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Andy Lyons, returning from his star performance at the U19 European Championships, put in an impressive shift in Bohs’ late 3-2 win v Shelbourne in the first round of the FAI Cup on Friday. Jamie O’Halleron caught up with him after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.


The magic of the FAI Cup was alive and well in Dalymount Park last night, as Bohs came from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against First Divison leaders Shelbourne. Jamie O’Halleron spoke to Keith Long after the game. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

GOALS: Bohemians 3 Shelbourne 2


BOHS LEAVE IT late to come from 2-0 down in a hotly contested Dublin Derby with Danny Mandroiu the hero striking twice at the death.

The pre match atmosphere was electric as fans flooded into the “Home of Irish Football” with both sets of raucous fans giving as good as they were getting!

It was just a shame that the first half didn’t live up to the off-field anticipation. The hosts dominated possession early on, but found it hard to break down a stubborn Shels rearguard who looked well drilled.

Keith Long opted for a near full strength outfit with Keith Buckley returning to skipper the side, along with Irish under-19’s hero Andy Lyons coming in at right back. And it was Lyons who looked the most threatening for the home side getting in behind Lorcan Fitzgerald or cutting inside.


Meanwhile, Ian Morris’ Reds – just four games away from securing a return to the top flight – made 5 changes to the side who suffered a surpising 1-0 defeat away at Cobh Ramblers last weekend and grew into the game as the half wore on. Jaze Kabia looked a threat on the break with his pace, while Conan Byrne put in a dangerous free kick that Derek Prendergast was inches away from getting a toe on.

The best chance of the game came just after the re-start, when Darragh Leahy picked out front man Andre Wright, who was unlucky to see his powerful header come off the outside of the post.

Dayle Rooney and Danny Mandroiu exchanged strikes as the game began to come to life. The visitors missed a guilt edged chance just before the hour mark and really should have taken the lead. Jaze Kabia won the ball back briliantly in the Bohs box, before teeing up Conan Byrne who somehow missed from 10 yards out.

That was Byrne’s last action of the night, who was then replaced by Ciran Kilduff who made an instant impact putting his side ahead. Shane Farrell showed great pace on the break before slipping in his front man. Kilduff seemed to take an eternity before striking home with his left.

Bohs finally exploded into life and missed chance after chance to equalise, none better than Wade-Slater who was put clean through on goal following a neat passing move on the edge of the area. But the wideman could only shoot tamely at the onrushing Delaney.

Bohs, chasing the equaliser, were caught on the break as Kilduff had the freedom of the half to play in Shane Farrell to smash home to the far post. Incredibly, Jaze Kabia was shown a second yellow for time wasting getting back into his own half.

Just as it looked beyond The Gypsies, Keith Buckley smashed home from the edge of the area and with two minutes remaining of normal time, up stepped Danny Mandroiu who hammered a deflected effort past the helpless Delaney.

And the tie wasn’t done just yet, there was still time for Mandroiu to show his class. Picking the ball up on the edge of the area and striking a sweet effort into the top corner to win it as the home fans erupted.

A breathtaking end to an epitome of a game of two halves.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Darragh Leahy, Aaron Barry, Danny Mandroiu, Danny Grant (Ross Tierney 85’ ), Conor Levingston (Keith Ward 65’ ), Andre Wright, Keith Buckley, James Finnerty, Andy Lyons, Luke Wade-Slater

Subs: Michael Kelly, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward, Ryan Graydon, Michael Barker, Ross Tierney

Shelbourne FC: Dean Delaney, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Oscar Brennan, Conan Byrne (Ciaran Kilduff 61’ ), Daniel McKenna, Shane Farrell, Dayle Rooney (Darragh Noone 79’ ), Sean Quinn (James English 89’ ), Derek Prendergast, Luke Byrne, Jaze Kabia

Subs: Colin McCabe, Alex O’Hanlon, Ciaran Kilduff, James English, Aidan Friel, Greg Moorehouse, Darragh Noone

Referee: Rob Harvey

Bohs players celebrate at full-time - Stephen Burke

“We know them, they know us. So the knowledge probably cancels each other out.”

