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BOHS IN EUROPE – THE EARLY YEARS

Saturday December 7 2019
Jackie Jameson Bar, 12.30pm

Bohemian F.C. finished the season in an impressive third place, securing a return to European competition for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

As well as a return to continental football 2020 also sees four games of the European Championship being played in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

To mark this Dublin City Council libraries are hosting a series of talks on football in Dublin, so what better time to celebrate Bohemians’ European adventures.

Join us in the Jackie Jameson Bar, Dalymount Park on Saturday, December 7th at 12:30pm where Bohs member Gerard Farrell will make a presentation entitled “Bohs in Europe – the early years”.

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While many fans will remember games against Aberdeen, Rhyl, BATE and even Rangers this is a much longer history of Bohs taking on Europe (and the world’s) best and brightest.

This talk will focus on foreign tours as well as challenge matches in Dalymount that took place through the 1920s and 30s featuring teams from France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, South African and even Peru as Bohs represented the league and the fledgling state on football pitches both home and abroad.

The event is free but we hope those attending may make a small donation towards the good work of the Bohemian Foundation.

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EARLY BIRD RESULTS

Congratulations to all the winners in our Christmas Draw Early Bird Draw, which was held last night.

€2000 in cash prizes was handed out. A further €8000 will be handed out at the main event on Saturday December 14.

Tickets, which cost €20 each, can be purchased from Dalymount Park or from our online store.

  • €200 Harley Murray c/o Sean Maguire
  • €200 Pat & Ger c/o P. Flynn
  • €200 Colin Redmond c/o Online
  • €200 Annmarie O’Hare c/o Declan Coughlan
  • €200 David Maguire c/o Sean Maguire
  • €100 Karen Herdman c/o Aidan Herdman
  • €100 Andrew Murphy c/o Liam McDonagh
  • €100 John Mulcahy c/o Liam Howler
  • €100 Paddy McCarthy c/o Liam McDonagh
  • €100 Albert Cooke c/o self
  • €100 Tom Burke c/o self
  • €100 Tom Cassidy c/o self
  • €100 Bernard Kelly c/o J. Maguire
  • €100 Grainne O’Connor c/o Ruadhrí O’Connor
  • €100 Eddie Power c/o self

MAIN DRAW
Saturday December 14, Members’ Bar, 8pm
(Bar open from 7pm, live music and finger food)

  • 1st prize: €2019
  • 2nd prize: €1000
  • 3rd prize: €750
  • 4th prize: €500
  • 5th prize: €250

Plus:

  • 10 x €200 prizes
  • 10 x €100 prizes
  • 10 x €50 prizes

We once again ask members and supporters to support our continuing fundraising efforts as best they can by selling tickets to friends and families.

A big thank-you to Jimmy O’Connor and his fundraising team for their continued and dedicated efforts.

Thank you for your continued support.

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2019 CHRISTMAS DRAW

Tickets for the 2019 annual Christmas Draw are now on sale.

  • Tickets cost €20 each
  • Tickets can be purchased from Dalymount Park or from our online store

There is €10,000 in cash prizes on offer between the Early Bird Draw, which will be held on Sunday November 17, and the Main Draw, which will be held on Saturday December 14.

EARLY BIRD DRAW
Sunday November 17, Members’ Bar, 9pm
(Bar open from 7pm)

  • 5 x €200 prizes
  • 10 x €100 prizes

MAIN DRAW
Saturday December 14, Members’ Bar, 8pm
(Bar open from 7pm, live music and finger food)

  • 1st prize: €2019
  • 2nd prize: €1000
  • 3rd prize: €750
  • 4th prize: €500
  • 5th prize: €250

Plus:

  • 10 x €200 prizes
  • 10 x €100 prizes
  • 10 x €50 prizes

A big thank-you to Jimmy O’Connor and his fundraising team for their continued and dedicated efforts.

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GRANT AND MANDROIU EARN U21 CALL-UPS

Danny Mandroiu and Danny Grant have been included in Stephen Kenny’s 22-man Ireland U21 squad for the upcoming European qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden.

The U-21s are set to travel to Yerevan, Armenia for their qualifier on Thursday, November 14, with kick-off at 12pm (4pm local time), before returning to Ireland to face Sweden on Tuesday, November 19, with kick-off at 8pm.

