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The Bohs bus is back on the road on Friday (April 25th) as the Gypsies take on Premier Division leaders Cork City (KO 7.45pm).

Check-in is from 2.30pm. The bus will leave Dalymount Park at 3pm sharp and return straight after the game. The fare is €20 return.

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Bohemians’ poor home form continued as they lost a game in which they were the better side for the vast majority of proceedings, writes CONOR HAYES. A header from former Bohs man Evan McMillan and a goal on the counter attack from Danny North gave the Bit O’ Red a fortuitous win at a sunny Dalymount Park on Easter Monday.

It will be a tough defeat for Owen Heary’s side to take as again a defensive error at a crucial moment allowed a largely lacklustre Sligo to grab a foothold in a game when it appeared Bohs might be able to fashion their first home league win of the season.

There were four changes from the defeat at St Pat’s on Friday with Philip McCabe, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh and Steven Beattie coming in, the latter starting in a forward role.


The visitors, however, started with confidence as one would expect from a team who had scored 10 goals in their last two matches and it was Joseph Ndo who created an early opening. With less than three minutes gone, the Cameroonian veteran produced a trademark flick into Kieran Djilali, who could only scuff his shot wide. Bohs then responded with their first effort on goal as Mulcahy won a battle in midfield and laid it off for Paddy Kavanagh but his attempt flew wide.

20-year-old McCabe unfortunately went off feeling ill after 15 minutes but his replacement Kevin Devaney was proving a decent attacking outlet for the home side and he was involved in two half-chances around the half-hour mark. First he crossed in for Ryan McEvoy, who may have been better shooting himself instead of passing it to Craig Walsh in an offside position.

Next, the Sligo native ran on to Kavangh’s through ball but could only lift it over Gary Rogers goal.

The game had a sleepy Bank Holiday feel to it and it seemed to be drifting quietly towards half-time before Bohs and Devaney again produced the best chance of the opening period. Latching on to a throw-in, he fought his way between Sligo defenders Jeff Henderson and Ross Gaynor and fired a shot which was well parried by Rogers.

The home side began the second half with similar purpose as good play by Devaney set up Mulcahy to have a crack, but the effort was far too high. The Bohs skipper almost opened his account a few minutes later as his header from a Ryan McEvoy free kick went a lot closer but also over the bar.

Bohs were motoring now and Walsh was released down the left hand side but his hooked cross into the box was just cleared in time by Jeff Henderson, while Devaney waited to pounce. With 15 minutes gone of the second half, Bohs were pressing high up the pitch nearly broke the deadlock as McEvoy almost caught Rogers napping while he dallied on the ball in front of goal.

Just a minute later, the men in red and black missed a glorious opportunity as great play from Moore on the left saw him find Walsh inside the area but he placed his shot just wide of Rogers right-hand post.

Sligo came into it more as the game clock went past 70 minutes as David Cawley shot wide after nice play from Djilali. But Bohs responded in kind and again pressing created a chance as Stephen Traynor, on as a sub for Walsh, robbed Ndo and was through on goal but was taken down by Henderson. The ref only produced a yellow which given the circumstances was rather lenient.

Derek Pender then came to the rescue for Bohs as John Russell produced a surging run and a dangerous ball into the danger zone but the Gypsies’ vice-captain just slid in time and prevented a goal.

With 12 minutes remaining, Sligo took the lead as Djilali’s corner to the back post went through Lee Murphy’s hands and landed into the path of McMillan who nodded home.

The goal seemed to really demoralise Bohemians and in their fruitless attempt for an equaliser, they looked vulnerable on the counter attack. First Djilali missed a sitter after great work from Danny North but then as the game entered injury time, the former Grimsby striker finished the job himself. Roberto Lopes missed his clearence and the ball fell to another substitute Sean Maguire, finding North who finished powerfully.

There was still time for Bohs to force a penalty as Russell handled in the area but just to complete a hapless day, Jason Byrne’s effort lacked conviction and was easily held by Rogers diving to his left.

A third defeat in a row then and little comfort will be drawn from the fact that on Friday they travel to Leeside for a clash against top-of-the-table Cork City.

BOHEMIANS: Lee Murphy, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Philip McCabe (Kevin Devaney 15), Karl Moore, Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy, Craig Walsh (Stephen Traynor 63), Paddy Kavanagh (Jason Byrne 83), Steven Beattie. Subs not used: Dean Delany, Dano Byrne, Jake Hyland, Keith Buckley.
SLIGO ROVERS: Gary Rogers, Alan Keane, Danny Ledwith, Evan McMillan, Jeff Henderson, David Cawley, Ross Gaynor (John Russell 61), Paul O’Conor (Danny North 61), Joseph Ndo (Sean Maguire 77), Aaron Greene, Kieran Djilali. Subs not used: Richard Brush, Kalen Spillane, Eric Odhiambo, Jack Dykes.

