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“THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT”

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
Friday April 18, SSE Airtricity League, Richmond Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians go to Inchicore aiming to protect an unbeaten record in away games. Both of Bohs’ victories in the league have come on the road, and they have also secured a draw against league-leaders Dundalk on their travels, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Friday’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic is one of a packed schedule of six matches in 18 days against the top sides in three competitions. But “this is what it’s all about”, according to Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

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“These will be difficult games. The squad will be tested, as some of the players aren’t used to playing game after game after game. But we have to get them into the right mindset.”

Of the last six league games Bohemians have played at Inchicore, three have been draws and Bohs have won one.

“Pat’s have a quality squad and they know better than anyone that they have not played to their potential,” said Heary. “For us, it’s a bit like we were against Dundalk. We need to be positive when we have the ball and tight when we don’t have it.”

Heary expects a more entertaining game than the grim encounter with Limerick last week. “The two teams like to play football. It will, hopefully, be not too open a game. But the two teams like to get on the ball and pass it.”

Bohemian skipper (and ex-Pats player) Dave Mulcahy is expected to make his first appearance of the league season following calf and knee injuries but defender Anto Murphy (hamstring) remains out “for another three or four weeks”.

Goalkeeper Dean Delany is suspended, completing his two-match ban on Friday, and Dinny Corcoran is sidelined with a knock to the knee, but may make it back for Monday’s home game against Sligo.

Veteran striker Jason Byrne looks likely to start, as he did against Dundalk and Athlone Town. “He’s a smashing player, and he knows where the goal is. But we have other options as well, so I’m not too worried about it,” said Heary.

Last week’s defeat at home to Limerick was frustrating for the squad to review, the manager said. “It’s the first time we haven’t created an awful lot of chances. In the last third of the pitch we just weren’t creating enough.

“Maybe there was a bit of nervousness too, knowing we haven’t won at Dalymount. But then you look at Stephen Traynor’s shot. It’s going in and it hits a bobble and goes wide.

“Limerick didn’t create chances either. It was the second phase of play from their corner, some of our lads lose their man, and they score. ”

Heary has been getting the players focused on the next game, even though they were “gutted”.

“That’s a game we should have seen out for a nil-all draw, at worst. I know we’re a better team than that.”

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CRAIG’S A TEAM PLAYER

It’s hard to ignore his standout creative performances in the centre of the park, but Craig Walsh is not interested in being the centre of attention. Despite collecting man-of-the-match awards and being singled out for special praise by manager Owen Heary, the midfielder is more concerned with being a team player as Bohemians look to consolidate and improve their league position, writes CILLIAN SHIELDS.

Signed from UCD, the 22-year-old has slotted into Heary’s starting XI with a natural ease. “I’ve settled in well,” he said. “But I’m more worried about the team winning and playing well as a whole. If you get everyone playing well in the team, that’s great because it’s a team game, not an individual sport. My only aim is for the team to win and for me to get into that starting XI.”

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WHELAN FAMILY’S MESSAGE TO BOHS VOLUNTEERS

Christy Whelan, brother of Liam, has asked us to include the following message from the Whelan family in our programme and on our website:

“The Whelan family would like to thank the Bohemian supporters for all they’ve done with their work on the Liam Whelan Bridge, cleaning and repairing the damage to the plaque and its surrounds.

“Their swift response and valuable work is much appreciated by the entire Whelan family.”

Picture (Sportsfile): Christy with Bobby Charlton at the 2006 unveiling of the Liam Whelan Bridge.

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LIAM WHELAN BRIDGE CLEAN-UP

Bohemian FC officials and supporters today cleaned up and covered up the disgusting graffiti on the nearby Liam Whelan Bridge.

Liam was both a local and international legend. Everyone at Bohs echoes the unanimous condemnation of this act and shares the disbelief that someone could do something so thoughtless and hurtful, particularly as members of his family still live locally.

A Cabra man and Ireland international, Whelan was one of 21 people killed in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster as Manchester United made a refuelling stop en route home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.

He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, while the railway bridge at Fassaugh Road in Cabra was renamed in his honour in 2006. Both are just a short walk from Dalymount Park.

Liam’s brother Christy is a long-time Bohs fan and is still a regular at Dalyer. Christy’s grandsons Donal and Cathal are also dedicated supporters of the club.

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POST-MATCH: BOHEMIANS 0 LIMERICK 1

Robert O’Reardon got the thoughts of Bohemian manager Owen Heary after Friday night’s defeat against Limerick at Dalymount Park.

Heary expressed his annoyance at how Limerick’s frustrating tactics dictated the flow of the game and that a lapse of concentration allowed Rory Gaffney take all three points for the visitors.

There was some good news from the gaffer, however, as he revealed club captain Dave Mulcahy – yet to feature this season due to a niggling knee injury – is expected to get a full week’s worth of training under his belt ahead of the upcoming Easter weekend games against St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron.

WEEKENDER: APRIL 11

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

After the first double-header weekend of the season (at least for teams without Setanta Cup involvement), there is an interesting list of fixtures this evening.

Easter weekend sees another double-header of fixtures so this is a stage of the season during which we might expect teams with larger (and better) squads to do well and grind out points, often in low-scoring games.

