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Rivals visit Temple ST HOSPITAL

Bohemians players Keith Buckley and Karl Moore put rivalries to one side as they teamed up with Shamrock Rovers counterparts Shane Robinson and Karl Sheppard to visit Temple St Children’s Hospital today ahead of Friday’s Dublin derby (Dalymount, 7.45pm).

In two months’ time, when Shamrock Rovers host a derby league match at the Tallaght Stadium (23rd May), the teams will also pay a joint visit to Tallaght Hospital.

More pictures of today’s visit can be found on our Facebook page.

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Bohs and Rovers join forces for hospital visits

Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, keen rivals in football, are coming together in a show of support for children in hospital.

Players from both teams will visit Temple Street Hospital tomorrow (Wednesday 19th March, at 10.30am).

Just two days later the teams will face each other in a Dublin derby that is a regular highlight of the football season.

On Friday 21st March (7.45pm) Bohemians will host the first Bohs-Rovers derby of the 2014 League of Ireland season in Dalymount Park, just up the road from Temple Street.

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“The rivalry between us motivates the players to perform strongly when we play each other, and it motivates the fans to make a special effort to get behind their teams,” said Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

“But the players, coaches and supporters of both clubs also share a lot. Off the field of play we can each play constructive roles in our communities, and we can play our parts together.”

In two months’ time, when Shamrock Rovers host a derby league match at the Tallaght Stadium (23rd May), the teams will pay a joint visit to Tallaght Hospital.

The rivals will also meet in May in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-finals.

“We hope to brighten the days of the children and other patients and staff we meet,” said Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly. “Our derby matches with Bohemians are always special occasions and these hospital visits will make them that bit more special.”

Denise Fitzpatrick, CEO Fundraising at Temple Street Hospital, congratulated Bohemians and Shamrocks Rovers on this joint initiative. “We know from previous experiences that a hospital visit like this from footballers can mean a lot to the children they meet,” she said.

In 2009, players from Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers agreed to wear shirts promoting breast cancer awareness as their ‘away’ strip when they faced each other in the league.

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DINNY CORCORAN #MRGREENMOTM

Congratulations to Dinny Corcoran, who was last night’s Mr Green Man of the Match.

Deadly Dinny netted twice in all-round impressive performance as Bohemians drew 2-2 with Drogheda United at Dalymount Park.

He was presented with his ‪#‎MrGreenMOTM‬ award by our good friend Eric Lalor.

Thomas Kinsella won a signed match ball for tweeting Dinny as his choice for #MrGreenMOTM to @bfcdublin and @MrGreen_ie.

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LAST-GASP DROGS SNEAK A POINT

BOHEMIANS  2 – 2  DROGHEDA UNITED

Gary O’Neill’s 89th-minute equaliser snatched an ill-deserved point for Drogheda United, but Bohemians will rue a glut of missed chances after throwing away a two-goal lead at Dalymount Park. It was a tale of two strikers as Dinny Corcoran’s brace put the home side two up within the half hour, but it was O’Neill who had the last word, capitalising on sloppy Bohs defending to keep the visitors on top of the fledgling SSE Airtricity League table.

In a game of numerous chances, slack defending, and some excellent attacking football, Owen Heary will be by far the more disappointed manager, with his Pro License classmate Robbie Horgan content with a point on his trip back up the M1, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Bohs made two enforced changes from last week’s comprehensive opening victory over UCD, with Ryan McEvoy and Kevin Devaney replacing the injured Dave Mulcahy and Karl Moore respectively. However, it was McEvoy’s midfield partner Craig Walsh who ignited this game in the 14th minute. The former ‘Football’s Next Star’ candidate burst through two challenges on the left flank, and unleashed a sublime through ball with the outside of his right boot. The pass curled majestically into the path of Dinny Corcoran, who controlled well, steadied himself, and tucked the ball neatly into the bottom corner past Dave Ryan.

Bohs were showing the kind of attacking flair that has many fans chirping about a top half finish already, with Paddy Kavanagh again weaving some magic in the hole behind Corcoran. It was a slaloming run from Kavanagh that instigated Bohs’ second. He cut inside from the left flank, showed quick feet, and toe-poked it across to Corcoran, who was felled from behind by a lunging Alan McNally. The familiar shiny-topped figure of referee Dave McKeon pointed to the spot without hesitation. Though Ryan McEvoy enquired about taking the penalty, there was no prying the ball from Corcoran, who confidently slotted the ball into the same corner to make it 2-0 before the half hour.

