U12: CLONTARF 3 BOHEMIAN FC 2

Bohemians’ Under-12s were playing away to Clontarf on Saturday. They unfortunately got off to a bad start after Clontarf scored from an early corner.

After that, the majority of the attacking play was from Bohs, with Padhraig Doran doing some great work in midfield. Bohs had two great chances but could not get the ball into the goal.

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Clontarf then made a great break and with a shot from outside the box and with an unlucky bounce for the keeper, Clontarf scored.

Bohs brought on Keith O’Connor Smith and Jimmy Cripps and with their introduction, the away side were again on top of possession. Again though, Clontarf broke and scored with one of the last kicks of the first half.

After half-time, Bohs came out like a steam train, piling the pressure on Clontarf. The home team did well to hold out until Jamie Martin fired a shot into the bottom corner.

Great defending from James Duke ensured there was no more slip-ups in defence, while Bohs continued to pressurise. They were awarded a free-kick outside the box which Lee Gorman cooly put into the top corner.

Bohs had more chances with Luke Conroy and Brad Mooney linking up, but the effort was held well by the home keeper. Some great football was played by the Bohs Under-12s, which will give them positive confidence in the next few months.

U19 LFA CUP: NEWBRIDGE TOWN 3 BOHEMIANS 3

Bohemians lost this O’Neills LFA Under-19 Cup quarter-final 3-1 on penalties after extra time.

U17 LFA Cup: Lourdes Celtic 1 Bohemians 3

Conditions were bad with a blustery gale blowing throughout this last-16 Leinster Youth Cup tie. Bohemians (17P NDSL) scored first against Lourdes (17P DDSL) with a couple of one-twos down the right side.

Jason Fox got in behind the Lourdes back-line and squared the ball for Dillon Kelly to rifle home. Bohs were on the attack again but, unfortunately, just before half-time a long clearance from the Lourdes defence found their centre forward who was able to draw them level.

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Bohs were strong again in the second half. Ciaran Maguire and Stephen Mullin dominated the midfield allowing our offensive players get on the ball. Our passing was slicker and more controlled. A pass from midfield found centre-forward Dillon Kelly, who protected the ball and set Adam Murphy who put a 30-yard strike into the top left hand corner. 2-1 to Bohemians.

We continued to create chances and got our reward with another flowing move that got Jason Fox behind the Lourdes back four and he squared to Dillon Kelly for a simple tap in to make it 3-1. We continued to create more chances and could have easily scored another couple. Lourdes had a man sent off six minutes from the end for a second bookable offence.

U16A: MALAHIDE UTD 3 BOHEMIANS 1

The team played well and had four players making their debut for the club.

Shane Darcy and debutant Josh Scullien both super performances in midfield, which lead to our goal from Mossy Nasser.

The team is working on all aspects of the game and is improving with every training session.

U14 Brendan McKENNA CUP: Bohemians 1 EAST MEATH UTD 1

The home team were up against it in this first round tie with only 11 players due to injuries. The side did very well to get accustomed to new positions.

With this, the away side had the majority of possession in the game and went ahead. Bohs equalised midway through the second half after Sam Carroll got on the end of a great through pass and slotted the ball home past the oncoming keeper.

The players were concentrating on getting their passing right with some fantastic vision and confidence from Sam Hegany and Gianpiero Fragnoli, while midfielders Kamil Schlass and Sean Smith caused EMU problems.

The plaudits must go to the defence, with Shane McDermott and William Hondermarck keeping the visitors at bay.

U12E: Malahide Utd 4 Bohemians 2

Although the weather was very blustery and the pitch was a bit soft, that made no difference to both teams who put on a great show.

Bohs started very brightly, having most of the possession and a number of shots without reply but were caught on the brake to concede the first goal.

The best move of the first half came from Kevin McFadden, who collected the ball on the right wing and beat two players with style before putting a perfect low, driven cross into the box towards Lennon Connolly, which was turned in by the Malahide defender to level the match.

The second half was much the same as the first, with Bohs sticking to our game-plan of short, sharp passing and patience in our build-up. Unfortunately we were caught twice by two quick brakes, which left Bohs trailing 3-1.

