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Stephen Paisley’s contract with Bohemians has been terminated by mutual consent due to his work commitments outside of football.

Bohs get the cream in 2013 Milk Cup

Bohemian FC Under-17s have been rewarded with an incredibly challenging draw for the 2013 Milk Cup.

On Tuesday last, manager Robbie Giles, Head of Player Development & Recruitment Lisa Fallon and members of the squad travelled to Belfast for the draw, which was conducted by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and 18-year-old Reds starlet Raheem Sterling.

There was great excitement at the official launch of the 31st year of the prestigious competition when it was announced that current World Club champions Corinthians of Brazil would be sending their Under-17 team to compete in the competition for the very first time.


The Brazilian side were drawn in Group 3 of the Premier competition alongside CSKA Moscow, before Rodgers drew Bohs in the same group. County Londonderry/Derry were also drawn in Group 3.

Speaking after the draw, Under-17s manager Giles said: “What a fantastic group. It’s a massive challenge for our players but who wouldn’t want the opportunity to play against players from clubs like that?”

Senior manager Aaron Callaghan says it’s not a group for the lads to feel daunted by.

“Everyone should be excited by this draw. Its a huge experience playing against players from other cultures and different styles of play and I’m really looking forward to attending these games.”

And Head of Player Development & Recruitment Fallon also believes it’s a great challenge for the players, adding: “There is no greater incentive for any player than having the opportunity to measure themselves against some of the best players in the world.

“Participating in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup is a very important step on our new pathway of player development and this will be an experience that our lads will remember for the rest of their lives.”

A fixture list that includes: Bohemian FC v Corinthians and Bohemian FC v CSKA Moscow is something for everyone at the club to forward to!

The Milk Cup runs from July 28th to August 2nd 2013 and venues/times for games will be confirmed soon.



Bohemians captain Owen Heary has drawn the five winners of our ARMY OF TWO:  THE DEVIL’S CARTEL competition.

To celebrate the launch of Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, EA invaded the Airtricity League for Bohemians’ game against Sligo Rovers and gave away a console and copy of the game.

Bohemians FC “Army of Two” took on support from Sligo Rovers, with themed Army of Two cards hidden in both the home and away sections on the night. Two lucky fans from each club teamed up and went head to head at half-time in a test of skill!


As if that wasn’t enough, we were given  FIVE COPIES of the game to give away on our Facebook page. The five winners of the game are:  Alan Byrne, Simon Wielens, Mick Slater, Fergus Lynch and Fergie Cronin.

A big thank-you to EA Sports for the prizes!



Bohemians have been handed a tough draw in this summer’s Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Bohemians are competing in the Premier Section (Under-16) of the prestigious competition, which runs from July 28th to August 2nd.

The draw, conducted by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and player Raheem Sterling, saw Bohs paired with CSKA Moscow (Russia), Corinthians (Brazil) and County Londonderry (Northern Ireland).


PREMIER SECTION: Group One - Vendee FC, Cruz Azul, Cherry Orchard, Co. Down. Group Two - Otago, Club America de Mexico, Co. Tyrone, Co. Fermanagh. Group Three - CSKA Moscow, SC Corinthians, BOHEMIANS, Co. Londonderry. Group Four - Newcastle Utd, O’Higgins FC (Chile), Liverpool, Co. Armagh. Group Five - TUS Altenberge, Strikers FC, Manchester Utd, Co. Antrim.

JUNIOR SECTION: Group One - Plymouth Argyle, Strikers FC, Japan FA, Co. Fermanagh. Group Two - Brentford FC, Barcelona Sporting de Ecuador, Co. Londonderry, Co Antrim. Group Three - Watford FC, Colina (Chile), North Dublin SL, Co. Down. Group Four - Southampton, Liverpool, Cavan & Monaghan League, Co. Tyrone. Group Five - Swindon Town, Everton, Dundalk SL, Co. Armagh.



