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BOHEMIANS 4 CORK CITY 2

Bohemians put one nail at least in the coffin of Cork’s title hopes with a deserved 4-2 victory at a raucous Dalymount Park.

After a long six weeks away from “The Home of Irish Football”, Bohs made it seven wis in a row for the first time in 10 years, with a Daniel Kelly double sandwiched between a Delaney own goal and Derek Pender strike.

The in-form home side looked comfortable in possession and smothered the illustrious visitors right from the off. And it was from this intense pressure they took the lead, pressing the experienced Damien Delaney in his own corner, forcing a rushed back pass straight into his own net.

The Gypsies deservedly went onto double their lead with just 22 minutes played. The hugely impressive Daniel Kelly won the ball in the middle of the park and decided to go himself blitzing past every defender in sight with his lightning pace and cooly slotted under the helpless Peter Cherrie.

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A shell-shocked Cork City found themselves three down with only a half hour played and it was that man Kelly again. Bohs, dogged in midfield, won possession and broke with Keith Ward. The playmaker bided his time and played a beautiful slide rule pass to Kelly who finished at the near post to send the home fans wild.

Graham Cummins pulled one back with a bullet header minutes later when a corner wasn’t dealt with, showing great strength to give his side some hope.

Incredibly, it was Bohs who stretched their lead right on half time. Skipper, Derek Pender played the ball into Kevin Devaney on the left hand side of the box and followed his pass. The left winger was tackled and as the ball broke free, Pender reacted quickest to slot under the onrushing keeper with his left foot.

The Champions began the second half in dominant fashion and got one back to make things a little uneasy around Phibsboro.

Jimmy Keohane powered in a header from a delightful Karl Sheppard cross. Cork to their credit pressed and pressed and went close with a couple of headers through Gearoid Morrissey and goal scorer Cummins but the Bohs defense stood firm at everything that was thrown at them and deserved all three points.

Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Ian Morris, JJ Lunney, Paddy Kirk, Daniel Kelly. Subs: Colin McCabe, Rob Cornwall, Dan Byrne, Robbie McCourt, Oscar Brennan, Eoghan Stokes, Andy Lyons

Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Gearoid Morrissey, Jimmy Keohane, Conor McCormaack, Graham Cummiins, Steven Beattie, Damien Delaney, Karl Sheppard, Shane Griffin, Barry McNamee. Subs: Mark McNulty, Shane Daly-Butz, Josh O’Hanlon, Ronan Coughlan, Conor McCarthy, Pierce Philips, Ronan Hurley

Referee: Paul McLaughlin

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FAI NATIONAL DRAW – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Dear members and supporters,

Together as a club, we have made great strides in recent years in a sustainable manner. Members and supporters have dug deep on numerous occasions over the past decade to keep the show on the road.

Thanks to those efforts, we collectively secured the future of our club, reduced our multi-million euro debt to a manageable amount and have secured Dalymount Park as our home for future generations.

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We can be optimistic about our long-term future and, thanks to the extraordinary endeavours of Keith Long, his backroom staff and players, we have a team lining out every week that we can be extremely proud of and who continue to hold their own in an increasingly competitive league.

We all have ambitions to grow our club further but even maintaining things at the current level is a struggle when other clubs have benefactors or are trading in a way we believe to be unsustainable.

We do not want to be constantly asking members and supporters to contribute more but we do need to find ways of increasing our income.

We are in a relatively okay financial state but if we wish to grow as a club and to give Keith and his team the strongest resources possible, we do need to continue to find ways of increasing our commercial and fundraising income.

One of the easiest immediate ways of increasing our fundraising income is asking all members and supporters to consider selling tickets – minimum book of five – for the FAI Club Draw.

We are not asking you to donate yourself – we are asking you to buy a book of tickets up front to sell on behalf of the club.

We feel, given the prizes on offer, that this should be an easy sell to friends, colleagues and family.

The tickets are sold at €10 but cost the club just €1.50 each.

We have a membership of over 400. If 400 members were to sell a book of five tickets, that would be €17,000 profit for the club – a significant return for very little effort.

We hope that could end up being a conservative expected return – we are confident some members might consider buying and selling more, and that other supporters might do likewise.

Books of five (minimum) can now be bought directly from the club’s online store and will be available at tomorrow’s game v Cork City from the halfway line throughout the game.

To learn more about the FAI Club Draw and the prizes on offer visit: http://www.fai.ie/domestic/fai-national-draw/

Thank you for your support.

