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PFAI SUPPORT FOR GARY O’NEILL

Bohemians left-back Luke Byrne was among 12 players representing each of the Airtricity League Premier Division clubs present at a media event at the Aviva Stadium today to announce PFAI fundraising support for Drogheda United striker Gary O’Neill, who was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Everyone at Bohemians would like to wish the PFAI the very best in their fundraising efforts for Gary – who started his League of Ireland at Dalymount Park – and thank Luke for representing the club at today’s event.

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Included in the PFAI’s fundraising plans:

  • A calendar for 2014 will be produced with 12 current premier division players. Those players are: Luke Byrne (Bohemian FC), Daire Doyle (Bray Wanderers), Gearóid Morrissey (Cork City), Barry Molloy (Derry City), Paul O’Conor (Drogheda United), Peter Cherrie (Dundalk), Stephen Folan (Limerick), Jake Kelly (St Patrick’s Athletic), James Chambers (Shamrock Rovers), Graham Gartland (Shelbourne), Raffaele Cretaro (Sligo Rovers), Michael Leahy (UCD).
  • Balls on Bikes cycle from Drogheda United’s ground to the Aviva Stadium, on the day of the FAI Ford Cup final, Sunday 3 November 2013. Players and friends and family of Gary have already committed to taking part in the cycle, and past and present players are invited to participate
  • All players will be asked to donate €20 towards their ticket to the PFAI Awards on Friday 8 November at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin Hotel (the Burlington Hotel) whether they attend or not. Members usually attend for free but this year we are asking for a donation and all proceeds go to further fundraising activities will take place on the night of the Awards and will be announced closer to the event.

Further fundraising activities will take place on the night of the Awards and will be announced closer to the event.

Fundraising for Gary O’Neill

UNCLAIMED FIGHT NIGHT RAFFLE PRIZES

A number of raffle prizes from the recent Dalymount Fight Night remain unclaimed.

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They are:

  • Nivea Hamper – 216 Blue
  • Drinks Hamper – 261 Blue, 21 Green
  • Ireland Tickets – 17 Green
  • Signed Bohs Jersey – 27 Green
  • 2 tickets to Shelbourne Park – 5 Green
  • Home Alarm Package – Blue 96
  • Print of Dalymount – Green 212

Please contact boxing@bohemians.ie to claim your prizes.

The boxing forecast was shared by three people – Niamh Doyle, Tony Byrne and Mark O’Neill.

GYPSIES TAKE GIANT STEP TOWARDS SALVATION

SHELBOURNE 0 – 3 BOHEMIANS

Whisper it, mutter it under your breath, dare to believe it… the Bohs might just be staying up! That was the battle cry from the visiting fans as Bohs produced possibly their best performance of the season at the most crucial moment.

The stakes couldn’t have been higher for tonight’s relegation showdown in Tolka Park, and it was Phibsborough club who showed the heart, desire, and commitment to earn the three points that could prove vital come November.

Although Bobby Browne’s name was in the ‘Manager’ column on the teamsheet, this was an Owen Heary-led Bohemians team, and they displayed the kind of fearlessness that the great man showed for both of these clubs on so many occasions. Goals from Dinny Corcoran, Ryan McEvoy and Dave Mulcahy gave the huge Bohs crowd plenty to shout about on a night when they could have easily had 6 or 7, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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The opening 15 minutes of this encounter was right out of the bottom drawer. Both sides were painfully, nervously trying not to make any mistakes, and flowing football was at a premium. Long, hoofed clearances were the order of the day, but even at that stage, Bohs just about seemed to have an edge. The opening goal came out of the blue, but it was one of the best goals the Gypsies have scored all year. Anto Murphy was the catalyst, and his slaloming run down the left side carved open the Shelbourne defence. His back post cross was stood up beautifully to Karl Moore, who nodded the ball back to Corcoran, whose first time strike was perfect. A Shels defender tried in vain to clear, but could only block the ball into the roof of the net.

The Bohs fans outnumbered the home crowd by around four to one, but it sounded like double that as the decibel level rose once it became clear that this was a game Bohs were totally in control of. Corcoran could well have had at least one other soon after his goal, but his first effort flew over, and a second, easier chance was dragged wide. Dave Mulcahy should have done better from a Stephen Traynor corner, but Bohs were absolutely in the asendancy at the break.

