WATERFORD FRIENDLY ABANDONED

WATERFORD UNITED 1 BOHEMIANS 1

Friday’s friendly with Waterford United was abandoned at half-time due to deteriorating conditions at a rain-soaked RSC.

Karl Moore had given Owen Heary’s side a fourth-minute lead before former Bohemians midfielder Shane Murray equalised from the penalty spot on 42 minutes after he was fouled in the box by Anto Murphy.

Waterford United: Kevin Burns, Conor Whittle, Thomas Whitty, Paddy Barrett, Gavin Kavanagh, Gary Delaney, Kynan Rocks, Shane Murray, Willie John Kiely, Vinny Sullivan, Paul Quilty.  Subs: Philip Drohan, Stephen Kenny, Thomas Croke, Peter White, Gavin O’Donovan, Matthew Connor, Shaun Corcoran, Patrick Fitzgerald.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Philly McCabe, Anto Murphy, Aidan Price, Kevin Devaney, Ryan McEvoy, Craig Walsh, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Dinny Corcoran.  Subs: Steven Beattie, Roberto Lopes, Jason Byrne, Andy Mulligan, Jack Memery, Stephen Traynor, Lee Murphy.

SWORDS NO MATCH FOR STEVEN’S CUTTING EDGE

BOHEMIANS 4 SWORDS CELTIC 0

A goal from skipper Derek Pender and a hat-trick by trialist Steven Beattie ensured that Bohemians’ first fixture of 2014 resulted in a comfortable victory over Swords Celtic at Martin Savage Park in Scribblestown, writes CONOR HAYES.

Played on a bitterly cold Sunday evening, the game was lit up by half-time substitute Beattie who provided three expert finishes, all in the second half, to turn this one into a rout.

Bohs’ six off-season signings were included in the starting XI and Owen Heary’s men began the game confidently, looking to spray the ball around the park. They had much of the possession during this opening period but failed to create a chance against the Swords Celtic back-line, who started the game defending deep.

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It was one of the new boys who had the Gypsies’ first real shot in anger on 16 minutes. A free-kick floated into the box had been half-cleared by Celtic’s defence, allowing left-back Jack Memery, signed from Shelbourne, to hit a vicious, dipping volley from outside the area which flew just wide.

Bohs grew more in confidence after this and Karl Moore began causing problems down the right-hand side for the Swords defence. It was no surprise, therefore, that he was heavily involved when Bohs broke the deadlock in the 27th minute. Good play from the former Manchester City youngster on the wing saw him pick out Craig Walsh inside the box. The ex-UCD midfielder’s blocked shot landed to the feet of Pender, who coolly finished with his left foot from just inside the area.

Swords seemed rattled by falling behind and a poor lofted backpass which goalkeeper Simon Dunne couldn’t clear fell to Patrick Kavanagh – the winger signed from Derry City should have scored with the goal at his mercy.

On 38 minutes, Dunne redeemed himself with a wonderful save from Moore,whose hooked shot from the right edge of the area seemed destined for the net before being dragged away by the net minder and out for a corner.

Bohs made seven changes at the break but this didn’t seem to disrupt their rhythm as Walsh shot just over with the second half barely a minute old. Next, Andy Mulligan found Dinny Corcoran in the box but his knock-down just failed to find Beattie. The striker, who has enjoyed spells in the US, Canada and Iceland, would soon get his name on the scoresheet, however.

On 58 minutes, the best moment of the game arrived. A disallowed goal from Celtic for a handball allowed Bohs to clear with a searching ball from defence. It eventually found its way to Beattie who, on the turn, hit a stunning scissor kick volley into the top corner of the net. A marvelous strike.

But Beattie was not done yet. Ten minutes later, a short corner found its way to sub Kevin Devaney, whose cross went through a melee of bodies untouched only to find Beattie creeping at the back post. The striker finished tidily from six yards to claim his second of the night.

