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TRIONA PRIESTLEY MEMORIAL MATCH

A charity football match in memory of Triona Priestley – the beloved sister of Bohemian members Ciaran and Colm – will take place this Sunday at St Mochtas’ grounds at Porterstown Road at 3pm.

The game will see staff of Penneys Mullingar take on their colleagues of Penneys Blanchardstown, where Triona’s other brother Aidan works.

Triona sadly lost her courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis in April but her strength and determination remains a great inspiration for all those who were close to her.

Aged just 15, Triona passed away at Temple St Hospital hours after having had her final wish fulfilled when singer Ed Sheeran sang down the phone to her.

Further details about the game can be found on St Mochtas’ website.

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WORLD CUP FINAL PARTY

Come and join us to watch the World Cup final this Sunday in the comfort of the Home of Irish Football: Dalymount Park.

€10 a ticket includes:

  • 3 drinks (pints, bottles or spirits)
  • Food at half-time

Bar will be open from 6pm.

Tickets can be bought from the office during normal hours and at Friday’s SSE Airtricity League game against St Patrick’s Athletic.

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“WE NEED TO START THE WAY WE FINISHED LAST FRIDAY”

LIMERICK v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Thomond Park, Friday 4 July, 7.45pm

Bohemians go to Limerick aiming to repeat their cup win there just four weeks ago. But manager Owen Heary recognises that the recent meeting between the two sides may do Bohemians’ opponents as much of a favour as it does to his team, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

“They know more about us, just as we know more about them. We hadn’t beaten Limerick since they came back to the Premier Division. It does give the lads confidence, knowing we can go down there and beat them on their own patch.”

Both teams come to this rematch hoping to better last week’s results and Heary expects that Limerick will be “an improved team”, while Bohemians “need to start the way we finished last Friday”.

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Heary’s team came back last week from two goals down to secure a draw against Athlone Town, putting victory within their grasp.

“We only really came alive in the last 40 minutes of the game. We seemed to be in holiday mode before that,” said Heary. “When Kevin [Devaney] came on, it changed the game. From him making that run and getting that goal, it lifted everyone’s intensity.”

Dinny Corcoran left the field distraught having missed a late penalty. But Heary points to Corcoran’s earlier equaliser from play and his two penalties converted two weeks earlier against Bray.

“I have no problem with Dinny stepping up to take another penalty. The Athlone goal-keeper made a good save, but it was a killer that we couldn’t take the chance to win the game. The pleasing thing is that we showed the character and bottle to come back from two-nil down.”

With the opening of the transfer window, Heary has another option in attack, as Adam Evans, most recently with Inverness Caledonian, comes into the reckoning.

But the manager’s preference is to see Evans improve his match fitness and ease him into competitive appearances with a start in one or both of the forthcoming friendlies (v Dundee United, 12 July; v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 16 July).

Derek Pender returns from quad injury for the Limerick game but captain Dave Mulcahy (hamstring) remains out. Aidan Price (ankle) faces a late fitness test.

Stephen Traynor has left the squad as he prepares to return to university for a Masters programme.

“Stephen has been brilliant for the club in his four years here. He was devastated at having to go but he has to think of his career ahead,” said Heary.

“He has worked hard and when he’s got a chance he has taken it well. We’re sorry to see him go but we wish him the best of luck.”

Five players* have left the squad in recent weeks for various reasons. All were on amateur terms, meaning that Heary has very few resources to add to the squad. However, he expects to conclude a deal with an experienced goal-keeper by the end of this week.

He will use this month’s friendlies to give a taste of senior team action to some under-19 players, including a few of the recent recruits from Crumlin United.

Heary is looking to one of these, 17-year-old Stephen Best, a centre-half, to step up quickly. He has been training with the senior team and “hasn’t looked at all out of place”.

*Philly McCabe, Andy Mulligan, Lee Murphy, Darragh Reynor, Stephen Traynor.

Pic by Eddie Lennon – eddielennonsportingimages.com

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THANK YOU, STEPHEN TRAYNOR

Best of luck to Stephen Traynor, who has left the club as he prepares to return to university for a Masters programme.

Bohemians boss Owen Heary said: “Stephen has been brilliant for the club in his four years here. He was devastated at having to go but he has to think of his career ahead.