Low-scoring games are not something that Bohs fans have had to worry about of late though, running out 3-1 winners our last outing in Athlone. Scraping a draw at home to Bray felt good at the time (with ten men), and a point away to Dundalk wasn’t a bad result, but more of these performances will have to be turned into wins, particularly at home, if we are to improve on last season’s final league position.

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Tonight’s opposition in the shape of Limerick, represents a bit of an acid test if we are to be honest, in terms of improving on last year’s position. They took all nine points that were up for grabs between the teams last season, and themselves and Cork were the “safe group” just above the drop zone we found ourselves in last season.

From the limited form we have to go on so far this season, Cork appear to be determined to deliver a title tilt, so winning points against Limerick is crucial. At a price of 5/6 though, unfortunately Bohs cannot be trusted to do that. We will examine the team’s home record in greater detail in the coming weeks, but suffice to say it’s awful in recent years and teams run their hands at the prospect of coming to the Home of Football. With Limerick having started the season slowly and Bohs desperate to tighten up further at the back, we are going to go with last week’s [losing] bet again, banking on at least team to keep a clean sheet at 4/5 with Boyles.

Ludicrously touted as “the Luas Derby” by RTE’s John Kenny, St Pat’s go to battle with Shamrock Rovers in Inchicore this evening, with both sides having seriously wobbled last Friday, beaten out of sight by Dundalk and Cork City respectively. Both sides will be keen to avoid two defeats in a row, and a draw here would be welcomed by the provincial sides with their eyes on the title, such as Cork and Dundalk. The draw can be backed at 23/10 with Ladbrokes and that is fair for an outcome which neither team would be too upset about.

Recommended:
Bohs v Limerick Both Teams to Score NO, 1pt 4/5 (Boyles)
St Pat’s v Shamrock Draw, 1pt 23/10 (Ladbrokes)

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“A HOME VICTORY WOULD BE GOOD FOR US ALL”

BOHEMIANS v LIMERICK
Friday April 11, SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians are looking to secure seven points in eight days as they welcome Limerick to Dalymount on Friday, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

With a hard-won point from last week’s home match and a more comfortable three-point trip to Athlone, Bohemians will be “happy with seven points from nine – that will be a massive week for us”, according to manager Owen Heary.

Limerick have yet to win this season but they had a 100 per cent record in three league matches against Bohemians last year.

“They have to get a win some time, but hopefully not on Friday. It was the same against Athlone. They are going to pick up points some time. But we went down and did a professional job,” said Heary.

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“Limerick work hard, they’re good on the ball and they’re capable of getting points off a lot of teams. They have had a week’s rest, so we have to have players who are fresh and ready for the game, and fully focused on getting the three points.”

Limerick recently drew against the title-holders, St Patrick’s Athletic, Heary noted. “They’re getting their full squad back and they’re not conceding many goals. They’re a big threat from set-pieces with a couple of dead-ball specialists, so it’s important that we don’t give away too many free kicks around the box.”

For Friday, Anto Murphy (hamstring) and Jack Memery (knee) are absent. Club captain Dave Mulcahy has returned to full training following a knee injury and is likely to make the matchday squad. “Dave coming back is important for us and we’ll certainly need him with a game against the champions coming up,” said Heary.

Dan Byrne and Darragh Reynor are among those who made their first league starts of this season in the last fortnight and made strong claims to keep their places.

“Darragh has a great left foot, and is good in set-pieces, and that’s been valuable in the last games. It’s not an ideal position for him to play but he’s gone in there and done a job,” commented his manager.

“Against Dundalk, Dano [Byrne] did the job of protecting the back four brilliantly, against Bray he helped pushed us forward and against Athlone he scored a goal. He reads the game very well and he’s earned his place.”

Goalkeeper Lee Murphy was called into action in difficult circumstances last Friday, after Dean Delany’s sending-off, and acquitted himself well. “Lee’s a big lad and big presence. He and Dean are pushing each other on,” said Heary. Delany has served his automatic suspension and has a further one-match suspension to serve next week. But Heary has a choice to make for Friday between the two ex-Shels keepers.

Overall, Heary reckons his team is “playing well, even if we didn’t get some results we should have. There’s a positive vibe throughout the club and in the team. I think the fans are enjoying how the team is playing. A home victory would be very good for all of us, and would set a tone for the next few weeks.”

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BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO

What do you think it would cost you to sponsor a Bohs match, the matchball and a player’s jersey for the season?

On top of that, you would also be entered into a raffle with fantastic prizes, including Bohs matchday hospitality packages. And if that wasn’t enough, you would also be contributing to a charity.

Hat-trick Sponsorship Initiative 2014

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EASTER MONDAY KICK-OFF CHANGE

Kick-off time for Bohemians’ home game against Sligo Rovers on Easter Monday (April 21st) has been brought forward to 3pm.

SUPER SUNDAY AT DALYMOUNT PARK

Get down to Dalymount Park to watch Super Sunday from the comfort of the Members’ Bar.

The race for the English Premier League is hotting up and two crucial games that will help determinate the destination of the title will be screened live this Sunday: Liverpool v Manchester City (1.37pm) and Swansea v Chelsea (4.07pm).

For the duration of the double-header, we will be running drink promotions in the Members’ Bar:

  • 3 long-neck bottles €8
  • Pints of Guinness €3.70
  • Pints of Fosters €3.70
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