U14: BOHEMIANS 1 EAST MEATH UTD 3

Bohemians faced EMU in a cup match on Saturday. Bohs began brightly with some great work by Jamie Clowry and Sam Hegany on the right side of the pitch.

Bohs continued to have the majority of the early action with the centre midfield doing some great defensive work. The Gypsies had another great opportunity after about 10 mins with some great work from Kamil Schlass and Andy Mulholland, they combined well and were unlucky to see their shot going inches wide.

As the match went on, the recent weather affects on the pitch started to show, as Bohs slick passing and movement was becoming ever harder to perform. Two quick counter attacks by the visitors left Bohs trailing at half-time.

As Bohs pushed forward more it gave the visitors a chance to take control of the centre of the pitch and possession became more even. Bohs responded, however, firstly a free-kick from Kamil Schlass which the keeper wasn’t able to hold  at first nearly led to a goal by Lido Lotefa, who showed a great response to move in so quickly.

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Kamil was not to miss again as he finished off Bohs next free kick with aplumb, as he placed it into the top corner of the goal. Bohs continued to attack but were unfortunately caught out again, as the visitors restored their two-goal lead.

Bohs showed an improvement in their play from their last game, with a noticeable improvement in their set-pieces and defensive play, with Sam Carroll and Andy Mulholland showing how to defend from the front.

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.

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