Chris Brien
President, Bohemian FC

Stephen Lambert
Honorary Secretary, Bohemian FC

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“The most impressive aspect has been the players’ focus, determination and attitude towards every game”

BOHEMIANS v CORK CITY
Friday September 14, Dalymount Park, 7.35pm (please note earlier kick-off time)

Match sponsor: AM Estate Management. Matchball sponsor: In Memory of Alan Bambrick

Bohemians take to the Dalymount Park pitch for the first time in six weeks tomorrow looking to make it seven wins in a row in all competitions for the first time in ten years.

An upturn in form in the last eight weeks has seen Keith Long’s Gypsies climb to seventh in the league table and put a healthy distance of 13 points between them and the play-off spot.

In that same period they have progressed two rounds in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, beating Wexford and Galway Utd away from home 7-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Most recently, an experimental line-up containing 10 changes travelled to Scotland to beat Peterhead 1-0 on Saturday, becoming the first Irish club to win a round in the Irn Bru Cup to set up a last-16 tie at home to Sutton Utd next month.

That run of form has seen Long’s men win seven of their last eight games, keeping seven clean sheets – six in their last six – while scoring 24 goals in the process.

Their one defeat in that period was to league leaders Dundalk and Long’s team face a similar challenge tomorrow against a Cork City side scrapping to retain their league title.

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It is the last time the sides will meet in the league this season but the home crowd will be hoping the fixture will repeat itself in two weeks’ time, with the winners of Wednesday’s FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry City and Bohs drawn to host John Caulfield’s side on Sunday September 30 in the last four of the competition.

Long said: “We desperately hope that this is not our final game against them this season. But we’re not thinking any further ahead than tomorrow’s game.”

Long and his team have every right to be confident. But it is not in the manager’s make-up to allow himself or his team get ahead of themselves despite their recent form.

He said: “They are champions, we are the underdogs. Cork are a strong, well-organised, talented team with some outstanding players. We will have to play to our maximum to get a result but if we can manage to do that, we know that they are capable.

“It feels like forever since our last home game against Limerick on August 3 but we have had the considerable consolation of winning the five games we have played away from home in the intervening period.

“We have been on a great run of form recently, losing only once way to Dundalk. This run has provided the players with great confidence and belief. Our performances have been really pleasing and we have played some good attacking football.

“But the most impressive aspect has been the players’ focus, determination and attitude towards every game. Being able to pick a settled team has also been very helpful and obviously results have meant changes have been kept to a minimum.”

That was the case until the Gypsies travelled to Scotland last weekend.

The trip to Peterhead, less than an hour outside Aberdeen, brought back memories of Bohs’ breakthrough season 18 years ago when they became the first Irish side to knock a Scottish club out of Europe. That provided the springboard for the club’s first league and cup double in 73 years that season and kicked off the most successful decade – on the field that is – in our history.

Like Roddy Collins’ trailblazers in 2000, Bohs trained on the eve of the game at Cove Rangers’ ground. And there was another link in the opposition dugout too – Peterhead gaffer Jim McInally, briefly manager of Sligo Rovers in 1999, was Collins’ opposition scout ahead of that famous victory against Aberdeen in Pittodrie.

The club is in a different place, the stakes were considerably lower and the victory in Scotland’s north-east less memorable this time around, but it was an enjoyable new experience and an important game in its own right nonetheless.

With such a settled side in recent weeks, it afforded Long the opportunity to reward players who have shone for the club’s U19s and who came from behind to win the Enda McGuill Cup against St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park nine days ago as well as allowing him give others in need of game-time a runout as well.

But it was the only survivor from the starting line-up a week previously, Kevin Devaney, who proved the matchwinner at Balmoor Stadium in a positive performance in which Bohs were never under serious threat and could have won by a greater margin.

Long said: “Modern football is very much a squad game and those who have not been playing regularly recently are as important as those who have been. The motivation within the group is high. The lads have been pushing extremely hard in training, showing great hunger to get back into the team.

“That was demonstrated in Peterhead. We made 10 changes to the team that beat Derry the week previously and the boys who came in put in a terrific shift against unfamiliar opposition who adopted a very direct and abrasive approach to the game.

“We very much deserved to win the game and with a little more composure with our final pass and finishing, we could have won by more.

“It was a good experience for the players and we were able to offer a debut to Robbie McCourt in central midfield along with more valuable first-team experience for Ryan Graydon, Ali Reghba and Andy Lyons, both of whom went directly from Scotland to join the Ireland U19s for Tuesday’s win against Wales.”