Bohemian FC v Sligo Rovers FC (5 of 45)


SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, Monday 21 April, 3pm

Bohemians are looking to halt a slump of two defeats in a row when they host Sligo Rovers on Easter Monday. A poor performance at home to Limerick nine days ago was followed up with a much improved display away to the champions St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday evening, yet yielded the same result.

Manager Owen Heary bemoaned his players’ costly mistakes but found some positives too. He said: “I was happier that we played a lot better against St Pat’s than we had in some of the previous few games. We created chances, which we hadn’t done against Limerick.

“But Pat’s are a very experienced side throughout compared to the team we had out. They will let you play football the right way but they’ll also punish you if you make mistakes and that’s what happened.

“It was a fantastic goal from Jason Byrne to give us the lead but we only managed to hold on to the lead for four minutes and that’s really not good enough.


“We work hard all week on trying to eradicate individual mistakes from our game, so it’s frustrating when it happens again. They’re not small mistakes. They’re big ones if they’re costing us goals and results.”

The fixture list hasn’t helped Bohs’ bid to get more points on the board but Heary has challenged his players to step up and prove their worth.

He said: “You could say we’re unfortunate in that we’re playing three of the best sides in the league – Pat’s, Sligo and Cork – in a row but that’s what the players should want. They should be wanting to go out and play against the best in the league – to push themselves, to better themselves and test themselves against the very best.

“We all knew Sligo were going to come good eventually and they’ve shown that in their last few games where they’ve scored goals for fun against St Pat’s and UCD and got a good draw away to Cork in between. We know we’re up against one of the best teams around.”

Heary admitted the return of club captain Dave Mulcahy, who played the full 90 minutes on Friday in what was his first appearance since the opening day of the league season after knee and calf injuries, was a “massive plus” but he is set to tinker with his line-up again as there are “a lot of tired bodies”.

“We did very well to get 90 minutes out of Jason too,” he added. “We would have liked to have taken him off after around 70 minutes but with Dinny Corcoran out, Jay was the best person to get us back into the game so we had to leave him on. But there were a lot of tired bodies on Friday and you don’t want to be flogging players, so we will change things around in certain areas.”

Heary’s options are limited by the continued absence of Corcoran, who will have a scan on his knee injury on Tuesday, as well as Anto Murphy (hamstring) and Jack Memery (knee). Goalkeeper Dean Delany returns to the squad after serving his additional one-match ban for the red card he received against Bray Wanderers earlier this month.




Bohemians produced an improved performance from the poor display against Limerick last week but the result was the same as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in Inchicore on Friday night, writes CONOR HAYES.

A great finish from Jason Byrne had given Bohs the lead but goals from former Bohs pair Christy Fagan and Chris Forrester sealed the win for the champions in front of President Michael D. Higgins and ensured a second defeat on the bounce for Owen Heary’s side.

Bohs made five changes from the game against Limerick with forward Byrne, captain Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy and Andy Mulligan coming into the side. Both sides began cautiously as the Bohs five-man midfield pressed their opponents into making mistakes in the initial stages.


Despite having the lion share of possession the champions did not look dangerous early on but did have the first shot in anger on eight minutes. Forrester was a threat roaming inside from the left-hand side and he found himself at the edge of the box after eight minutes but his looping effort went comfortably over the bar.

Craig Walsh looked to have been given the task of shackling Irish international Keith Fahey and he went about the task enthusiastically, ensuring the vaunted midfielder did not get a foothold in the game during the first half.

Bohs didn’t really threaten their opponents’ goal during this period but after 23 minutes they found themselves in the lead after a stunning strike from Byrne. A driving run from Walsh in midfield saw him pick out the lone striker, who had peeled off the last defender and from the edge of the area he produced an audacious chip over a stunned Brendan Clarke and into the net. A goal of instinctive brilliance.

The away side’s lead was to be short-lived, however, as Pat’s levelled just four minutes later. Ger O’Brien cross into the area was only half-cleared by Aidan Price, the ball rolled into the path of Fagan, who finished coolly into the corner.

The Richmond Park outfit were buoyed by their equaliser and dominated the rest of the first half, creating numerous chances. Conan Byrne was creating havoc down Bohs’ left side and twice his searching balls into the danger zone almost found Fagan who was lurking.

