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BOHS BUS TO DROGHEDA

The Bohs bus heads to Hunky Dorys Park on Friday (October 25th) as the Gypsies take on Drogheda United in our final game of the season.

Check-in is from 5pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 5.30pm sharp and return straight after the game. The fare is €15 return.

To put your name down, mail bus@bohemians.ie.

VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 0 BRAY WANDERERS 1 POST-MATCH

After Bohemians’ disappointing defeat against Bray Wanderers on Friday night, assistant manager Owen Heary gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon and looked ahead to Friday’s crunch final-day trip to Hunky Dorys Park to take on Drogheda United.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron.

KIERAN MARTY SPOILS HEARY PARTY

BOHEMIANS 0 – 1 BRAY WANDERERS

A smash and grab goal from Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters 15 minutes from time gave Bray Wanderers three precious points, relegated Shelbourne, and ensured that next week’s final round of games will have a ‘squeaky bum’ edge for Bohemians, Bray, and UCD. Should Bohs fail to get a point in Drogheda, wins for UCD and Bray would condemn the Gypsies to a scarcely believable relegation play-off against either Mervue United or Longford Town.

This wasn’t in the script. The script read that it was Owen Heary’s final home game as a Bohs player, he would come on for the final few minutes to a hero’s applause, and the Gypsies would secure their Premier Division status for 2014 with a comprehensive performance. However, Pat Devlin has proved many times that has no interest in Bohs-friendly scripts. He convincingly won a tactical battle against Heary and Bobby Browne by seeing his team sitting deep for most of the game, nicking a goal on the break, and defending well to the death, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Slippery conditions, swirling winds, and a steady stream of rain made this tension-charged game even scrappier than it needed to be. Bohs were clearly the more nervous team. Bray knew exactly what they needed to do, but Bohs lacked the Seagulls’ urgency. The home side knew a point would suit them, and they seemed to play with this in the back of their minds. The very first play of the game saw Karl Moore let the ball slip under his foot and out of play, and the pattern continued frustratingly like this for most of the night.

Even though their play wasnt particularly slick, Bohs were well on top of the first half as Bray sat back to an almost staggering degree. Dinny Corcoran and Ryan McEvoy combined for a well worked corner, but McEvoy’s shot was blocked by old friend Jason Byrne. Nerves on the pitch were echoed in the Jodi Stand, where the Bohs fans got some solace from the fact that Shamrock Rovers were surprisingly doing them a favour in beating UCD. Corcoran had the best chance of the half just before the break following superb work from Karl Moore down the left. Moore fed Keith Buckley, who laid off to Corcoran – but the striker’s shot flew over the bar from 10 yards.

As the game wore on, the growing realisation that this would be ‘one of those nights’ became all too apparent. The key moment arroved on 67 minutes. Stephen Traynor was played clean through by a nice lobbed Corcoran pass, but dallyed too long and allowed keeper Darren Quigley to block down his tame shot. In the ensuing scramble, the ball somehow popped up to an onrushing Corcoran, who could only direct his shot onto the crossbar. Bohs fans shared knowing looks; they’ve been following this team for too long to think it would all be wrapped up in a neat little package.

The inevitable goal came against the run of play on 76 minutes. Ryan McEvoy seemed to be fouled in the air, and the Bohs players seemed to stop. Neil Yadolahi played an aimless ball into no one, and suddenly Bray were on the attack. Kevin O’Connor slipped a lovely ball through to Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters who trapped the ball well but still had a lot to do. He wonderfully held off challenges from Yadolahi and Lopes before keeping his balance and firing past Dean Delany in off the upright. No one has ever explained why Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters is called Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters, but if things go wrong next week, Bohs fans will be cursing his names.

The fightback never really materialised. There was one appeal for a penalty when Corcoran seemed to be manhandled in the Bray box, but the toothless attacking display never really looked like creating a goal all night. The final whistle should have resulted in a celebration and even a mini lap of honour, but instead was greeted with something of a stunned silence.

