly and Dan Casey (exams) have been excused from the travelling party as has Shane Supple (rest).

U19s players included in the squad are Danny Grant, Seán Bohan, Andy Lyons and, for the first time, Ali Reghba and Ryan Graydon.

Cristian Magerusan (hamstring), Ryan Masterson (leg) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are ruled out.

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CUP DATE SET

Bohs’ FAI Cup tie away to Derry City will take place on Wednesday September 19 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Subject to that tie not going to a replay, our game away to St Patrick’s Athletic that week will take place on Saturday September 22 with a 5.30pm kick-off.

We’re now taking bookings for the supporters’ bus to Derry:

  • Meet: 1.30pm. Departs: 2pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie before ASAP to book your place

 

Wexford v Bohemians - Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup First Round

A BOHEMIAN LIFE – THROUGH THE EYES OF MICK MORGAN

As we celebrate our 128th birthday day today – the Bohemian Football Club was founded September 6 1890 – we thought now an appropriate time to add another extensively researched article by GERRY FARRELL of Bohemians gone by.

This time Gerry looks back at the life and career of Mick Morgan, a goalkeeper during the 1930s, who had the unenviable task of having the famous Harry Cannon as his rival for the No 1 shirt.

A BOHEMIAN LIFE – THROUGH THE EYES OF MICK MORGAN

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BOHEMIANS U19s: ENDA McGUILL CUP WINNERS

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Craig Sexton hailed the professionalism of the Bohemians U19s after they came from behind to win the Enda McGuill Cup at Richmond Park.

The Gypsies, champions last year but currently trailing tonight’s opponents in the Northern Division by six points, got off to the worst possible start, conceding a header from a corner after just two minutes.

Goalkeeper Seán Bohan got a touch to Neill Byrne’s effort but not enough to keep it out as hosts St Patrick’s Athletic took an early lead.

But after a below-par first-half performance, Bohs came back out after the break refocused and reenergised.

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They took the game by the scruff of the neck and took their chances when it mattered too with Ali Reghba scoring twice in quick succession on 61 and 63 minutes to turn the game on its head.

A delighted Sexton said: “They showed the togetherness of the group in how they reacted to going behind. They’re a great bunch and they pulled together to make sure we came away with the win.

“We had spoken about the ‘what ifs’ during the week, ‘what if we went one down and how do we react as a group?’

“That’s a big part of how players need to develop – learning how to win in different ways and different circumstances. They found a way to do just that tonight.

“It was a game of mixed emotions really. The first half we weren’t at it, we were poor.

“But we changed a couple of things at half-time and the second half was much better. We came out and stamped our authority on the game a bit more.

“We dominated possession at times and we looked like we were the only team who were going to win it in the second half.”

Reghba’s brace was what ultimately proved the difference between the sides and as well as his winner’s medal, he also went home with a deserved man-of-the-match award.

Sexton said: “Ali is turning into a very good player. He still has a lot to learn but he knows that himself.

“He’s only 17 so he has another year with us at this level. He’s a lot of great attributes and he’s a fantastic fella too.

“You can see that with how hard he worked tonight. His finishes were fantastic.

“He could have had a couple more too though and we’ll let him know that to keep his feet on the ground!”

In the run-up to the game, Sexton spoke of his efforts to keep the players’ minds on the job at hand with this afternoon’s draw for the UEFA Youth League an obvious potential distraction, particularly for players so young.

Sexton said: “We needed to make sure the draw for Europe didn’t take over. We’d a cup final to win.

“To be fair, they didn’t let it interfere in any way. I didn’t get any texts about the draw or anything… unless they were all talking about it themselves without me!

“But they were fantastic in the lead-up – fantastic the last 10-12 weeks too – absolutely brilliant.”

The draw sees Bohs’ budding stars pit their wits against FC Midtjylland of Denmark. The Gypsies are due to be away first on Wednesday October 3 with the return leg at Dalymount Park three weeks later on Wednesday October 24, although both games are yet to be confirmed.

The winner of the tie will play the winners of Basel (Switzerland) v Hamilton (Scotland).

Sexton added: “It’s an interesting draw. It’s will be great for the boys to experience something different.

“Obviously there would have been big interest if we’d drawn Chelsea who were in our pool but our players are used to traveling to the UK for academy games, so it’s nice to get something further afield.

“This will be more of a proper European tie for them to experience a different culture and a maybe a different style of play.

“They get to travel and experience all that goes with that. Hopefully in future years the club will be back in Europe with the first team and these players will be on the first team and this will stand to them. That’s what we’re all striving towards as a club.”[/readmore]

 

St. Patrick's Athletic v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League - U19 Enda McQuill Cup Final

IRELAND U19 CALL-UP FOR LYONS

Congratulations to Bohemians U19 captain Andy Lyons who has been called up by the Ireland U19s for the friendly double-header against Wales.

Tom Mohan’s side face Wales in Longford (Sunday September 9, 3pm) and in Galway (Tuesday 11, 12pm).

Come on you Bohs in Green.

Andy Lyons - A Baldiemann

“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
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