On 37 minutes, Fahey’s free-kick was floated into the area and picked out Fagan inside the six-yard box. His downward header looked destined for the goal but was superbly clawed away by Bohs net-minder Lee Murphy. Bohs were praying for the half-time whistle now and three minutes from the break they escaped conceding again as James Chambers headed over.

The visitors began the second half with more of a foothold in the game and had the chance to take an unlikely lead in the 49th minute as a Darragh Reynor free-kick found Price in space but he could only direct his header wide. Murphy then again showed his shot-stopping ability with a super save on to the post from a long range thunderbolt from Fagan.

Karl Moore had been summoned from the bench at half-time and at times looked dangerous on the left wing, after 57 minutes his cross was just deflected wide of  Byrne, who was waiting to apply the finish.

Jason’s namesake Conan continued to be a menace to the Gypsies’ defence and his ball in on 64 minutes found Forrester three yards from goal but he somehow manged to blaze it over much to the glee of Bohemians supporters behind the goal.

Forrester’s embarrassment would not last, however, as barely a minute later, his side had the lead for the first time. Fahey, whose influence in the game continued to grow, found Conan Byrne with a perfect through ball, the winger then drilled a cross into the middle of the area which after a scramble found its way to Fagan who had his second of the night.

Bohs tried to respond and their chance came with 17 minutes remaining. Good work from Moore found Reynor, his pin-point swinging cross found Jason Byrne only a few yards from goal but he skewed his free header wide.

One felt Bohs would be punished for such profligacy and the killer goal duly arrived four minutes later. Fagan this time the provider as his pass fell to Forrester who skillfully beat two defenders in the box before sending Murphy the wrong way and finding the net.

The game fizzled out at this point with Pats clearly happy with their two goal advantage while the men playing in green couldn’t create a way back into the match.

So a disappointing night for Bohemians, they will try to bounce back and improve their home form against Sligo at 3pm on Easter Monday.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien (c) (Conor McCormack 81), Sean Hoare, Ian Bermingham , Kenny Browne, James Chambers (Sam Verdon 89), Keith Fahey, Lee Lynch, Conan Byrne, Christopher Forrester, Christy Fagan.
Subs not used: Pat Jennings, Derek Foran, Lorcan Fitzgearld, Peter Durrard, Daryl Kavanagh.

Bohemians: Lee Murphy, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Darragh Reynor, Keith Buckley (Paddy Kavanagh 77), Ryan McEvoy, Dave Mulcahy (c), Craig Walsh (Steven Beattie 62), Andy Mulligan (Karl Moore 45), Jason Byrne.
Subs not used: Gavin Moore, Dan Byrne, Jake Hyland Stephen Traynor.



Friday April 18, SSE Airtricity League, Richmond Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians go to Inchicore aiming to protect an unbeaten record in away games. Both of Bohs’ victories in the league have come on the road, and they have also secured a draw against league-leaders Dundalk on their travels, writes BRIAN TRENCH.

Friday’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic is one of a packed schedule of six matches in 18 days against the top sides in three competitions. But “this is what it’s all about”, according to Bohemian manager Owen Heary.


“These will be difficult games. The squad will be tested, as some of the players aren’t used to playing game after game after game. But we have to get them into the right mindset.”

Of the last six league games Bohemians have played at Inchicore, three have been draws and Bohs have won one.

“Pat’s have a quality squad and they know better than anyone that they have not played to their potential,” said Heary. “For us, it’s a bit like we were against Dundalk. We need to be positive when we have the ball and tight when we don’t have it.”

Heary expects a more entertaining game than the grim encounter with Limerick last week. “The two teams like to play football. It will, hopefully, be not too open a game. But the two teams like to get on the ball and pass it.”

Bohemian skipper (and ex-Pats player) Dave Mulcahy is expected to make his first appearance of the league season following calf and knee injuries but defender Anto Murphy (hamstring) remains out “for another three or four weeks”.

Goalkeeper Dean Delany is suspended, completing his two-match ban on Friday, and Dinny Corcoran is sidelined with a knock to the knee, but may make it back for Monday’s home game against Sligo.

Veteran striker Jason Byrne looks likely to start, as he did against Dundalk and Athlone Town. “He’s a smashing player, and he knows where the goal is. But we have other options as well, so I’m not too worried about it,” said Heary.

Last week’s defeat at home to Limerick was frustrating for the squad to review, the manager said. “It’s the first time we haven’t created an awful lot of chances. In the last third of the pitch we just weren’t creating enough.