Next week’s final fixtures almost certainly pits the Gypsies with the most difficult game of the three relegation showdowns. They travel to Drogheda to face a group of players eager to impress ahead of the following week’s FAI Cup final. UCD take on an already relegated and turgid Shelbourne team, while Bray are at home to a Dundalk side that have already sealed European qualification. Just to reiterate, both Bray and UCD have to win and Bohs have to lose for the unthinkable to happen. Stranger things have occured in football, and there will undoubtedly be some squeaky bums heading north on the M1  next Friday evening.

Bohemians: Dean Delaney, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Neil Yadohali, Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley, Darragh Reynor (Dave Scully 88), Ryan McEvoy, Karl Moore (Andy Mulligan, 85) Stephen Traynor (Kevin Devaney, 79), Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Owen Heary, Michael Barker, Daniel Byrne, Greg Murray.

Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley, David Webster, Shane O’Connor, Danny O’Connor (Daire Doyle 63), Dean Zambra, Ismahil Akinade, Kevin Maher, John Mulroy, Kevin O’Connor, Kieran Marty Waters, Jason Byrne (Gary Dempsey 75). Subs not used: Kevin Knight, Eoin Hyland, Ryan Coombes, Niall Cooney, Shane Redmond.

Attendance: 1,376

“IT’S NOT DONE AND DUSTED”

BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS (Friday October 18th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians host Bray Wanderers on Friday, knowing a point will make them safe in the Premier Division.

But Bray, who have been in similar situations before, have shown they can still make things uncomfortable for Bohemians.

“We have been hammering it home to the lads: it’s not done and dusted,” said Bohemian manager Bobby Browne. “We have lots of points on board from playing well but we still need another point.

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“It’s going to be a battle, a dog-fight. There might not be much football in it but we have to roll up our sleeves and dig out a result.”

When he joined the club a month ago Browne saw the intensive, high-tempo training, the strong morale and the professional approach, and recalls telling assistant Owen Heary: “This is not a relegation team”.

Browne’s experience since then has confirmed his view of the team’s potential not just to survive in the Premier Division but to progress further next year.

He has also been working with the under-19s and they are recovering from a rough patch. There are some players in that group, Browne believes, who could step up to the senior squad next year.

“We have been concentrating on survival in the league. It was our clear priority to make sure Bohs were in the Premier Division next year. As soon as that is secure, we need to sit down with the players and plan ahead.”

Bohemians may go into Friday’s game without ex-Bray player, Dave Mulcahy. The 35-year-old has been a rock at the centre of midfield and an example to the younger players through his work-rate. He took a knock to the ankle in last weekend’s match against Dundalk and is unlikely to be fit for selection.

This may mean Darragh Reynor plays in the centre as Shane Murray, who injured his knee against Limerick, has returned to training but may not make the match-day squad.

Defender Anto Murphy (ulcer) remains out but his replacement, Neil Yadolahi, topped up his effective performance of defensive duties with a stoppage-time equaliser against Dundalk.

“Neil has plenty of confidence and scoring the goal is great for him too. He has also been doing the basic things well and he hasn’t looked out of place,” said Browne.

The late equaliser was just reward, he added. “Our first-half performance was maybe the worst since I came in. We were sitting off them. But the pleasing thing was that we stayed in the game even though we weren’t playing well. We got ourselves together and dug out a result.

“It showed good character and good fighting spirit. Psychologically, it was a massive point for us.”

If Bohemians’ survival is assured late in Friday’s game, Owen Heary may appear in one last competitive game at Dalymount Park as a Bohemian player. Browne believes he deserves much credit for Bohs’ recovery.

“I came into a set-up that was very much Owen’s team and I told him I was not going to change it up, especially as it wasn’t broken,” said Browne. “Hopefully we can finish it off on Friday and Owen will be rewarded.”

Bohs’ recovery began three months ago at the Carlisle Grounds when Bohs ended a losing run with a 3-1 defeat of Friday’s opponents in Heary’s first match as caretaker manager.

Heary and many current and former associates will return next month to Dalymount to celebrate his illustrious 20-year playing career in an Owen Heary Tribute Match (Sunday 17 November, 3pm).

