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DINNY DOES IT AGAIN

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC 1 BOHEMIANS 1

A well-taken Dinny Corcoran goal 15 minutes from time earned Bohemians another vital point in their bid to stay up after a deserved draw away to St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Friday night, writes ROBERT O’REARDON.

A tap in-from Daryl Kavanagh on 20 minutes had given the home side the lead but similar to the last game between these sides met at Inchicore, a late equaliser gave the away fans something to smile about.

It was Owen Heary’s side who started off the brighter. Two lapses in concentration from the Saints’ back four led to early openings for the Gypsies.

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First, Ryan McEvoy burst through the defence and was hauled down right on the edge of the box. There were calls for a penalty, but Alan Kelly gave a free-kick instead. Unfortunately, the Bohs No 9, who is well known for his free-kicks, blasted this particular set-piece wide.

Then Corcoran found himself with only a defender to beat on the edge of the box not long afterwards, but the experienced Aidan Price snuffed out the chance.

This served as a wake-up call for Liam Buckley’s men as they took the lead minutes later. A great move was finished off by Kavanagh after some good link-up play between former Bohs duo Chris Forrester and Ger O’Brien on the right-hand flank.

The fact the Gypsies had fallen behind in similar circumstances before snatching a draw at the same venue and against the same opposition already this season must have given them hope of salvaging the situation once again. But Pat’s began to turn the screw and looked like they were the more likely team to get the next goal.

Conan Byrne was The Saints’ star man as he forced saves out of Dean Delany. Another great move again involving Byrne laid a chance on a plate for Kavanagh to double his tally but he fluffed his lines and the sides went in level at half-time.

Owen Heary was clearly upset with his side’s first-half effort and he shuffled his pack at the break. Daniel Byrne and Conor Murphy were taken off for Keith Buckley and Stephen Traynor. These changes stirred the away side into action but before Corcoran had the chance to level the game, it was Pat’s looked capable of extending their lead.

And it was another former Bohs player who looked like doing it. Christy Fagan first saw his shot deflected into the side-netting and, even more agonisingly for the former Manchester United trainee he had a goal disallowed for offside after he tapped Forrester’s cross.

This proved to be the turning point as ball went straight up the other end and an attempted pass-back from Ian Bermingham left Corcoran one-on-one with Brendan Clarke. He took the ball round the keeper and was left with an acute angle but he somehow found a way to finish it and Bohs were level.

This left a nervy final 15 minutes for those watching the game in the away end but the Pat’s were left with a couple of half-chances as the result, coupled with Dundalk’s win against UCD, knocked them off the top of the table. The joy at the end of the game was there for all to see and Heary was delighted to see his side move a point further from the relegation zone.

ST PAT’S: Clarke; O’Brien, Kenna, Price, Bermingham; Forrester (Maher 75), McFaul (Bolger 79), Brennan; Byrne, Fagan (Flood 79), Kavanagh.

BOHEMIANS: Delany; Pender, Murphy, Lopes, L Byrne; Moore, McEvoy, D Byrne (Traynor 46), Mulligan; Corcoran (Devaney 87), C Murphy 5 (Buckley 46).

REFEREE: A Kelly (Cork).

Dinny Corcoran shoots from a tight angle to level the game – Pic by Eddie Lennon

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VOTE FOR J-LO

Best of luck to our good friend and supporter Johnny Logan, who is taking part in the finale of RTÉ One’s ‘The Hit’ after Bohemians’ game against St Patrick’s Athletic tonight.

The final show will see J-Lo compete against the other weekly winners to win a €20,000 song-writing bursary for the songwriters who wrote the competing artists’ recent hits.

The show kicks off at 9.35pm, just as the full-time whistle at Richmond Park should be sounding.

Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite tune from the series before the winner of the ultimate hit is announced.

Johnny has supported us on many occasions, so now it’s our turn to return the favour!

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“There’s nothing to say we can’t go and get a result”

ST PATRICK’S ATH v BOHEMIANS (Richmond Park, Friday August 30th, 7.45pm)

Bohemians face the league leaders knowing that their opposition will be at least as anxious as they are not to drop points.

Bohemians are aiming to equal or better the 1-1 result in their last league match at Inchicore, having pulled themselves up two places with a win two weeks ago against Shamrock Rovers.

“It’s been a long two weeks but the lads are ready to go, and chomping at the bit. They’re up for another big performance like the one they gave against Rovers,” said manager Owen Heary.

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“Pat’s is a massive test. They’re top of the table, unbeaten at home for a while. Nobody’s giving us a chance, and that’s the way it has been for the last few games.

“But all the pressure is on them. They’ve been there before, and they may be starting to get a bit edgy. There’s nothing to say we can’t go there and get a result.”

The Bohemian manager underlined the whole team’s defensive effort that kept Rovers down to very few scoring opportunities. “If we stick to the game plan, hopefully we can restrict Pat’s to minimum chances,” said Heary.

