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DERRY CITY 4-0 BOHEMIANS Derry City 4-0 Bohemians

Bohemians fell to their first defeat in seven matches as they were completely outclassed by a slick Derry City outfit at the Brandywell on Friday night. A brace each from Michael Duffy and Rory Patterson did the damage as the Gypsies suffered their heaviest reversal of the season, writes CONOR HAYES.

Owen Heary’s side showed defensive frailties to an extent not witnessed thus far this campaign, especially away from home. After their improvement since the mid-season break, they will have to hope it was just a momentary blip with a cup semi-final to come on Monday against Shamrock Rovers.

Bohs actually started the encounter brightly, reflecting their recent good run of results. With barely five minutes gone, a header from Kevin Devaney put Steven Beattie in space, his early ball was inches from finding an unmarked Dinny Corcoran but was stabbed away just in time by Candystripes skipper Barry Molloy.


Again five minutes later, Beattie and Devaney were involved in good build-up for the away side. This time Beattie set up the former Sligo man with a lovely ball over the top, his low cross from the right cannoned off Molloy and into the body of Gerard Doherty who knew nothing about it. But that would be as good as it got for the visitors in the first half.

The red tide began with a chance for Stephen Dooley who latched on to Patrick McEleney’s floating ball at the back post but scuffed his shot wide. Then, with 18 minutes elapsed a hopeful punt by Doherty was nodded on by McEleney into the path Duffy, who fired past Dean Delany but not past past Aidan Price who covered well on the line.

McEleney was causing havoc in the Bohs backline and the former Sunderland trainee put through Paterson again moments later. His shot deflected off Price and behind for a corner with Delany beaten. From the resulting corner Derry got their first of the game. A high hanging ball to the back post was weakly punched away by the Gypsies’ net minder, it fell to Patterson, who ten yards from goal made no mistake.

The Candystripes would double their lead just before the half-hour mark. This time Barry McNamee ghosted past the non-existent Bohs midfield and laid the ball on beautifully for Duffy, who calmly slotted it past Delany and into the bottom right corner.

The game then entered a lull as Derry seemed satisfied with their lead with the away side unable to create an opening but just before the men playing in green could get to the sanctuary of half-time there was another red and white goal. Some nice play by Mark Timlin saw his pass nutmeg Derek Pender and find Duffy. Again the 20-year-old was calmness personified as he cut inside the box and fired it into the opposite corner to his first.

Bohemians looked more resolute defensively at the beginning of the second half but they only looked liked getting a consolation from a set-play. First Anto Murphy fired over from just inside of the box after Doherty only half cleared a Paddy Kavangh free kick. Next, the winger, playing against his old side, delivered a corner to the far post where Price could only direct his header onto the roof of the net and over. Eoin Wearen too had a chance in the air from another corner but steered it directly to Doherty.

With just over 20 minutes left in play, Derry drifting through the second half, began another onslaught. The impressive McNamme found substitute Philip Lowry on the edge of the area and  instead of shooting, he selflessly found Patterson in acres of room at the back post who finished powerfully to secure his brace.

As the game entered its final stages the chances kept coming for Derry. First Duffy stretched but was inches from his hat-trick as Dooley’s shot was almost parried into his path by Delany. Next, Barry Molloy marauding from the back failed to slip the ball past the Bohs shot stopper after bring put through by McNamee.

Despite their best efforts, Derry could not add to tally but they continue their revival under Peter Hutton with a one-sided victory. For Bohemians after a great run of recent results they fall back to earth with probably their worst performance of the season so far.

Next up is Shamrock Rovers in the EA Sports Cup semi-final on Monday at Dalymount. Only a vastly improved display will have a chance of toppling the old enemy and making the final.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Barry Molloy (c), Ryan McBride, Barry McNamee, Danny Ventre, Patrick McEleney (Philip Lowry 42), Rory Patterson (Ryan Curran 71), Michael Duffy, Mark Timlin, Stephen Dooley (Josh Tracey 76), Aaron Barry. Subs Not Used: Ciaran Gallacher (GK), Shane McEleney, Shaun Kelly, Cliff Byrne.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender (c), Aidan Price, Dan Bryne, Anto Murphy, Paddy Kavanagh, Eoin Wearen (Dave Mulcahy 73), Kevin Devaney, Stephen Beattie, Dinny Corcoran (Jason Byrne 61). Subs Not Used: Aaron Shanahan (GK), Jack Memery, Karl Moore, Ryan McEvoy, Keith Buckley.


