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VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 1 SHAMROCK ROVERS 3

After Bohemians’ 3-1 derby defeat to Shamrock Rovers in the SSE Airtricity League on Friday night, manager Owen Heary gave his post-match reaction to Robbie O’Reardon, and explained how he believes decisions by the match officials cost his side at key moments during the game.

Filmed by Jamie O’Halleron.

CRAIG WALSH #MRGREENMOTM

Congratulations to Craig Walsh, who was the Mr Green Man of the Match on Friday night.

Although Bohemians were on the wrong side of the 3-1 result against Shamrock Rovers, Craig impressed with a tireless display in midfield and was the choice of our match reporter Kevin Fagan.

Craig was presented with his ?#?MrGreenMOTM? award by Gavin Flood, Ireland Country Manager at Mr Green.

Paul Fetherston won the signed match ball for tweeting Craig as his choice for #MrGreenMOTM to @bfcdublin and @MrGreen_ie.

Paul will be presented with his prize prior to our next home game, against Bray Wanderers on Friday April 4th.

Our #MrGreenMOTM competition will be running on twitter for every home game this season – make sure you enter to be in with a chance of winning a match ball signed by your Bohs heroes!

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DERBY NIGHT TURNS GREEN AND WHITE

BOHEMIANS  1 – 3  SHAMROCK ROVERS

A late double salvo from Ronan Finn and Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters settled a scrappy and tempestuous Dublin Derby as Bohemians suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of their fiercest rivals. A Conor Kenna own goal had earlier cancelled out Gary McCabe’s penalty as the Gypsies coughed up more sloppy goals at Dalymount Park.

A huge and boisterous crowd meant the game was played at a frantic pace, and featured chances at both ends, refereeing disagreements, and the usual cacophony of crowd hostility inside the stadium. This was the League of Ireland at its best, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Boss Owen Heary named the same team that drew with Drogheda United last week, with fit again Karl Moore starting from the bench. The opening 15 minutes were extremely cagey – a line that could easily have been written about every Bohs-Rovers game ever. The visitors looked the more comfortable on the ball, particularly the returning Luke Byrne, who was given an extremely hostile reception from the Bohs faithful.

If Byrne looked comfortable, the same could not be said of Jack Memery, who will want to completely wipe the memory of this game from his mind. The left back was culpable for all three Rovers goals, beginning with the opener on 14 minutes. After Gary McCabe got in behind Memery on the byline, the defender’s clumsy challenge left referee Padraig Sutton with little option. McCabe himself stepped up, and sent Dean Delany the wrong way to send the surprisingly large away crowd into convulsions of glee. Owen Heary would have no complaints about the penalty, but was aggrieved at the award of a Rovers throw-in in the lead up. The Bohs boss rightly felt that Simon Madden had touched the ball last.

Heary was also miffed on the half hour mark, when Dinny Corcoran had a goal dubiously ruled out for offside. Paddy Kavanagh’s cross fell kindly into Corcoran’s path, but the near-side linesman waved a slightly late flag. Corcoran looked to be level when the ball was kicked. Bohs best first half chance came just three minutes later when the impressive Craig Walsh snarled his way into the box with a determined run. His effort was blocked, and Kevin Devaney’s rebound agonizingly hit the crossbar and went over.

Heary didn’t waste much time changing things in the second half, which was barely 10 minutes old when Jason Byrne arrived, moving the Gypsies into a 4-4-2 formation. Byrne was almost instantly through on goal, but his effort was excellently saved by Barry Murphy. However, the change of shape did initially give Bohs a boost, and the equaliser deservedly arrived on 65 minutes. A delicious triangle of passes involving Kavanagh, Corcoran, and Derek Pender led to the latter bursting into the Rovers box. His low, drilled cross was a defender’s nightmare, and Hoops captain Conor Kenna could only smash an attempted clearance into his own net.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Bohs. The game had drifted into a bit of a lull when a 3 minute one-two sent the home side onto the canvas. Rovers right back Simon Madden, who was excellent all game, made the most of a Jack Memery slip to send a lovely deep cross onto the head of Ciaran Kilduff. He nodded the ball back across to Ronan Finn, who forced his header in. Although the header was from close range, the ball was straight at Dean Delany, but somehow found its way into the back of the net.

The killer blow arrived less than 3 minutes later. Madden went into a 40-60 with Jack Memery and came out well on top. The spinning ball stayed in play, and allowed the full back to pick out another super cross. This time, Kieran Marty Waters gave the Cheerin Shouty Supporters more to crow about, and the game was all but done.

Bohs have a tough task to bounce back from this defeat, and a trip to Oriel Park is next on the calendar for Owen Heary’s men.