The Bohs bus heads to Hunky Dorys Park this Friday (May 3rd) as the Gypsies travel take on Drogheda United in the Airtricity League.

Check-in is from 3pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 5.30pm sharp and return straight after the game. The cost is €15 return.

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Bohemians have been drawn at home to Drogheda United in the second round of the FAI Ford Cup. The match is scheduled to take place on the weekend ending Sunday June 2.

FULL DRAW: Tolka Rovers v College Corinthians,  St Patrick’s Athletic v UCD,  Bray Wanderers v Mervue United, Bohemians v Drogheda United, Bluebell United v Athlone Town, Glenville v Limerick, Finn Harps v Wexford Youths, Waterford United v Sligo Rovers, Salthill Devon v Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s CY v Cobh Ramblers, Shelbourne v Bandon, Cork City v Kilbarrack United, Blarney United v Derry City, Longford Town v Pike Rovers, Phoenix v Dundalk, Avondale United v Sheriff YC.



At the end of this nailbiting re-scheduled clash, the chants of ‘Super Dave Mulcahy’ from the travelling fans said it all, as a wonderful individual performance earned the Gypsies a point against high-flying Pats at Richmond Park. The above scoreline could easily read St. Pats 1 – 1 Dave Mulcahy, as the Bohs number 5 put in a truly phenomenal defensive showing, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

How the Gypsies escaped from Inchicore with a point is a question that few could answer – but many will point to the contribution from the big Kilkenny man. He was everywhere – blocking shots, intercepting passes, clearing headers, and even scoring a dramatic equaliser that gave Aaron Callaghan’s men a real bonus point against one of the Airtricity League’s form teams.


Bohs made the short trip across the city without the injured Derek Pender and Dave Scully. Conor O’Brien and Dwayne Wilson were drafted into the 3-5-2 formation that began the game against Bray Wanderers on Friday. Initial signs were good, with the visitors’ tactics seeming to catch St Pats off guard in the opening quarter. Chris Lyons was a constant menace, and he created the first chance of the game for himself after 4 minutes. He collected Andy Mulligan’s cross, swiveled on a sixpence, and fired over the bar all in one movement. How many more points would Bohs have if the former UCD striker hadn’t missed half of the 10 league games so far?

Bohs were definitely the brighter team, with Lyons again causing trouble for the Pats defence. He received the ball out on the right from Wilson, and skipped past the lunging Kenny Browne inside the box. The Bohs crowd in the Shed End begged, nay,  implored Lyons to go down, but the honest striker stayed on his feet and crossed for Wilson, whose eventual pass toward Mulligan came to nothing.

With the Gypsies bossing the opening half hour, a sucker punch was almost inevitable, and it came courtesy of ex-Bohs striker Anto Flood. Putting it kindly, Dean Delany is struggling for confidence, and he wont be happy again with his role in the opening goal here. A routine short corner wasn’t reacted to by the Bohs defence, and the cross was floated in by Ian Bermingham. Delany came, flapped, and didnt connect, leaving ‘Bisto’ Flood with the simple task of rising above Luke Byrne to head the Saints into the lead.

The home side’s confidence grew from that point, and they really took control before and after half time. Kevin Devaney came on for the struggling Conor O’Brien at the break, but Pats were well on top by that stage. Delany spilled a Bermingham shot, but recovered in time to collect in front of an on-coming Flood. The introduction of Jake Kelly for Pats added an extra dimension to their game. His slid pass found Conan Byrne who dinked it over Delany, only for Roberto Lopes to clear off the line. Just a minute later, Kelly again found Byrne with a low cross, but the ball inexplicably came back off the crossbar.

A rare glimpse of the Pats goal came for Bohs on 70 minutes when Michael Barker showed great composure to beat two players and let fly with a stinging shot that Brandan Clarke tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner, Ryan McEvoy’s whipped cross was met with blunt force by Dave Mulcahy at the near post. Two men on the line couldnt stop it, and Bohs had smash-and-grabbed an equaliser!