Careful not to be made to pay for missing those chances, Bohs came out of the blocks like a train in the second half. First, Traynor had a great chance after a woeful back header from Adam O’Connor, but Lee Murphy saved well from close range. The second goal was coming, and it was fitting that a true Bohs man sealed the deal. Traynor’s deflected cross from the right fell kindly for Ryan McEvoy at the near post, and the midfielder hooked a lofted shot over Murphy into the far corner.

Traynor had possibly his best game in a Bohs shirt, and just 2 minutes after McEvoy’s goal he displayed an ice cool nerve to stop the ball in the centre of the box, and square it to Keith Buckley. Amazingly, Buckley shot straight at Murphy from 6 yards, but by that stage, Shels were beaten. Bohs have played an extra game than their close rivals, but it’s hard to see Shelbourne picking up anywhere near enough points to make up the 5-point deficit.

The icing on the red and black cake came on 83 minutes, and again it was a late-arriving midfielder who did the trick. This time, Karl Moore’s near post cross was turned home by Dave Mulcahy. Murphy could probably have done better for both second half goals, but in truth, he was one of many atrocious performers for the home side.

With UCD and Bray also losing, this could prove to be a critical night in Bohs’ search for Premier Division status in 2014. Either way, this was an unforgettable victory in front of a passionate crowd that loved every minute.

Shelbourne: Lee Murphy, Pat Flynn, Graham Gartland, Adam O’Connor, Ian Ryan (Derek Doyle, 76) Adam Hanlon, Glenn Cronin (Darren Tinnelly, 33), Stephen Hurley, Sean Brennan; Lee Murtagh, Stephen Sheerin (Jamie McGlynn, 60). Subs Not Used: Niall Burdon, Paul Andrews, Brian Gannon, Jake Donnelly.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender (Daniel Byrne 73), Roberto Lopes,  Anto Murphy, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Dave Mulcahy, Stephen Traynor (Chris Lyons, 9o), Karl Moore (Kevin Devaney, 90),  Dinny Corcoran. Subs Not Used: Dave Scully, Darragh Reynor, Andy Mulligan, Greg Murray.

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RTÉ’S LIFE LIKE THIS

RTÉ want Bohs fans aged 13-19 to send videos of supporters in full voice at Tolka Park tonight as part of ‘Life’s Like’, a documentary that will be broadcast later this year.

Further details on Life’s Like This will be available on
on www.rte.ie/trte/lifeslikethis.

Your videos can be uploaded through www.rte.ie/trte/lifeslikethis up until Monday.

GET BEHIND MONO

THE John Giles Foundation has launched a new initiative aimed at Airtricity League fans to help find ‘The Biggest Winner’ from the 20 clubs.

The competition is a weight loss challenge with the winner being the participant who makes the greatest overall weight loss percentage. The weigh in took place this week at FAI HQ in Abbotstown.

And Derek ‘Mono’ Monaghan has step forward to represent Bohemians. Keep an eye out for Mono’s bucket collections and sponsorship cards at upcoming games.

The person/club that raises the most amount of money will win the use of a 24-seat premium box at Aviva Stadium for a forthcoming Ireland game for their club.

The Airtricity League Fan Challenge will run for the last six weeks of the season and the winner will be announced at the cup final.

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“This competition is all about bringing Fun into Fundraising,” said Giles. “We are all mindful of the need to look after our health and we’re hoping this competition will help the participants lose a few pounds and raise a few euro to help their clubs and the foundation.”

Monies raised will be shared between the participating clubs and the John Giles Foundation, which aims to facilitate positive social change by using the power of football to build community cohesion, promote health, and encourage lifelong participation and learning.

Launch of the Airtricity Fans Biggest Winner 2013 Competition in aid of the John Giles Foundation

“THE FANS CAN GIVE US THAT EXTRA LIFT”

SHELBOURNE v BOHEMIANS (Tolka Park, Friday September 20th, 8pm)

Bohemians meet nearest-neighbours Shelbourne in a match that could have a big bearing on both clubs’ efforts to avoid relegation.

But Bohemian assistant manager Owen Heary is keen to play down notions that Friday’s game is the ultimate decider.

“There are still 18 points to play for. This is a big game but it’s no different from the games of last week, the week before or next week,” he said. “It’s not the be-all and end-all for either team, win, lose or draw. But we’ll certainly be closer to our goal of staying up if we win.”