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Conor Kearns (UCD AFC).

Defenders: Thomas O’Connor (Gillingham, on loan from Southampton), Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Masterson (QPR), Liam Scales (UCD AFC), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Trevor Clarke (Rotherham).

Midfielders: Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jack Clarke (Aston Villa), Connor Ronan (DAC Dunajská Streda, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians).

Wingers: Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers), Danny Grant (Bohemians).

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Aidan Keena (Hearts), Michael Obafemi (Southampton).

St Patrick's Athletic v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

FAI NATIONAL DRAW: CLUB DRAW WINNERS

Please find below a list of winners from our club draw section of the FAI National Draw.

The draw was held on Saturday afternoon in the Members’ Bar. Winners will be contacted in due course.

We wish to thank our fundraising sub-committee for all their efforts with this initiative as well as those of our members, supporters and friends who bought and sold tickets.

Thanks to those efforts, we have raised circa €15,000 from the FAI National Draw this year.

We are also extremely grateful to our friends and sponsors who donated a significant number of top prizes to the club draw.

Hold on to your stubs! There are still plenty of opportunities to win.

Both the Dublin regional and overall national draws will take place on Thursday December 5th at the Aviva Stadium.

A full list of prizes up for grabs is available here.

Please also note that tickets for our Annual Christmas Draw are now on sale from Jimmy O’Connor at Dalymount Park and from our online store.

CLUB DRAW WINNERS

  1. Package for 4 people for an Irish international match including premium level tickets and hotel accommodation: David Ledwith (Ticket number: 46107)
  2. Hamper from Lilliput Trading: Andy Keyes (21771)
  3. €50 voucher for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St: Tommy Murphy (21238)
  4. €50 voucher for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St: Susan Groarke (20728)
  5. €50 voucher for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St: Aaron Shaw (20616)
  6. €50 voucher for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St: Ronan Silke (21364)
  7. €30 voucher for Camile: Niall Boland (21697)
  8. €30 voucher for Camile: Pat Reid (21416)
  9. €30 voucher for Camile: Katie Collins (46273)
  10. €30 voucher for Camile: Alan Smith (21058)
  11. Voucher for Rua Pizza in Phibsborough: Dermot O’Sullivan (21456)
  12. Voucher for lunch/dinner for 2 in Cowtown Café: Colin Redmond  (21746)
  13. Voucher for lunch/dinner for 2 in Cowtown Café: Patrick Hanly (21438)
  14. Voucher for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang: Luciano Santis (20828)
  15. Voucher for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang: Des O’Brien (20589)
  16. Voucher for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang: John Keegan (21184)
  17. €100 voucher for Des Kelly Interiors: Tina Hoban (21033)
  18. €100 voucher for Des Kelly Interiors: Donal Conway (20486)
  19. Free month membership worth €100 for Tri Train Heated Fitness Studio on the Whitworth Rd: Richie O’Connell (21805)
  20. €50 drinks voucher for The Back Page: Neil Mulvey (21916)
  21. Bottle of Dingle Whiskey Small Batch Release: Susan Lambert (20470)
  22. Bottle of Teeling Pot Still: Briain Kavanagh (21510)
  23. Bottle of Coole Swan Liqueur: Noel McStay (21404)
  24. Craft Beer Hamper from Grand Cru Beers: Brian Keenan (20971)
  25. Case of beer from Trouble Brewing: David O’Reilly (20533)
  26. Case of beer from Trouble Brewing: Frank White (20684)
  27. Voucher from Frame FX: Tony O’Connell (20496)
  28. Voucher for a Boiler Service from Atlantic Facilities: Scott Moran (21139)
  29. Signed Ireland jersey: Charlie Monaghan (21154)
  30. Signed Ireland jersey: Scott Ennis (21157)
  31. Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match: Chris Herbert (21343)
  32. Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match: Andrew Payne (20658)
  33. Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match: Cormac Hurrell (20668)
  34. Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match: Christine Jones (20800)
  35. Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match: Larry Mullan (21345)
  36. Pair of FAI Summer Soccer Schools vouchers: Paula Heffernan (21197)
  37. Pair of FAI Summer Soccer Schools vouchers: Tony Johnston  (21165)
  38. Hospitality Package for 4 people to a 2020 Bohs match: Stephen Humphreys (21641)
  39. Hospitality Package for 4 people to a 2020 Bohs match: Eddie Geoghegan (20817)
  40. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Simon Wielens (46238)
  41. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Graham Hoey (21359)
  42. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Ciarán Ó Gogáin (21185)
  43. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Nigel Salmon  (21621)
  44. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Tony Lee (21186)
  45. 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s: Paul McQuillan (21264)
  46. 2020 Bohs Jersey: Tony Kelly (20498)
  47. 2020 Bohs Jersey: John Fitzpatrick (20475)
  48. 2020 Bohs Jersey: Alison Power (20933)
  49. 2020 Bohs Jersey: Paul Brady (21953)
  50. €50 Bohs shop voucher: Fran Brophy (20748)
  51. €50 Bohs shop voucher: Colm Smith (21378)
  52. 2020 Bohs Polo Shirt: Cian McLeod (21114)
  53. 2020 Bohs Polo Shirt: Brian Burke (21405)
  54. 2020 Bohs Polo Shirt: Dillon McDermott (20959)
  55. 2020 Bohs Polo Shirt: Ciaran Farren (21618)
  56. Signed Bohs Jersey: Andy Keyes (21710)
  57. Signed Bohs Jersey: Gary O’Hanlon (21651)
  58. Football signed by the Bohs squad: Emma Ennis (21147)
  59. Football signed by the Bohs squad: Matt Devaney (21958)
  60. Football signed by the Bohs squad: John Flood (46439)
  61. Football signed by the Bohs squad: Gary Walsh (21806)
  62. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Karen Smullen (46371)
  63. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Jim Shanahan (20880)
  64. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Jamie Goldrick (20522)
  65. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Sam Greenwood (20665)
  66. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Sean Murphy (21826)
  67. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Susan Finnegan (21141)
  68. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Willie Carroll (20529)
  69. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Scott Ennis (21159)
  70. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Brendan Buggy (20698)
  71. Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match: Fergal Watt (46447)
Bohemians v UCD - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“We want them to have a reward for their efforts this season”

