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Another year, another gamble. As defending champions, St Pat’s are the team who people are looking at but it’s worth remembering that Sligo weren’t able to win two in a row despite having a well-fancied squad this time last year.

Pat’s, though, as defending champions cannot be accused of standing still, with Keith Fahey the notable arrival in Inchicore, and settling in easily. The teams around St Pat’s have also strengthened though, and if an outright bet was obligatory, Sligo Rovers (7/2) and Dundalk (6/1) are probably the most interesting.


On the opening night of the season the easiest thing to say is that no bet should be too big. It’s a small league and an argument can be made that all the teams know each other very well, so as the season goes on punters will have to mix the obvious statistics together with their observations on certain teams before piling into Friday night bets.

The defending champions travel to Cork and at a best price of evens, make little or no appeal in the betting. Cork have improved their squad and even though the Saints have had a Setanta Cup game to improve their fitness, it’s doubtful they should be as short as they are to collect the away win here.

Drogheda host Dundalk in a game that many people will be expecting to finish in an away win. It’s worth remembering though, that Dundalk suffered a total meltdown at this same venue in the cup last season, having two men sent off in a madcap first half during which Stephen Kenny didn’t do a great job of keeping a lid on emotions. There are plenty of reasons why Dundalk might win the game but at 4/5 they are too short.

While it is always dangerous to read too much into one game, Bray looked abject in their LSC hiding at Dalymount recently. They could find the going very tough indeed this season, and with Jason Byrne having moved to the Home of Football, it’s hard to see much inspiration in their team. Thomond Park isn’t exactly hostile but it’s easy to see Bray struggling down there and 11/10 Limerick -1 on the Asian handicap is the bet of the week.

Our own trip to UCD is not a very inspiring opening fixture and while Owen Heary should send out a highly motivated starting eleven, Aaron Callaghan will feel he knows us very well and unless you got the 6/5 early quotes on the Gypsies, the away win isn’t a great bet.

Recommended: Limerick -1 Asian handicap, 1pt 11/10 (Bet365)



(Friday March 7, SSE Airtricity League, Belfield Bowl, 7.45pm
& Monday March 10, EA Sports Cup, Belfield Bowl, 7.45pm)

Bohemians start their league campaign against UCD with manager Owen Heary feeling both “excitement” and “nerves” about his team’s prospects for the season.

“There’s excitement at having got the players in that I was looking for,” Heary said. “But as we come to the start of the season there’s also nerves and there’s pressure on me as manager.

“Expectations are rising because of the players we’ve signed and sometimes you have to curb those expectations not to put too much pressure on the players.”


2014 SSE Airtricity League Launch


Bohemian members are reminded that the club’s 125th Annual General Meeting will be held at St Peter’s Hall, St Peter’s Rd tonight at 7pm.

Full membership attendance and participation is encouraged. It’s your club – have your say.

Please also be advised that new season merchandise will be available tonight. The club store will open at 7pm prior to the meeting and will open again immediately after the meeting.



With the new season kicking off this week,’s KEVIN FAGAN has taken an irreverent trip down memory lane to construct a Bohs Cult XI of the last 20 years. In the first of five articles, we take a look at his eccentric goalkeeper and full-back combination.

Some housekeeping first: In order to qualify for a spot in my Cult XI, players must have played for Bohs between 1994 and 2014. So, for those of you squealing about the non-inclusion of Johnny Fullam and Barry Murphy – the 1980s one, not the cross-shy keeper – them’s the rules! Also, bona fide legends like Jackie Jameson, Kevin Hunt, Glen Crowe etc are exempt.

Members of this XI have to be colourful, memorable characters – think Paul Byrne rather than Pat Byrne. Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook, and put forward your own suggestions too – this isn’t a definitive list!


Ashley Bayes. Pic: Sportsfile


IRELAND U-17 v AUSTRIA (Dalymount Park, 5pm)

Dalymount Park hosts Tom Mohan’s Ireland Under-17 side this evening as they take on Austria in an international friendly at 5pm.

Admission prices are as follows: Adults €5, students/concession €2, Under-16s go free.


Mohan’s side, who face Austria again on Thursday (Gannon Park), are preparing for the Elite Qualifying Phase of the UEFA Under-17 Championships where Ireland travel to Serbia at the end of March to meet the Serbs (March 26), Germany (March 28) and Georgia (March 31) with the winners progressing to the finals in Malta in May.

“These games are fantastic opportunity to provide players with a chance to stake a claim for a place in the Elite Phase squad,” said Mohan.

“The lads in this squad are in the driving seat to head to Serbia and they’ll be tested by very strong opposition against Austria, who are also preparing for their Elite Phase games.

“The standby list for this game is very strong and there are a lot of players battling to make the Serbia squad but we also want to give some of the players a little more international experience.”