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Heary sees it as his responsibility to keep his players “doing what they have done for the last few weeks” when the team kept their composure in big games and performed well.

He expects Shelbourne to come to Friday’s match very determined to recover the winning form of July and to put last week’s cup defeat against Dundalk behind them. “You can’t read too much into that cup result. They have good players and a good manager. We’re expecting them to be looking to bounce back,” said Heary.

Bohemians have found many positives to take from their loss two weeks ago to Sligo Rovers when they created as many scoring opportunities as in any game this season and earned the praise of Sligo’s management team.

The fans also saluted Bohemians’ efforts that night and Heary expects the fans to be a big factor in Friday’s clash with Shelbourne.

“The relationship between the clubs is friendly rivalry, with a good deal of banter, and no aggression,” he said. “If our fans do as they did in Inchicore and in Tallaght and really get behind the lads they can give them a lift. There is no better feeling for a player than when the fans are roaring you on. That can help you produce that extra couple of per cent.”

Heary has strong affiliations still with Shelbourne, where he played for nine years before joining Bohemians. “I am very fond of the people there, who work very hard behind the scenes. I’d be gutted if either club went down. This is not being disrespectful to any other club but this league definitely needs both Bohs and Shels.”

Heary’s illustrious spell at Shelbourne might not have happened if Bohemians had moved more quickly to sign him 16 years ago. He was “always a Bohs man” but had committed to Shels by the time his preferred club made an offer.

The honours are even between the sides in this year’s league encounters: Bohemians won in Tolka Park in April but lost at home in June.

For Friday Bohemians have a full squad to choose from. The two-week break since the last league match has helped some players with “niggling injuries” to recover fully. The most recent signing Neil Yadolahi has trained to full match fitness and is available for selection.

Bohemians go into the last six games of the season with a new management team. Bobby Browne has joined the club as first-team manager on a short-term arrangement. Browne managed Monaghan United and Drogheda United in the past, and most recently was with Drumcondra FC.

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LIMERICK GAME RESCHEDULED

Bohemians’ away game against Limerick FC, originally due to take place on Saturday October 5th, has been rescheduled for Monday September 30th (Thomond Park, 7.45pm).

FIGHT NIGHT SPONSORS

Bohemian FC would like to thank the below list of people, who have kindly supported tonight’s Dalymount Fight Night.

Their contributions are hugely appreciated by everyone at the club. As always, we encourage our fans to support our sponsors where possible.

  • Mary Lou McDonald TD
  • Direct Ski
  • Alan Bambrick Memorial
  • Dublin Pedibus
  • Patrick Nulty TD
  • Hedigans – The Brian Boru
  • Atlantic Facilities
  • WM McGrory
  • Cinnamon Café
  • Maureen O’Sullivan TD
  • Sirens Dancers
  • Jeff Conway Plumbing
  • Carey Tool Hire
  • Conal Devine and Associates
  • Pat Clifford Tyres
  • In Memory of Alan Bambrick
  • Moyvalley Golf Club
  • Nivea for Men
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SLIGO’S GREENE LIGHT HALTS GYSPIES’ GOOD RUN

BOHEMIANS 0 – 2 SLIGO ROVERS

Owen Heary’s mini relegation revival came to a shuddering halt as Bohemians were soundly beaten by league champions Sligo Rovers at a sodden and soaked Dalymount Park. Goals in either half from perennial Bohs-haunter Gavin Peers and former Gypsy Aaron Greene condemned Heary’s charges to a ninth home league defeat of the season, leaving them just two points off the bottom, having played a game more than Bray and Shelbourne.

Sligo were never excessively troubled on a frustrating night for the home side. The Bit O’Red are still chasing the league title, and this victory keeps their Championship dream alive. Their slick counter-attacking play and solid defensive unit gave the Bohs fans little to shout about, writes KEVIN FAGAN. 

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Against a team that boasted Joseph Ndo, Raffaele Cretaro, and Danny North only on the bench, the home side were always going to be the underdogs – but kept the opening 15 minutes tight, with little chances to speak of at either end. A strong midfield trio of Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy, and Stephen Traynor promised much on the team sheet, but they struggled to form a cohesive passing unit. Although Sligo played with only 2 in the middle of the park, their possession was more controlled.

The opener came out of the blue on 16 minutes. Former Crystal Palace winger Kieran Djalili whipped in a dangerous near post corner that was powered in by the head of Gavin Peers. Almost an identical header to the one scored by Johan Elmander in the Aviva last night, the pace on the ball did all the work – leaving Dean Delany clawing at thin air.