BOHEMIANS v SHELBOURNE FAI Cup, Friday August 8 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Match sponsor: AW Ennis.
Matchball sponsor: Celtic Whiskey Shop and Wines on the Green

It has been six years since Dublin’s oldest rivals faced each other in a game of note.

But despite that void, there will be many faces familiar to Dalymount Park lining out for Shelbourne tonight.

A far cry from the ding-dong title-deciding derbies of the noughties, Bohemians and Shels last faced off in a game that really mattered in 2013 when both were fighting relegation.

Shels’ 3-0 win at Dalymount in June of that year was the beginning of the end for then Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan.

That result was reversed three months later when the Gypsies, then under the guidance of Owen Heary, made amends at Tolka Park.


Bohs fans in Tolka Park in 2013. Pic: Paul Reynolds

Bohs fans in Tolka Park in 2013. Pic: Paul Reynolds

Bohs went on to beat the drop, while Heary’s former side slid out of the division once more. Both clubs were at a low ebb at the time with multi-million debts and uncertain futures.

But with those debts largely cleared now and with a groundshare at a redeveloped Dalymount on the horizon, there is renewed belief and optimism in both camps.

Bohs, under the dedicated stewardship of Keith Long, are pushing for a place in Europe, while Shels, in former Gypsy Ian Morris’ first season in management, are on course to win promotion back to the Premier Division.

There have been insignificant meetings in the EA Sports and Leinster Senior cups in the intervening years, but tonight sees Dublin’s oldest derby elevated to top billing once more.

Bohs had the bragging rights the last time the sides met in this competition – Paddy Madden scoring the only goal of the game at Dalymount Park in 2010.

But Shels had the more significant victory a decade earlier in 2000, with Pat Fenlon – a Bohs cup winner as a player in 1992 and as a manager in 2008 – scoring the winner in Dalymount Park the last time a cup final replay was used to determine the winners of the competition.

Bohs vice-captain Keith Buckley is a veteran of those relegation six-pointers in 2013 and so too are some of the players likely to line out for Shels tonight – albeit they donned the red and black of Bohs six years ago.

Dean Delany, Dan Byrne, Luke Byrne and Karl Moore all played their part in keeping Bohs in the top flight that season.

But tonight they and a total of nine ex-Bohs men in the Shels first-team squad – Colin McCabe, Lorcan Fitzgerald, John Ross Wilson, Derek Prendergast and Oscar Brennan being the others – will come to Dalymount with a point to prove against their former employers.

Throw in the fact Shels manager Morris and his assistant Jason McGuinness are also formerly of this parish, you could field an entire Shels XI made up of former Bohemians.

Bar his one season with Bray Wanderers in 2017, Bucko has been with Bohs since 2010 and has played alongside most of them during that time.

He said: “There are a lot of familiar faces. More than half their squad have been with us at some point.

“We know them, they know us. So the knowledge probably cancels each other out. There’s no advantage there for either side.

“I haven’t been talking to any of them, even lads I’d be close to like Luke Byrne. Once the draw was made you want to focus on the game, you don’t want distractions.

“But I know both sets of fans were delighted to draw each other, it has the makings of a good cup tie.

“It should be a great atmosphere. It’s been a long time since the clubs played each other in a big game like this so hopefully the place is hopping.

“Going back through the years when I was growing up, Bohs v Shels was a huge fixture but it’s been a long time since it was this big.

“It’s a one-off game. They’ve a lot of ex-Bohs lads who might feel they have a point to prove so we have to be at our best.

“And it’s not just that. They’re a good side too. They’ve players who have won leagues and cups, the likes of Ciaran Kilduff, Conan Byrne and Lorcan, so we expect a tough game.”