Almost instantly, Pats hit the woodwork again, Conor Kenna’s header was clawed onto the post by Delany, as the home side searched for a winner. Up stepped Mulcahy, who started to produce a string of amazing last-ditch blocks. At one stage, he had been laid out on the ground by a clash of heads with Christy Fagan – but even his prone, spread-eagled body managed to get in the way of a Chris Forrester shot. Jake Kelly blazed over from 8 yards after a slaloming Forrester run, and it started to look like one of those nights.

Bohs almost pulled off an amazing win when sub Shane Fitzgerald crossed for Lyons, but Conor Kenna pulled a Mulcahy-esque block out of nowhere to deny the quiffed forward a fourth league goal. Dean Delany weighed in with a couple of smart injury time saves to deny Fagan and Kelly, and a hard-fought point was amazingly secured. Next up for Bohs, they conclude the first round of league fixtures with a trip to Drogheda on Friday.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O’Brien, Connor Kenna, Kenny Browne, Ian Bermingham; Sean Gannon (Jake Kelly, 60), John Russell, Shane McFaul; Conan Byrne, Anthony Flood (Christy Fagan, 65), Christopher Forrester. Subs not used: Dave Ryan, Aidan Price, Jake Carroll, Stephen Maher, Conor Murphy. 

Bohemians: Dean Delaney; Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne; Michael Barker, Conor O’Brien (Kevin Devaney, 46), Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Andy Mulligan;  Dwayne Wilson (Shane Fitzgerald, 73); Chris Lyons. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Ciaran Nangle, Michael Scott, Darragh Reynor, Kevin O’Leary.

Bohs Man of the Match: Dave Mulcahy


ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS (Monday April 29th, KO 7.45pm)

Bohemians play their rescheduled match against St Patrick’s Athletic boosted by a home win in difficult conditions against Bray Wanderers on Friday.

“We’re going over there more confident as result of that win,” said manager Aaron Callaghan. “But Pat’s are also in better form than when we were due to meet them last month.”


Callaghan had wanted his players to “put in a shift” and “give the fans something to shout about” on Friday. He changed the system to put more players up front, with three at the back.

“This left us a bit vulnerable at times. We were open to counter-attack and Bray tried to take advantage of that. But the lads did well and I certainly can’t fault them for effort.”

Callaghan was pleased with the performances of Bohs debutant Shane Fitzgerald and of lively winger Andy Mulligan, who made his first league appearance after an intensive campaign of college football.

But the schedule of two games a week is taking its toll on the squad. Callaghan will not have time to prepare fully for the challenge of an away Dublin derby and his selection choices are narrowing.

Several players have picked up injuries and will face late fitness tests. Derek Pender (calf) and Dave Scully (hamstring), who were crucial to Bohs’ efforts on Friday, are among the doubtful starters.

Stephen Paisley (knee), Conor O’Brien (ankle) have joined Owen Heary (knee) on the injury list.

The Bohemian manager expects St Patrick’s Athletic to improve this season on last year’s achievements. “They have a good squad, they’re on a good run and they have shown they can contend for the title,” he said of his former club.

Ex-Pat’s man Dave Mulcahy returned to Friday’s squad after illness and showed all the value of his experience when Bohs had their backs against the wall late in Friday’s game. His strength and guile will be required again on Monday, particularly in the possible absence of Heary, Paisley and Pender.

Eight of the last nine league games between Bohemians and Pats have been drawn or decided by a single goal either way.



Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to ROBERT O’REARDON after Bohs’ 3-2 win against Bray Wanderers on Friday night.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron





Bohemians got their Airticity League campaign back on track with a thrilling 3-2 win over battling Bray Wanderers at a windswept Dalymount Park. A brace from Chris Lyons and a bullet header from Dave Mulcahy were enough to seal all three points for Aaron Callaghan’s men, who recorded their first home victory since the opening weekend, writes KEVIN FAGAN. 