Ireland Under-17 squad: Evan Moran (West Bromwich Albion), Matthew Connor (Waterford Utd), Robin Walsh (Anderlecht), Anto Breslin (Wolves), Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town), Anto Dolan (Fulham), Robbie Mc Court (St Kevin’s Boys), Conor Masterson (Lucan United), Stephen Best (Crumlin United), Kyron Farrell (Millwall), Tom Holland (Manchester City), Georgie Poynton (Dundalk FC), Adam Mc Donnell (Shelbourne), Steven Kinsella (Templeogue United), Darragh Markey (Cherry Orchard), Shane Elworthy (Fulham), Sean Byrne (UCD AFC), Khius Metz (Burnley), Conor Ellis (Cork City).



Having been glued to YouTube clips of Bohemians fans in full voice, new signing Steven Beattie knows how much it would mean to give them something to shout about again this season, writes FRANKIE LALLY.

The Skerries man, 25, is something of an unknown on these shores after spending the last six and a half years playing abroad. But this Gypsy is done travelling for now and says it feels good to be home – especially after joining up with Owen Heary’s side.

“I’m delighted, absolutely buzzing,” he explained. “Owen said to me three weeks ago that he wanted to sign me. I had an offer in Iceland and from another League of Ireland club but I’m happy here.





Bohemians got their competitive season off to a scintillating start with a comprehensive thrashing of Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup at Dalymount Park.

A brace from Dinny Corcoran alongside goals from Andy Mulligan, Steven Beattie and Jason Byrne booked a quarter-final tie against arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers. Manager Owen Heary couldn’t have written a better script as the home side disembowelled Bray in a performance full of attacking promise.

There were competitive debuts for Jack Memery, Craig Walsh, Paddy Kavanagh and Beattie in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation that provided the perfect tonic for next Friday’s league opener against UCD, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Bohs immediately signalled their attacking threat with a whipped corner from Andy Mulligan that was narrowly headed wide by Beattie. Derek Pender looks to have formed a potent alliance with Beattie on the right flank and these combined for Bohs best opening of the first 20 minutes. Pender’s eventual cross was just inches over Mulligan’s head.

All of the attacking threat was coming from the right side and it was no surprise when this area became the avenue for Bohs’ opening goal in the 28th minute. Bray full-back Jamie McGlynn dwelt a fraction too long on the ball in the corner and his eventual clearance was blocked down by Kavanagh, who rushed on to the spinning ball and did well to keep it in play. His accurate pull-back found Dinny Cororan, who toe-poked a shot goalwards. Shane Redmond could only parry Corcoran’s shot into the path of Andy Mulligan, who had the simple task of scoring the Gypsies’ first competitive goal of the season.

Kavanagh was excellent in the hole behind Corcoran and was unsurprisingly involved again in the build-up to the second goal, just three minutes later. He had the vision to pick out a perfect through ball to the galloping Dave Mulcahy – again on the Bohs right side. In a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moment, Mulcahy’s low drilled cross was superbly tucked into the top corner of the net by Corcoran, who made an intelligent strikers’ run to the near post.

Bray’s defence was completely on the ropes and a boxing match would have been stopped by the time Bohs got a third in the 38th minute. After more neat play from Kavanagh, Corcoran found himself in acres of space, this time in the left channel. His chipped cross should really have been finished by Mulligan, but the winger fluffed his attempt across the six-yard line. Luckily for him, Beattie was on hand to slide the ball into the empty net.

3-0 wouldn’t have flattered the Gypsies at half-time, but there was another piece of action before the break. On a rare foray into the Bohs half, David Webster attempted an outside-of-the-boot cross. The ball struck Roberto Lopes on the upper arm, but the awarding of a penalty seemed extremely harsh. Lopes’ left arm was in a perfectly natural position by his side and he didn’t move towards the ball. Nevertheless, referee Simon Rogers pointed to the spot and Jake Kelly buried the penalty. Dean Delany guessed right, but had no chance of stopping it.

A Bray half-time substitute came in the familiar form of Dave Scully, who was roundly welcomed by the small home crowd. However, the former Bohs cult hero saw the game put to bed just five minutes after the restart. A Mulligan corner was cleared all the way out to Jack Memery, who fired a pass from the halfway line. The ball was brilliantly controlled by the chest of a retreating Corcoran, who promptly rounded Bray keeper Redmond, who clearly brought the striker down. Perhaps because Bohs were already 3-1 up, perhaps because it was a Leinster Senior Cup game – but referee Rogers decided not to send Redmond off. In a league game, there would have been uproar – Corcoran was definitely denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. Either way, Dinny picked himself up and grabbed his second of the night by sending Redmond the wrong way from the spot. Former Bray man Jason Byrne replaced Corcoran soon after. Almost certainly the most difficult decision facing Heary next week is who to start up front, if he opts for a lone striker.

As soon as Byrne appeared, you felt that he would round off the scoring against his old club. As usual, he didn’t disappoint. In the final minute of normal time, Beattie went on one last slaloming run. Beating four Bray defenders and edging closer to goal, he selflessly cut the ball back into the path of Byrne, whose left-footed shot completed the rout.

