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OWEN HEARY ACCEPTS Mr GREEN’S ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

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Owen nominates Ruud Dokter from the FAI, the Soccer Republic trio of Darragh Maloney, Tony O’Donogue and Peter Collins, as well as Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon.

Fred nominates SEE Airtricity League director Fran Gavin, Richie Maguire and former Bohemians goalkeeper Matt Gregg.

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MAKING THE MOST OF IT

On a wet and windy Wednesday Dalymount Park played host to an unusual match that marked the end of a community football project.

Both teams comprised young people from socially disadvantaged areas in Dublin 7 and community gardai working in those areas. The attendance included local TDs Joe Costello and Maureen O’Sullivan, Deputy Lord Mayor Larry O’Toole, senior gardai and former and current Bohemian managers Roddy Collins and Owen Heary.

Several weeks of football training and this game were one aspect of the MOST youth justice programme. This aims to give new directions and opportunities to young people who have been cautioned by the courts or who are considered at risk of falling into the judicial and penal systems.

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MOST (Montpellier and O’Devaney Gardens Striving Together) is one of about 100 youth diversion projects running in the country.

The Bohemian Foundation, a new charitable initiative of Bohemian FC, is supporting the MOST project as one of its first actions. The Foundation has invited the project participants to a Bohemians home game and to meet the players.

The Bohemian Foundation is also arranging for the young people to visit Mountjoy Prison, where Bohemians have also been supporting a football project. The visitors will hear talks on prison life from current prisoners.

Alison Finn, MOST co-ordinator, told bohemianfc.com that the project aims to divert young people from a path that could lead to prison, by building relations with the Garda through shared activities.

Football is one of the tools they use, she explained. The FAI is supporting that part of the programme by providing the services of a qualified coach.

Ruairi Gogan, Head of Community Programmes at the Irish Youth Justice Service, stated that the youth diversion projects they support are not just about the fun of football. The participants are also guided to stop any offending behaviour and to develop their life skills.

After the match on Wednesday the young players were presented with certificates of participation.

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“WE’LL TAKE THE GAME TO THEM”

DUNDALK v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Oriel Park, Friday 29 August, 7.45pm

Having dismissed Cork City from the FAI Cup Bohemians can now do the same club a favour by holding league leaders Dundalk in check on Friday.

Bohemians follow one tough assignment with another when they face Dundalk, unbeaten at home in the league this season. But they travel with the memory of a 1-1 draw in Dundalk in March.

Manager Owen Heary is relishing the challenge, only regretting that he does not have a full squad to choose from.

“I’d love to play them with a full-strength team but I still feel confident enough to go up and get a result. We want to go and win the game.

“There’s nothing expected of us going to Dundalk but we’re definitely going to take the game to them.”

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Defenders Dan Byrne (cruciate) and Anto Murphy (ankle) are likely to miss the rest of the season. Steven Beattie is suspended and captain Dave Mulcahy has personal commitments that keep him out.

So, four players who have played key roles in keeping Bohemians solid in defence and in midfield are missing. Heary notes that it is the platform that these and other players have built that has made it possible for forward players to shine in recent weeks.

“I’m delighted for Dinny [Corcoran] that he got the goals against Cork because he has had shots off the crossbar and he has kept going and got his just rewards over the weekend.

“But it’s not just about the forward players, it’s also about the defensive line and the keeper who keep us in the game. The whole lot, they work as a unit. You can see our forwards and our wingers chasing back and tackling, our full-backs getting forward, our central midfield being strong and aggressive.”

Heary is full of his admiration for his players and how they are taking on each battle in full solidarity with each other, filling in wherever they are needed.

“Against Cork last Friday we had Keith Buckley at right full and Steven Beattie at left full, and they were both excellent.

“If you look at the team as a whole, they have got better and they have worked for each other, and all we can ask is that they do this, week in and week out.

“Dan Byrne came to Monday’s game after working a night shift, Derek Pender had a child sick, Dean Delany is working early as a postman. They all still put in a shift for us.

“They have created this themselves, that they work so hard for each other. I admire them for how they go out and put a performance in, week after week, with so much else happening in their lives.”

With his forces depleted Heary is looking for yet another strong performance on Friday and for others in the squad to step up. Ryan McEvoy, who has featured little this season and has recently had a back injury, may be called on.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. When he came on in a couple of games he’s shown he is back to where he was. He is one with a point to prove and he may get to do that on Friday.”

