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“We need to show our character now – on and off the pitch”

BOHEMIANS v ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC
SSE Airtricity League
Sunday July 21, Dalymount Park, 3pm

Match sponsor: Bonobo Bar

Keith Long has told Bohemians to go out and show their real character in this afternoon’s Dublin derby against St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park.

Bohs are still licking their wounds after a frustrating few days.

An uncharacteristic performance saw them beaten 1-0 away to UCD on Monday, a defeat that was compounded by regrettable post-match scenes between both sets of players and the result being overturned with Collie O’Neill’s side instead being awarded a 3-0 walkover after it emerged the Gypsies fielded a suspended player, Danny Mandroiu.

Mandroiu will instead serve that suspension today alongside skipper Derek Pender, who received a ban for his part in the unnecessary post-match scuffles, which were initiated by UCD goalkeeper Conor Kearns goading and deliberately inciting Bohs fans.

Long was visibly and understandably angry by those scenes and conceded: “Monday wasn’t good enough. We need to show our character now – on and off the pitch. We need to improve our discipline, it has to be better than that. What went on after the game wasn’t good enough, that wasn’t us.

“It was a bad week for all of us in the club. UCD deserved to win. We struggled to break them down. They were well organised and got men behind the ball but our performance was lacking.

“It was to me our worst performance in 12 months, going back to when we lost to Sligo at home last season. We didn’t play to our strengths but perhaps there were some warning signs in previous weeks since the break.

“Maybe this was coming. We needed at last-minute goal to beat Waterford a few weeks ago and our performances in the draws against Derry City and Cork City weren’t where we want them to be.”

But Long is never one to dwell on the past. He had his side knuckle down in training the following day and determined to make amends against St Pat’s who by all accounts impressed in their 2-1 defeat away Norrkoping on Thursday night.

While Long will be without key men in the suspended duo of Pender and Mandroiu, there was some good news with Danny Grant, Rob Cornwall and Aaron Barry all taking part in full training this week and all now available for selection.

Long said: “We have to take our medicine and get on with what we do. We have refocused since Tuesday on St Pat’s, who are a good side and have good players.

“We are missing Derek and Danny but have options elsewhere coming back with the three lads training this week, which is a positive. They’ve had a frustrating time coming back, with a few set-backs along the way, so it’s great we finally have them back and in contention.”

TEAM NEWS

Derek Pender and Danny Mandroiu are suspended.

Aaron Barry (hamstring), Rob Cornwall (Achilles) and Danny Grant (hamstring) all returned to full training this week.

Whether all three will be risked remains to be seen, but all are likely to return to the matchday squad.

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

Bohemians Media Day

BOHEMIANS 3 ST PAT’S 0

DALYMOUNT DELIGHT AS The Gypsies seal all three points at a rain soaked Dalymount Park.

Both sides came into this hugely important Dublin Derby on the back of a disappointing week, with Bohs going down unexpectedly 1-0 away at “The Battle at the Bowl”as some have dubbed it. Meanwhile, The Saints saw their European dream ended at the hands of Norrkoping on Thursday night.

Both teams started the fiery affair with a look of neither wanting to loose. Ryan Swan looked dangerous over the top for the home side, whilst Simon Madden and Paddy Kirk looked a great clash in the offing.

The visitors were well on top as the half progressed, as the Bohs side looked devoid of intensity or creativity. Keith Buckley, skipper for the day, was the one stand out in a poor opening period, as he was first to every second ball and trying to rally the troops.

Mikey Drennan forced James Talbot into a couple of smart saves, but just before the break it was The Gypsies who snatched the lead through Ryan Swan. Luke Wade-Slater caused all sorts of trouble running at the Pat’s rearguard, but just as he looked to go down a blind alley, Kevin Devaney appeared out of nowhere to help out. Devaney, then dug out a wonderful cross with his left, and Swan reacted sharply to nip in front of Brendan Clarke to nod home.

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The second half followed much the same pattern of the first, The home side sitting in happy to hit the Saints on the break. But Harry Kennys men just couldn’t find the breakthrough. Set piece after set piece bombarded the Bohs box, but Talbot remained relatively untroubled.