ENDA McGUILL CUP FINAL
Bohemians U19s v Shamrock Rovers U19s
Saturday November 2 2019
Dalymount Park, 12pm

GENERAL ADMISSION: €5
UNDER-16s GO FREE

Craig Sexton has told his Bohemians U19s to go out and win a trophy he believes their efforts this season deserve.

Sexton’s U19s are looking to lift the Enda McGuill Cup for the second season running having beaten St Pat’s 2-1 in the decider last term.

Their bid to win three league titles in a row came unstuck last month when they lost 3-2 after extra time against eventual finalists Galway United, who lost the league final to Waterford on Monday.

Bohs’ exit from the knockout stages of the league was a particularly harsh lesson.

Having had two men sent off, they finished the game with just eight having used up all their substitutes when a player was forced off through injury.

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It was a cruel exit for a team that had lost just once in 20 games in the Northern Elite Division, which they topped by nine points.

But tomorrow’s Enda McGuill Cup final offers salvation.

Sexton said: “We spoke to the players. We want them to have a reward for their efforts this season.

“We feel they deserve it for all the work they’ve put in over the course of the year and the level of performance they have delivered so consistently.

“They deserve to have something to show for that but they will really have to work for it. It won’t come easily.

“For some of them, this will be their last game for the club at U19s level so we want them to finish up on a high. The perfect way to do that would be to beat Rovers in a Dublin derby at Dalymount to win a trophy.”

Sexton hopes a big home support can help his side over the line tomorrow as his players continue to get used to big occasions at Dalymount Park.

He said: “It’s another big one for the players.

“Some of them have experienced big occasions now with the club through the first team already – the likes of Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy – as well as the Uefa Youth League games this year and last.

“They need to embrace occasions like this and familiarise themselves with them as it’s an important part of their development as players.”

Bohs exited the the Uefa Youth League game by the narrowest of margins nine days ago after losing 1-0 to PAOK in Greece, 2-1 on aggregate.

They were left kicking themselves for not taking their chances in the first leg but Sexton believes the experience is one his players will treasure, adding: “We were disappointed not to progress but we can look back with pride on what was a really positive experience for the players.

“We should have won the first game but the way they played against some of the top young players in Europe will stand to them.”