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DINNY’S GOAL HAS BOHS AVIVA DREAMING

BOHEMIANS  1 – 0  CORK CITY

A priceless first half goal from Dinny Corcoran catapulted brave Bohemians into the last 8 of the FAI Cup on a tense night in Phibsboro. There were no foxhole surprises this time around, but a slick Dalymount surface played host to a pulsating cup tie which saw supreme performances from Bohs goalkeeper Dean Delany and winger Kevin Devaney.

Gypsies manager Owen Heary was forced into two full-back changes from Friday’s end-to-end 2-2 draw in Turner’s Cross. Derek Pender replaced the suspended Steven Beattie at left back, while Roberto Lopes replaced Keith Buckley at right back. The barstools and stormy weather kept many away, but those who came were treated to a high-octane cup tie in the true tradition of the FAI’s blue riband trophy, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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John Caulfield and Cork must be sick of the sight of Bohs at this stage – the Gypsies have won 2 and drawn 2 of the four games so far this season. Chief among Cork’s tormentors was Kevin Devaney, who was simply superb on the right flank for Bohs. He had the first shot in anger with a stinging effort on 8 minutes that Mark McNulty pushed around the post for a corner. The teams exchanged set pieces before an unfortunate incident mid-way through the first half.

Dan Byrne was unfairly shouldered by Mark O’Sullivan, and twisted his knee awkwardly. The Cabra man tried to play on, but suffered another twist just moments later. It quickly became very clear that Byrne was seriously injured, and the initial reports of a cruciate ligament tear are hopefully wide of the mark. The defender has been one of Bohs’ standout performers of the season. Understandably, Bohs were shaken by the episode, and took a good 1o minutes to gather themselves. Cork could easily have capitalised, but Mark O’Sullivan’s effort was well saved by Delany before Roberto Lopes headed just wide of his own goal under duress.

Devaney sparked into life again on 34 minutes, skinning John Dunleavy before firing a cross/shot that stung McNulty’s palms again. The opener arrived just 5 minutes later, and there was no surprise that it came from the Bohs right side. Devaney slalomed past two before feeding the overlapping Lopes, who cut the ball back to Jason Byrne. Jayo’s shot cannoned off Dan Murray and fell to Dinny Corcoran at the back post – and he added to his brace from Friday by steering / controlling the ball into the far corner.

The second half kept to the end-to-end script – Devaney had another long range effort before Cork had a glorious chance to equalise. Billy Dennehy powered past Aidan Price and found himself one on one with Delany. His initial hot was brilliantly saved by the Bohs keeper, but the ball rebounded back off Dennehy and then struck the post. Bohs breathed a sigh of relief as Dennehy choked back the tears.

Delany still had a big part to play. On 81 minutes, he pulled off a fantastic 1 handed save from a Gearoid Morrissey snapshot. The ball almost fell into the goal after the save, but Delany scrambled to grab it at the second attempt. Then, in injury time, the Bohs keeper had to fly across his goal to stop a Colin Healy free-kick. The relief was palpable, and the joy was clear when referee Neil Doyle blew the final whistle just a minute later.

Bohs are into Tuesday’s quarter final draw. After dispatching Limerick and Cork with two tough away draws, Owen Heary will be hoping for a home tie in the last 8. Just two steps from the Aviva.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Roberto Lopes, Daniel Byrne (Craig Walsh 26), Aidan Price, Derek Pender, Kevin Devaney, David Mulcahy, Eoin Wearen, Karl Moore (Keith Buckley 80), Jason Byrne (Adam Evans 66), Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Jake Hyland, Paddy Kavanagh, Stephen Best, Aaron Shanahan.

Cork City: Mark McNulty, John Kavanagh (Liam Kearney, 79), Dan Murray, Darren Dennehy, John Dunleavy, Josh O’Shea (Danny Morrissey, 46), Gearoid Morrissey, Colin Healy, Garry Buckley, Billy Dennehy, Mark O’Sullivan (Cillian Morrison, 63). Subs not used: Kevin O’Brien, Gavin Kavanagh, Darren Murphy, David O’Leary.

“We live to fight another day”

BOHEMIANS v CORK CITY
FAI Ford Cup third round replay, Dalymount Park, Monday 25 August, 7.45pm

Bohemians and Cork City renew acquaintances on Monday night in an FAI Ford Cup third round replay at Dalymount Park following Friday’s end-to-end 2-2 draw at Turner’s Cross.

Owen Heary’s side twice took the lead through Dinny Corcoran only to be pegged back on both occasions, with Dan Murray’s 88-minute equaliser ensuring the sides would meet again.

“We were disappointed not to hang on having gone 2-1 up with six minutes to go but I was very pleased with the performance,” said Heary.

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“We were down bodies but the lads who came in did very well. Steven Beattie came in at left-back and Keith Buckley at right-back. Both of them put in really good shifts.