“He has worked hard and when he’s got a chance he has taken it well. We’re sorry to see him go but we wish him the best of luck.”

Pic: A. Baldiemann

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Bohs bus to Limerick

The Bohs bus is back on the road on Friday (July 4th) as the Gypsies take on Limerick (KO 7.45pm).

Check-in at 3.30pm. Fare €20.

Email bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.

SKINNER FOILS BOHS’ PERFECT COMEBACK

BOHEMIANS  2 – 2  ATHLONE TOWN

Four goals, a red card, three penalty appeals, and one late missed penalty – but still Bohs are craving an elusive home league win with more than half the season gone. Paul Skinner’s 88th minute save from Dinny Corcoran’s spot kick was enough to earn the Midlanders a point after a spirited comeback saw the Gypsies come from 2-0 down early in the second half.

The only change from the team that thrashed Bray 5-0 before the break saw Kevin Devaney make way for the returning Steven Beattie, but it was one that almost backfired – Bohs were flat and lifeless until Devaney’s introduction. The substitute ignited the Bohs comeback and earned the Man of the Match Award with a blistering 40 minutes, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Like far too many of the league games at Dalymount this season, the home team were laboured and sluggish in the first period. Sticking with the attacking 4-4-2 formation that put Bray and Limerick to the sword, Heary set out his attacking intentions against the team that lost all 10 of their opening league games. However, movement was stifled by a hard-working three-man Athlone midfield, and Alan Byrne at the back seemed to be capable of dominating Dinny Corcoran and Steven Beattie in the air. Byrne was mopping up 99% of the disappointing long balls into the Athlone box, and Corcoran and Beattie cut frustrated figures.

Even against a dogged Town, it was a surprise when the opening goal came against the run of play. Athlone had barely ventured anywhere near Dean Delany when suddenly, a quick-fire break tore the Bohs defence open. Neat interplay between Kealan Dillon and Barry Clancy led to Clancy toe-poking the ball through to James O’Brien. Delany rushed out to close down the space, but O’Brien stayed cool and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Bohs almost replied instantly, but Keith Buckley’s dangerous cross flashed across the face of goal and wide.

The second half couldn’t have started worse for Bohs, and in particular for Jack Memery. The left back was making his first appearance since a nightmare against Shamrock Rovers, and was completely culpable for the Athlone second, which arrived just a minute after the break. Memery dawdled on a long punt, allowing it to bounce high before attempting a hooked clearance. Sean Brennan blocked down the Memery clearance, and was suddenly bearing through on the right flank. His cross was identical to Buckley’s, and Philip Gorman hit the post sliding in at the back. However, the rebound fell straight to James O’Brien, who grabbed his second to send the small band of travelling support wild. Remember, Athlone had won a single point from 8 away games before last night.

Heary’s response was immediate. Kevin Devaney replaced Buckley on the right, and the effect was immediate. He showed a pace and power that Buckley lacked, and immediately turned the Athlone defence toward their own goal. It took just three minutes for him to grab Bohs’ first. He started a run from about thirty yards out, beat two Athlone defenders, and was suddenly in on goal. His left footed shot was somewhat scuffed, but squirmed underneath Paul Skinner and into the net.

Cue referee Paul McLaughlin’s entry into the affair. Bohs’ first penalty appeal was 50-50 as Prendergast and Beattie clashed. McLaughlin ruled that Prendergast got a touch on the ball, but Beattie, the Bohs bench, and the Jodi Stand were incensed. The second appeal was much more clear cut. A Memery cross bounced up at Alan Byrne, who dipped his arm and clearly made contact. with his bicep. Again, McLaughlin was having none of it, to the Bohs fans chagrin.

The equaliser came with more than enough time to get a winner. 77 minutes had gone when Anto Murphy’s looped header entered the box. Alan Byrne, immaculate all evening, missed his clearance, allowing Dinny Corcoran with a free shot from 6 yards. Dinny notched his 12th goal of the season, and surely there was only one winner from here? The third and final penalty claim proved to be the one – this time it was Neil Harney who hand-balled, in a similar fashion to Byrne just minutes earlier. McLaughlin was still in no mood to give it, but the linesman flagged, and Bohs had the chance to finally win a league game at Dalymount for the first time since September 2013. Harney got a second yellow card for the offence, and marched off. However, Dinny’s penalty was weakish – low and not sufficiently into the corner. Skinner palmed it away easily, and the ball was cleared for a corner.