Bohemians: Dean Delany Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery (Karl Moore 78), Steven Beattie, Craig Walsh (Stephen Traynor 75), Kevin Devaney (Jason Byrne 56), Ryan McEvoy, Paddy Kavanagh, Dinny Corcoran. Subs not used: Daniel Byrne, Keith Buckley, Philip McCabe, Lee Murphy.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy, Simon Madden, Jason McGuinness, Conor Kenna, Luke Byrne,  Ryan Brennan (Robert Bayly 78), Shane Robinson, Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn, Sean O’Connor (Kieran Marty Waterts 75), Ciaran Kilduff. Subs not used: Rob Cornwall, Karl Sheppard, Eamon Zayed, Dean Kelly, Craig Hyland.

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SHANE MacTHOMÁIS RIP

Everyone at Bohemians was truly saddened to hear of yesterday’s tragic death of Shane MacThomáis.

A prominent character, Shane was the long-time curator at Glasnevin Cemetery and its Museum; a renowned historian and author; a Bohs fan and a regular at Dalymount Park.

Shane had many pals and acquaintances here at Bohemians, in particular Jack Gleeson, and we extend our deepest condolences to Jack, to Shane’s family, to his colleagues at Glasnevin Trust, and to all his many friends.

He will sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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WEEKENDER: MARCH 21

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

Derby day in Dublin, spring is here, and hopes are high. Weekends might be made and weekends might be ruined (as we are fond of saying around here, nobody thinks about the draw in this game of ours). The mood will fluctuate between hope and despair, between pure joy and total fury.

Let’s face it. Ninety minutes inside the most intense fixture the League of Ireland has to offer is rarely enjoyable and is sometimes outright excruciating.

Win or lose, it’ll add years to your life and definitely isn’t good for your health. Score a first half goal, endure a second half onslaught including a penalty crashing off your bar, and, well, it doesn’t get any easier that’s for sure.

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Our job for the next few lines though, is to step outside the stomach-churning rollercoaster and put ourselves in the neutral’s shoes. Crowds at this fixture in recent years haven’t always been what they were in the decades before this one. That said, the crowd is still boosted by voyeuristic neutrals here and there.

So how do these neutrals size up the respective squads this season, particularly our own? Well we were heavily backed last week to get the home win against Drogheda United and as we all know, we messed up at the end in the face of a bit of pressure that was high on effort but low on skill.

The hope is that after a couple of clean sheets against UCD, our defence can put that late sickener behind them while ensuring that it also keeps them on their toes. Our squad is significantly changed from last season and in the midfield, players like Walsh and Beattie should be capable of using the buzz of this fixture to motivate themselves, while also ensuring that they are not forced onto the margins.

Getting to grips in the middle of the park will be crucial for us against opposition much changed from last season. If both teams name last week’s starters, there’d be a couple of derby debutants on each side. With all of this in mind, even the neutral will think we are a fair bet at 19/20 +0.5 with Bet 365

Elsewhere on the fixture list…elsewhere on the fixture list, does anyone care?

OK, one more. Sligo a steal at evens with Boyles at the time of writing. We had them 7/10 to take care of business against Dundalk. They are unlikely to be evens by Saturday evening.

Recommended:
Bohs +0.5 on Asian Handicap, 1pt 19/20 (Bet365)
Sligo Rovers, 1pt evens (Boyles)

Season P+L: -1.42

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“THERE’S NO BIGGER GAME”

BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS
Friday March 21, SSE Airtricity League, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemian manager Owen Heary reckons there is ‘no bigger game’ than this Friday’s Dublin derby between his Gypsies and rivals Shamrock Rovers, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Although both teams go into this clash with identical records from their first two SSE Airtricity League games (4 points each, 5 goals scored, 2 conceded), Heary believes form plays no part in these intense affairs.

“Form goes out the window, it’s all about who adapts well to the game. Big Dublin derbies against your biggest rivals – there’s no bigger game for us. It’ll be a challenge, but it’s one that the players are looking forward to.”

Bohs are on a wonderful run of results against their rivals from Tallaght – March 2012 was the last time the Hoops came out on top.

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Since then, Bohs have won three and drawn two of the last five league games between the two great clubs. Heary doesn’t necessarily believe that run has to end this week.

“I know some people have been saying ‘we haven’t lost to them in a while, we’re due to be beaten by them’, but I don’t understand that – why are we due to be beaten? We’ll push for the three points – we’ve done that in every game so far and tomorrow will be no different.”