“We created a lot of chances and went close to extending our lead several times but Dinny took both of his goals very well.

“We should have won the game but we live to fight another day.”

With Dalymount Park passing an FAI pitch inspection this morning, Heary is expecting another cup classic and hopes his team can build upon recent improvements in home form.

“It was a great game on Friday, a typical cup tie with really good passing football from both teams,” he said.

“Both sides know each other well now, so hopefully we’ll see more of the same. There are tired legs but it’s the same for both teams.

“We’ve done well in our home games recently, so it’s up to the lads to turn good performances into victories.”

Bohemians welcome Roberto Lopes (suspension) and Derek Pender (work commitments) back into the squad, but Ryan McEvoy is a doubt with a back strain. Anto Murphy (ankle) remains out. Steven Beattie is suspended.

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FAI SAY PITCH FIT TO PLAY

An FAI pitch inspection this morning has declared Dalymount Park ready for tomorrow night’s Ford FAI Cup replay v Cork City (Monday, 7.45).

“A MOMENT OF MADNESS OR A MOMENT OF GENIUS”

CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
FAI Ford Cup Rd 3, Turner’s Cross, Friday 22 August,  7.45pm

Bohemians go to Cork with a draw and a win this season against Friday’s FAI Cup opponents. And they go determined to crown this league record with a victory that would take them into the last eight of the cup.

Manager Owen Heary says his team takes confidence from the results against Cork. “But, on the other side, Cork will be well up for it, particularly as we beat them in Dalymount.

“They’re a good team, a strong, physical team. They’re up at the top of the table on merit and they will have massive support down there.

“But cup games can go any way. They can be decided by a moment of madness or a moment of genius.”

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Heary insists his side is not one to play for a draw and a replay – not least because Bohemians face a very busy league programme with two postponed matches to be rescheduled.

“We’re part-time, with a lot of lads who work night-times or early mornings. It’s going to be Friday and Monday games for a while and we’ve a lot of tough games coming up.”

The postponement of Monday’s league match brought no gain to Bohemians, said Heary.

“We were looking forward to the game. The players were ready to go, particularly after the result on Friday [2-1 against Drogheda United]. They were well set up for the game.

“I’m sure we would have given them a good game and possibly come away with the points.”

However, the extra days without a match have given defender Derek Pender more time to recover from a bout of flu, and striker Dinny Corcoran more time to recover from a knock received last Friday.

Steven Beattie is available for the Cork cup-tie, although his sending-off against Drogheda United rules him out of the next two league games. He will return to right-back in the absence of Anto Murphy (ankle injury), while Pender moves to left back. Roberto Lopes is suspended (yellow cards) and Jack Memery is still tied up with college exams.

Heary says his squad is training like a group of players who sense they can get something tangible from the season, whether it’s qualification for the Setanta Cup or an FAI Cup winner’s medal, or even both.

“The cup is important for us. We got beaten in the semi-final of another competition. If we can finish on a cup final this year, it will be a tremendous achievement.

“But we don’t want to be just a cup team. If we win our two league games in hand, we will shoot up the table.

“If we do get to the cup final, it could be a passage to Europe and it’s a medal for the players. That has to be an incentive for the players, that they have something in the hand at the end of the season to show for their hard work.”

Pic by Eddie Lennon – eddielennonsportingimages.com

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CLUB STATEMENT

Bohemian FC is pleased to confirm that an expert inspection of the pitch at Dalymount Park has assessed it as playable and presenting no safety hazard to players.

The inspection took place on Tuesday 19 August, the day after the referee cancelled a match between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers on the grounds that the pitch was unsafe for players. The report received today presents expert opinion that the pitch was safe.

A small repaired area behind one penalty spot had been identified by the referee as a particular issue. Agricultural scientist Pat Suttle reported to Bohemian FC “that the area in question did not constitute a hazard of such seriousness that it would cause serious injury to players”.

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He concluded: “It is my opinion that the pitch was playable and that it did not constitute a safety hazard to players”.

This report also concluded that there may have been “a breakdown in communication between the referee and the groundsman through no fault on either side”, when they spoke on Monday evening before the referee made his decision.

A consultant preparing a further report for the Football Association of Ireland has indicated to club officials that he did not consider the pitch unsafe.

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TICKETS WILL BE HONOURED

Following postponement of Bohemians’ league game against Shamrock Rovers on Monday 18th August, the club informs ticket-holders that these tickets will be valid when the fixture is rescheduled.

Those who require refunds can claim them at the club office in Dalymount Park, this Thursday, 9.30am-5pm, Friday, 9.30am-1pm and next Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm.

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