“Maybe there was a bit of nervousness too, knowing we haven’t won at Dalymount. But then you look at Stephen Traynor’s shot. It’s going in and it hits a bobble and goes wide.

“Limerick didn’t create chances either. It was the second phase of play from their corner, some of our lads lose their man, and they score. ”

Heary has been getting the players focused on the next game, even though they were “gutted”.

“That’s a game we should have seen out for a nil-all draw, at worst. I know we’re a better team than that.”



It’s hard to ignore his standout creative performances in the centre of the park, but Craig Walsh is not interested in being the centre of attention. Despite collecting man-of-the-match awards and being singled out for special praise by manager Owen Heary, the midfielder is more concerned with being a team player as Bohemians look to consolidate and improve their league position, writes CILLIAN SHIELDS.

Signed from UCD, the 22-year-old has slotted into Heary’s starting XI with a natural ease. “I’ve settled in well,” he said. “But I’m more worried about the team winning and playing well as a whole. If you get everyone playing well in the team, that’s great because it’s a team game, not an individual sport. My only aim is for the team to win and for me to get into that starting XI.”




Christy Whelan, brother of Liam, has asked us to include the following message from the Whelan family in our programme and on our website:

“The Whelan family would like to thank the Bohemian supporters for all they’ve done with their work on the Liam Whelan Bridge, cleaning and repairing the damage to the plaque and its surrounds.

“Their swift response and valuable work is much appreciated by the entire Whelan family.”

Picture (Sportsfile): Christy with Bobby Charlton at the 2006 unveiling of the Liam Whelan Bridge.



Bohemian FC officials and supporters today cleaned up and covered up the disgusting graffiti on the nearby Liam Whelan Bridge.

Liam was both a local and international legend. Everyone at Bohs echoes the unanimous condemnation of this act and shares the disbelief that someone could do something so thoughtless and hurtful, particularly as members of his family still live locally.

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.



Robert O’Reardon got the thoughts of Bohemian manager Owen Heary after Friday night’s defeat against Limerick at Dalymount Park.

Heary expressed his annoyance at how Limerick’s frustrating tactics dictated the flow of the game and that a lapse of concentration allowed Rory Gaffney take all three points for the visitors.

There was some good news from the gaffer, however, as he revealed club captain Dave Mulcahy – yet to feature this season due to a niggling knee injury – is expected to get a full week’s worth of training under his belt ahead of the upcoming Easter weekend games against St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron.



After the first double-header weekend of the season (at least for teams without Setanta Cup involvement), there is an interesting list of fixtures this evening.

Easter weekend sees another double-header of fixtures so this is a stage of the season during which we might expect teams with larger (and better) squads to do well and grind out points, often in low-scoring games.

Low-scoring games are not something that Bohs fans have had to worry about of late though, running out 3-1 winners our last outing in Athlone. Scraping a draw at home to Bray felt good at the time (with ten men), and a point away to Dundalk wasn’t a bad result, but more of these performances will have to be turned into wins, particularly at home, if we are to improve on last season’s final league position.


Tonight’s opposition in the shape of Limerick, represents a bit of an acid test if we are to be honest, in terms of improving on last year’s position. They took all nine points that were up for grabs between the teams last season, and themselves and Cork were the “safe group” just above the drop zone we found ourselves in last season.

From the limited form we have to go on so far this season, Cork appear to be determined to deliver a title tilt, so winning points against Limerick is crucial. At a price of 5/6 though, unfortunately Bohs cannot be trusted to do that. We will examine the team’s home record in greater detail in the coming weeks, but suffice to say it’s awful in recent years and teams run their hands at the prospect of coming to the Home of Football. With Limerick having started the season slowly and Bohs desperate to tighten up further at the back, we are going to go with last week’s [losing] bet again, banking on at least team to keep a clean sheet at 4/5 with Boyles.

Ludicrously touted as “the Luas Derby” by RTE’s John Kenny, St Pat’s go to battle with Shamrock Rovers in Inchicore this evening, with both sides having seriously wobbled last Friday, beaten out of sight by Dundalk and Cork City respectively. Both sides will be keen to avoid two defeats in a row, and a draw here would be welcomed by the provincial sides with their eyes on the title, such as Cork and Dundalk. The draw can be backed at 23/10 with Ladbrokes and that is fair for an outcome which neither team would be too upset about.

Bohs v Limerick Both Teams to Score NO, 1pt 4/5 (Boyles)
St Pat’s v Shamrock Draw, 1pt 23/10 (Ladbrokes)

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