BOHEMIANS XI v SUPERQUINN WALKINSTOWN (Wednesday November 13th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

A Bohemians XI will host Superquinn Walkinstown on Wednesday November 13th in Dalymount Park.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and entry is just €5.

All proceeds on the night will go to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

Please come along and show your support for a very worthy cause.

Pictured is Bohemians assistant manager Owen Heary alongside Kevin Brady and Graham McHugh of Superquinn Walkinstown.

“We have to go up there and do the business”

DROGHEDA UNITED v BOHEMIANS (Friday October 25th, Hunky Dorys Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians go into their final game of the season needing at least a draw to guarantee survival in the Premier Division.

With a two-point lead over the teams immediately below them in the league, Bohemians would also avoid the relegation play-off if those two teams fail to win their respective matches.

“We have to look after our own game first. We have to go up there and do the business,” said Bohemian manager Bobby Browne.


“We have to look to get the point we need. Football can kick you when you’re down and the other games could go against us.”

Bohemians come to this crunch game following defeat last week to Bray Wanderers in a game that Browne considers neither side deserved to win.

“It was a very poor game from the start. It looked like both teams were willing to settle for a draw. It took only one lapse of concentration and the ball was in the net. Too many of our players were down a gear. We have to rectify that this week.”

In the league this season Bohemians and Drogheda United have played out two draws. Last May in Hunky Dorys Park they shared four goals and six yellow cards. In July, in Dalymount Park, they drew 1-1 and again had three yellow cards each.

Drogheda United put Bohs out of the FAI Cup last May on their way to next month’s final.

Browne and assistant Owen Heary hope to have Anto Murphy (recovered from ulcer) and Dave Mulcahy (recovered from ankle injury) available for Friday. The two have been training but are subject to late fitness tests.

“It would be a big plus to have them both on the park in terms of experience and know-how and encouraging the young players,” said Browne.

With or without these two experienced players Bohemians may make some changes to their line-up, aiming to inject greater urgency into their play.

“We have a lot of players in the squad who have not had the experience of a relegation battle. We have to give them as much support as possible,” said Browne. “But when they cross that white line they have to motivate themselves.

“We have had great support over the last weeks. The players now have to go out and give a performance.”



BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS (Friday October 18th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians host Bray Wanderers on Friday, knowing a point will make them safe in the Premier Division.

But Bray, who have been in similar situations before, have shown they can still make things uncomfortable for Bohemians.

“We have been hammering it home to the lads: it’s not done and dusted,” said Bohemian manager Bobby Browne. “We have lots of points on board from playing well but we still need another point.


“It’s going to be a battle, a dog-fight. There might not be much football in it but we have to roll up our sleeves and dig out a result.”

When he joined the club a month ago Browne saw the intensive, high-tempo training, the strong morale and the professional approach, and recalls telling assistant Owen Heary: “This is not a relegation team”.

Browne’s experience since then has confirmed his view of the team’s potential not just to survive in the Premier Division but to progress further next year.

He has also been working with the under-19s and they are recovering from a rough patch. There are some players in that group, Browne believes, who could step up to the senior squad next year.

“We have been concentrating on survival in the league. It was our clear priority to make sure Bohs were in the Premier Division next year. As soon as that is secure, we need to sit down with the players and plan ahead.”

Bohemians may go into Friday’s game without ex-Bray player, Dave Mulcahy. The 35-year-old has been a rock at the centre of midfield and an example to the younger players through his work-rate. He took a knock to the ankle in last weekend’s match against Dundalk and is unlikely to be fit for selection.

This may mean Darragh Reynor plays in the centre as Shane Murray, who injured his knee against Limerick, has returned to training but may not make the match-day squad.

Defender Anto Murphy (ulcer) remains out but his replacement, Neil Yadolahi, topped up his effective performance of defensive duties with a stoppage-time equaliser against Dundalk.

“Neil has plenty of confidence and scoring the goal is great for him too. He has also been doing the basic things well and he hasn’t looked out of place,” said Browne.

The late equaliser was just reward, he added. “Our first-half performance was maybe the worst since I came in. We were sitting off them. But the pleasing thing was that we stayed in the game even though we weren’t playing well. We got ourselves together and dug out a result.

“It showed good character and good fighting spirit. Psychologically, it was a massive point for us.”

If Bohemians’ survival is assured late in Friday’s game, Owen Heary may appear in one last competitive game at Dalymount Park as a Bohemian player. Browne believes he deserves much credit for Bohs’ recovery.

“I came into a set-up that was very much Owen’s team and I told him I was not going to change it up, especially as it wasn’t broken,” said Browne. “Hopefully we can finish it off on Friday and Owen will be rewarded.”

Bohs’ recovery began three months ago at the Carlisle Grounds when Bohs ended a losing run with a 3-1 defeat of Friday’s opponents in Heary’s first match as caretaker manager.

Heary and many current and former associates will return next month to Dalymount to celebrate his illustrious 20-year playing career in an Owen Heary Tribute Match (Sunday 17 November, 3pm).


BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK (Dalymount Park, Saturday October 12th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians face Dundalk on a weekend that could settle the battle for survival in the Premier Division.

Following Shelbourne’s defeat on Thursday, Bohemians no longer face possible automatic relegation. If their result on Saturday equals or betters Bray’s on Sunday they avoid having to play-off.

For assistant manager Owen Heary, confirmation of his team’s position in the top flight would represent a notable success. “Maybe there should be stay-up medals,” he joked.


“When we went to the bottom of the table and we were playing Rovers, Pat’s and Sligo, people said we wouldn’t get a point from those games. But we got four points from nine. That gave the players the belief they needed.”

Saturday’s match will test their mettle once again. “Dundalk are a tough team and, after what’s happened in the past week, they’ll want to get a good result,” said Heary.

“People say they have over-achieved but I don’t think they have. They have a good manager, and good players and they have lads who have won medals or played over in England or Scotland, and with experience. But our players know that a win on Saturday will ensure we stay up.”

Dundalk have provided stiff opposition this season, winning both league games against Bohemians and keeping a clean sheet home and away.

Already, Heary is looking to what this squad can do next season if it can be kept together. With the addition of “a couple more experienced players and a couple more in certain positions”, Bohemians could next year be “fighting at the better end of the table, for European places”, Heary believes. “We need to let lads know they’re wanted and do our business early,” he added.

The contribution of the re-signed Anto Murphy – along with those of Delany, Pender, Mulcahy and four-season ‘veteran’ Ryan McEvoy – has shown the value of mixing experience with youth.

But Bohemians must prepare for Friday without Murphy. Having recovered from a hamstring injury, he is being treated for an ulcer.

Heary is pleased with how Neil Yadolahi has stepped up to take Murphy’s place. “He was thrown in at the deep end and he has done very well. He was unlucky in Limerick, when he had a good header and the keeper pulled off a great save.”

Shane Murray’s knee injury from last week’s match against Limerick has turned out not to be as serious as first thought but he remains out for Friday. However, Stephen Traynor, who missed the Limerick game with a quad injury, is back.


LIMERICK v BOHEMIANS (Monday September 30th, Thomond Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians face Limerick FC tonight (Thomond Park, 7.45pm) with Anto Murphy (hamstring) and Stephen Traynor (quad) out injured.

Assistant manager Owen Heary saluted his players’ performance on Friday and said: “We’re going down there to get a result. The lads are full of confidence.”

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