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OWEN HEARY TRIBUTE MATCH

Bohemians are delighted to announce a very special occasion in honour of club captain and assistant manager Owen Heary, who is calling time on a glittering 20-year playing career at the end of this season.

On Sunday November 17th (3pm), a Bohemians XI will play a Shelbourne XI in a tribute match for Heary, who played nine years at Shels before joining Bohs in January 2007.

Over the course of his time at both clubs, Owen has won seven league titles (a joint record he shares with Johnny Matthews), the FAI Cup twice as well as both the Setanta Sports Cup and EA Sports Cup.

Notable names are being lined up to play for, and to coach, the two teams in this tribute match. More details will be announced later. In the meantime, put this date in your diary.

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NEILY THERE

BOHEMIANS 1 DUNDALK 1

Bohemians edged a point closer to safety on Saturday night with a 92nd-minute equaliser from centre-half Neil Yadolahi, writes CILLIAN SHIELDS.

Dane Massey had earlier given Dundalk the lead with a fine header in the first half, but an electric Dalymount Park atmosphere inspired the Gypsies to the late comeback.

The home side, in great form of late, started well. A couple of set pieces showed intent but led to nothing. Ryan McEvoy made sure that Peter Cherrie was still concentrating in the Dundalk goal, however his shot went over the bar.

In the 18th minute, John Dillon delivered an inch-perfect pass over the heads of the Bohemian back four, and found the on rushing left-back Massey, who looped his header over stranded goalkeeper Dean Delany to give Stephen Kenny’s title hopefuls the lead.

Bohs looked to respond quickly, and minutes later were awarded a free-kick in dangerous territory. Karl Moore’s effort was unintentionally met by Lilywhite Sullivan, resulting in the ball narrowly going wide of his own goal and out for a Bohs corner.

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Dundalk then began to assert themselves, clearly looking to make amends for their controversial but brave cup exit last week against rivals Drogheda United. Vinny Faherty had claims for a penalty and a great chance to double the lead before the half-time whistle came, but the score remained 1-0 going into the break.

Into the second half, Bohs were gifted one of the rarest of scoring opportunities. A lapse in concentration from Dundalk net-minder Cherrie saw him pick up a ball that was kicked back to him from one of his own defenders. Referee Paul Tuite pointed to the six-yard line for an indirect free-kick for the back-pass. The majority of the away side lined up on the goal-line, and McEvoy’s lay-off to Stephen Traynor only resulted in the shot being charged down and blocked.

Both sides stiffened up after this Dundalk let-off, leaving chances at a premium. One side was fighting to keep alive their title hopes, however slim they may have been with St Pat’s firmly in the driving seat, and the other battling for those last few points to ensure safety and top division status for next season.

With 13 minutes left on the clock, it looked like Dundalk’s title efforts would continue strongly for another week, while Bohs would have to wait to celebrate salvation. Luke Byrne’s tackle on John Mountney at the edge of the box was seen as a foul in the eyes of ref Tuite, and captain and former Bohs man Stephen O’Donnell stepped up to take the kick. His audacious attempted chip into the top left corner of the net went safely out of play for a Bohs goal-kick, much to the delight of the home fans.

The Gypsies knew they had been let off with the penalty miss and were spurred by the opportunity given to them to get back and earn something from this game. The players waged on in search of the goal, substitute Kevin Devaney stung Cherrie’s fingers as the keeper sent the ball out for a corner, which fellow substitute Darragh Reynor took. Young centre-half Neil Yadolahi met the cross perfectly and ended the Lilywhites’ title ambitions with his first goal for the Gypsies.

With Bray beating Limerick 1-0 on Sunday, focus now turns to the Seagulls’ visit to Dalymount this Friday. Pat Devlin’s men are now just five points behind Bohs and with two games remaining. A point for the Gypsies would be enough to avoid the dreaded play-off.

Bohemians: Delany; Pender, Lopes, Yadolahi, Byrne; Buckley (Mulligan, 60), Mulcahy (Reynor, 60), McEvoy, Moore; Traynor (Devaney, 79); Corcoran.