Disappointment at not winning, but relief at not losing was clear. Bohs remain 9 points clear of bottom of the table Athlone, but with Champions St. Pats and title-chasing Cork City the next two visitors to Dalymount, the search for an elusive home league win may continue.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Dano Byrne, Aidan Price, Jack Memery, Keith Buckley (Kevin Devaney 54), Roberto Lopes, Eoin Wearen, Paddy Kavanagh (Karl Moore, 83), Steven Beattie, Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Ryan McEvoy, Jason Byrne, Jake Hyland, Craig Walsh, Gavin Moore.

Athlone Town: Paul Skinner, Stephen Quigley, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Sean Byrne, Kealan Dillon, Mark Hughes, Sean Brennan, James O’Brien (Ian Sweeney 84), Barry Clancy (Neil Harney 68), Philip Gorman. Subs not used: Derek Doyle, Graham Rusk, Thomas Mulroney, Dean Mahon, Jason Marks.

Mr. Green Bohemian Man of the Match: Kevin Devaney

Pic by Eddie Lennon – eddielennonsportingimages.com

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“A FEW WINS AND IT COULD TURN INTO A VERY GOOD SEASON”

BOHEMIANS v ATHLONE TOWN
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Friday 27 June,7.45pm

Bohemians are looking for their first home win and Athlone Town for their first away points when the two sides meet at Dalymount on Friday, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Both teams had high-scoring wins in their last league matches and Bohemians achieved their first successive victories, with one each in cup and league.

A win on Friday could, depending on results for other teams, move Bohemians one or two places up the table.

“That’s what we need to aim at and keep building on. Athlone got a great result against Drogheda before the break, and they were unlucky against Dundalk. They’ve managed to turn around their league form,” said Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

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“So, it’s important that we are well tuned in, and that we do our job and aren’t relying on things happening elsewhere.”

Heary took almost as much satisfaction from the clean sheet as from the five goals against Bray two weeks ago. That decisive victory was also achieved without three key players, captain and vice-captain Dave Mulcahy and Derek Pender, and Steven Beattie, Man of the Match in the previous week’s cup tie.

“We went into the Bray game very positive after the cup result against Limerick. We controlled the game from start to finish. We got into them high up the pitch. With some players out, others came in and stepped up to the plate.”

The manager commended his players’ performances from Kevin Devaney and hat-trick scorer Dinny Corcoran up front, to Eoin Wearen and Roberto Lopes who were “excellent in the middle”, to Jack Memery who returned to left back after a long time, and to Dean Delany who made a “tremendous save” at 2-0.

Heary is focused on securing and maintaining at least a mid-table position for Bohemians. He is not setting points targets for groups of matches but rather seeking to get maximum return from each match as it comes up.

“The target this week is to beat Athlone. We’ll take one game at a time. I know it’s a cliché but we have to do it this way, with the position we’re in. But if we can get a few wins, it could turn into a very good season for us.”

The break in the league campaign has brought its gains and losses, according to Heary. It allowed some players to take a holiday but, equally, it exposed them to renewed injury risks as they returned to intensive training after a week out.

Anto Murphy (hamstring) and Steven Beattie (ankle) face late fitness tests, as do Derek Pender (quad) and Dave Mulcahy (hamstring) who are still recovering from pre-break injuries.

Like other football fans, the players have been absorbed in the World Cup finals and discussing the various tactics and strategies applied. Heary has noted the shift from the preferred approach of recent years, holding the ball at length and building up slowly, to a more direct movement of the ball from back to front.

“There’s more emphasis on attack. They’re going the quickest route to goal and playing the pressure game. It’s interesting to watch and see the different scenarios,” he commented.

“Players are looking at these things and they can see, for example, how Chile are pressing high up the park.”

On a rest day in the World Cup Heary is hoping for Bohemian fans to turn out in big numbers to help the team secure that elusive home win and build new momentum for an improved second-half of the season.

