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cork City produced a smash and grab victory as Bohemians slumped to a second consecutive Airtricity League defeat to one of the teams around them in the bottom half of the Premier Division. A Denis Behan penalty and a late Gearóid Morrissey effort pegged back the Gypsies, who had taken the lead with a Colin Healy own goal. The defeat leaves Bohs with just one win from their last 7 games, and flirting with the bottom three writes KEVIN FAGAN.


After a run of games with a 3-5-2 formation, Bohs switched to an orthodox 4-4-2 with Dave Scully returning to partner Chris Lyons up front. Derek Pender looked much more comfortable at right back rather than right wing back, and his pinpoint cross set up the first chance of the game. Unfortunately for Bohs, Ryan McEvoy just couldn’t quite get enough on his header.

A first half of few chances exploded into life with 9 minutes to go. Good work from Andy Mulligan down the left forced a Bohs corner, which was whipped in by Stephen Traynor. With the ball about to reach Owen Heary at the back post, Colin Healy stretched out a leg but only managed to divert the ball into his own net.

Aaron Callaghan will be extremely frustrated not to hang onto the lead at least until half time. Denis Behan and Gearoid Morrissey played a simple one-two on the edge of the Bohs box before Morrissey skipped past Heary. The Bohs captain’s outstretched leg clearly caught the Cork forward, and referee Paul Tuite had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Denis Behan sent Dean Delany the wrong way in front of the disappointingly small away contingent in the Des Kelly Stand.

Bohs clearly stepped up their game in the second half, and should really have taken the lead on more than one occasion. Dave Scully had three chances in close succession. The first saw him caught for pace by Kalen Spillane when pretty much through on goal. His second chance came when his header was tipped around the post by Mark McNulty, while his third chance was a header that was wonderfully blocked by John Dunleavy.

A large contingent of the Bohs fans have been calling for Greg Murray to be given his chance in goal, and the Palmerstown man did make his season debut when Delany was forced off with what looked like a muscle strain on the hour mark. The sub keeper could do nothing as Cork got their winner totally against the run of play. Karl Moore, who had a wretched evening, was caught in possession down the Bohs right. Gearoid Morrissey raced away down the left and pulled it back for his namesake Danny, who blasted it in from six yards.

Bohs huffed and puffed for the final 10 minutes, and could have snatched an equaliser when Cork keeper McNulty miscontrolled and allowed Mulligan to square it. Kalen Spillane just got there ahead of the sluggish Chris Lyons and Bohs hopes of a point were snuffed out. With two difficult games against Shamrock Rovers and St Pats to come, things could get squeaky for Bohs before the mid-season break in June.

Bohemians: Dean Delany (Greg Murray, 59), Owen Heary, Derek Pender, Luke Byrne, Dave Mulcahy, Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Michael Barker, 81), Andy Mulligan, Karl Moore (Kevin Devaney, 81), Dave Scully, Chris Lyons. Subs not used: Roberto Lopes, Darragh Reynor, Dwayne Wilson, Kevin O’Leary.

Cork City: Mark McNulty, Danny Murphy, Kalen Spillane, Neal Horgan, John Dunleavy (Gary Buckley, 87), Colin Healy, Shane Duggan, Gearóid Morrissey, Daryl Horgan (Ian Turner, 65), Danny Morrissey, Denis Behan (Daryl Kavanagh, 74). Subs not used: Kevin Burns, Ian Turner, Daryl Kavanagh, Adam Rundle, Danny Furlong, Stephen Kenny, Garry Buckley.

Picture credit: Owen Heary in action against Cork City’s Denis Behan – Photo by Eddie Lennon (

Owen Heary in action against Cork City - Photo by Eddie Lennon


As the world’s sports pages are dominated by tributes to Alex Ferguson, coincidentally Bohemians will also be paying tribute to a managerial legend of our own at half-time during tonight’s Airtricity League game against Cork City.

Billy Young (pictured left) was appointed as Bohemians’ second-ever manager in 1973 and remained in the hotseat until 1989. He remains the club’s longest-serving boss of all time and arguably its greatest.

During Young’s 16 years at the helm, the Gypsies won five major trophies – two league titles, an FAI Cup and two League Cups – and consistently punched above their weight, challenging clubs with far greater resources.


As well as the trophies, Young also presided over some of the club’s most memorable European adventures, including Bohemians’ first-ever outing in the European Cup in 1975 and the historic victory over Rangers in 1984.

But perhaps what fans will remember most was Young’s ability to spot and nurture talent, with the late, great Jackie Jameson the most notable example of prospects rising to stardom during his tenure.

We would ask fans to show their support and gratitude for Billy at half-time, when a presentation will be made.