The boisterous home crowd sang ‘we are top of the league’, and there seemed to be little danger of note from a sluggish Drogheda, who hadn’t registered a shot on target until a 35th minute disaster. Left back Jack Memery was off the pitch having treatment for a burst lip, but the confusion that occurred between Dean Delany and Roberto Lopes was baffling. A hopeful long punt seemed to be skipping too far ahead of the chasing Gary O’Neill, who at one point, checked his run as he thought Delany was going to gather. However, the Bohs keeper never came, Lopes let O’Neill go, and the Drogs hitman somehow squeezed the ball in from a stupendously-tight angle. It was the kind of goal a manager has nightmares about.

Despite the setback, Bohs could have all-but killed the game either side of half time. First, a lightning break involving Walsh, Kavanagh, and Steven Beattie put Corcoran clean through, but the striker flashed his shot high and wide with a hat-trick at his mercy. Then, just six minutes after the restart, Corcoran combined with Kevin Devaney to release Kavanagh, who blazed over from 16 yards with only Ryan to beat. Knowing glances were shared among the Bohs faithful – these missed chances were going to cost the men in black (with a splash of red) dear.

Drogheda had two great chances to equalise before the goal eventually came, and both involved sheer luck combined with heroic defending. First, a weak Delany punch fell straight to Eric Foley, but the midfielder could only head straight back at the Bohs keeper. Then, with just 4 minutes remaining, Aidan Price made an awesome block on the goal-line to deny Cathal Brady. Bohs went up the other end immediately, and when Beattie’s cross found sub Stephen Traynor’s head 8 yards out, the victory should have been secured. Traynor however, headed straight at Ryan, and Bohs were finally punished for a lack of ruthlessness in the 89th minute. An in-swinging corner fell to the back post, where Derek Pender crucially slipped, allowing Gary O’Neill to force the ball home and send the visiting supporters wild in the Shed End. A crushing blow for Bohs, but all credit to O’Neill. That the former Bohs man is even playing football at all is an inspiration, never mind being Drogheda’s sharpest, most intelligent attacking threat. If a last minute equaliser has to be conceded, better it go to O’Neill than anyone else.

All that sets us up for a simply mouthwatering clash with Shamrock Rovers next Friday. Dublin 7 will be hopping.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery, Ryan McEvoy, Craig Walsh, Steven Beattie, Paddy Kavanagh (Stephen Traynor, 67), Kevin Devaney, Dinny Corcoran (Jason Byrne, 77). Subs not used: Lee Murphy, Dan Byrne, Darragh Reynor, Keith Buckley, Philly McCabe.

Drogheda United: Dave Ryan, Michael Daly, Alan McNally, Paul Andrews, Shane Grimes, Cathal Brady, Ciaran McGuigan, Carl Walshe (Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien, 77), Daire Doyle (Stephen Maher, 68), Eric Foley (Gavin Holohan, 68), Gary O’Neill. Subs not used: Dylan Connolly, Paul Crowley, Austin McCann, Ciaran O’Connor.

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Mr GREEN MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD

Starting with tonight’s clash against Drogheda United, we are asking YOU to tweet us YOUR Man of the Match to be in with a chance of winning a match ball signed by your Bohs heroes!

HOW IT WORKS

  • Tweet #MrGreenMOTM to @bfcdublin & @MrGreen_ie
  • If your choice matches that of our match reporter Kevin Fagan, you will be in with a chance of winning at signed match ball
  • Winner will be announced over the PA system at full-time and presented with match ball post-match

It’s that simple!

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MATCH SPONSOR: MR GREEN

To celebrate their partnership with the club as main sponsors for the 2014 season, we are delighted that Mr Green have also come on board as match sponsors for our first home league game of the year tonight.

Please give Mr Green and Owen Heary’s team a warm welcome at Dalymount Park this evening as Bohemians host Drogheda United in the SSE Airtricity League – and leave our rivals GREEN with envy!

Mr Green is an award-winning online casino and by sponsoring Bohs, they are betting on RED & BLACK this season!

At the heart of Mr Green lies the Casino experience, built on entertainment, excitement, fairness and respect.

Mr GREEN – A CASINO PLAYGROUND

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BOHS: PRIDE OF THE NORTHSIDE (SHOPPING CENTRE!)

Ahead of our first home league game of the season tonight, Bohemians are delighted to announce that Northside Shopping Centre will be sector sponsor of the club for the 2014 season.