Performance pluses for Bohs included Walsh, who was neat and bustling in midfield, Kavanagh, who provided a touch of creative class, and Aidan Price, who was solid and composed at the back. Things are looking good for next week’s opener at the Belfield Bowl.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Jack Memery, Craig Walsh, Dave Mulcahy (Ryan McEvoy, 77), Andy Mulligan, Paddy Kavanagh (Stephen Traynor, 70), Steven Beattie, Dinny Corcoran (Jason Byrne, 65). Subs not used: Lee Murphy, Kevin Devaney, Keith Buckley, Philly McCabe.

Bray Wanderers: Shane Redmond, Niall Cooney, Danny O’Connor (Shane O’Connor, 39), Shane Byrne (Graham Kelly, 68), Jamie McGlynn, Dean Zambra, David Cassidy, Adam Hanlon, David Webster, Jake Kelly, Ciaran Byrne (Dave Scully, 46). Subs not used: Stephen McGuinness, Philip Nolan, Robert Moloney, Gary Curran.

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Fans attending tonight’s Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers (Dalymount Park, 7.45pm) can pick up the 2014 Bohemians calendar from the club store for the reduced price of €10.

The calendar is complete with all of Bohemians’ league fixtures for the 2014 season – a must-have for every fan planning out their Friday nights for the rest of the year.

The calendar is packed full of memorable action and fan images from last season taken by the likes of Eddie Lennon (, Peter O’Doherty (, Ciaran McDonnell Byrne ( and David Lane.

The club store is located at the Block G end of Jodi Stand, adjacent to the side entrance of the Phoenix Bar.



BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS (Tonight, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Bohemians finally get their competitive season up and running when they host Bray Wanderers in tonight’s rescheduled Leinster Senior Cup tie and manager Owen Heary wants his side to start the campaign as they mean to go on.

Handed the reins by then boss Pat Fenlon for the Gypsies’ Leinster Senior Cup games in 2011, Heary led Bohs – made up almost entirely of players from his Under-19 side – to victories against a Shamrock Rovers team laden down by league winners and Shelbourne before falling short in the final against St Pat’s.


He is determined to go one better this year, starting with victory against Bray. He said: “People might say, ‘ah it’s the Leinster Senior Cup, it’s only a Mickey Mouse trophy,’ but a trophy is a trophy. We want to go through tonight and we want to go on and win the competition.”

The game was originally due to take place on Saturday February 15 but was postponed to protect the Dalymount pitch from heavy rain. Heary was keen to get the game rescheduled before next week’s league opener away to UCD and said: “We wanted a game on grass. Our last two games were on synthetic surfaces, so we really needed to get the lads a game on a proper surface before the league starts.”

Despite pre-season being hampered by bad weather earlier this month, Heary reckons his players are back up to speed after games against Tolka Rovers and Shelbourne last week.

Bohs beat Tolka 2-1 at IT Blanchardstown 10 days ago but Shels frustrated the Gypsies to earn a deserved 1-1 draw at Scribblestown last Friday.

Heary said: “The Shels game in particular was a very good test for us. For the first 10 or 15 minutes, we barely got near the ball. Shels played at a high tempo and it’s good for our players at this stage of the season to be able to get back into the habit of knowing how to react to that kind of situation. It makes them stronger and makes them increase their own tempo. Hopefully we’ll have more of the same tonight.”

Anto Murphy (hamstring) is the only absentee for tonight’s game, with Heary adding: “It’s not a tear or anything, it’s just a strain but we don’t want to risk him.”

General admission: €10. Members: €5. Students/children/senior citizens: €5.




Members, please note that the our “cup games for a fiver” offer kicks off again for tonight’s Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers (Dalymount Park, 7.45pm).

All members can attend tonight – and all home Leinster Senior, EA Sports and Ford FAI Cup games – for just €5 on production of their club membership card.

2013 cards will be accepted tonight and please be advised that 2014 cards are ready for collection at the game – table at halfway line – and also at next week’s Annual General Meeting (Thursday March 6, St Peter’s Hall, 7.30pm). All membership cards not collected will be posted out after the AGM.


Members’ subs will also be taken at at halfway line tonight – pre-match, at half-time and at full-time – and season tickets will also be on sale.

Standing order forms will be available (or you can download here) - remember you can now pay for your membership over 12 months (ways to pay).

New members are also encouraged to sign up and play their part (why become a member?).

Don’t forget – if you renew/sign up to membership before our first league home game against Drogheda United on March 14, you will be entered into a draw to win one of 10 copies of FIFA 2014.

Many thanks to all those members and season ticket holders who have already subscribed for the new season, it’s been a great help in the smooth running of your club during the close season.

Any queries? Don’t hesitate to contact us at

Picture: The 1901/02 Leinster Senior Cup-winning Bohemians!

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02
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