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BOHEMIANS 2 DERRY CITY 0

An eight-point advantage over bottom side Shelbourne was the reward for Bohemians as they beat Derry City 2-0 at Dalymount Park on Friday night, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

Ryan McEvoy struck twice to give his side two straight wins and moved Bohs up to ninth – that could lead to the club being mathematically safe of relegation as early as Monday evening.

The Gypsies’ recent record against the Candystripes has been poor to say the least but this demon was put to bed with ease.

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Bobby Browne and Owen Heary had their team fired up as they came out of the dressing room looking hungrier than their opponents and it paid off after just four minutes.

The ball was headed over the top and Stephen Traynor was bundled over by David McDaid inside the box having just beating the offside trip by inches.

Ryan McEvoy stepped up and placed the ball to the left of Derry keeper Ger Doherty, who guessed right but couldn’t do anything about it.

The confidence was coursing through the veins of those in red and black, and the chances began to come thick and fast.

Dinny Corcoran, key to the revival under the several different management teams in recent weeks, had a decent shot that flashed wide.

Declan Devine’s team began to take more of an interest in proceedings but once again McEvoy dealt them a huge blow.

After some great football in midfield, Keith Buckley found himself with the ball in midfield. He floated it up and McEvoy, the architect of the move, made a late run into the box.

He got his head to the ball and at first it looked as if it wouldn’t have the pace to beat the goalkeeper but Doherty couldn’t get near it and it was 2-0.

And that’s how it would stay, despite the Candystripes’ best efforts. Corcoran had a half-chance with a header at the beginning of the second half but the visitors had a couple of chances midway through the second half, including a heart-in-mouth moment for Dean Delany after a goalmouth scramble.

Corcoran was again in the thick of the action as Ryan McBride was given his marching orders for hauling down the former UCD man when he was through on goal. McBride was deemed to be the last man.

Despite an initial flurry of attacking intent from Bohs, Derry began to look a more composed side than they did when they their full complement of players.

Simon Madden came closest to pulling one back as he trickled the ball wide but that was that and there we joyful scenes at the end from both players and fans alike. One more win will surely do the trick and hopefully that could come away at Limerick on Monday evening.

BOHEMIANS: Delany, Pender, Lopes, Yaholadi, Byrne, Mulcahy, McEvoy, Moore, Buckley (Mulligan 85), Traynor, Corcoran (Lyons 92).
DERRY CITY: Doherty, Madden, S McEleney, McBride, Jarvis, McDaid (P McEleney 55), Higgins, McNamee, Duffy (Curran 80), Rafter, Patterson.

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MATCH SPONSORS v DERRY CITY

A big thank-you to tonight’s match sponsors, Harbinger, who are responsible for last year’s rebuild of the Bohemians website and continue to play a significant hands-on role in its upkeep.

Recommended to us by a Bohemian member in spring 2012, Harbinger’s innovation and phenomenal drive for perfection has been remarkable throughout the club’s dealings with them.

As well as tailoring a slick new design to suit Bohemians’ needs, Harbinger have completely absorbed themselves into the project.

Harbinger’s commitment to the club did not stop when the website went live in October 2012. They take great pride in their work and still go above and beyond the call of duty in the maintenance of the Bohemians website.

As always, please support our sponsors and check out their own new website – www.harbinger.ie.

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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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“THE LADS ARE ON A HIGH BUT THIS WEEKEND IS EVEN BIGGER”

BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY (Dalymount Park, Friday September 27th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians “have nothing to fear” as they face “two hard-working, decent sides” in three days, according to assistant manager Owen Heary.

Bohs face Derry City at home on Friday determined to secure points and to build on last weekend’s win over Shelbourne.

“The lads have been on a high all week. But they know that the result last week is not good enough if we don’t get something from this weekend,” said Heary.

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“Last week we played very well and got our just reward. But this weekend is even bigger, because if we match the results of the clubs around us, or even better them, it would take us out of the bottom three.

“If we win the two games, effectively we’re safe. I don’t want to be waiting until the last two games. I’d like to put this issue to bed this weekend.”

Bohemians are approaching these games with confidence. “When we can go to Pat’s and get a draw, why wouldn’t we be confident?” Heary asks.

“We expect to win every game we approach. The players are starting to enjoy their football. They have been working hard for a long time, but now they really have the bit between their teeth, knowing they’re a good team.”

Derry have proven a hard nut to crack for Bohs this season. In three matches in two competitions Bohemians are still without a win. But Derry’s form since the sides last met in the league, with three wins and six defeats, has been marginally poorer than Bohemians’, with three wins, two draws and five defeats.

Bohemian manager Bobby Browne and assistant Heary have been working with a full squad, and competition for places right through the line-up.

Stephen Traynor’s performances since coming on as a sub against St Patrick’s Athletic four weeks ago demonstrate the effect of this competition. Starting since then against Sligo and Shels, Traynor has contributed strongly to the more numerous goal-scoring opportunities.

“He got his chance when he came on against Pat’s and, in fairness to him, he has grabbed that chance. Bucko [Keith Buckley] is the same. He came on against Pat’s and did exceptionally well,” said Heary.

“There are other players there, who are maybe not getting on to the bench and they’re disappointed. But they’re not letting it get to them. They’re pushing the team on and waiting for their chance, and it might come sooner than they think.”

For Friday, defender Anto Murphy faces a late fitness test with a hamstring strain, with Neil Yadolahi or Daniel Byrne available to replace him. Murphy has been a linchpin of Bohemians’ improved defence and the assistant manager would prefer to give him the additional days to recover rather than risk aggravating the injury by playing him too soon.

Limerick, like Derry, have proven to be stern opposition for Bohemians this season, though Heary considers his team was particularly unlucky against them. “Down there [last April], we were 1-0 up with a half-hour to go and two free kicks cost us the game. We played very well against them up here [in July] and then they hit a long ball, get a good touch on it, and they score,” he said.

“Limerick are a hard-working team, they have a good squad, with good attackers and Stuart [Taylor] has done a great job there. But they may be a bit tired with three games in six days. We’ll go down full of confidence.”

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BOHS BUS TO LIMERICK

The Bohs bus heads to Thomond Park on Monday (September 30th) as the Gypsies take on Limerick.

Check-in is from 3.30pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 4pm sharp and return straight after the game. The fare is €20 return.

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

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.

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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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