Northside’s logo will feature on the back top of the Bohemian FC players’ jerseys in what is an exciting and innovative partnership that will also see the club establish a physical presence in the centre in the coming weeks.

Bohs and Northside will also run fun football-related events inside the centre throughout the season.

Alan McCabe of Northside Shopping Centre said: “We are delighted to be associated with Bohemians for the 2014 season. This is a partnership between two famous North Dublin institutions and we look forward to working with the club throughout the season.”

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Daniel Lambert of Bohemians said: “This is a fantastic for both the club and Northside and I am convinced it is just the start of a long and successful partnership. It is an innovative and creative partnership that delivers real return for both parties. We are proud to be North Dublin’s only Airtricity Premier Division Club and are delighted to now be linked with another famous North Dublin institution.”

Note: Northside has recently been fully renovated internally with the external works due to begin soon. Some more on that here.

Pictured: Daniel Lambert, Dan Byrne, Dinny Corcoran, Karl Moore, Alan McCabe (Northside SC) and Owen Heary.

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WEEKENDER: MARCH 14

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

The opening weekend is in the books, and disgruntled gamblers everywhere are making rash judgements. In between getting carried over with scoring six without reply over a few days against UCD, we should obviously remember our record against Drogheda last season.

At times it was hard to get the ball back off them and the night they put us out of the FAI Cup at the first time of asking, there looked to be a fairly large gulf in class.

We all know what has happened since then, but a top quote of 11/8 Bohs with Bet 365 isn’t really juicy enough to get involved. Gun to head, the bet would probably be the draw.

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Moving away from our own game, the fixture list is very heavy with short favourites, and mounting much of an argument against any of them is a bit of a struggle. Defending champions St Pat’s are as short as 1/7 to take care of business against UCD at Inchicore. Bets like this have gone wrong before and will go wrong in the future, so throwing all of these short prices into accumulators in the League of Ireland is fairly dangerous.

On all obvious form and respective squads though, UCD don’t have a prayer here and it might be the case that Aaron Callaghan will have a hard time getting UCD to start defending properly. The Saints will murder the Students across the middle of the park and it’s hard to see how the goals won’t follow so the home side can be backed to cover -2.25 with Bet 365 at 21/20.

Bray Wanderers upset us last week and so Sligo might be best swerved this week, managing to go one down to Athlone at home last weekend before pulling out a result late on. Dundalk were very impressive on Monday night in the Setanta Cup at Coleraine.

Given recent results, it would have been easy for Kenny and their players to panic late on, but needing two goals in the second half, when the winner finally came in injury time, it didn’t feel like a total shock even though it was cruel on the home side.

On a poor pitch Dundalk held their nerve and it was typical of Stephen O’Donnell to score the winner, fortunate as it was. They’ll take on Limerick at home tonight, where motivation and morale should be high. A 4/7 home win won’t be tipped up every week around here, but it’s worth backing in this case.

On Sunday afternoon, Derry City and Cork City play in a televised game that might look interesting on paper but may end up with two sides canceling each other out. Cork weren’t afraid of the rough stuff last Friday night ensuring they got a point against the champions and Derry were also good enough for at least a point in their opening game. One goal might be enough to win this one and with marginal preference for the home win, the prices look about right.

Recommended:
St Pat’s -2.25, 1pt 21/20 (Bet365)
Dundalk, 1pt 4/7 (general)
Season P+L: -1

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MATCHBALL SPONSOR: EMER COSTELLO MEP

A big thank-you to Emer Costello, tonight’s matchball sponsor v Drogheda United (KO 7.45pm).

Emer is a current Labour Party MEP for Dublin and is running again in the forthcoming European elections.

If you are interested in matchday sponsorship packages at Bohemians, click here for more information, or email commercial@bohemians.ie.

The matchday sponsorship package is an excellent way to reward your company’s staff or your clients with a good night out, whilst at the same time promoting your business.

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2013 MEMBERSHIP CARDS VALID TONIGHT

Members who haven’t yet paid their subs can still attend tonight’s game against Drogheda United on production of 2013 membership card.

Please note 2013 season tickets are no longer valid.

If you haven’t already done so, please try to pay your membership subscription tonight – membership table at halfway line will be manned before, during and after match where season tickets will also be on sale.

2014 membership cards are ready for collection tonight at the membership table. All uncollected subs-paid cards will be posted out in good time for next week’s game against Shamrock Rovers.

Many thanks to the very many members who have already paid their subs for 2014.

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