Ans just like the first half Bohs ended the period with a flurry. Conor Levingston kept his composure to slot home from the penalty spot after referee Rob Rogers spotted handball from a Bohs corner that caused all sorts of confusion.

Ryan Swan put the icing on the cake with his second of the day, after substitute Danny Grants brilliant run and shot was deflected into his path for a simple finish.

A huge three points for Keith Long’s men who end the week on a high, keeping themselves in pole position for a third place finish and will be boosted by the return of pacey wideman Danny Grant who came on with a couple of minutes remaining.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Michael Barker, James Finnerty, Darragh Leahy, Paddy Kirk, Keith Buckley (Dawson Devoy, 90’), Conor Levingston, Luke Wade-Slater, Keith Ward (Scott Allardice 79’), Kevin Devaney (Danny Grant 89’), Ryan Swan

Subs: Paul Cleary, Aaron Barry, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Dawson Devoy, Ryan Graydon, Danny Grant

St. Pats: Brendan Clarke, Kevin Toner, Ciaran Kelly, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (James Doona 71’), Simon Madden, Cian Coleman (Jake Walker 79’), Jamie Lennon, Darragh Markey (Chris Forrester 87’), Mikey Drenna, Dean Clarke

Subs: Barry Murphy, David Webster, James Doona, Chris Forrester, Rhys McCabe, Paul Cleary, Jake Walker

Referee: Rob Rogers

Swanny celebrates - Stephen Burke

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS CHANGE OF VENUE

Due to circumstances out of the club’s control, tonight’s event can no longer be hosted by the club and no longer take place in Dalymount Park.

The organisers will instead hold an alternative event in Jigsaw, Belvedere Court (off Mountjoy Square).

It’s BYOB and we hope as many supporters as possible can still support their event.

CLUB STATEMENT

Bohemian FC acknowledges the statement released by the Football Association of Ireland today confirming that the club unintentionally fielded a suspended player, Danny Mandroiu, in Monday’s game against UCD.

The sanction imposed is a 3-0 walkover for UCD and a fine for Bohemians, which the club accepts.

While Bohs losing the game 1-0 on the night reduces the impact of the walkover somewhat, it does not in any way whatsoever reduce the seriousness of the initial error and also means Mandroiu must now serve his one-match ban against St Patrick’s Athletic on Sunday.

The FAI sent the club notification of the suspension as normal but internal IT issues led to restricted access to emails and the notification being missed.

It is clear that better procedures and support for our staff should have been in place and the board of management wish to unreservedly apologise to the first-team backroom team, players and supporters for this failing.

We will endeavour to ensure our procedures are improved and that such a costly oversight is never made again.

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS FINAL CELEBRATION

Due to circumstances out of the club’s control, tonight’s Africa Cup of Nations final event will no longer take place in Dalymount Park.

The organisers will instead hold the event in Jigsaw, Belvedere Court (off Mountjoy Square).

It’s BYOB and we hope as many as possible can still support this event.

Bohemian FC once again invites football fans from all communities for a celebration of the Africa Cup of Nations final this Friday.

For the sixth Africa Cup of Nations final in a row, we will be hosting a night solidarity, friendship, football and music.

This time around we also welcome residents from the Finglas and Clondalkin Direct Provision centres.

Working with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seeker in Ireland) this season, Bohemians have got behind a supporter-led initiative to assist residents from these two centres to attend every home league game this season.

The initiative was piloted by supporters last season and proved so popular that it was decided to extend it to all league games this year.

To that end, ten per cent of Bohs’ profits from the 2019 away jersey has funded match-night buses from the Finglas and Clondalkin centres as our supporters strive to make Dalymount Park an inclusive and welcoming place for all and to highlight the challenges faced by those living in Direct Provision.

But with no Bohs game this Friday, Dalymount’s newest regulars will instead join us for the ACN final.

The first of the six Bohemians Africa Cup of Nations final celebrations was held nine years ago in 2010.

