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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

“WE’LL NEED THAT GRIT”

​BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
Friday March 31st, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long has warned against complacency as Bohemians look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

The Gypsies have amassed 10 points from a possible 12 having lost their opening two fixtures of the 2017 season.

That recent run of form has seen Long’s side move up to fourth, but he insisted: “Nobody is getting carried away.

“We’re six games into the season – the league table doesn’t come into consideration at this point.

“I’m more concerned about getting our next result, not about what’s been and gone.”

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Bohs’ latest victory was a scrappy 1-0 win away to Drogheda United last Saturday.

Long said: “We didn’t play particularly well, but we got the result.

“They lads dug it out and we will need that grit and determination to get results throughout the season.

“But our first-half performance wasn’t where we wanted it to be.

“We improved in the second half, created a few chances, but Shane Supple did very well to keep it at 0-0 early in the second half.”

The winner came from a swooping header from Dan Byrne after an excellently-placed free-kick from Lorcan Fitzgerald.

For Byrne, a lifetime fan, it was a special moment as he ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate with his son.

Long said “Dan’s been great. He’s in great shape, both mentally and physically.

“I believe he will continue to improve as a player as the season progresses.

“It’s early days but there is great potential in the partnership at the back between him and Rob Cornwall.

“I’ve been delighted with Rob also. He’s come into the club and gone about his business in a quiet and professional manner.”

The victory also saw 16-year-old Steven Nolan make his first-team debut for the club, albeit for the last few moments of injury-time.

Long said: “As a club, we want and need players progressing through to the first team from the Under-17s and Under-19s.

“Steven’s done really well for our Under-17s last season and was promoted to Graham Lawlor’s Under-19s this year.

“He’s someone who looks like he can make the step up and he’s adapted to every challenge so far.”

Bohs host a St Pat’s side who brought their stumbling start to the season to an end with a Dublin derby victory last Saturday.

With just one point from their opening five games, Liam Buckley’s men got off the mark with a morale-boosting 2-1 win against Shamrock Rovers.

Long added: “Pat’s have some excellent players, results were going to come.

“But we have to concentrate on ourselves. Our performance needs to be better than it was in Drogheda.

“We are at home, hopefully we can have another big crowd.

“The fans have given the players a big lift both at home and away so far this year and we hope that will continue.”

TEAM NEWS

Ian Morris (knee) and Derek Pender (groin) are doubts, while Dinny Corcoran (knee) remains out.

Long-term absentees Izzy Akinade (recovering from surgery to have his spleen removed) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain out.

Rob Cornwall and Dan Byrne - by A. Baldiemann

COMEDY NIGHT

SATURDAY APRIL 8th
Dalymount Park, Doors open 7.30PM

The Bohemian Foundation hosts a stand-up comedy night on Saturday April 8th 2017, in the Jackie Jameson Bar in Dalymount Park.

The show stars Joe Rooney and Pat McDonnell and our MC for the evening will be John Colleary.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show will commence at 8.15pm.

Tickets cost €20 and can be obtained from any member of the board of management of The Foundation – foundation@bohemians.ie.

They will also be on sale at Friday’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic.

Bottled beers and wine will be available to purchase on the night. Seating is unreserved.

As always, our sincere thanks for your ongoing support.

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THE BIG BOHEMIAN FAMILY REUNION

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
Friday March 31st, 2017
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

​Bohemians are unbeaten in four and up to fourth. What better time to try and attract lapsed fans back to Dalymount Park?

We are asking all members, season ticket holders and supporters to bring at least one lapsed fan to Dalyer.

New supporters are also most welcome to join the Bohs Family.

The evening will include music in our bars, beer promotions and a prize draw, while Bohs legends will also be in attendance.

Tickets bought on or before Thursday March 30th will include a voucher for a free pre-match bottle of beer.

There will also be a draw on the night with numerous prizes – including season tickets and the new 2017 Hummel jersey.

BEER PROMOTIONS – BARS OPEN 5.30pm

  • 3 Pints Fosters Lager €10
  • 3 Bottles Veltins €12

 

Big Family Reunion

“IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHERS”

DROGHEDA UNITED v BOHEMIANS
Saturday March 25th, United Park

Please note earlier kick-off time of 5.30pm

Keith Long has told his players “to make the jersey their own” as they look to extend their unbeaten league run to four.

The Gypsies were dealt a blow this week with the news that star striker Dinny Corcoran will be out of action for three to six weeks with an MCL (knee) injury.

Corcoran, who has five league goals to his name already this season, was one of three enforced substitutions in the 1-1 draw against Galway United last Friday.

Georgie Poynton and Derek Pender were also forced off through illness and a hamstring strain respectively, but both are available for Friday’s trip to United Park.

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Long said: “Seven points from three games was a good return, but three games in eight days took their toll on the players.

“I think that showed in our performance last Friday. After two very good wins, we looked a little bit laboured against Galway and we didn’t do enough to get the victory.”

Corcoran’s absence puts another strain on a squad that is already missing long-term absentees Eoin Wearen (cruciate) and Ismahil Akinade (surgery to remove spleen).

Long said: “It’s far from ideal being without Dinny. We are very stretched in that position already and to lose Dinny, particularly in the form that he’s in, is a big blow.

“But we have players who can play up front like Kaleem Simon and Jamie Doyle. It’s an opportunity for others to come into the team and make the jersey their own.”

After two defeats at the start of the season to Derry City and Shamrock Rovers, Bohs have been buoyed with two wins and a draw from their last three outings.

But continuing that form will be tough against one of the most experienced management teams in the league and a squad that contains six former Bohemians.

Long added: “Drogheda is a difficult place to go. I’ve enormous respect for Pete Mahon and John Gill and the work they’ve done.

“They’ve been around the league for a long time and have a huge amount of experience.

“They came to watch us last Friday, so they’ll have a plan for us and we will have to be ready for that.”

TEAM NEWS

Dinny Corcoran (knee) and Dean Casey (calf) miss out, which sees Stephen Nolan promoted to the matchday squad from the Under-19s.

Derek Pender (hamstring) and Georgie Poynton (bug), who were both enforced substitutions against Galway United, are available for selection.

Long-term absentees Izzy Akinade (recovering from surgery to have his spleen removed) and Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remain out.

Derek Pender - by Sportsfile
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