Bohs started to come into the game more as the half wore on, with set pieces seemingly the key to breaking Sligo down. Luke Byrne had a half chance when a corner fell to him at the back post, but the full back could only shoot into the side netting. Bohs’ best first half chance fell to striker Conor Murphy. Following a well-worked free kick involving McEvoy and Karl Moore, Murphy could only head over the bar from point blank range. A frustrating start to his Bohs career has seen Murphy yet to get on the scoresheet since his arrival from St Pats.

The second half continued in a similar vein; Bohs struggled to create any meaningful chances, while Sligo looked menacing on the break. Anto Murphy could have equalised just after the break, but his header was brilliantly cleared off the line by the immense Peers. Conor Murphy also went close, but his curling effort went just the wrong side of the post following some neat footwork by Karl Moore.

As Bohs struggled to break down the door, Sligo grew in confidence – and a break-away second goal started to look all the more likely. Lovely interplay between Anthony Elding and David McMillan saw the former UCD man tuck a neat ball back to Aaron Greene, who finished smartly past Delany to seal the deal.

Bohs huffed and puffed for the final 20 minutes, but Gary Rogers was only troubled by a snap shot from Luke Byrne as the game fizzled out. With an FAI Cup week next up, Bohs have another 2-week break before the crucial, mouth-watering clash with Shelbourne at Tolka Park. Rivalling – if not eclipsing – the 2003 league decider in importance stakes, the North side will be rocking come September 20th.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Anto Murphy, Roberto Lopes, Luke Byrne; Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy (Darragh Reynor, 66), Stephen Traynor, Karl Moore, Keith Buckley, Conor Murphy (Chris Lyons, 75). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Michael Barker, Daniel Byrne, Andy Mulligan, Kevin Devaney.

Sligo Rovers: Gary Rogers; Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Danny Ventre, Iarfhlaith Davoren (Liam Martin, 88), Seamus Conneely, David Cawley, Kieran Djilali, Aaron Greene; David McMillan (Danny North, 62), Anthony Elding (Lee Lynch, 75). Subs not used: Ciaran Kelly, Joseph Ndo, Raffaele Cretaro, Liam Martin.

Fans fight their fears to raise funds

DALYMOUNT FIGHT NIGHT (Saturday September 14th, 7pm; Members’ Bar open from 5pm)

Players and supporters of Bohemian FC step into the ring next weekend as Dublin’s oldest football club hosts a Fight Night, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

The brave volunteers have been in training for five weeks as they prepare for battle under the Dalymount Park floodlights on Saturday 14 September.

Paul Walsh, lead singer with rock band Royseven (‘We Should Be Lovers’) and Bohemian fan, is among those taking part. Bohemian striker Dave Scully will take on his brother William.

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They will follow in the illustrious footsteps of Barry McGuigan and Charlie Nash, who fought at Dalymount Park in October 1981, and of Jack Doyle who boxed in front of 23,000 people at Dalymount during World War II. Doyle’s nickname, The Gorgeous Gael, has been claimed by one of next Saturday’s participants, Bohs supporter Brian Gartlan.

Other fighters have also taken on names aimed at instilling fear and awe. So, the Scully family affair pits Mad Dog Scully against The Bully Scully. The bill includes too The Silent Assassin and The Meath Mauler.

The fights are over three rounds of one-and-a-half minutes each and the opponents have been matched with each other on the basis of similar size and ability. There will be ten or more fights involving the volunteers and a couple of exhibition bouts of kick boxing.

The fighters’ training has involved three or more intensive gym sessions a week, as well as running and other fitness work. The participants report on the strength and conditioning exercises as a form of torture: while doing “the plank”, lying down with only hands, elbows and toes touching the floor, they were liable to have the trainer kick them in the stomach for not keeping it in the right position.

When it came to full sparring, as Ben ‘The Donaghmede Destroyer’ Ryan noted, “Getting punched full-force in the face had the same effect on most of us who had never boxed before – all instructions on combinations, stance, defence and so on went out the window and a brawl developed until exhaustion set in”.

Tickets at €15 are available for this fund-raiser event at shop.bohemians.ie, at the Dalymount Park offices and at the venue on the night. Doors open on Saturday 14 September at 7pm and a DJ will provide music after the fights.

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