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DALYMOUNT HOSTS IRELAND U-17s TODAY

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.

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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).

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STEVEN KNOWS THE SCORE

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.

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FIVE-STAR GYPSIES DISH OUT LEINSTER SENIOR LESSON

BOHEMIANS  5 – 1  BRAY WANDERERS

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.

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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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PICK UP THE 2014 BOHS CALENDAR TONIGHT FOR JUST €10

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 (eddielennonsportingimages.com), Peter O’Doherty (podproductions.ie), Ciaran McDonnell Byrne (trap6photography.com) 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.

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HEARY GO AGAIN

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.

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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.

 

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MEMBERS: CUP GAMES FOR A FIVER

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.

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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 membership@bohemians.ie

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

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DALYMOUNT CLEAN-UP

Bohemians are calling on members and supporters to raid their sheds of all brushes, tools and power-washers, and come down to Dalymount this Saturday to help get the ground looking spick and span ahead of the new league season.

Any fan who has any time to spare between 9am and 6pm is encouraged to help out in this volunteering initiative.

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Dalymount is our home – let’s take more pride in it!

If you feel you can help out, please contact Anthony Donnelly at anthony@bohemians.ie.

(Pic: Peter O’Doherty)

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BE A BOHS HAT-TRICK HERO!

What do think it would cost you to sponsor a Bohs match, the matchball and a player’s jersey for the season?

On top of that, you would also be entered into a raffle with fantastic prizes, including Bohs matchday hospitality packages.

And if that wasn’t enough, you would also be contributing to a charity.

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WHICH FOOT DOES HE KICK WITH?

With ex-Bohemian boss Pat Fenlon hotly-tipped for the soon-to-be vacated manager’s job at Linfield, KEVIN BRANNIGAN examines the role ‘Nutsy’ and other players from the Republic had in the history of one of Loyalism’s footballing bastions.

It’s early November 1993 and the newspapers on both sides of the border are filled with fear. The two Irelands are set to come head to head in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Belfast’s Windsor Park, with the Republic needing a positive result to qualify for USA ’94.

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ALL SQUARE AT SCRIBBLESTOWN

SHELBOURNE 1 BOHEMIANS 1

In an even game at Scribblestown on Friday evening, Jason Byrne’s second-half penalty gave Bohemians the lead but they were pegged back almost immediately by Jordan Keegan, who ensured Shelbourne would earn a deserved draw, writes CONOR HAYES.

The game began under a heavy rain shower and this impacted on both sets of players, who struggled to make an impression in the early stages – the only action of note being Karl Moore’s cross from the left which nearly found lone-striker Byrne but was well gathered by Shelbourne keeper Greg Murray.

As the rain stopped, the game improved and it was Shels who had the first effort on goal in the 18th minute as Gareth Coughlan’s 35-yard free-kick stung the hands of keeper Dean Delany before it was eventually cleared to safety.

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This seemed to spring Bohs into life and soon afterwards Craig Walsh wasn’t too far away with his shot from distance, which was well parried by Murray.

With 30 minutes gone, the best chance of the half arrived. Patrick Kavanagh, playing behind the front man, pushed a lovely through ball to substitute Keith Buckley who couldn’t beat his former Bohs team-mate Murray one-on-one.

Five minutes later, the Shels net-minder was called into action again as Roberto Lopes teed-up a volley for himself, which was clawed away and behind for a corner.

Shelbourne then had the better of the rest of the first period. First, Darren Tinnelly worked his way into the box but then shot over the bar, while just before the half-time whistle sounded, Michael Duffy found himself in space but shot straight at Delany.

The Drumcondra outfit began the second half as they had ended the first and again tested Delany, this time former Bohs Under-19 ace Dylan Connolly with the effort. Another former Gypsy, substitute Conor Murphy, then had a chance in the box but skewed his shot wide.

On 60 minutes and against the run of play, Bohemians took the lead. A back-pass from the right side put Murray under serious pressure and with Andy Mulligan – only brought on seconds before – about to nip in, he pushed the winger over inside the box, a clear penalty. Byrne stepped up and sent the him the wrong way.

Bohs’ lead was to be short-lived, however. Less than three minutes later, Shels were level and again it was a back-pass which put a keeper in difficulty. Lopes left his effort short of Delany, who could only half-clear the ball to substitute Keegan, whose lovely effort from 40 yards found the empty net.

Owen Heary brought on more reinforcements from the bench at this point and with 20 minutes remaining, one of those subs, Anto Murphy, almost found the corner with a curling drive but again Murray was equal to it.

Bohs were playing with more confidence and an excellent move which involved new signings Walsh and Steven Beattie eventually found its way to Dinny Corcoran, who just couldn’t turn in Mulligan’s pull-back.

Skipper Derek Pender, marauding from right-back, was heavily involved as the men in red and black pushed for a winner and five minutes from time, he found Beattie lurking in the box but the forward could only scuff his shot into the ground, which allowed Murray to collect with ease.

This was the last major chance and Shelbourne saw out the remaining minutes to secure a deserved draw. Next up for the Gypsies is the rescheduled Leinster Senior Cup tie against Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park on Thursday evening.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Aidan Price, Jack Memery, Patrick Kavanagh (Steven Beattie 65), Ryan McEvoy (Anto Murphy 58), Craig Walsh (Darragh Reynor 82), Kevin Devaney (Keith Buckley 17), Karl Moore (Andy Mulligan 58), Jason Byrne (Dinny Corcoran 65).

Shelbourne: Greg Murray, Simon Dixon, Philip Hand, Robert Gaul, William McDonagh, Stephen Sherrin, Keith Quinn, Gareth Coughlan, Dylan Connolly, Darren Tinnelly, Michael Duffy, Subs: Brian Gannon, John Sullivan, Lee Murtagh, Jordan Keegan, Conor Murphy.

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