Swords began to visibly tire at this point and striker Corcoran missed two glorious chances to put a real gloss on the scoreline. The first set up by Anto Murphy’s header and the second saw the former Drogheda and UCD man fluff his lines after nice interplay between Stephen Traynor and Mulligan.

Bohs would not be denied a fourth though and three minutes from time, Beattie completedhis hat-trick. The forward rounded the keeper and slotted home after a brilliant through ball by Traynor.

So, a good result and a nice run-out for boss Heary, who was able to use 21 players on the night. Bohs continue their pre-season itinerary against Waterford United on Friday evening at the R.S.C.

Bohemians: Lee Murphy (Dean Delany 45), Jack Memery (Philly McCabe 45), Aidan Price, Roberto Lopes (Lee Whelan 80), Derek Pender (Anto Murphy 69), Keith Buckley (Kevin Devaney 45), Ryan McEvoy (Stephen Traynor 45), Craig Walsh (Jake Hyland 65), Karl Moore (Andy Mulligan), Patrick Kavanagh (Steven Beattie 45), Jason Byrne (Dinny Corcoran 45).

Swords Celtic: Simon Dunne, Brian Finnigan, Mark Gibson, Keith Reilly, Niall Hudson, Adam Hanley, Paul Shields, Andrew Timmons, Gavin Whelan, Stephen O’Reilly, Daniel Smith.

Referee: Ben Connolly.

HEARY SCORES IN FITTING FAREWELL

Over 1000 spectators and 36 players created a lively atmosphere for the Owen Heary Tribute Match at Dalymount Park on Sunday afternoon, writes Brian Trench.

Glen Crowe and Dessie Baker rolled back the years as they scored for Bohemian XI and Shelbourne XI respectively.

The crowd appreciated the flicks and feints of Joseph Ndo and double goal-scorer Killian Brennan, and the several audacious chips and lobs of Neale Fenn.

There were repeated cheers for the efforts of Owen Heary, who played the first half in Shelbourne strip and the second half in a Bohemian shirt.

The biggest cheer came in the second half when Heary hit a speculative lob from 40 yards that somehow found the net having touched the post and goalkeeper Fred Davis’ (yes! he played too) shoulder. Heary immediately left the field to long applause.

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The goalkeeper at the other end, Lee Murphy, recently signed to Bohemians from Shelbourne, had the dubious distinction of picking up the only yellow card.

Like others of the currently active players, Murphy was more energetic than some of the veterans and he pulled off several fine saves, including one from Owen Heary.

When Shelbourne were awarded a soft penalty and the spot-kick was given to Shels fan Fran Reilly, Murphy dived low to his right and saved it. Referee Paul Tuite gave him a yellow card, presumably for bad sportsmanship!

Five goals down after Heary’s score, Shelbourne continued to look for consolation. When second-half sub Dessie Baker eventually scored with a fine shot, Tuite blew the final whistle.

Following Saturday night’s tribute dinner, when Johny Logan, Eric Lalor and a very enthusiastic Dermot Keely were among those who entertained the gathering, Sunday’s match provided a fitting farewell tor Owen Heary, the player.

Owen Heary, the manager, will continue to grace Dalymount Park and inspire the next generation of players.

Bohemians selection: Lee Murphy, Owen Heary, Thomas Heary, Glen Crowe, Neale Fenn, Mark Rossitter, Anto Murphy, Ken Oman, Jason McGuinness, Fergal Harkin, Stephen O’Donnell, Ryan McEvoy, Killian Brennan, Conor Powell, Dave Mulcahy, Jason Kavanagh (Winner of fan auction).

Managed by Pat Fenlon

Shelbourne Selection: Steve Williams, Richie Baker, Owen Heary, Stuart Byrne, Jamie Harris, Alan Cawley, Declan Geoghegan, Stephen Geoghegan, Jim Crawford, Kevin Doherty, Jason Byrne, Ollie Cahill, Glen Fitzpatrick, Joseph N’do, Alan Reynolds, Derek Pender, Fred Davis, Dave Rogers, Dessie Baker, Fran Reilly (winner of fan auction).

Managed by Dermot Keely

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