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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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FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE DEADLINE EXTENDED

Welcome to the 5th Bohemian FC Fantasy Premier League Competition. The closing date to sign up has been extended to Friday 22 August.

This league, which is a fans’ fundraising initiative for Bohs, the Gypsies Supporters Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, kicked off on 16th August.

The entry fee is €20 of which 10% (increased from 5% for new registrations) will be donated to CF Ireland in memory of Triona Priestley. Over €200 has been raised for this charity already.

We urge all Bohs supporters to sign up and encourage family, friends, work colleagues and the wider football community to join. Start spreading the news!

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BUS TO CORK

The Bohs bus is back on the road for this Friday’s FAI Ford Cup clash against Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

Departs: Dalymount, 3pm
Fare: €25 return
Bookings: bus@bohemians.ie

SHAMROCK ROVERS GAME CALLED OFF

Tonight’s Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers has been called off after referee Tomas Connolly deemed an area of the pitch to be unplayable.
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