That trio will be honoured alongside their Bohs U19 team-mates tomorrow when Craig Sexton’s Enda McGuill champions are paraded on the pitch at half-time.

Long said: “Our 19s team received confirmation of our participation in Europe on the back of winning the league last season and they were at it again last Tuesday in the McGuill Cup.

“For me, they are up there in terms of one of the best underage teams this club has seen. Brilliantly coached by Craig Sexton and his backroom staff, they are a credit to the club.”

Team news

Ryan Masterson (quad) and Danny Grant (bug) will sit this one out. Darragh Leahy (groin) is a doubt. Ryan Swan (cruciate) remains out.

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BOHEMIANS v SUTTON UTD TICKETS ON SALE

The Irn Bru Cup last-16 tie between Bohemians and Sutton Utd has been confirmed for Saturday October 13 with a 3pm kick-off.

Our club bars will open 1pm and we would like to invite opposition fans travelling over from London to join us.

There will be drink promotions, live music post-match, while Ireland v Denmark will be screened in the bars from 7.45pm.

Match tickets are now on sale at tickets.bohemians.ie. We ask both sets of supporters to consider buying online in advance of the game.

Please not that, as Irn Bru Cup games are a split gate, season tickets and membership do not apply.

Members can, however,  pay a reduced rate of €10 at the membes stile on production of 2018 membership card.

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IRN BRU CUP/FIXTURES UPDATE

Bohemians  have been drawn at home to English side Sutton United in the Irn Bru Cup third round.

The tie is due to be played weekend of October 13/14, most likely Saturday October 13 but this is yet to be confirmed.

Our league game away to Sligo Rovers, which had been due to be played Friday October 12, has been postponed due to both clubs progressing in the Irn Bru Cup. No new date has yet been set.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the winners of the FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry City and Bohemians will be at home to Cork City in the semi-final on Sunday September 30 with a 5.45pm kick-off screened on RTÉ 2.

Bohs travel to the Brandywell next Wednesday. Should that game need a replay, it will take place on Saturday September 22.

If the tie is settled on the night, Bohs will travel to Richmond Park on Saturday instead to face St Patrick’s Athletic in the SSE Airtricity League with a 5.30pm kick-off.

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Irn Bru Cup draw live today at 1pm

The Irn Bru Cup third round draw will be screened live today at 1pm at the following link.

An experimental Bohs team progressed on Saturday after a 1-0 win away to Peterhead with Kevin Devaney – the only survivor from the starting line-up that faced Derry City the previous week – scoring the only goal of the game.

The last-16 ties are due to be played on Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14 but, if we are drawn away from home, we advise supporters not to make any travel arrangements until the time and date for our game has been confirmed by us.

Bohemians are currently due to play Sligo Rovers away on Friday October 12 in the SSE Airtricity League. With both sides progressing in the Irn Bru Cup, that game could now be rescheduled.

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Kick-off time v Cork City is 7.35pm

Please note that to facilitate live coverage on RTÉ 2 this Friday, the kick-off time for Bohemians v Cork City has been brought forward to 7.35pm.

Please help spread the word to fellow supporters.

It will be Bohs’ first home game in SIX weeks.

We would love to see the Jodi Stand hopping, particularly on the back of the team’s recent form which has seen them win seven of their last eight games, keeping seven clean sheets while scoring 27 goals in the process.

As always, our bars will open at 5pm. Get down early and get behind the team from the off.

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FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW/BUS TO DERRY

The winners of next week’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final between Derry and Bohemians will host Cork City in the semi-finals. Dundalk host UCD in the other last-four tie.

Bohs travel to the Brandywell on Wednesday September 19. The semi-finals are due to played on the weekend of September 28/29/30.

Supporters’ to Derry details as follows:

  • Meet: 1.30pm. Departs: 2pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie before ASAP to book your place
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“It’s important we try bring players through and we’ve shown we will give them an opportunity when it’s right for the player and the team”

IRN BRU CUP
Saturday September 8 2018
Balmoor Stadium, 3pm

Keith Long is putting faith in his blend of youth and experience to see Bohemians advance in the Irn Bru Cup against Peterhead tomorrow.

Bohs travelled to Belfast this morning to catch a 12.05pm flight to Aberdeen ahead of tomorrow’s game.

They did so minus goalkeeper Shane Supple, who is being rested, as well as fellow first-team regulars Dan Casey and Dan Kelly, who have both been excused as they sit exams this week.

Long said: “Shane has played every league game for us this season and we feel he’s long overdue a rest. But we have approached the game professionally and we are looking forward to it.

