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Just the ticket

Tickets for Sunday’s Leinster Senior Cup fourth-round clash with UCD (kick-off 1pm) – Bohemians’ first game of the season at Dalymount – are priced at just €10 for adults and €5 for concessions.

Sunday Club prices – €3.50 pints and €3 for longnecks – continue in the bars for the game and after it, where the Six Nations meeting of Scotland and Ireland will be screened.

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TRAYN, SET AND MATCH

Bohemian Stephen Traynor was the 11th-hour hero for DCU as they beat title-holders IT Carlow to get to their first-ever CUFL (Colleges and Universities Football League) final, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Traynor poked home from a DCU corner in the second period of extra-time in Wednesday’s (February 20th) semi-final.

IT Carlow, for whom Bohs man Andy Mulligan came close early on, went ahead late in the first half.

But Michael Isichei equalised for DCU from the penalty spot on 70 minutes after former Gypsy Dan Mahon was fouled in the box.

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In next month’s CUFL final, Traynor will oppose yet another of his Bohemian team-mates. Roberto Lopes scored a late extra-time goal to secure DIT’s semi-final win over Athlone IT.

DIT were also finalists in 2010 but were beaten on that occasion by UCD.

On Monday (February 25th), a buoyed-up DCU begin their Collingwood Cup campaign in Jordanstown with a match against University of Ulster Magee.

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CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION

Outgoing Bohemians President Chris Brien has called for full attendance and participation at tonight’s Annual General Meeting (7.30pm, St Peter’s Hall).

Founded as a members’ club in 1890, Bohemians are one of the oldest fan-run institutions in the world.

Brien hopes that ethos will continue into our 124th season and said: “I urge all members to attend tonight. This is YOUR club and YOUR involvement is vital.

“It is important that the members hear what plans the board have for the future and that these plans are challenged to ensure they are in the best interests of The Bohemian Football Club.

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“Your input into these plans and, hopefully, your assistance in achieving them is what will make this club strong again. I look forward to seeing you tonight.”

Meanwhile, members in attendance tonight can purchase the superb 2013 Bohemian FC calendar for less than HALF its original price.

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D15 SUPPORTERS’ UNION

Calling all Bohs supporters in Dublin 15 and surrounding areas!

We’d like to bring to your attention the establishment of a new supporters’ club. The BFC Dublin 15 Supporters’ Union aims to bring together existing fans on matchdays and also recruit new fans from the area.

A typical matchday would involve members meeting up between 6-7pm in a location close to the Blanchardstown Centre and then availing of club buses from the Centre to Dalymount and back after the match.

Membership is free and for more information, you can visit the group’s Facebook page or email bfcdublin15@gmail.com with your name, address and contact number.

BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO

The 2013 Hat-trick Sponsorship Initiative will be launched at Thursday’s AGM.

This is a unique fans’ fundraising initiative, the aim of which is for Bohs fans to collectively sponsor a Bohs match, matchball and player – the three goals!

While such sponsorship would be outside the means of many of us individually, collectively it can become a reality when we join together.

When you have goals, you also have an ‘assist’ – the HSI assist will be a designated charity, which will receive 10% of the funds raised.

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You can participate in this sponsorship initiative for as little as €10. The first 25 fans who sign up at the AGM (St Peter’s Hall, 7.30) or subsequently will be entered in an early bird draw for a football signed by the 2012 Bohs squad.

In addition, there will be a major raffle for all Bohs fans who contribute to the HSI. One entry to this raffle will be given for each €10 contributed. Prizes will be three match hospitality packages for four/five people, a signed Bohs football and a signed Bohs jersey. Don’t miss out!

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GREYSTONES AWAY ON TUESDAY

Bohemians will play Greystones FC in a friendly at The Woodlands, Greystones, next Tuesday (February 26th) with an 8pm kick-off.

CALLAGHAN: IT’S STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE

Aaron Callaghan says Bohemians’ pre-season training could not be going any better, writes FRANKIE LALLY.

The Bohs boss watched his side follow up Saturday’s 5-1 thumping of Longford Town with a 5-2 win over Dublin side Hardwicke at IT Blanchardstown on Monday evening.

Unperturbed by the ongoing upheaval in the club’s pre-season fixture list, Callaghan is delighted with what he has seen so far and insists he is unlikely to make any late additions to his squad before the league season gets under way next month.

He explained: “We have 26 in the squad at the moment and that is us closed now…”

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“That was a very good game against Hardwicke. We were very lively and I’m happy with what I saw.

“It was the first game for a lot of those players, Dave Mulcahy being one, and at this stage it’s about giving game time to everyone in the squad.

“It’s all starting to take shape now. We’ve had a really good pre-season so far and the fitness levels are good. It’s about fine-tuning our tactical organisation now.”

With the loss of key centre-backs Kevin Feely and Evan McMillan to Charlton and Sligo Rovers respectively, Callaghan has had plenty of tinkering to do to find the right balance at the back.

Dave Scully has been tested at centre-back in recent weeks and Callaghan reckons the 28-year-old could be an option in the heart of defence alongside the experience of Stephen Paisley, a closed-season capture from Shelbourne.