Please note the the club section of the FAI National Draw will be held in the Members’ Bar after the game.

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

ROB CORNWALL AND DINNY CORCORAN RE-SIGN FOR 2020

Bohemians are delighted to announce that two of our most senior and valued players, Rob Cornwall and Dinny Corcoran, have re-signed for 2020.

Defender Cornwall, 25 last week, joined Bohs from Shamrock Rovers ahead of the 2017 season.

Despite missing spells of this season through injury, this has probably been his most impressive campaign to date as he has developed into one of team’s leaders and a real rock at the heart of defence.

Striker Corcoran, 30, is in his third spell of the club and is a firm fans’ favourite.

His early-season form saw him win SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for February.

Alas his season was ended abruptly after suffering a fractured ankle against Sligo Rovers in May.

Manager Keith Long said: “I’m delighted to have secured two really important players for next season.

“They are two players who make a huge difference to the team whenever they play.

“Rob has become a real leader among the group, he has really stepped up this season.

“There has been a lot of interest in Rob but he sees his future at Dalymount Park and we’re delighted with that.

“Dinny was in the form of his life at the start of the season and he was very unlucky to suffer a freak injury.

“But he is a proven goalscorer and I’ve no doubt he can get back to his best next season.”

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

DEREK PENDER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM FOOTBALL

It is with great regret that Bohemian Football Club today announces that our much-loved captain Derek Pender will tomorrow play his final game after deciding to retire from playing football.

Derek joined Bohemians in 2012 when the club was at perhaps its lowest ebb in its 129 years, with its very existence and that of Dalymount Park facing uncertain times due to multi-million euro debts.

Having played over 200 times for Bohemians since, the club that Derek plays his final game for tomorrow is in a wholly different place than it was eight seasons ago.

He has been a constant shining light and source of inspiration throughout that turnaround.

We could not have asked for a better leader or warrior on the pitch than Derek, a man who has from day one bought into and reflected the values and aspirations of the club, its supporters and those of the backroom team.

Following Keith Long’s appointment as manager in 2015, he made Derek his captain, a decision he describes as one of the best he has ever made.

We have had many great captains since 1890 but the role ‘Detser’ has played in turning our club around will place him up with the best of them.

Our supporters will be devastated that he won’t be leading us out when we compete in the Europa League next season, but will forever be grateful for his efforts in ensuring that the club got there in the first place.

To our captain and leader, we thank you dearly and we hope our supporters give you the send-off you deserve tomorrow night.


Manager Keith Long:

“Sadly tomorrow is the last time we get to see Derek in action as he will hang up his boots after 17 seasons as a League of Ireland player, eight of which he spent here in Dalymount.

“When I was appointed manager, I named Derek captain of the club and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

“If you are looking for a reason why this club is what it is today, then look no further than Derek.

“He is respected in every dressing room up and down the country and he has driven ours.

“The players adore him, respect him and would do anything for him.

“He is a real leader who goes about his business without any fanfare. His story, I believe, is a true inspiration for us all.

“Derek will remain at the club next year in a capacity yet to be determined but as far as I am concerned, he will have a huge role to play in our identity and how the club moves forward.

“Any Bohs player can look to Derek as inspiration and what you can achieve through honesty of effort and dedicating yourself to the game.”

Derek Pender:

“After 17 years playing in our great league, the time has come for me to announce my retirement. I never thought this day would come, it still doesn’t fell real.

“I was always a massive fan of our league. I used to bunk into Dalymount, Tolka and watch in awe of the greats like Owen Heary, Kevin Hunt, Stuart Byrne, Jason Byrne, Jim Crawford and Glen Crowe.

“Not many people have the opportunity to spend 17 years doing what they truly love to do. I have been fortunate to be able to do so yet here I am announcing my retirement as Bohs captain.

“I can’t say I will look back at my career without any regrets. Football gives you the highest of highs but also the lowest of lows. That’s why we love it.

“Tomorrow will be the last time I lead our team out in Dalymount. I’m actually dreading it because I’m going to miss it so much.

“Friday nights in Dalymount are so special to me. Our fans are the best in the world.

“I will never forget the semi-finals we had this year and last season. Those games will burn at me forever but I will always remember Turner’s Cross and the Jodi after both those games and the love we got from our fans.