Two in-form teams meet on Friday night when seventh-placed Bohemians go to the Brandywell to take on sixth-placed Derry City, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

Bohs – unbeaten in six in all competitions – travel north buoyed having finally secured their first home league win of the season with an emphatic 2-0 victory against title challengers Cork City last Friday.

“We knew that win was coming,” said manager Owen Heary. “We’ve been playing well but a lot of little things have cost us at home all year: sendings-off, penalties, not taking our chances and some refereeing decisions.

“But we’ve been strong throughout. We’ve been creating a lot of chances but not taking enough of them – I would have been more worried if we weren’t creating opportunities and players weren’t getting into positions.


“Nobody really gave us a chance against St Pat’s or Cork City but we got four points out of those games, so we won’t be lacking in confidence.”

Heary, however, is expecting a tough test at the Brandywell. Bohs’ last win at the venue came in September 2009 – they have lost four and drawn one of their five games there since.

Just three points separate the sides now with Derry sixth on 27 and Bohs seventh on 24 but the task facing the Gypsies is all the more daunting as the Candystripes have hit top form under Peter Hutton, who replaced Roddy Collins as manager in May.

Hutton’s men are unbeaten in six domestic games and have scored 11 in their two most recent victories over UCD (6-1, a) and Bray Wanderers (5-0, h).

And Heary said: “Derry are a much-changed team since the side we played in Dalymount (1-1 in May). We should have won that game but Peter came in shortly afterwards and has changed everything around.

“I know him well from his time at Shelbourne and from coaching courses. I knew he’d go in and do well and they’re on a high now.

“But our confidence is high too. That’s the thing about young players, they don’t lack confidence, especially after a run of good results.”

With one eye on Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final against rivals Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park, Heary is relieved to have a full squad to select from tomorrow.

Steven Beattie was eventually withdrawn as a precaution after banging his head while scoring the opener against Cork City last week, but he has suffered no ill-effects. Anto Murphy (shoulder) sat out training on Monday but has played a full part in sessions since.

“It’s important that we have everyone available as we’ve two massive games over the next four days,” Heary said. “We’ve got a settled team now and everyone is enjoying it but we’ll have to rotate a little between the two games.”

Heary is also delighted to have kept hold of his most important players over the July transfer window, with 23-year-old midfielder Kevin Devaney the most recent player to sign professional terms after two years as an amateur with the club.

“Kevin’s improved a lot as a player and there was interest in him over the window,” Heary added. “We haven’t got great resources here but thankfully we’ve kept the squad intact.

“There was interest in the likes of Eoin Wearen too, but he is already under contract until the end of the season. It’s a squad game and other clubs taking notice is a testament to how well Eoin and the other young players around him have done in recent weeks and months.

“When you’re keeping someone like Dave Mulcahy out of the team, you know you’re doing something right.”

Pic by Eddie Lennon –



Bohemians host rivals Shamrock Rovers in an EA Sports Cup semi-final Bank Holiday Monday blockbuster at Dalymount Park. (Note earlier kick-off time of 7.30pm).

Dalymount’s bars will be open from 2pm with all pints €3.70 until 6pm. Match tickets can be purchased from the Members’ Bar during this time.

Tickets can also be bought from Dalymount during office hours (10am-5pm) up to and including Friday August 1st and from Offside football clothing shop in Temple Bar (4 Fownes Upper Fownes St, opposite Central Bank).


Supporters are advise to purchase in advance to avoid long queues and delays.

Club members: Please note that membership cards do not entitle access to cup games but that you can purchase a ticket for the game for a members-only reduced price of €5.

All other admissions prices: Adult €15, Student/concession €10, children €5.



The Bohs bus is back on the road on Friday (August 1st) as the Gypsies take on Derry City (KO 7.45pm).

Departing at 2.30pm. Fare €20.

Email to reserve your place.


Manager Owen Heary and goalscorer Eoin Wearen spoke to Robert O’Reardon on a night that saw Bohemians beat high-flying Cork City to claim their first home league win of the season.

The pair also offered words of support for the injured Cork star Brian Lenihan. Camera & editing by Jamie O’Halleron.


Welcome to the 5th Bohemian FC Fantasy Premier League Competition.

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

The entry fee is €20 of which 5% will be donated to CF Ireland in memory of Triona Priestley.

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!




Bohemians have been drawn away to Cork City in the FAI Ford Cup – the only all-Premier Division tie of the third round.