Callaghan said: “Dave has played centre-back before – he was playing there when he went to Carlisle United. He’s a threat from set-pieces too and I think he is quite capable of playing in both positions.

Early-season illness and injuries are a concern for the Gypsies boss, however, as both Karl Moore and Shane Murray were forced to sit out Monday’s game.

He said: “Injury-wise, Shane has a viral infection and Kevin Devaney has an ankle problem.

“Karl Moore,who started pre-season well, has an infection too so he has been off for the last 10 days.”

Callaghan saw new signing Paisley net twice in Wednesday’s emphathic win and reckons the 29-year-old’s experience could prove vital at Dalymount Park this year.

He added: “Stephen makes a difference. He’s scored goals from centre-back all through his career.

“When we lost Kevin and Evan, we lost a bit of height. We needed to get a bit of that back – as well as some experience – so we waited and got Stephen. I’m delighted he has signed.”

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FIXTURES UPDATE

Bohemians’ friendly with Athlone Town, originally set for this Friday at Dalymount Park, will now take place tomorrow (Wendesday) at IT Blanchardstown, with a 6pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, the Leinster Senior Cup fourth-round clash with with UCD has been set for this Sunday afternoon at Dalymount Park, with a 1pm kick-off.

(Please note that in the event of the Dalymount pitch needing further time to recover, Sunday’s game will be switched to IT Blanchardstown with the same kick-off time. We will keep you informed if a change of venue is required.)

CARD AT IT

Membership director Stephen Burke has been toiling away to ensure this year’s membership cards will be available for collection at Thursday’s AGM.

Stephen can confirm that anyone who has already paid their 2013 membership subscription can collect their card at the 124th Annual General Meeting of Bohemian FC, which kicks off on Thursday at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Hall.

All Platinum, Gold and Silver membership cards as well as accompanying guest passes are also ready for collection.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, then we’ll post your card (a sample of which can be seen, right, in the name of our first-ever goalscorer) out to you after the meeting.

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PAISLEY, O’BRIEN DOUBLE UP

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Adouble apiece from new boys Stephen Paisley and Conor O’Brien helped Bohemians to a 5-2 pre-season win over Hardwicke FC on Monday evening.

But the Gypsies, playing their second friendly in three days at IT Blanchardstown, made hard work of it and fell behind in the first half before a rallying cry from manager Aaron Callaghan, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

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Despite starting an entirely different XI to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Longford Town, playing against non-league opposition, it was a game that most would have expected Bohs to run away with quite comfortably. It was Hardwicke, however, who created most of the chances and if it wasn’t for some wasteful finishing, they would have caused some real headaches for Callaghan.

Bohs should have claimed the game’s opener early on when a great cross from Dwayne Wilson left the goal gaping for Shane Fitzgerald. But the former Drogheda United and UCD man, starting his second spell with the Gypsies, failed to convert.

And Fitzgerald was made curse that miss as Dean Byrne opened the scoring for the inner-city side on 26 minutes.

After that setback, Bohs upped their game and strived to get back on level terms, with Dave Mulcahy going close with a spectacular effort that was saved by Hardwicke stopper Trevor Owens.

Callaghan had it all to do at half-time. But whatever he said in the dressing room paid off as, after the break, it was a very different story. Just after the restart, the manager decided to use his subs bench and on came Darragh Hanaphy and Conor O’Brien for Kevin O’Leary and Niall Forrester respectively.

And on 50 minutes, Bohs were back on level terms. Wilson’s free-kick from the left saw Paisley emerge from the goalmouth scramble to head home the Bohs equaliser.

It didn’t take long for the former Shelbourne man to double his tally either. Another free-kick found saw Paisley rise highest once again as he headed home on the line to put his new side in front on 57 minutes.

Callaghan made use of his bench once more as Kevin Devaney and Santiago came on for the remaining half-hour.

The Gypsies began to assert real control now and Paisley nearly claimed a rare hat-trick for a defender but was thwarted by Hardwicke keeper Owens.

Mulcahy had another shot parried by Owens but Bohs finally extended their advantage on 73 minutes when O’Brien, son of former Gypsies player and assistant manager Liam, finished from close range after a great run and cross by Hanaphy.

The game looked to be over but Hardwicke were awarded a penalty after Dave Scully, usually a striker but playing at centre-back, handled on the line with 10 minutes of normal time remaining.

He wasn’t given his marching orders much to the annoyance of the visitors’ bench – he would surely have seen red in a competitive game. But Hardwicke were back in the game as Peter O’Toole stepped up and duly converted the spot-kick.

We looked to be heading for a grandstand finish but two late goals from substitute Devaney (87 minutes) and a second from O’Brien (89 minutes) ensured it was another five-goal rout in Blanch for the Gypsies.

Bohemians: Greg Murray, Michael Barker, Dave Scully, Stephen Paisley, Ciaran Nangle, Dave Mulcahy, Niall Forrester, Darragh Reynor, Dwayne Wilson, Kevin O’Leary, Shane Fitzgerald. Subs: Darragh Hanaphy, Santiago, Conor O’Brien, Kevin Devaney.

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