“You don’t get that at any other club. I thank every one of you. It has been an honour.

“I particularly want to thank Keith. He made me captain when he arrived and gave me the best playing years of my career. I will be forever grateful to you.

“To all the staff – Trevor, Benno, Remy, Cathal, Robbie, Paul, Colly and Aaron – thank you.

“To the volunteers and staff at Bohemians – Daniel, Stephen, Chris, Lynn, Paul, Luke, Matt – and all the members, volunteers who I’ve got to know over the years, you are what make this club special. Thank you.

“To all my team-mates, I’m going to miss being the grumpy old man! Thank you for an amazing season. Against all the odds, we have qualified for Europe.

“Stay together. There is no better place to be than this great club.

“To my wife Jennifer, from U14s to now, thanks for never coming to watch me play! I love you. Thank you.

“She wore.”

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all”

Uefa YOUTH LEAGUE
Champions Path 1st Rd 2nd Leg
PAOK 1 BOHEMIANS U19s 0
(PAOK win 2-1 on aggregate)

Bohemians U19s manager Craig Sexton says his players can hold theirs heads high despite their cruel exit from the Uefa Youth League tonight.

With PAOK leading on an away goals from a 1-1 draw in Dalymount three weeks ago, Sexton’s men knew they had to score to have any chance of progressing.

They had their chances in the first half – Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy with the pick of them – but PAOK grew in confidence as the half grew on with Sean Bohan in the Bohemian goal kept busy, while Andy Lyons had to be quick to clear a goalbound effort.

Bohs came unstuck five minutes into the second half, however, when Dimitrios Panidis fired past Bohan having been set up by Dimitrios Tsopouroglou.

That unsettled Bohs and PAOK had the better of the next 20 minutes or so as they pushed for a second, with Bohan being called into action to keep the tie alive on more than one occasion.

But the Gypsies had their chances too and pushed hard in the final 15 minutes, with an Evan Ferguson effort that went agonisingly over the bar on 90 minutes the best of them as PAOK held out for victory.

Under the cosh, PAOK were noticeably relieved to hear the full-time whistle sound – they progress to play Dynamo Kyiv in the next round.

Disappointed but proud of his men, Sexton admits a failure to take their chances in the first leg came back to haunt his side tonight.

He said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t do enough to win it over the two legs, more disappointed from the first leg as obviously looking back on that performance, the way we played and the chances that we created, we could have come over here with a 2-1 or 3-1 lead.

“But I am extremely proud of the boys. They played extremely well over the two legs, we just needed to be that little bit more clinical.

“It’s a learning curve for them that when chances come around, they don’t come around that often and you need to be clinical when they do.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes tonight we were excellent, Ross Tierney was unlucky not to score after three or four minutes.

“PAOK were the better side after that but we gave it a right go in the last 20. We didn’t go down with a whimper, the players showed great courage and desire.

“They’re all disappointed but they’re not down on the floor. It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all. Myself and all the backroom staff take great pride in their performances over the two legs.

“They’ve shown again they can put it up to the best young players in Europe. We should have won the first leg but perhaps PAOK underestimated us.

“We could see from how much PAOK celebrated after the game that they knew they’d been in a battle. On another day, had we taken some of those chances in the first leg, we might have gone through. But they will learn from this and it will stand to them.”

The season isn’t over for Sexton’s men just yet. They have the small matter of hosting Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup. That game was originally scheduled for Friday November 1 but is now set to rescheduled. We hope to be in a position to confirm a new date in the coming days.

BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan, Denis Smith (Gavin Liam O’Brien 67), Micthell Byrne, Alex Kelly (capt), Gavin Molloy (Robbie Mahon 82), Ross Tierney, Brandon Bermingham, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan (Evan Ferguson 55), Thomas Considine (Katlego Mashigo 55), Andy Lyons. Subs not used: Jamie Cleary, Jack Casey, Jack Funge.

Bohs and PAOK

“There’s no doubt in our minds as to what we have to do over here”

PAOK (1) v BOHEMIANS U19s (1)
UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE
Champions Path 1st Round, 2nd Leg
Wednesday October 23 2019
Toumba Stadium, 6pm Greek time/4pm Irish time

Craig Sexton says his Bohemians U19s are under no illusions as to their objectives against PAOK tomorrow.

