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Bohemians are delighted to announce the signing of striker Steven Beattie, subject to international clearance being received.

The Skerries man, 25, joins after impressing on trial with the club this month, which included scoring a hat-trick as a second-half substitute in a 4-0 friendly win against Swords Celtic on February 2.

The former Shelbourne schoolboy (pictured) has spent the last 6½ years with clubs in the USA, Canada and Iceland.

Also signed for the Gypsies is left-back Philip McCabe. The 20-year-old, who joins from Malahide United, was briefly on the club’s books in 2012 and has since had spells with Dundalk and Shelbourne.



Bohemians have received FAI permission to play Tolka Rovers in a friendly at IT Blanchardstown tomorrow evening (Monday February 17) at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Bohs’ friendly against Shelbourne, originally scheduled for Tolka Park this Thursday, has been refixed for Friday (February 21), Phoenix All-Weather, Scribblestown at 7pm.

No date has yet been set for Saturday’s postponed Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers.


Monday February 17th IT Blanchardstown Bohemians v Tolka Rovers 7pm
Friday February 21st Phoenix All-Weather, Scribblestown Bohemians v Shelbourne 7pm



Saturday’s Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers has been called off.


BOHEMIANS v BRAY WANDERERS (Saturday February 15th, Dalymount Park, 5pm)

Bohemian boss Owen Heary is hoping weather conditions do not further disrupt his team’s pre-season schedule as the Gypsies look to victory in their first competitive game of the year, writes LUKE O’RIORDAN.

Continuing heavy rainfall and strong winds have resulted in widespread disruptions to the sporting calendar, but Heary is keen to get the green light to host Saturday’s Leinster Senior Cup tie at Dalymount Park.

His side have played just one full game – a 4-0 win against Swords Celtic at Scribblestown on February 2 – in pre-season so far as last Friday’s friendly against Waterford United was abandoned at half-time due to rapidly-deteriorating conditions at the RSC with the sides drawing 1-1.


Heary said: “I won’t be pushing for Saturday’s game to be called off, that’s for sure. I want to us to play in Dalymount. We’ve barely played. We need games and we need games in Dalymount before the season starts.

“Weather hasn’t disrupted training too much. One day last week, it was pretty hectic so we only trained for an hour. It was the same on Wednesday – the cones were blowing all over the place – but we still managed to get a good 70 to 80 minutes out of it.

“But in terms of match practice, it has affected us. We played Swords and hoped to progress into the Waterford game but we went down and got 45 minutes where the pitch was flooded and the ball wasn’t moving. We didn’t get much match practice out of it but it was a good pre-season workout for the lads who played as it dragged the legs out of them.

“Fitness-wise, we’re where we want to be. There’s a few of them playing college games too, the likes of Roberto Lopes and Andy Mulligan. But as a team, we’re not there yet. We should be there before the start of the league season, which is the most important thing.”

With Sunday’s friendly against Sandyhill/Shangan also falling foul of the weather, Heary moved quickly to bolster his side’s preparations for the league season with a friendly against Tolka Rovers now scheduled  - subject to FAI approval – for Monday evening (IT Blanchardstown, 7pm).

“As soon as we heard Sandyhill’s pitch was unplayable, we started trying to organise a game for Monday,” he said. “If we get that and then play Shelbourne on Thursday, we’ll have three games in the space of a week, so we’ll have a good idea of where we’re at by the end of it.”

While the priority is getting his players primed for the league kick-off against UCD on March 7, Heary is still treating the Leinster Senior Cup – a competition Bohs have won a record 31 times – seriously.

He said: “It’s a challenge for us at this stage of the year. It’s a cup game, a one-off and we want to progress. But we’ll have to use it as part of our pre-season too and as a guide to where we’re at in terms of preparations for the league.”

Heary’s opposite number in the visitors’ dugout on Saturday is Alan Mathews and he is backing him to bounce back from his turbulent tenure at Shelbourne and rise above the controversy surrounding his appointment as successor to “Mr Bray”, Pat Devlin.

Heary, captain at Shels during Mathews’ spell there as assistant manager to Dermot Keely from 1998 to 2002, said: “Knowing Alan, he’ll get the team right and get the team prepared.

“Alan’s brought in some good players and kept some good ones too. Losing Jason Byrne to us and Kieran Marty Waters to Rovers is a blow but Alan’s proved himself before, winning cups at Longford and Cork. What happened at Shels happened but if you look at most managers, sometimes it doesn’t happen for them at one club but they move on and they do extremely well elsewhere.”

When these sides met in October, Bohs needed just a point with a game to go to avoid a relegation play-off but lost 1-0 at Dalymount Park before stumbling to safety as both clubs lost a week later. Heary said: “Dave Mulcahy was out, Anto Murphy was out and it was clear we struggled for experience in such an important game. Derek Pender and Dean Delany were the only experienced players out there.

“Games like that were the reason we added in the likes of Jay, Paddy Kavanagh and Aidan Price to give us a bit more balance between youth and experience. Hopefully the younger players learn from them and we won’t be fighting down the bottom of the table again.”

Heary has no injury concerns to report ahead of Saturday’s game, adding: “Training has been intense but the lads are looking after themselves. Nobody has taken any knocks but, then again, you can’t take too many knocks when you’re not playing matches!”



Mr Green – the award-winning online casino – has been officially unveiled today as the new main sponsor of Bohemian FC after penning an innovative agreement with the club for the coming 2014 season.

Already an established brand across Europe, Mr Green has a presence in 10 markets with over 700,000 registered players, and is listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange. In addition to launching in Ireland, the brand has plans for further country launches in 2014.