Shels come into the game five points clear at the top of the First Division. Confidence will be high, despite stuttering with a 1-0 defeat away to Cobh Ramblers last week.

But Bohs have faltered themselves. Having occupied third spot for 15 weeks, they were leapfrogged by Derry City having come undone away to Finn Harps last Friday.

Manager Long described the defeat as ‘not good enough’ and Buckley, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, agrees.

He said: “We’ve had a bad result ourselves so we have to prove a point ourselves too. It wasn’t an acceptable result. Harps are a very good side at home to be fair but we have to step up in those kind of games.

“We all need to step up, every one of us, no matter who is playing.”

Bucko celebrates magical quarter-final in the Brandywell last season. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bucko celebrates magical quarter-final in the Brandywell last season. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bohs had a memorable run to the semi-finals of this competition last term.

They were 1-0 up against Cork City and moments from reaching the final until a controversial penalty decision forced a replay.

But they didn’t have enough against the then reigning league champions in Turner’s Cross, despite a wonder goal from the man sitting in the hotseat in the opposition dugout tonight.

Fans are still dreaming of ending an 11-year wait to win the competition once more. But Bucko says the players won’t fall into the trap of thinking that far ahead.

He added: “Every year you want to get to the final but this is only the first round.

“If you look too far ahead, you’ll end up on your arse. It’s the first round – one game – and that’s all we are thinking about right now.”


Skipper Derek Pender remains suspended but Paddy Kirk returns from his one-match ban.

Keith Buckley returns from a hamstring injury, while Rob Cornwall (also hamstring) is available for selection also having been named on the bench against Harps last week after a lengthy lay-off.

Ryan Swan (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (hip) are sidelined.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Keith Buckley visited his local Pearse Area Recreation Centre for the launch of the #ThisIsMyDublin campaign this week promoting Dublin City Sportsfest 2019 – a week-long celebration of sport & physical activity from September 23-29: 

Dublin City Sportsfest 2019 Launch

“We’ve got ourselves into a good position and we want to stay there”

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Friday August 2 2019, Finn Park, 8pm

Keith Long says Bohemians will focus on getting their own results right as they begin the final series of league games tonight.

Bohs have been in third position for 15 weeks and are determined to further consolidate that when they travel to face Finn Harps.

They face a dogged Harps side who under the guidance of Ollie Horgan have caused Long’s men plenty of problems at Ballybofey in seasons past.

Second from bottom Harps come into the game resurgent and on the back of 1-0 wins against Waterford and rivals Derry City, who in fourth place are breathing down Bohs’ necks.

Long said: “Harps are a well organised and honest bunch of players who are fighting for everything at the moment.


“They work extremely hard for one another but we have our own ambitions so our own performance level has got to be right

“We have to look after our own results first. We’ve got ourselves into a good position and we want to stay there.

“We’ve nine games left, there will be plenty of ups and downs between now and the end of the season but we need to win games to stay where we are.”

Bohs come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers.

Long said: “A draw was a probably a fair result. They haven’t lost at the Showgrounds since we beat them earlier in the season, so it was a good point but we could have won it in the second half.”


Captain Derek Pender begins his three-match additional suspension tonight for the part he played in post-match flare-ups against UCD last month, which were instigated by the Students’ goalkeeper Conor Kearns.

Pender is likely to be replaced at right-back by Andy Lyons, who returns to the squad after being away on international duty with Ireland at the Uefa European U19 Championships.

Long added: “Andy had a great tournament and the feedback from Tom Mohan has been top notch. He’s coped well with any challenges he’s come up against so far and now is another opportunity for him.”

Paddy Kirk is suspended for accumulative yellow cards, Keith Buckley (hamstring) is a doubt, Rob Cornwall (Achilles) remains a doubt, while Ryan Swan, a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury ahead of the Sligo game, also remains a doubt.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

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Friday August 9 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

After some queries regarding Friday week’s FAI Cup game against Shelbourne, we wish to remind supporters of the following:


Membership does not include free access for FAI Cup games due to it being a split gate.