Third round ties are due to be played weekend 22-24 August. The sides also meet in a dress rehearsal for the tie in a league game at Dalymount Park tonight.

FAI CUP Rd 3: Ballynanty Rovers (Limerick) v Drogheda Utd, Cork City v Bohemians, Derry City v Malahide Utd, Dundalk v Galway FC, Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town, St Patrick’s Athletic v Shelbourne, St Michael’s (Tipperary) v Avondale Utd, Wexford Youths v Finn Harps.


SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Friday 25th July, 8pm

Bohemians boss Owen Heary is hoping his side can continue their good form following an unwanted two-week break from competitive action. With last week’s trip to Sligo postponed following the Bit O’Red’s European travels, it’s been a fortnight since the Gypsies’ excellent performance in the 1-1 draw at home to champions St Pat’s, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Heary puts the good run of form (undefeated in five) down to a mixture of hard work and having a settled team. “It’s down a settled team alright, but its also down to the fact that everyone is working hard in training. You can see their fitness level is good, they’re starting to get into a bit of a rhythm now as well. It’s down to the players – they’re the ones working hard in training and off the pitch.”


Heary hopes the players can keep that intensity for the visit of title-chasing Cork City, who arrive in a wonderful vein of form under John Caulfield. Unfortunately, the spectre of no home wins is still lurking over the Phibsborough side. “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t got that little bit of luck at home – lots of people who watched the Pat’s game said we deserved to win, you think about the penalty against Athlone, one or two sendings off, we’ve been unlucky. But at least we’ve been picking up some points as well as getting good results away from home, and hopefully we can rectify that home form this week.”

Cork City have been a revelation in the league this season (joint top with Dundalk going into Friday’s game), but Heary isn’t surprised by the Leesiders’ fortunes. “They’re like the Cork teams of old – they’re strong, physical, they can mix it if they want. But they’ve also got some very good young players. The squad they’ve put together is excellent, I said it at the start of the season and they’ve proved it”.

Bohs were excellent on a wet night in Turners Cross in April, and Heary is looking to take the positives from that 1-1 draw into tomorrow’s fixture. “We should’ve won that game, we had three or four great chances to win it in the second half. We matched them all over the pitch, and going down to Cork and playing like that means that it shows – mentality wise – that we can go and give the bigger teams a game.”

Heary was disappointed not to be able continue on from the Pat’s game, but hopes his side can keep up the good work against Cork City this Friday. “I would have liked to have played the game (against Sligo), it would have been a good time to get them after playing in Europe,” he added. “Unfortunately it means we’ll have to play them on a Monday or a Tuesday, which will be difficult. Sligo are a full-time team, so it’s tough on our lads who have to take time off work. But we know we can mix it with the teams ahead of us, so hopefully we can push on, get a few more wins, and get a top-half finish.”

Heary may have to plan without midfielder Craig Walsh, who is doubtful after a bout of tonsillitis during the week, while former Ballymena United goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan has been brought in to provide competition for Dean Delany for the No 1 jersey.



Bohemians’ EA Sports Cup semi-final v Shamrock Rovers will kick off at 7.30pm, Dalymount Park on Bank Holiday Monday August 4th.

Dalymount hosts Garth Brooks Experience


Bohemian FC is teaming up with The Ray Foley Breakfast Show on 98FM to present the Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience at Dalymount Park on Saturday 26th July in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Over 2,500 fans are expected at the show, headlined by Friends in Low Places – the Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience, led by Trevor Smith. Trevor has been recognised as the leading Garth Brooks lookalike and soundalike in the country and has developed an exciting production around an eight-piece band.

The band was approached by several big event organisers since the controversial cancellation of the Croke Park concerts and turned them all down in favour of working with 98FM and Bohemian FC, raising funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.


Ray Foley will be MC and DJ. Doors will open at 6pm and performances will start at 7pm. Support acts will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets for the Garth Brooks Experience are priced at €25 and are available to purchase on and

The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience at Dalymount Park is the biggest event in the city-wide programme of activities targeted at Garth Brooks fans disappointed by the cancellation of their idol’s concerts.

Bohemians play Cork City at Dalymount on Friday evening, 25th July, and construction of the stage will start immediately after that game.

Dalymount Park was a major music venue from the 1970s to the 1990s, hosting concerts by acts such as Thin Lizzy, Bob Marley, Status Quo, Black Sabbath, Meat Loaf, The Specials and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Pictured:  JP Gilbourne, co-presenter, The Ray Foley Breakfast Show; Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC; Trevor Smith; Ray Foley

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