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MANCHESTER UNITED THANK BOHEMIANS

Manchester United have sent this inscribed token of their appreciation to Bohemians to acknowledge our supporters’ efforts in cleaning the vandalism on the Liam Whelan Bridge in April.

United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward thanked the Bohs fans sincerely for what he described as “this act of kindness and solidarity in football.”

A Cabra man and Ireland international, Whelan was one of 21 people killed in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster as Manchester United made a refuelling stop en route home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.

He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, while the railway bridge at Fassaugh Road in Cabra was renamed in his honour in 2006. Both are just a short walk from Dalymount Park.

Liam’s brother Christy is a long-time Bohs fan and is still a regular at Dalyer. Christy’s grandsons Donal and Cathal are also dedicated supporters of the club.

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SETANTA TO BROADCAST ST PAT’S GAME

Bohemians’ home clash v St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday July 11 will be shown live on Setanta Sports and kick off at later time of 8pm.

DINNY HAT-TRICK ALLOWS BOHS TO REST EASY

BRAY WANDERERS  0-5  BOHEMIANS

Sometimes, it all just falls into place. After weeks and weeks of toiling in the Airtricity League, struggling for goals, points, and wins, Bohemians managed to put a supreme performance together – and destroyed Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

A Dinny Corcoran hat-trick, an own-goal, and a Keith Buckley effort gave the Gypsies their third league win of the season, and lifted Owen Heary’s men clear of the relegation places as the league enters a mid-season break, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Forced into two changes, Owen Heary kept faith with the 4-4-2 formation that worked well in Limerick, with Jack Memery replacing the injured Derek Pender and Kevin Devaney replacing the suspended Steven Beattie.

Devaney and Corcoran formed an instantly-effective partnership, but it was the latter who starred in front of a small crowd on the seaside. The game was just 5 minutes old when it exploded into life. Keith Buckley played a neat one-two with Corcoran, and was almost bearing down on goal when Robert Maloney dragged him down. Paul McLoughlin pointed to the spot, and Dinny fired Bohs into the lead.

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A bit like Dublin buses, the goals decided to all come in quick succession – and Dinny doubled Bohs’ lead after just 10 minutes. A precision Paddy Kavanagh corner was knocked down by Anto Murphy, and Corcoran slid the ball home to send the visiting fans wild for a second time.

Eoin Wearen and Roberto Lopes continued their midfield partnership, and it was Wearen who created the third on 26 minutes. His driving run and beautiful through ball left Corcoran one-on-one with Bray keeper Shane Redmond, and he made the decision to take Dinny out. Referee McLoughlin had little choice but to send the Seagulls’ shotstopper off. Dinny dusted himself down and grabbed his hat-trick, a dream first half for the Donabate man. On the stroke of half time he nearly had a fourth, but his shot could only be turned into his own net by Robert Maloney.

4-0 up at half time, it was inevitable that Bohs would take their foot off the gas in the second half, perhaps thinking about their two-week holiday already. Positive performances included the return of Jack Memery, the increasingly solid partnership of Dan Byrne and Aidan Price, and the continued improvement of Eoin Wearen. Keith Buckley is also staking his claim for a regular starting spot, and performed excellently here. He completed the rout on 73 minutes with a neat finish from Paddy Kavanagh’s cross. Bohs can now put their feet up, watch some of the World Cup, and relax in the relative heights of 9th place. Athlone Town await at the end of the break, and a chance to continue a two-game winning streak.

Bray Wanderers: Shane Redmond, Shane O’Connor, Eric McGill, Danny O’Connor, Robert Maloney, Adam Hanlon (Shane Byrne, 74), David Cassidy, Dean Zambra, Shane O’Neill, David Scully (Jake Kelly 46), Ismahil Akinade (Gavin Sheridan 25). Subs not used: Cillian Byrne, Niall Cooney, Michael Brown, Gary Curran.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Anto Murphy, Aidan Price, Daniel Byrne, Jack Memery (Jason Byrne, 79), Paddy Kavanagh, Roberto Lopes, Owen Wearen, Keith Buckley, Dinny Corcoran (Jake Hyland 84), Kevin Devaney (Gavin Moore 74). Subs Not Used: Stephen Traynor, Craig Walsh, Ryan McEvoy, Karl Moore.

BohemianFC.com Man of the Match: Dinny Corcoran

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