Against the same opposition four months ago, Bohemians had to survive continuous pressure to come away with a draw. Dave Mulcahy scored the second-half equaliser in one of his trademark barn-storming performances.

He was also man-of-the-match against Shamrock Rovers but he will be missing on Friday through suspension.

“Not having Dave is a big blow. The way he started against Rovers set the tone for the whole match. But we have other players who can fill in,” said Heary.

He was very impressed with Daniel Byrne’s debut start alongside Mulcahy in the last league match, and the young midfielder will be in the reckoning again.

“At 20, there’s a lot of development in him. But he has clearly shown he has potential,” said Heary. “I had seen him in under-19 games and I know what he can do. We threw him in at the deep end, which may have helped him, as he didn’t have too long to think about it.”

Ryan McEvoy’s illness required Byrne’s late selection two weeks ago but McEvoy and Ciaran Nangle (previously out with ankle injury) return for Friday and Karl Moore is back from suspension. However, Dave Scully (ankle injury) and Stephen Doran (away) miss out.

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DALYMOUNT FIGHT NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets are on sale for next month’s Dalymount Fight Night.

Tickets for the event, which will be held on Saturday September 14th, cost just €15. They can be purchased from Dalymount Park during usual office hours or from the club’s online store. (*Online ticket price €15.89 to cover PayPal fees).

This Bohemian glove affair is an important club fundraiser and promises to be yet another enjoyable evening – make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see fellow Bohs fans go toe to toe on canvas under the famous floodlights of Dalymount Park.

Spread the word! For more information, contact boxing@bohemians.ie.

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GET LUKE BYRNE ON THE COVER OF FIFA 2014!

Our friends are Extratime.ie, in conjunction with EA Sports, are once again running a poll to select an Airtricity League player for the cover of the FIFA 14 game.

The Bohemians nominee is Luke Byrne. So get behind your club and Lukey – vote early and vote often, and encourage friends and fellow supporters to do likewise.

 

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VOTE FOR BOHS IN FORD GREATEST FAI CUP FINAL COMPETITION

Ford, proud sponsors of the FAI Cup, are calling on supporters to vote on the Greatest FAI Cup final. A shortlist of the top-10 finals has been drawn up and fans can pick their favourite at facebook.com/fordireland.

The shortlisted matches, which were compiled with help from the Irish media, include 10 cup classics, each with their own story to tell.

Two victorious Bohs cup finals – 1935 and 2008 – feature in the shortlist. The 1935 final was a seven-goal thriller against Dundalk, with the Gypsies coming away winners in the joint highest-scoring final to date.

Also included is our most recent final, the penalty shootout against Derry City in 2008, when Mindaugas Kalonas (pictured) slotted home the winning spot-kick after a classic 2-2 draw at the RDS.

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Ford, now into their seventh year as sponsor of Ireland’s most prestigious domestic football cup competition, also share a deep heritage with the famous trophy, as a team from the company won the 1926 final under the banner of Fordsons.

Bohemians fans can vote for their favourite final at facebook.com/fordireland and the winning game will be announced ahead of this year’s final. All fans who vote will automatically be entered into a draw for fuel vouchers and a HD 3DTV.

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DALYMOUNT CLEAN-UP II

Following on from a successful day’s cleaning of the Jodi Stand earlier this month, Bohemians are once again calling on fans to lend a hand tomorrow (Saturday August 24th) from 11am on as attention turns to fixing up the Connaught St side of Dalymount Park.

The more volunteers, the less time it will take. So it’s time to dust down your paint brushes, sweeping brushes and trowels.

The upkeep of our stadium is crucial in maintaining a professional image and attracting new supporters and maximizing earning potential from friendly games.

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We continue to rely on the help and goodwill of our members and supporters, so if you can spare some time, we hope to see you tomorrow.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to help in the upkeep of Dalymount Park, please email anthony@bohemians.ie. If you would like to help in any other area of the club, please email volunteer@bohemians.ie.

 

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MEMBERS’ INFORMATION MEETING TONIGHT

A reminder that a members’ Information Meeting will be held tonight (Thursday, 22nd August) at 7:30pm, in the Members’ Bar at Dalymount Park.
  • The board will provide updates re the club’s activities in all areas.
  • Entry to meeting on production of 2013 membership card only.
  • Members paying by instalment should ensure their payments are up to date.

CLUB STATEMENT

Bohemian FC condemns unequivocally the racist abuse directed at Shamrock Rovers player Eamon Zayed after last Friday’s match in Dalymount Park.

The club apologises to Eamon Zayed and to Shamrock Rovers for this completely unacceptable incident.

If the culprit or culprits are identified, Bohemian FC will take sanctions against them, including barring them from Dalymount Park.

Club president Matt Devaney called on the perpetrator or perpetrators to make themselves known to the club. “The best thing they can do to support the club is to come forward, apologise and take the punishment,” he said.