Under the agreement, which was brokered by Fortitude Sport Management, Mr Green will provide significant financial and marketing support to Bohemian FC and the company’s logo will appear as lead sponsor on the club’s iconic red and black home jersey – a design that was decided by the club’s supporters – as well as their all-new GREEN away strip! In addition, Mr Green will sponsor the players’ work-wear for the season, with each player to wear GREEN boots.




Bohemians’ friendly with Sandyhill/ Shangan, originally scheduled for this Sunday, has been CALLED OFF.


Bohemians have been drawn to play UCD away in the first round of the EA Sports Cup.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Monday March 10 at the UCD Bowl – three days after the sides meet in the league opener at the same venue.

The Gypsies last won the competition in 2009 (pictured), beating Waterford United 3-1 in the final at the RSC.

EA SPORTS CUP FIRST ROUND: Pool 1 — Cork City v Limerick, Waterford Utd v Avondale Utd, (Byes: Cobh Ramblers and Wexford Youths). Pool 2 - Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic, Galway FC v Mayo League, (Byes: Derry City and Sligo Rovers). Pool 3 - Crumlin Utd v Drogheda Utd. Shelbourne v Bray Wanderers, (Byes: Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers). Pool 4 - Athlone Town v Longford Town, UCD v Bohemians (Byes: Mervue Utd and St Patrick’s Athletic).



Jason Byrne hopes he will be in tears again when the time comes for him to leave Bohemians for a second time, writes FRANKIE LALLY.

Byrne began his first spell with the Gypsies in 2008 and picked up back-to-back league titles as well as winning the FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and Setanta Sports Cup in his three seasons with the club.

He played – and scored – in his final game for the Gypsies in a 3-1 win over Dundalk at Dalymount Park in October 2010 and was visibly emotional as he walked off the pitch at the final whistle.





Friday’s friendly with Waterford United was abandoned at half-time due to deteriorating conditions at a rain-soaked RSC.

Karl Moore had given Owen Heary’s side a fourth-minute lead before former Bohemians midfielder Shane Murray equalised from the penalty spot on 42 minutes after he was fouled in the box by Anto Murphy.

Waterford United: Kevin Burns, Conor Whittle, Thomas Whitty, Paddy Barrett, Gavin Kavanagh, Gary Delaney, Kynan Rocks, Shane Murray, Willie John Kiely, Vinny Sullivan, Paul Quilty.  Subs: Philip Drohan, Stephen Kenny, Thomas Croke, Peter White, Gavin O’Donovan, Matthew Connor, Shaun Corcoran, Patrick Fitzgerald.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Philly McCabe, Anto Murphy, Aidan Price, Kevin Devaney, Ryan McEvoy, Craig Walsh, Karl Moore, Paddy Kavanagh, Dinny Corcoran.  Subs: Steven Beattie, Roberto Lopes, Jason Byrne, Andy Mulligan, Jack Memery, Stephen Traynor, Lee Murphy.


WATERFORD UNITED v BOHEMIANS (Friday February 7th, The RSC, 7.30pm)

Despite regular downpours disrupting training this week, Bohemians boss Owen Heary says tonight’s trip to face Waterford United will go ahead as planned and provide the perfect opportunity to further assess his team’s pre-season progress.

The Gypsies kicked off their pre-season schedule with a 4-0 win against Leinster Senior League intermediate side Swords Celtic at Scribblestown on Sunday and Heary is looking forward to a tougher test against Airtricity League First Division opposition.

He said: “The weather down there hasn’t been too bad in the last couple of days. I’ve been talking to Rennie (Alan Reynolds) and he says the pitch is in good nick.


“The lads have been working extremely hard in pre-season. Their fitness levels are very good for this stage of the year and tonight is another test to see where they’re at in a match environment.”

Bohs step up their pre-season schedule next weekend with a double-header on Saturday and Sunday. First, the Gypsies host Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup before a Bohs XI makes the short trip to Ballymun to face Sandyhill Shangan in another friendly.

Heary said: “Last week was all about getting players some game-time and getting them used to the speed of a match again. We’re stepping that up again now with stronger opposition tonight and against Bray next week. Between tonight and the two games next weekend, we’ll give everyone a run-out and get them really into shape.

“They’re looking good in training but it’s always different playing your first few games. It’s an adjustment at this stage of pre-season for players to get their match sharpness back – their timing, their reading of the game and all of that.”

The standout performance in the win against Swords Celtic was that of 24-year-old trialist Steven Beattie. The Skerries-born striker, who has spent the last few years with clubs in the USA, Canada and Iceland, netted a hat-trick having been introduced as a half-time substitute.

Heary conceded that he is looking to further strengthen up front, but insists he is happy with his options in other areas. He said: “Steven’s trained with us all week. Obviously that’s been hampered a little bit by the weather but he’s done well. We’ve only three strikers at the moment. Others can push up but it’s the one area where we would like to strengthen.

“We’ve spoken to a couple of people who have opted to go elsewhere for money reasons so if we do sign another striker, it’s going to have to be someone who really wants to be at Bohs and wants to play.

“We’ll have another look at Steven tonight – we need to see what he’s like against better opposition than Swords – and if he does well, we’ll sit down with him and his agent. If it’s right for us and right for him, we’ll try and sort something out.

“We’re not looking at any other positions. If we sign another striker, that’ll bring our squad up to 23, including the two under-19s – Jake Hyland and Lee Whelan – who are training with the first team and we’re happy with that.”

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