Each of these occasions, also organised by Kevin Brannigan and friends, has been one to remember and we hope our own supporters and wider community will get behind this one again.

Our club’s interest in this year’s tournament piqued with the involvement of former Bohs man Ayman Ben Mohamed.

We remember with pride his first call-up for Tunisia in 2016 for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier during which time he was quickly establishing himself as a fans’ favourite at Dalymount Park in his brief spell with the club.

A 2018 Africa Champions League winner with his present club Espérance Tunis, Ben Mohamed’s endeavours for his country helped them all the way to the semi-finals of this year’s ACN tournament.

Alas, his involvement in it will come to an end later today when Tunisia face Nigeria in the third/fourth place play-off.

Attention then turns to Friday’s finale where Senegal face Algeria. Jigsaw open at 7.30pm ahead of the game, which kicks off at 8pm.

Afterwards, top DDR (Dublin Digital Radio) DJs, Heat Werk and Killian Red Monk will be playing tunes late into the night.

We hope you can join us.

African Cup of Nations final

BOHS U17s RUNNERS-UP IN SAN MARINO CUP

After six matches in 96 hours, the Bohs U17s reached the final of the San Marino Cup where they faced Belgica Boys on Saturday.

Six injuries and 32° heat saw Bohs tire in the second half and eventually succumb to a 2-0 defeat.

All the lads can look back and be extremely proud of how they represented the club and country over the five days of competition. Well done all.

San Marino Cup

BOHS IN GREEN

Best of luck to Andy Lyons who is flying the tricolour for Bohemains in Armenia and is set to start for Ireland against Norway later this afternoon as they get their European U19 Championships campaign under way.

In total there are three players in Tom Mohan’s squad who have passed through our youth structures including Ali Reghba, who recently transferred to Leicester City, and Brandon Kavanagh, who joined Shamrock Rovers at the start of last season having been released.

Kick-off against Norway today is 3.45pm. They then face France on Thursday and Czech Republic on Sunday. All three games are being broadcast on RTÉ 2.

Andy Lyons in Armenia - Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile

LEAGUE OF IRELAND UNDERAGE ROUND-UP

Our U19s are nine points clear at the top of the Northern Elite Division after a 3-0 win away to Sligo Rovers yesterday.

Craig Sexton’s side were bolstered by the debut of South Africa-born midfielder Katlego Mashigo, a product of St Kevin’s who joins after a spell with Fleetwood Town.

The U19s get the rare opportunity to play at Dalymount Park next Monday (July 22) when they host Shelbourne at 7.30pm.

We hope members and fans can get down to Dalymount to get behind our stars of the future.

The Bohs-SKB U17s are four points clear at the top of the Northern Elite Division after an entertaining 3-3 draw against Sligo Rovers at St Aidan’s.

They also face a derby against Shels next weekend, while the Bohs-SKB U15s and U13s face derbies against Shamrock Rovers.

There is no fixture for the Bohs U17W team next week. They went down 2-0 away to Wexford on Saturday.

WEEKEND RESULTS JULY 13/14

  • U19: Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 3 (J Moylan 2, D Devoy)
  • U17: Bohs-SKB 3 (A Doran, C Conway, P Omochere) Sligo Rovers 3
  • U17W: Bohemians 0 Wexford 2
  • U15: Bohs-SKB 2 (S Grehan, OG) Cork City 1
  • U13: Cork City 2 Bohs-SKB 4 (M Cherico 2, M Tarzan 2)

FIXTURES JULY 20/21/22

  • Bohemians U19: Shelbourne (Monday, Dalymount Park, 7.30pm)
  • Bohs-SKB U17: Shelbourne (Saturday, AUL, 2pm)
  • Bohemians U17W: No fixture
  • Bohs-SKB U15s: Shamrock Rovers (Saturday, Roadstone, 3pm)
  • Bohs-SKB U13s: Shamrock Rovers (Sunday, St Aidan’s, 12pm)
Bohs-SKB U17s in acion against Sligo at St Aidan's - Stephen Burke

“We showed people there is quality in our league”

UCD v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Monday July 15 2019, UCD Bowl, 7.45pm

Keith Ward hopes newcomers to League of Ireland grounds in recent days will have been suitably impressed to make a return trip.

