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“We have to give it go and let’s see where that takes us”

Preview: Shamrock Rovers U19s v Bohemians U19s
SSE Airtricity U19 League Final
Tuesday October 30, Tallaght Stadium, 7.30pm
(General admission €5, U14s go free)

The Bohemians U19s are looking to cap off another remarkable season by clinching a second league title in a row when they travel to Tallaght Stadium to face Shamrock Rovers.

SSE Airtricity U19 League champions last term, Bohs brought that form into this season once again – lifting the Enda McGuill Cup with a hard-fought win away to St Patrick’s Athletic in September.

The Bohemians faithful acknowledged the hard work being done at underage level by really getting behind Craig Sexton and his side for their Uefa Youth League return leg fixture at Dalymount Park last Wednesday.

A crowd of 1563 came to Dalyer as Bohs went down fighting against a fancied FC Midtjylland side, losing 2-1 to the Danes on the night and going out 4-2 on aggregate.

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Sexton’s side have dusted themselves down after that disappointment and are refreshed and ready to go toe to toe with Aidan Price’s Hoops in the league decider.

He said: “It’ll be an interesting game, it’ll be a tight one I think. But we have to give it go and let’s see where that takes us.

“I think we will get a crowd there with it being a Dublin derby, it’ll appeal to a wider audience.

“I think it’s the first time Bohs and Rovers have played in a big final since I played in the U20s final in 2010.

“We were beaten on penos that night, so hopefully the result will go the other way this time around!”

While trophies and the honour of representing the country in Uefa competition have been obvious highlights, Sexton sees the progression of players to Keith Long’s first team as the real sign of success.

The pathway for players is clear, from the joint Bohs-SKB U15 and U17 teams right through to the U19s and on to the first team. 

Ali Reghba, Andy Lyons, Cristian Magerusan, Danny Grant, Jamie Hamilton, Promise Omochere and Ryan Graydon have all featured for the first team this season as well as starring for Sexton’s U19s, while Paddy Kirk, now 20, has this season established himself as a first-team squad regular having shone for the U19s in recent seasons.

Sexton said: “Either way the game goes, this group have been fantastic. What they’ve achieved this season and last has been unbelievable.

“For the first team, the amount of players we’ve been able to bring through has been extremely pleasing.

“That’s where our success lies and I’m extremely proud of all the boys.”

Their route to the final has proved difficult, however, having had to dig deep in the knockout stages of the league against both Waterford and UCD.

In the quarter-final against Waterford, Bohs trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before eventually coming out on top 4-3 after extra time. In the semi-final, Bohs relinquished a 2-0 lead to need penalties to defeat UCD.

Sexton added: “We played Waterford, we scored with five or ten to go having been behind the whole game.

“Against UCD we were 2-0 up, cruising in the game, concede one and concede another just on the stroke of full-time.

“For the players to press the restart button and go again for another 30 minutes and win the shootout after that set-back was excellent.

“It shows you the type of group we have that they were able to dig deep and get those results.”

Ali Reghba gave Bohs the lead from the spot at Dalymount last Wednesday - Stephen Burke

CLUB DRAW WINNERS

Please find below winners of the club draw of the FAI National Draw, which was conducted at last week’s Uefa Youth League game.

The main national draw will take place on Wednesday November 21.

  • Pair of Ireland match tickets with accomodation (James Whelan/11821)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Colette Duignan/12003)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Jamie Connors/17858)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Niamh Slaughter/11552)
  • Pair of Premium International Match Tickets (Ronan Corbett/17584)
  • Ireland Jersey (Adrian Muldoon/11927)
  • Ireland Jersey (Brian Mulvany/17443)
  • Pair of Summer School Schools Places (Russell Fitzsi_mons/1617)
  • Hospitality for 4 at a 2019 Bohs game (Davy Keogh/12008)
  • 2019 Bohs Home Jersey (Sean Butler/17863)
  • 2019 Bohs Away Jersey (Richard Garry/17541)
  • 2018 Limited edition Bohs Cup Jersey (Eamonn Oakes/17423)
  • €50 Bohs Shop Voucher (Lar Kelly/17625)
  • €50 Bohs Shop Voucher (Robert Dunne/11524)
  • Lunch for 2 in Bang Bang (Davin Richardson/11977)
  • Lunch for 2 in Bang Bang (Mary Coughlan/4882)
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    KEITH LONG SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

    Bohemian FC is delighted to announce that Keith Long has signed a three-year deal to remain as first-team manager until the end of the 2021 season.

    Now in his fourth year in charge, Long will retain his backroom team led by assistant manager Trevor Croly next season.

    Ahead of Bohs’ final league game of the season against Dundalk at Dalymount Park tomorrow, Long said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to the club. I think we’re a club going in the right direction.

    “The connection between the players, supporters, staff and everyone involved is really strong.