Members do not, however, have to purchase tickets in advance.

Members can instead pay the reduced admission fee of €10 at the members stile on the night on production of 2019 membership card.

Please arrive early to ease congestion and aim to have €10 ready at stile to help us speed up access to stand.


Season tickets and Junior Gypsies do not apply for cup games.

There is no reduced admission for either nor is there any guaranteed access so please purchase match tickets in advance as per advice/information below.


This game could sell out in advance. Buy online now to avoid disappointment.

You can purchase tickets from or from Jimmy O’Connor’s office (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am-3pm) which is located in the Jodi Stand car park (Block A end).

Please ensure you have selected the correct stand, quantity and ticket type before proceeding with payment.

Any Shelbourne fans in Jodi Stand face ejection from stadium.

Thank you for your support.


Away fans can purchase online from or directly from Tolka Park.

Again, please ensure you have selected the correct stand, quantity and ticket type before proceeding with payment.

Any Bohemians fans in Des Kelly Stand for this fixture face ejection from stadium.


Guestlist suspended as this is a split gate fixture.


Please direct all ticketing queries to

Bohemians v Derry City - Ford FAI Cup Final 2008

“I didn’t want to come off with just a sore foot!”

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Saturday July 27 2019, The Showgrounds, 8pm, live on eir

Rob Cornwall’s determination to play for Bohemians ended up contributing to a longer spell on the sidelines.

But back in training and ready for selection once more, he is ready to redouble his efforts to win back his place in the team.

Unusually, the famous story of Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann playing through the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck drove Cornwall on to play through the pain barrier.

Cornwall was a mainstay in the heart of the Bohs defence alongside James Finnerty at the start of the season, playing 11 games of which he contributed greatly to James Talbot keeping a clean sheet in eight of those.

After a somewhat stop-start and injury-interrupted 2018 compared to the high standards he had set a year previously in his debut season for the club, Cornwall was determined to keep that run going.


That drive ended up costing him, however.

An Achilles injury has kept him out of action since the end of April and with Talbot keeping three clean sheets in his last four games, those who have come into the team in his place have fared pretty well of late.

Cornwall, 24, admits: “I had tendinitis in my Achilles. It just felt a bit sore, so I played on with it.

“I felt it about ten days before the Derry game away in April. Then I felt it again playing against Derry but I didn’t want to come off, I just wanted to keep playing.

“I kept thinking ‘what’s wrong with me?’ It’s just a bit sore.’

“I don’t know why this went through my head but all I could think about was that goalkeeper who played on in the cup final with a broken neck, so I didn’t want to come off with just a sore foot!

Bert Trautmann

Bert Trautmann

“I just wanted to get on with it and that probably made it worse.

“The staff have been great at the club. Our physios Paul Kirwan – Paul is an expert in this particular area – and Robbie Murray have been first class with me, so I have to thank them, Cathal Murtagh (strength and conditioning coach) and Remy Tang (club sport scientist).

“I’m back training now and my objective is to get fit and back into the team when an opportunity comes. I’m back training since last week and fully back this week.”

But winning back his place in the team now will be trickier than one would have expected earlier in the year.

His form then was such that he was probably one of the first names on Keith Long’s teamsheet each week.

His absence was felt too – Bohs went on a run of six league games without keeping a clean sheet. But they’ve shored up since with those tasked with filling his place in the side stepping up to the plate.

Cornwall admits: “The lads have done really well. I’ll have to bide my time to get an opportunity.

“We’ve some very good defenders at the club. With myself and Aaron Barry being injured, Michael Barker has come into the team and has done really well.

“He’s one of the most underrated players in the league in my opinion but he’s done so well people are starting to realise just how good he is now.

“Barks was unlucky at the start of the season getting injured himself but he’s got into the side now and has done really well. I’ve seen it in training, so it’s no surprise to me.