Even though this column is often penned later than it should be, we hope that at lest some readers backed one or both of the draws put up here, which were our own game in Drogheda and the Shamrock Rovers v Sligo game.

With a late equaliser in Tallaght and the big price on ourselves claiming a share of the points in Drogheda, the double paid out handsomely even for punters (guilty!) who didn’t shop around for the best price.

Having fallen behind so early in the game at Hunky Dorys Park, our lads did well to fight back twice and take a point. Between that and the draw at St Pat’s, it was a gruelling run of fixtures finishing with a disappointing bank holiday defeat in UCD.


The flatness in UCD can probably partly be explained by the effort invested in taking away draws from fixtures against two sides much higher than us in the table, but it begs the question of whether we can realistically finish much higher in the table than we currently are. Hopefully the lads are well rested for the visit of Cork City to the Home of Football tonight.

Cork’s bank holiday weekend couldn’t have been much worse, with a home defeat against St Pat’s last Friday followed by a home defeat to Limerick on Monday in a game in which they finished with ten men. It’s probably a little surprising that more clubs didn’t take the decision UCD did, and give the players an extra day’s rest. Financial concerns were probably to the fore in clubs preferring to play on the bank holiday Monday.

Those two home defeats in a row for Cork means that they didn’t move any further ahead of us in the table, and being realistic, a home draw for us tonight would again keep them in our sights as a team we can overtake in the coming weeks. Needless to say a home win would be great but considering the bookmakers rate us a 9/4 shot to claim the three points, it’s easy to see why we’re just not a team that punters are trusting with their money at present.

One thing that punters can and should be trusting more with their money is the draw. Even apart from last week, this season has been kinder to us when we resist investing in the short ones and try to pick a result that has a realistic chance of occurring but which not many punters are going to be backing. Again this weekend I am going to swerve Derry (7/19) at home to UCD and Sligo (3/10) away to Bray. Given the doubts we’ve had about Sligo of late and their record against Bray last season, 3/10 away from home is an extremely short price to be investing in.

The flipside is obviously that Bray look considerably worse than last season and look the weakest team in the league. Punters will be backing this double but we don’t want anything to do with it. We’ve pointed out before that Derry sometimes look a better side on the road where teams don’t set up to pack the middle and frustrate them, as tends to happen at the Brandywell.

The Setanta Cup final looks a trappy affair to be betting on. One suspects that Drogheda have been eyeing this one for a while and will feel they have every chance of causing an upset, but the home side are definitely improving so it’s one to watch more than anything else.

The bet this weekend is again a draw, in the game between Dundalk and Shelbourne. Shels have taken draws at home to Shamrock Rovers and away o Cork this season, so can grind out results if teams underestimate them. There is no guarantee that Dundalk will underestimate them, but as we said last week (even though they won), there could be an angle opposing Dundalk as they might just be a little over-rated at present. The home side is 8/15, and the draw, which you can have at bigger than 2/1 with BetVictor.

The end of the first series of fixtures would have been as good a time as any to provide P&L for the season. We will do this next week, but it’s been a decent season and hopefully it keeps up.

Dundalk – Shelbourne draw, 1pt 31/10 (BetVictor) Column



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Tickets to next Friday’s (May 17th) away game against Shamrock Rovers are now on sale from Dalymount Park during normal office hours and at tonight’s home game against Cork City (KO 7.45).

Please note that the Shamrock game has an earlier kick-off time of 7.05pm to accommodate RTÉ coverage.

“we’ve got to get back on the bike and kick on”

 BOHEMIANS v CORK CITY (Friday, May 10th, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm)

Following a trio of difficult away games, Bohemians return to Airtricity League action this Friday against the team directly above them in the table, Cork City. After two well-earned points against St Patrick’s Athletic and Drogheda United, Bohs succumbed to a single-goal defeat to UCD on Tuesday.

Boss Aaron Callaghan felt his side performed poorly in the first half of that game, but were on the wrong end of two refereeing decisions in the second period.


“I thought we were very poor first half, we stood off UCD and allowed them to dictate the play. But second half I thought we were the better side, and we definitely had a couple of decisions go against us. I did have a chat with the referee after the game, and he said he didn’t see the penalty incident.”

Callaghan was pleased with the fact that referee Padraigh Sutton was open enough to talk to the Gypsies’ boss about the incidents, which also included a disallowed Kevin Devaney goal. “I had a good chat with Padraigh after the game, and it was the first time in a long time that a referee has allowed me to come in and talk to them. I think that the communication process with the referees has to improve. When you can go in and chat about a few of the incidents and they explain why they gave a particular call, it’s much more open and satisfying for me. I can air a few opinions and we can move on”.

