INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR BOHS AT U21 and U19 LEVEL

Iceland v Republic of Ireland - UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1

There was further international recognition for Bohemians during the international window over the past week.

IRELAND U21s

Danny Mandroiu returned to the starting line-up for his second start for Stephen Kenny’s Ireland U21s yesterday afternoon.

Ireland fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Iceland in Reykjavik with the hosts’ goal coming from a contested penalty decision. The spot kick was dispatched by Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen, son of Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Mandroiu was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw against Italy at Tallaght on Tuesday but also started last month’s victory away to Sweden last month having being sprung from the bench in qualifiers against Armenia and Luxembourg.

Bohs team-mate and fellow ex-St Kevin’s man Darragh Leahy missed both games this window.

He had previously been an ever-present since Kenny took over but suffered an ankle injury picked up during the previous international window against Armenia, which was then aggravated against Sweden. It has ruled him out since and will see him miss the remainder of the season.

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There was reward for another Bohs man though as in-form Danny Grant was drafted into Kenny’s squad for the first time ahead of the Iceland trip.

While he didn’t feature this time around, at 19, time is on his side to make an impact at this level and his inclusion at this stage is encouraging for the future.

Prior to this season, the last Bohs player to play for the Ireland U21s was Paddy Madden away to Armenia in 2009.

IRELAND U19s

Bohemians trio Seán Bohan, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy all made debuts for the Ireland U19s in their 2-0 friendly defeat against Denmark at the Showgrounds on Monday.
Bohs were the best represented club in Tom Mohan’s 28-man squad.

Tierney started the game, playing 60 minutes, while Devoy and Bohan were introduced after half-time and on the hour respectively.

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Tierney and Devoy had been excused from Mohan’s squad for the 1-0 loss against the same opposition and at the same venue on Friday.

The former instead had a starring role in Bohs’ 2-1 win over champions Dundalk that night and the latter, still only 17, had another encouraging cameo off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the same game.

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

All three have come through the Bohs-SKB partnership teams and travel to Greece next week for Bohs U19s’ Uefa Youth League tie second leg against PAOK in Thessalonica on Wednesday.

Craig Sexton’s side go over with a 1-1 draw from the first leg and with everything play for.

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Disappointingly, their bid to make it three league titles in a row came unstuck 10 days ago at the quarter-final stage of the league with a cruel 3-2 defeat in extra time at home to Galyway Utd.

Bohs finished the game with just eight men having had two men sent off and another forced off through injury after all substitutions had already been made.

It was harsh on Bohs who had lost just once in 20 games in the league section and topped the Northern Elite Division by nine points.

But as well as the Uefa Youth League return leg to look forward to, they are not finished domestically either.

They have a home final in the Enda McGuill Cup against Shamrock Rovers to come as well. No date has been set for that but it is likely to be the week after they return from Greece.

Bohs are the current holders of the McGuill Cup having beaten St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 away last season in the final with two goals from Ali Reghba.

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