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HEAR-OIC BOHS BATTLE OFF BOTTOM

BOHEMIANS 1 – 0 SHAMROCK ROVERS

A cheer unlike anything heard at Dalymount Park this season greeted the final whistle as a battered and bruised Bohemians clawed their way off the bottom of the Airtricity Premier Division table with a barnstorming Derby victory. Dave Mulcahy’s early strike lifted the Gypsies to the lofty heights of 10th position and condemned a sorry-looking Shamrock Rovers to a third straight league defeat, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

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Manager Owen Heary took a big gamble by selecting life-long Bohs fan Daniel Byrne in the centre of midfield for his first start in the red and black shirt he dreamed of wearingas a boy. It was a gamble that dutifully paid off as Byrne and Mulcahy produced a tough-tackling, Hoop-busting performance to rival some of the great Hunt-Caffrey showings of the noughties. The Bohs backline held out admirably against a green and white tide in the second half, and Ronan Finn’s heart-stopping late penalty miss may well be one of those moments that shapes the final table come November.

Often these games can be extraordinarily cagey for the first 20 minutes, but this match was barely two minutes old before it exploded into life. Bohs forced an early corner which was taken by Andy Mulligan. His low pass was stepped-over by Anto Murphy before Luke Byrne scuffed a shot goalwards. First to react was the wily Mulcahy, who poked out a toe and beat Barry Murphy from close range. Cue delerium from the Jodi Stand, with some fans spilling onto the pitch in their delight.

The huddled Hooped horde in the Des Kelly stand were particularly tetchy all evening, spitting their fury toward referee Padraig Sutton, their own players, and finally manager Trevor Croly as the evening wore on. Danny Ledwith almost gave them some relief but his sixth minute free kick cannoned off the post. The Shams fans were particularly irked when Mulcahy clattered into Conor Powell after 9 minutes. It was a challenge that can be filed under “robust”, but the yellow card shown to him was sufficient. Croly was particularly apoplectic on the sideline, but he looked like a man under immense pressure for the entire 90 minutes.

While Rovers dominated possession and territory, it was Bohs who looked particularly dangerous from set pieces. First Conor Murphy should have done better from a whipped free kick, and then Anto Murphy couldnt quite twist his head around to make meaningful contact on a Mulligan corner. As half-time approached, Rovers were well on top, and could easily have had a penalty when debutant Byrne seemed to clearly handle in the box. He was trying to protect his face, but got two hands on the ball and Sutton amazingly didnt point to the spot.

The second period continued in a similar vein. Rovers piled men forward with little penetration, while Bohs struggled to put together some decent counter attacks. One counter attack that worked brilliantly allowed Dinny Corcoran to nod through to Andy Mulligan down the left. The Arklow man’s bobbly shot seemed to be destined for the corner, but agonizingly crept past the post and wide. Suspended Karl Moore, sitting in block E amongst the Bohs fans and cheering every tackle, was sure it was in.

As Bohs got deeper and deeper, nails were being bitten shorter and shorter. For all Shamrock Rovers squad depth and supposed talent, their constantly hoofed passes from the back seemed to be getting them nowhere until a bizarre penalty incident with 10 minutes remaining. Ken Oman launched yet another aimless ball toward the Bohs box where the first header was missed. The ball was about to bounce over Derek Pender into Mark Quigley’s path, and the Bohs full-back had no option but to stick his hand out and slap it away. This time Sutton pointed to the spot and Bohs hearts sank. In truth, Pender was lucky not to be sent off as he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. Ronan Finn stepped up confidently, but his firmly struck penalty crashed off the crossbar and was scrambled clear. The roar of relief would have been heard in Wicklow.

The penalty was Rovers last real opportunity, and a series of blocked shots was all they had to offer in the last 10. Bohs were heroic in defence, with Luke Byrne in particular making some vital last ditch headers and clearances. Anto Murphy and Roberto Lopes were also immense at centre half, while Dinny Corcoran held the ball up magnificently on his own. Special mention to Stephen Traynor who was calm, collected and classy when he came on.

With the FAI Cup resuming next week, Heary has the chance to regroup and recouperate before a trip to table-topping St Pats. The blue touch paper has been well and truly lit on Bohs’ survival story.

Bohemians: Dean Delany; Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Anto Murphy, Luke Byrne; Andy Mulligan, Dave Mulcahy, Daniel Byrne, Lorcan Shannon (Keith Buckley ’53); Conor Murphy (Stephen Traynor ’60), Dinny Corcoran (Dave Scully ’84). Subs not used: Darragh Reynor, Dave Scully, Kevin Devaney, Michael Barker, Greg Murray.

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Conor Powell, Ken Oman, Pat Sullivan (c), Danny Ledwith (Mark Quigley ’65); Gary McCabe (Thomas Stewart ’46), Conor McCormack, Shane Robinson (Eamon Zayed ’84), Richie Ryan;  Ronan Finn, Karl Sheppard Subs not used: James Chambers, Nathan Brown, David Elebert, Shane Fagan

Attendance: 2,761

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