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A glimmer of hope came when Michael Meehan took the ball by two players and was just about pull the trigger as he was taken down in the box. Michael then converted from the spot with a smart finish into the top right hand corner to make it 3-2.

At 3-2 Bohs tried to push for the equalizer and were punished by a very nice Malahide passage of play. A beautiful ball was played from the right side into the box to the unmarked striker, who finished well with a first time volley into the bottom left hand corner to make it 4-2 and seal the win for Malahide.

Overall it was a brilliant game of football and everyone played exceptionally well.

CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING

Bohemians’ youth section have again set the standard by hosting a Child Protection Course in Dalymount Park.

The youth section prides itself on having coaches who put the child first with safety and development the priority ahead of results. They have now taken another step in the right direction by organising this training.

As well as the Youth Secretary Willy O’Brien and Youth Development Officer Kay McKenna, all coaches in the youth section have now completed child protection training, as well as all parent reps in the section.

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The Youth Officer was delighted  with the workshop, Kay said: “It allowed coaches to be more sensitive to different backgrounds, and opens their eyes to certain circumstances, whether it is financial or to do with their nutrition. It gave you positive ways to work with players and ways to speak to them.”

The course was three hours long but enjoyable. As well as a large Bohemian presence, several other clubs were also represented.

Club President Matt Devaney and Honorary Secretary Stephen Lambert also took time out to complete the workshop. Devaney said: “Everyone was happy about completing the training. Although it was sensitive material, the training was positive and people had fun.”

The Bohs youth section has already begun to make sure its procedures and policies are up to date so that it is one of the safest footballing environments for players, coaches and fans in the country.

The Bohemian FC Child Protection Officer Tomás McElhinney can be contacted on 085 1456984.

Youths Pub Quiz

A pub quiz was held for the Bohemian Youth Section on Saturday night. Parents and coaches enjoyed a fantastic mix from Martin Cripps and some interesting questions from Dublin history to computer programming.

Much-needed funds were raised for the youth section, while some participants also got to go home with some fantastic raffle prizes that were donated.

The winners on the night were with the Smith family, but we would like to thank anyone who helped out on the night through participation to the newly formed parents committee and the people who donated prizes for the night.

We hope to see you and even more support at our next event.

UNDER-18s IN POLE POSITION

Everyone at Bohemians would like to wish our Under-18s the best of luck as they travel to Poland at the end of the month.

Robbie Giles’ men will take on both Legia Warsaw’s Under-19 and Under-17 teams on Thursday November 28th and Saturday November 30th respectively.

Legia have also invited the Bohs boys to their senior team’s Europa League clash against Italian giants Lazio on Thursday November 28th.

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Manager Giles said: “This trip is a bonus for everyone involved in the team. We’ll be up against top calibre opposition and that’s a challenge that’s really welcome because it’ll help get us to a level that you only get to when playing top level opposition.

“Our last season was extremely successful. We won every single league game, followed it with victory in the Kells Tournament and a great performance and ‘Golden Plate’ award during the prestigious Milk Cup competition in Derry.

“Our aim for this season is very clear – we want to win the league again and perform well in all cups we’re in. We also want to get good results from our trip to Poland. The lads realise they are in a great position representing the club and will be putting in a big effort.”

Under-18s coach Adam Firych is looking forward to accompanying the team to his native country.

He said: It’s a great opportunity to take the lads to my homeland and play against one of the best teams in Poland.

“Legia’s Under-17 won the Polish Championship last year and their Under-19s finished fifth in the top league. Getting more game-time and playing high tempo games will give us better experience to deal with high standard opposition.

“We will have to play to a high level against Legia teams if we are to compete, but we have the players and they know it’s a platform to display their ability. They’re a great bunch of lads and are anxious to give a good account of themselves.

“Wins in both games would be the best gift for Christmas but we don’t expect any presents from Legia! Their academy is really professional and some of the players have been capped for Poland Under-17 and Under-19 international teams. We need to be fully prepared physically, tactically and mentally. Our lads can’t wait for the trip.”

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