    “For me there was never any desire to be anywhere else other than here. I want to build upon the work we’ve started.

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    “The club are doing a lot of things right off the field and on the field, we can see some progression and lots of potential.

    “I’m excited about the young players we have at the club that we’ve built up and brought through.

    “Our culture is rich and our identity is clear. We’re not just a first team. There’s a lot going on in at the club with the community between the Foundation and the More Than A Club Project.

    “With the players we’re brought through ourselves and now with our link-up with St Kevin’s, there is an awful lot to be positive about.

    “We’re a big club and I want to bring success back to Dalymount.

    “We want more nights like the semi-final of the cup here in Dalymount. We want big games, big occasions and big crowds.

    As well as signing his own contract, Long confirmed re-signings ahead of next season.

    Shane Supple, Dinny Corcoran and Danny Grant were already under contract for 2019 and added to Darragh Leahy whose new contract was announced last week, Andy Lyons, Rob Cornwall, Derek Pender, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon and Promise Omochere have all penned new deals.

    Long added: “We still have a little bit of work to do with a couple of lads we want but negotiations are well down the road and we’ve decisions to make on others.

    “In an ideal world we’d like to keep as many as we can from this season to bring the club forward next year and we have our eye on one or two to come in too, obviously.”

    Keith Long 25/10/2018

    VOTE FOR Mr GREEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Our main sponsors and betting partners Mr Green are asking fans to vote for the Mr Green Bohemians Player of the Year.

    Voting takes place on Mr Green’s twitter account to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Glasgow and VIP tickets to a Celtic game.

    Mr Green has drawn up a four-man shortlist of Darragh Leahy, Derek Pender, Shane Supple and Keith Ward.

    Cast your vote here.

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    U15s and U19s advance to league finals

    Both our U15s and U19s face a Dublin derby in their respective SSE Airtricity League finals.

    At St Kevin’s pitch at Shanowen Road yesterday, Ger Browne’s Bohs-SKB U15s battled from 2-0 down to win 4-3 after extra-time.

    Gavin O’Brien helped himself to a perfect hat-trick in normal time – left foot, header and right foot… and he’s a right-back!

    O’Brien’s heroics came at a price – he was forced off with cramp. But it was his replacement at right-back Jason Moloney who sealed the win in the last minute of extra-time.

    Bohs-SKB will play St Pat’s in the league final. No date has been set for the decider.

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    View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and St Kevin’s highlights from the game here.

    On Saturday, the Bohemians U19s reached their second SSE Airtricity League final in two years.

    Craig Sexton’s side built up a 2-0 lead with goals from Steven Nolan and Ali Reghba.

    But the Students fought back to make it 2-2 in injury-time. Extra-time could not separate the sides so the game went to a penalty shootout where Bohs won 5-3, with Cristian Magerusan netting the decisive score.

    Champions last year and Enda McGuill Cup winners this term, the U19s will now face Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium in the final. That game will take place on either October 30 or October 31.

    View Stephen Burke’s photos from the game here and Johnny Bohan’s video of the shootout here.

    Before that, Sexton’s side face FC Midtjylland in the return leg of the Uefa Youth League tie at 7pm this Wednesday.

    They were two goals down in the first leg in Herning, Denmark, on October 3 but rallied to claim an important away goal through Steven Nolan to give them everything to play for in the return leg at Dalymount Park.

    We ask all members and supporters to make an effort to attend this game – representing our league in Uefa competition is a huge reward for a group of players who have represented our club with distinction in recent seasons. They deserve your support.

    U12s go free, general admission is just €5. Membership cards and season tickets are valid but we ask supporters to consider making a voluntary donation towards the matchday expenses.

    Bohs and St Kevin's backroom teams salute U15s

    “We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result”

    Preview: Bray Wanderers v Bohemians
    SSE Airtricity League,
    Friday October 19 2018, Carlisle Grounds, 7.45pm

    Keith Long says Bohemians are refreshed and determined to finish the season as strongly as possible.

    The Gypsies travel to face relegated Bray Wanderers tomorrow with just three games to remaining after that against Sligo Rovers on Monday, champions Dundalk and an IRN-BRU Cup quarter-final.

    They put the gut-wrenching FAI Cup semi-final replay defeat against Cork City 10 days ago to one side when Sutton United were the visitors to Dalymount in the IRB-BRU Cup last 16 on Saturday.

    Bohs will feel they should have settled the tie in normal time but in the end needed a remarkable penalty shootout turnaround to seal their passage through to the last eight where they will host East Fife.

    No date has yet been 100% confirmed for that tie, but Bohs are hopeful that the tie will be brought forward from the original scheduled date of Saturday November 17 to be closer to the end of their SSE Airtricity League season, which finishes next Friday.

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    Long said: “We looked on Saturday’s game as an opportunity to shake the disappointment of going out of the FAI Cup. We wanted a win to put that out of our minds as best we could.