Bohemians and St Patrick’s both entertained Europa League winners Chelsea this week.

First they came to Dalymount Park on Wednesday in Frank Lampard’s first game in the charge of the visitors.

Keith Long’s side found themselves a goal down inside ten minutes.

But the assured response perhaps caught the Londoners somewhat off-guard and Bohs’ endeavours eventually paid off with an equalising goal a minute from time, scored by trialist Eric Molloy, which 14-year-old debutant Evan Ferguson helped to set up.

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Wardy, 28, said: “It was a great night on Wednesday for the club. As a team I think we gave a very good account of ourselves.

“The way we played, I think outsiders to the league at the game will have been impressed.

“We kept the ball and we went at them when we could. We know it was only a friendly but hopefully we showed people there is quality in our league and that we can play.”

Eric Molloy celebrates equaliser v Chelsea – Thomas McCormack

Bohs emptied their bench on Wednesday – it was very much an exhibition game. But it is back to real business tomorrow when they face a resurgent UCD in Belfield.

Collie O’Neill has seen key men Conor Davis, Neil Farrugia and Gary O’Neill leave the club in recent weeks but has also seen his team move off the foot of the table in the same period.

First they beat Finn Harps in a relegation six-pointer. And on Friday they both helped Bohs’ bid to stay in third but also provided Long’s men a reminder – if one was needed – that they are capable of getting results as they drew 0-0 away to fourth-placed Derry City.

Ward said: “You can’t underestimate UCD, they’ve got good young players. We know they’ve lost some players but they still have quality and they’ve brought in Jack Keaney from Sligo too.

“They’ve got a win and a draw in their last two games and we are in for a tricky game. We’ve done our homework and we know it will be difficult.”

To get a result, Bohs will need to be more potent in front of goal than they have in recent weeks. James Talbot has claimed three clean sheets from four but up front, Bohs have fired blanks in recent 0-0 draws against Derry City and Cork City.

Ward concedes they are missing key man Dinny Corcoran, out with an ankle injury. But he has backed Bohs’ attacking players, himself included, to come up with the goods.

He said: “When any team loses their main striker it can be difficult. It’s up to us as attacking players to step up.

“When we don’t keep clean sheets, we’re at our defenders so as attacking players we know we need to chip in at the other end too.

“We’re working hard in training to do that and I know we can improve.”

One man in midfield who has chipped in at various stages this season is Danny Mandroiu.

Up until this season, Ward tended to occupy the role of attacking midfielder sitting in behind the lone striker.

But Mandroiu’s form in that position has seen Ward moved out to the left wing, while they both also vie for set-piece duties.

Ward laughs: “I nearly scored a free-kick against Derry! Our rivalry is a healthy one, but I’m older and better looking.

“The fans have taken to him, he’s been great for us. Obviously, everyone was talking about the goal against Rovers and he deserved to win Player of the Month.

“But he’s been one of the standout players in the league and they’re the kind of players you want to play with. I don’t mind playing on the wing, the main thing is I’m playing and contributing to the team.”

TEAM NEWS

Aaron Barry (hamstring), Rob Cornwall (Achilles), Danny Grant (hamstring), Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out. Andy Lyons is away with the Ireland U19s.

Michael Barker and Kevin Devaney (both concussion) returned to the fray against Chelsea.

Keith Ward and Danny Mandroiu - Stephen Burke

Bohs U17 runners-up in San Marino Cup

After six matches in 96 hours, the Bohs U17s reached the final of the San Marino Cup where they faced Belgica Boys yesterday.

A string of six injuries and 32° heat saw Bohs tire in the second half and eventually succumb to a 2-0 defeat.

All the lads can look back and be extremely proud of how they represented the club and country over the five days of competition.

Well done all. Everyone at the club is very proud of you.

San Marino Cup
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