Dundalk: Cherrie; Rossiter, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Mountney, Sullivan, O’Donnell, Dillon (McCaffrey, 60), Byrne  (Murphy, 85), Faherty (Hoban, 88).

Referee: Paul Tuite (Dublin).

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NDSL NIGHT TONIGHT

BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK (Tonight, 7.45pm)

To celebrate Bohemians’ partnership with the North Dublin Schoolboys/Girls League, there is FREE entry for all NDSL players for tonight’s Airtricity League clash against Dundalk.

PLUS one accompanying adult per child can attend the game for just €5!

All you need to do is wear your schoolboy club colours or present your NDSL card at the Jodi Stand turnstiles.

Spread the word and invite your Facebook friends to attend.

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“OUR PLAYERS KNOW A WIN WILL ENSURE WE STAY UP”

BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK (Dalymount Park, Saturday October 12th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians face Dundalk on a weekend that could settle the battle for survival in the Premier Division.

Following Shelbourne’s defeat on Thursday, Bohemians no longer face possible automatic relegation. If their result on Saturday equals or betters Bray’s on Sunday they avoid having to play-off.

For assistant manager Owen Heary, confirmation of his team’s position in the top flight would represent a notable success. “Maybe there should be stay-up medals,” he joked.

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“When we went to the bottom of the table and we were playing Rovers, Pat’s and Sligo, people said we wouldn’t get a point from those games. But we got four points from nine. That gave the players the belief they needed.”

Saturday’s match will test their mettle once again. “Dundalk are a tough team and, after what’s happened in the past week, they’ll want to get a good result,” said Heary.

“People say they have over-achieved but I don’t think they have. They have a good manager, and good players and they have lads who have won medals or played over in England or Scotland, and with experience. But our players know that a win on Saturday will ensure we stay up.”

Dundalk have provided stiff opposition this season, winning both league games against Bohemians and keeping a clean sheet home and away.

Already, Heary is looking to what this squad can do next season if it can be kept together. With the addition of “a couple more experienced players and a couple more in certain positions”, Bohemians could next year be “fighting at the better end of the table, for European places”, Heary believes. “We need to let lads know they’re wanted and do our business early,” he added.

The contribution of the re-signed Anto Murphy – along with those of Delany, Pender, Mulcahy and four-season ‘veteran’ Ryan McEvoy – has shown the value of mixing experience with youth.

But Bohemians must prepare for Friday without Murphy. Having recovered from a hamstring injury, he is being treated for an ulcer.

Heary is pleased with how Neil Yadolahi has stepped up to take Murphy’s place. “He was thrown in at the deep end and he has done very well. He was unlucky in Limerick, when he had a good header and the keeper pulled off a great save.”

Shane Murray’s knee injury from last week’s match against Limerick has turned out not to be as serious as first thought but he remains out for Friday. However, Stephen Traynor, who missed the Limerick game with a quad injury, is back.

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KIT POLL CLOSED

The fans’ poll to decide the 2014 Bohemians home kit has now closed. Any vote received after 12am will not be counted.

Thank you to all of you who cast your vote – the poll proved very popular among supporters.

We hope to be in a position to reveal the winning design on Friday when club’s online store will also start taking pre-sale orders for the new jersey.

Can you handle the suspense?

Everyone at Bohs would like to thank Sid at Harbinger for all his hard work on this project. For more examples of Harbinger’s work, check out www.harbinger.ie.

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GARY O’NEILL FUNDRAISING QUIZ

The Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland is hosting a table quiz on Tuesday October 22nd (kicking off at 8pm sharp) at the Baggot Inn on Dublin’s Baggot Street.

All money raised will go to Drogheda United striker Gary O’Neill, who started his League of Ireland career at Bohemians, to help fund his treatment for testicular cancer.

Clubs, players past and present, officials and supporters are welcome to participate, with plenty of spot prizes up for grabs in a bumper raffle.

So if you want to test your knowledge (footballing & general) and support a great cause, head along to the Baggot Inn on Tuesday October 22nd.

Con Murphy (of MNS fame) will act as quiz-master, with entry €10 a head.

 

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