Although the teams know each other well, Heary has made sure his players are well informed about Trevor Croly’s new-look team. “We don’t leave anything to chance, we try to give the players as much information as we can about how they play. The thing about Rovers is they have a wide selection of players. If you take their B team into account, they have up to 40 players to choose from, so it’ll be difficult.”

The atmosphere in the lead up to a Bohs-Rovers clash – and especially on the night – is unrivalled in League of Ireland football. Heary says his players are well aware of the importance of the game to the fans and hopes that can be to Bohs’ advantage. “There’s more expectation – the players know that. When they sign here, they know that these are the games that the fans love.

“With us and Rovers, that intensity is always there – no matter where either team is in the table – whether we’re fighting for leagues, cups or anything. I don’t think tomorrow will be any different. Hopefully we can adapt to that and get a result.”

The Bohs boss has been impressed with the attacking threat posed by his side – who have scored 13 goals in their four competitive games to date. “This year we’ve had the lads from pre-season, and we’ve worked a lot on their confidence – we wanted them to go out and express themselves. You can see that now with Dinny (Corcoran) whose confidence is high, Jay Byrne is chipping in, Paddy Kavanagh, Steven Beattie. We’ve plenty of attacking options and I think that gives the team that little bit of momentum.”

Captain Dave Mulcahy (knee) looks certain to miss out alongside Andy Mulligan (quad), and Lee Whelan (ankle). Anto Murphy is (hamstring) is still doubtful, while Karl Moore is available again following a groin injury.

Pic: Owen Heary and assistant Graham O’Hanlon (Eddie Lennon).

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BOHS TO HOST ST PAT’S IN EA SPORTS CUP

Bohemians have been drawn to host St Pat’s in the second round of the EA Sports Cup.

FULL DRAW - Pool 1: Wexford Youths v Cobh Ramblers, Cork City v Waterford Utd. Pool 2: Sligo Rovers v Derry City, Galway v Finn Harps. Pool 3: Bray Wanderers v Dundalk, Drogheda Utd v Shamrock Rovers. Pool 4: Bohemians v St Patrick’s Athletic, Longford Town v Mervue Utd.

Matches to be played on May 5 & 6, 2014.

Rivals visit Temple ST HOSPITAL

Bohemians players Keith Buckley and Karl Moore put rivalries to one side as they teamed up with Shamrock Rovers counterparts Shane Robinson and Karl Sheppard to visit Temple St Children’s Hospital today ahead of Friday’s Dublin derby (Dalymount, 7.45pm).

In two months’ time, when Shamrock Rovers host a derby league match at the Tallaght Stadium (23rd May), the teams will also pay a joint visit to Tallaght Hospital.

More pictures of today’s visit can be found on our Facebook page.

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Bohs and Rovers join forces for hospital visits

Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, keen rivals in football, are coming together in a show of support for children in hospital.

Players from both teams will visit Temple Street Hospital tomorrow (Wednesday 19th March, at 10.30am).

Just two days later the teams will face each other in a Dublin derby that is a regular highlight of the football season.

On Friday 21st March (7.45pm) Bohemians will host the first Bohs-Rovers derby of the 2014 League of Ireland season in Dalymount Park, just up the road from Temple Street.

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“The rivalry between us motivates the players to perform strongly when we play each other, and it motivates the fans to make a special effort to get behind their teams,” said Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

“But the players, coaches and supporters of both clubs also share a lot. Off the field of play we can each play constructive roles in our communities, and we can play our parts together.”

In two months’ time, when Shamrock Rovers host a derby league match at the Tallaght Stadium (23rd May), the teams will pay a joint visit to Tallaght Hospital.

The rivals will also meet in May in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-finals.

“We hope to brighten the days of the children and other patients and staff we meet,” said Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly. “Our derby matches with Bohemians are always special occasions and these hospital visits will make them that bit more special.”

Denise Fitzpatrick, CEO Fundraising at Temple Street Hospital, congratulated Bohemians and Shamrocks Rovers on this joint initiative. “We know from previous experiences that a hospital visit like this from footballers can mean a lot to the children they meet,” she said.

In 2009, players from Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers agreed to wear shirts promoting breast cancer awareness as their ‘away’ strip when they faced each other in the league.

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DINNY CORCORAN #MRGREENMOTM

Congratulations to Dinny Corcoran, who was last night’s Mr Green Man of the Match.

Deadly Dinny netted twice in all-round impressive performance as Bohemians drew 2-2 with Drogheda United at Dalymount Park.

He was presented with his ‪#‎MrGreenMOTM‬ award by our good friend Eric Lalor.

Thomas Kinsella won a signed match ball for tweeting Dinny as his choice for #MrGreenMOTM to @bfcdublin and @MrGreen_ie.

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