    “It was good to have a game against different opposition, against a team with a different style of play.

    “We played very well in patches but we looked tired towards the end so we’re glad it went straight to penalties and there was no extra-time.

    “We’re delighted to progress in the tournament, it’s something very different for the club but the players and supporters have bought into it.

    “We’re hoping we can bring forward the quarter-final as the players don’t want to extend our season too much.

    “But they were determined to get through. That was the same for both rounds, no matter what team we put out, they wanted to progress.”

    Bohs found themselves 3-1 down in the shootout after Oscar Brennan and Eoghan Stokes saw their efforts saved.

    But up stepped goalkeeper Shane Supple to save one, score one and save another to turn the shootout on its head.

    Long said: “Supps was actually a bit disappointed he wasn’t further up the list to take penalties!

    “That’s the kind of character he is. Supps has been outstanding since day one he came to the club.

    “But to win a shootout like that was unique – it might be a quiz question in years to come!”

    Tomorrow the Gypsies face a relegated Bray side with little more than pride to play for.

    But Long, who has fond memories of his own time with the Seagulls as a player and coach, is never one to take any team for granted.

    He added: “We don’t take any opposition lightly. Bray may be down but they are doing a lot of good work behind the scenes now and are in a better place as a club now.

    “We have to focus on ourselves. We always bring a big crowd out to Bray and we want to get a result.

    “We want to finish the season strongly and as high up the table as possible.

    “We have to make sure we deliver a good performance and impose ourselves on the game.

    “When we do that, we’re capable of beating any team in the league but the performance has to be right.”

    TEAM NEWS

    Darragh Leahy is out with a recurrence of a thigh injury. Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (quad) remain on the sidelines.

    Shane Supple mobbed by fans after shootout heroics - Stephen Burke

    Bohs youths, St Kevin’s and all LOI underage teams invited to Uefa Youth League game

    Bohemian FC has invited all Bohemians youth team coaches and players, those of our partners at St Kevin’s, as well as all SSE Airtricity League underage teams (U19, U17 and U15) to attend our Uefa Youth League second leg tie against FC Midtjylland next Wednesday (kick-off 7pm) as guests.

    The Bohemians U19s were two goals down in the first leg in Herning, Denmark, a fortnight ago but Craig Sexton’s side rallied to claim an important away goal through Steven Nolan to give them everything to play for in next week’s return leg.

    Following Cork City in 2016 and UCD last season, this is the third successive year that our country has had a representative in this competition.

    That is something our league as a whole can be proud of and is the pinnacle of any player’s club career at underage level.

    It is a credit to the competitive environment of our U19 League and to the hard work being done at youth level at our own club and alongside our partners at St Kevin’s but also at all League of Ireland clubs to develop players and set new standards.

    We hope the Bohemians underage players and those of our partners at St Kevin’s will come to the game and see it as something to aspire to.

    But Wednesday night is also an occasion we wish to share with those working and playing at elite underage level at all clubs in the League of Ireland.

    To that end, we hope league clubs will be in a position to accept our invitation to attend the game. We have written to all clubs how to avail of free tickets for their teams, if you have not received this, please contact luke@bohemians.ie

  • All U12s go free.
  • General admission is €5 (www.tickets.bohemians.ie)
  • Club members and season ticket holders are asked to make a voluntary contribution at the members’ stile to help cover matchday costs.
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    BOHS IN GREEN

    Congratulations to Bohemians U19 duo Andy Lyons and Ali Reghba for the part they played in the Ireland U19s’ European qualifying campaign this week.

    Tom Mohan’s side made it three wins from three, which should mean a favourable draw in December for the elite qualifying phase.

    Bohs U19 captain Lyons started two and came on as a substitute in another, while Reghba started one and came off the bench in another as Ireland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and Holland 3-1, 3-0 and 2-1 respectively.

    The duo’s attention quickly reverts back to club action now.

    You can see them both take to the field in Dalymount Park this Saturday as Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s host UCD at 12pm in their SSE Airtricity League U19 League semi-final. Admission is free.

    Then next Wednesday, the Bohs U19s, trailing 2-1 from the first leg but with an away goal and everything to play for, host FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Uefa Youth League tie.

    Admission to the Uefa Youth League game is €5 (tickets.bohemians.ie), U12s go free.

    Members/season ticket holders are asked for a voluntary contribution at members stile towards match expenses.

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    Where is Mr Green?

    Win 4 tickets with hospitality in The Jackie Jameson Bar for the last home game of the season!

    Just guess the name of the home team in the photo above.

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    HOME TO EAST FIFE IN IRN BRU CUP

    Bohemians have been drawn at home to East Fife in the quarter-finals of the IRN BRU Cup.

    Time and date TBC.

    The club will be requesting to bring the tie forward from the scheduled quarter-final weekend of November 17/18 to be closer to the end of our league season which finishes at home to Dundalk on Friday October 26.

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