Sexton’s Bohs U19s arrived in Thessalonica yesterday knowing they have to score at the Toumba Stadium to have any chance of progressing through to second round of the Uefa Youth League.

Barring a miracle, Ukrainians Dynamo Kyiv, who have an 8-0 first-leg lead over Shkëndija of North Macedonia, await the winners in the next round.

Bohs were by far the better team against PAOK at Dalymount Park three weeks ago and were frustrated not to be travelling to Greece ahead in the tie, instead drawing 1-1, giving PAOK the advantage with the away goal.

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Jack Moylan put Bohs ahead after just six minutes but Antonis Gaitanidis hit back four minutes later.

The Gypsies dominated possession and worked the opposition keeper throughout. But Christos Tallchmanidis was a man possessed in the PAOK goal.

As well as denying a Dawson Devoy spot kick, he pulled off a rake of stunning saves, particularly in the dying embers of the game as Bohs piled on the pressure.

Sexton said: “We played very well, but we hope to improve on our first-leg performance by being a little bit more clinical. With the chances we had in that game, we probably could and should be coming over here with a lead.

“But we’re not, so we there’s no doubt in our minds as to what we have to do over here.

“We can’t sit back. We have to score or we’re out. PAOK have the away goal so we know the objective here is to go out and play and try to score.”

Sexton’s travelling party has been bolstered by the inclusion for this leg of Andy Lyons, who has enjoyed a real breakthrough season in the first team, deputising with a maturity beyond his years when called upon to fill in for skipper Derek Pender at right-back.

He, along with skipper Alex Byrne, Seán Bohan, Ross Tierney, Thomas Considine and Mitchell Byrne, is one of six players to have been involved in last season’s Uefa Youth League ties against FC Midtjylland of Denmark, which Bohs lost 4-2 on aggregate.

It is an altogether new experience for the group of which Evan Ferguson, who turned 15 last week, is the youngest.

Sexton said: “Travelling abroad, staying in hotels, playing in big stadiums, this is new for a lot of them but they’ve settled in well.

“We got to see the stadium yesterday. It’s great venue. A big, old wraparound stadium, 30,000 all-seater, so it will something most of them will be experiencing for the very first time.

“But the mood in the camp is great. They’re relaxed, fully grasp the challenge that is ahead of them and are looking forward to it.”

While this is an altogether new experience for most of them, many of Sexton’s squad have of late been gaining much experience on other fronts.

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

Lyons, who starred at the U19 European Championships this summer, is by some stretch the most experienced of the group.

But the likes of Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy and Ferguson have sampled first-team football in the league, while others like Seán Bohan, Alex Byrne and Mitchell Byrne have been involved with first-team matchdays squads as well.

Tierney, a St Kevin’s Boy since he was eight, in particular has caught the eye for the first team in recent months having shone throughout the Bohs-SKB partnerships teams and Bohs U19s previously.

He has taken the step-up his stride and has become something of a fans’ favourite in the process, while Devoy has had encouraging appearances in recent weeks also.

Both men have benefited from a freak run of injuries for Keith Long’s first team but have not looked out of place when called into action.

There has been international recognition too with Bohan, Tierney and Devoy all making their first appearances for Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19s in a friendly against Denmark last week.

Sexton said: “The likes of Ross and Dawson have been the lucky ones this year but they’ve rewarded the trust Keith Long has shown them. They’ve both made a huge impact, particularly Ross. I think Keith has probably found it hard to drop him!

“Ross is Ross. He’s an infectious character on and off the pitch. He’s not a bawler on the pitch, he lets his football do the talking. He leads by the way he plays.

“If there’s a mould of the kind of player we want to bring through, Ross is it.

“You’re hoping experiences like this year and last can stand to these players if and when they make the step-up to the first team.

“Ultimately that’s my job and the job of all the managers and coaches down through the Bohs-SKB U17s, U15s and U13s is to get the best out of players and get them ready to be funnelled into Keith’s first team or beyond.

“Keith drives all of that – throughout the set-ups. We’re lucky we have a first-team manager who will give youth a chance and isn’t afraid to back them.

“That’s yielded great results this season and hopefully we’ll have more given that opportunity next season. That’s what this is all about.”

Bohs U19s in Greece - Aaron Fitzsimons
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