The Gypsies were made to work for the victory by a determined Bray outfit who didnt look like a team that were beaten by an aggregate score of 11 goals in their last two games. Both Mulcahy and Dave Scully shrugged off illness to start the game, and both played a vital part in what could turn out to be a vital win.


Despite a howling gale blowing towards Dean Delany at the Shopping Centre end, Bohs started brightly, with Andy Mulligan and Shane Fitzgerald making their season debuts out wide in a 3-5-2 formation at the start of the game. The opening 15 minutes belonged to Bohs, and they deservedly took the lead after 12. Lovely footwork from Ryan McEvoy split the Bray defence as they tried to get out from a cleared corner. McEvoy slipped in Andy Mulligan, and the young winger showed great composure to square the ball to Chris Lyons, who had the simple task of tapping in from 6 yards.

After that promising start, things started to go pear-shaped for the home side. Aided by the wind, Bray piled on the pressure. Ex-Bohs goal machine Jason Byrne almost scored an outrageous volley before the equaliser inevitably came. Again, it was a sloppy goal for Bohs to concede. In fact, it was somewhat of a freak goal. After Kieran “Marty” Waters was tackled by Luke Byrne on the edge of the box, the ball broke to Gary Dempsey, who let fly from 25 yards. The ball amazingly canonned off the spread-eagled Waters, looped into the air, and went in off what looked like a ricochet between the crossbar and Dean Delany’s head.

Pat Devlin’s men were unlucky not to get to half time in the lead. Delany pulled off some smart saves from Waters, Byrne, and John Mulroy as Aaron Callaghan abandoned the 3-5-2 and switched to an orthodox 4-4-2. There’s no doubt the Bohs manager would have been happy to hear the half time whistle.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were cagey, then Bohs burst into life. Dave Scully had what was surely his best performance in a Bohs shirt. He held the ball up magnificently, brought others into play, and was a general nuisance for the Bray defence all night. He was almost rewarded with a goal on the hour mark, but his toe poked effort from Mulligan’s cross was well saved by Darren Quigley.

The lead goal was coming, and it was no surprise that the ultra-sharp Lyons was again on the end of it. Keith Buckley, playing in a central midfield role, played it forward to McEvoy, who controlled brilliantly and sent Lyons through over the top. With Quigley coming to meet him, Lyons deflty lifted it over the keeper from the corner of the 18 yard box. It seemed to take an age to come down, but when it did – it nestled in the back of the net.

The home fans had hardly retaken their seats when the third goal arrived. A lovely whipped free kick from Buckley found Dave Mulcahy unmarked on the penalty spot. The big man made no mistake, rocketing his header into the top corner.

There was still 25 minutes left, and Bray came back into it in the final quarter. There was clear jitters in the air as Bohs struggled to keep the ball. Many long clearances were aimlessly directed, and the nerves were clearly on show. These nerves werent helped when Kevin Knight’s pull-back was neatly finished by John Mulroy on 75 minutes. There could have been a capitulation, but credit to the Bohs backline. Marshalled by Mulcahy, they stayed strong and restricted Bray to long range efforts. Jason Byrne dragged one wide, and Bohs held out for a priceless three points.

Next up, a crunch tie in Inchicore on Monday for the re-arranged tie with St Patrick’s Athletic.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Derek Pender (Michael Barker, 72), Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Andy Mulligan (Kevin Devaney, 83), Shane Fitzgerald (Karl Moore, 75), Dave Scully, Chris Lyons. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Michael Scott, Dwayne Wilson, Shane Murray.

Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley, Danny O’Connor, Danny Webster, Kevin Knight, Conor Earley (Ishmail Akinade, 76), Dean Zambra, Gary Dempsey (Shane O’Neill, 87), Paul Malone, Keiran ‘Marty’ Waters, Jason Byrne. Subs not used: Shane O’Connor, Stephen McGuiness, Daniel Joyce, Eoin Hyland, Daire Doyle.

Bohs Men of the Match: Dave Scully / Dave Mulcahy.

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