“We’re putting out a team we believe capable of going there and getting the result.

“It’s a new experience for us in this competition and it will be interesting playing a game against different opposition with a different style of play in different surroundings.

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“We’re not overly familiar with the opposition obviously but we’ve done as much homework on them as we can.”

The absence of Supple, Casey and Kelly has created openings in Long’s squad and, buoyed by the club’s U19 team lifting the Enda McGuill Cup on Tuesday, he had no qualms adding further members of Craig Sexton’s side to his travelling party.

Members of the U19 panel have already tasted first-team action in the league this season, most notably Danny Grant, who has chipped in with important goals and assists since being handed his first-team debut off the bench against Dundalk in March.

Similarly, 18-year-old Andy Lyons displayed maturity beyond his years when thrown in at the deep end at right-back in place of the suspended skipper Derek Pender in recent league games against Bray Wanderers and Dundalk.

Both travel with the first team today and they will be joined by U19 team-mates Seán Bohan and, for the first time in the senior squad, Ali Reghba and Ryan Graydon.

Reghba was the man of the match in the Enda McGuill Cup final as his two goals in two minutes in the second half turned the game on its head and claimed a 2-1 win for Bohs away to St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park.

They move up to a senior team in form too. Last Friday’s 2-0 win against Derry City in the Brandywell made it six wins from their last seven games – losing only to league leaders Dundalk – and having kept six clean sheets while scoring 26 goals in the process.

Long said: “It’s important we try bring players through and we’ve shown we will give them an opportunity when it’s right for the player and the team.

“The U19s have been, in my view, the best team in the country at this level for two seasons. They are a credit to the club.

“They are a very tight group who have gone and won the cup having come from behind, are competing strongly in the league having won it last year and are on course to reach the semi-finals of the league again.

“The U19 league has only been around for the past six years but between the old reserve and U21 leagues, this U19 team over the past two seasons probably rank as the best underage team the club has ever had.

“They train alongside the first team, which creates an inclusive environment, and the know exactly what it means to play for Bohemians.

“But I think people at the club realise how good they’ve been too. Bohs members and fans know the contribution to the club that’s being made by those working at underage level.

“That was shown on Tuesday. There was a good crowd at the final in Richmond and a significant number were Bohemians people there to support the team.”

While all that hard work has not gone unnoticed within the club, the U19s qualifying for the UEFA Youth League in addition to the silverware won this year and last brings deserved recognition from further afield.

Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League draw will see the Gypsies travelling to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland on Wednesday October 3 before hosting them three weeks later in the return leg at Dalymount Park.

Long said: “We’re delighted we are in Europe. It’s a great opportunity for Craig and the players.

“Without screaming it from the rooftops, the work that goes on with our underage teams has been excellent so it’s pleasing to see that rewarded.

“It’s a new challenge, European football will be a massive step up in terms of quality and it will be different level to what the lads experience domestically.

“It’s huge for the club too and something we all want to build on. Between the U19s’ success and the players coming through, we hope that more players will see Bohs as a club where they can fulfill their ambitions.

“But first and foremost it’s a reward for Craig, his backroom team, his players and for everyone who’s been working hard behind the scenes at youth level and also a credit to the work that’s been done by Jimmy Mowlds and his team with the U17s – feeding players up to the U19s.

“The partnership with St Kevin’s and working closely with them will only improve that.

“St Kevin’s have been producing players for years with many ex-Kevin’s players in our U19s and first team so that link is already there from before.

“It is also important to recognise the part other schoolboy clubs and coaches have played in helping our lads reach this point in their careers.”

TEAM NEWS

Dan Kelly and Dan Casey (exams) have been excused from the travelling party as has Shane Supple (rest).

U19s players included in the squad are Danny Grant, Seán Bohan, Andy Lyons and, for the first time, Ali Reghba and Ryan Graydon.

Cristian Magerusan (hamstring), Ryan Masterson (leg) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are ruled out.

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CUP DATE SET

Bohs’ FAI Cup tie away to Derry City will take place on Wednesday September 19 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Subject to that tie not going to a replay, our game away to St Patrick’s Athletic that week will take place on Saturday September 22 with a 5.30pm kick-off.

We’re now taking bookings for the supporters’ bus to Derry:

  • Meet: 1.30pm. Departs: 2pm sharp (from Dalymount Park/St Peter’s Road Car Park)
  • Fare: €20
  • Email bus@bohemians.ie before ASAP to book your place

 

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