“Then you’ve had Darragh Leahy play centre-half recently. To move from left-full to centre-half and do so well is impressive.

“He was brilliant against St Pat’s… I was cursing him. I might have to change position to get in the team they’ve done so well.. maybe there’s room in midfield.”

Bohs travel to Sligo buoyed by 3-0 Dublin derby win against St Patrick’s Athletic on Sunday.

It was an encouraging performance from Bohs, particularly in the second half, but certainly not as emphatic a performance as the scoreline suggested.

Sligo beat the Gypsies in their last meeting with a sucker-punch in the 89th minute to win 2-1 in Dalymount Park back in May, so they too are not a side that Bohs will underestimate.

The previous meeting between the sides at The Showgrounds in April saw Bohs travel home happy with three points and a 2-0 win in a game that Cornwall was sent off in for a clumsy last-man challenge.

“We still kept a clean sheet though,” he is at pains to point out and adds: “Every game for us from now until the end of the season is a tough one. We’ve got ourselves into a good position but we have to be at it every game to stay there.”

“Sligo have already beaten us this season. Liam Buckley has won everything there is to win as a manager in this league so we know we are in for another tough game.”


Derek Pender and Danny Mandroiu return from suspension.

Aaron Barry (hamstring), Rob Cornwall (Achilles) and Danny Grant (hamstring) all returned to full training last week, with Grant coming off the bench against St Pat’s on Sunday, and all are in contention against Sligo.

Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Andre Wright could be included in squad for first time after international clearance came through on Thursday.

Andy Lyons has returned following Ireland’s exit from the Uefa U19 European Championships but is likely to be rested.

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Bohs Golf Outing 2019


Bohemians are delighted to confirm that striker Andre Wright has signed for the club until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The Englishman, 22, joins after a successful trial period during which he also impressed in the 1-1 friendly against Chelsea 11 days ago.

A product of the West Brom academy, Wright has most recently played for Gloucester City.

Manager Keith Long has worked hard to strengthen his attacking options since first-choice frontman Dinny Corcoran suffered a long-term ankle injury at the end of May.

His options up front had already been curtailed after Cristian Magerusan’s season was ended before it began when he suffered a torn cruciate injury in pre-season training in January.

Long said: “Obviously since Dinny’s been out, our options have been curtailed and it was clear that we needed to strengthen up front.

“Andre has had a number of training sessions with us over the past two weeks and has impressed as he did in the 65 minutes or so he played against Chelsea.

“Ryan Swan needs support up front, it’s his first season playing Premier Division football and he can’t do it all on his own.

“We felt we needed to look further afield than just our own league to bring someone in who could make a difference.

“Andre was someone recommended to us by Alan Caffrey through his contacts in the UK and we did our own research on him.

“It’s obviously a new league to him and a new environment. In terms of where he is fitness-wise, he’s towards the latter part of pre-season so he’s fit, not 100% match fit, but ready to feature in games.

“He’s excited to be here and looking forward to getting started.

“He’s had a few clubs since leaving West Brom so he wants a bit of stability in his career now and is determined to knuckled down and score goals for us between now and the end of the season and we believe he can.”

In recent weeks in particular, Bohs have struggled for goals, firing blanks in games against Derry City, Cork City and UCD.

But the Gypsies ended that barren run in style with a 3-0 derby win against St Patrick’s Athletic, with Swan helping himself to a brace in a man-of-the-match performance.

Long said: “Ryan was fantastic. He works really hard and that’s the best we’ve seen from him in a Bohs jersey yet.

“He had a tough year last season being ruled out for the year but he works extremely hard for himself and the team, so we were delighted with his performance yesterday.”

Bohs can also confirm that with Wright coming in, fellow striker Sam Byrne has been released from his contract.

Long added: “I want to thank Sam for his commitment to the club during his time with us. He needs to be playing games and I wish him all the best both personally and professionally for the future.”

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