Callaghan also called on the Gypsies’ players to keep their discipline after Keith Buckley’s late red card against the Students. “Discipline is important at any stage of the season. It’s something we stress to the lads prior to every game, you’ve got to keep your heads in certain situations. It’s hard to take some of the decisions but, in fairness to the referees, they don’t go out there to intentionally make those decisions.”

Looking ahead to Cork City on Friday, Callaghan is peering up the table rather than down — the Leesiders are just a point ahead of Bohs in the Premier Division. “They’ve assembled quite a decent squad but a couple of results have gone against them, they’ve conceded late goals here and there. We know if we win the game we go above them, which is a great incentive for the players. It was disappointing that our run came to an end, but we’ve got to get back on the bike and kick on.”

The Bohs boss also went into detail about the 3-5-2 formation implemented in the last few games, and the attacking threat that the system gives. “The thinking behind it is to create more opportunities, which I think it does. We scored three times against Bray, twice at Drogheda, and once away to St Pat’s by playing the system. What it does is throw more men forward. As with every attacking system, it does leave gaps, but we’ve been working on ways to counter-act that. The idea was to get more goals, and if we win games 3-2 I’ll be quite happy. Not only does it entertain the fans, but we can also hopefully get the three points.”

For Friday’s game Bohs will be without the suspended Keith Buckley but have no serious injury concerns. Captain Owen Heary returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday after a long lay-off, while Stephen Traynor was back on the bench following a surgical procedure.




Bohemians were given a lesson in frustration as UCD halted the Gypsies good run of form with a single goal victory at the UCD Bowl. Dean Clarke’s 8th minute strike was enough to seal all three points for the Airtricity League’s basement side, who leapfrogged out of the relegation zone with just their second win of the season.

The flat atmosphere in the stands was mirrored on the field as Bohs struggled to create many chances. Boss Aaron Callaghan may point to a possible handball incident mid-way through the second half, but in truth, the Gypsies didn’t deserve anything from this game. The misery was compounded in injury time as Keith Buckley was given a straight red card for dissent to cap off a disappointing night in Belfield, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Bohs welcomed back captain Owen Heary in the only change from Friday’s battling draw with Drogheda United. The 37 year old started the game in an unfamiliar right wing back role before being shifted to centre half after an uncomfortable opening period. Just like that Drogheda game, Bohs started sluggishly. The pitch at the UCD Bowl is deceptively bobbly, but that didn’t stop the Students from playing the ball around with ease. After just 8 minutes of mostly home possession, David McMillan slipped a cute ball through to Dean Clarke, whose first time shot easily beat Dean Delany for an all-too-easy opening goal.

The home side clearly settled better, and had a succession of corners which troubled Delany and the Bohs defence who struggled to clear their lines on more than one occasion. Some respite came on 17 minutes when Chris Lyons had Bohs’ first shot in anger – but it was fired straight at Conor O’Donnell. Unfortunately for Bohs, that was as good as it got in the opening half. Heary seemed lost on the right flank and was switched to centre back as Callaghan stuck with the 3-5-2. The half time whistle came just as Bohs seemed to be finding some kind of rhythm. Happily, this continued after the break – with the now midfield-lying Dave Mulcahy producing a smart save from O’Donnell after a 25 yard shot.

Perhaps the key moment of the game came on 69 minutes. Andy Mulligan was probably Bohs’ shining light on the left hand side, and when his shot was parried, Chris Lyons looked odds-on to score the rebound. However, his shot was miraculously cleared off the line by Tomás Boyle. Bohs players, staff, and fans all screamed for a handball, but referee Padraig Sutton was having none of it, and waved away the fervent protests. From first glance it seemed inconclusive, and Sutton would have had to have been 100 per cent sure to award a penalty and inevitable red card.

Bohs again felt hard done by ten minutes later when sub Kevin Devaney’s headed effort was ruled out for offside, but the ex-Sligo man did look a yard off. Frustration grew and grew for Bohs both on and off the pitch, and culminated in Keith Buckley’s dismissal with just a minute to go. He must have said something to the linesman on the far side, as he flagged before Sutton produced the straight red. If the red card was indeed for dissent, it was a ridiculous action from Buckley, who was perhaps frustrated most at his own performance, which was littered with misplaced passes and poor control. He will most likely miss the league games against Cork City and Shamrock Rovers, as well as the EA Sports Cup tie with Bray.

UCD easily saw out the 4 minutes of additional time to earn a valuable three points in their fight to avoid the drop. More performances like this, and Bohs will be part of that fight.

UCD: Conor O’Donnell; Hugh Douglas, David O’Connor, Tomas Boyle, Gareth Matthews, Cillian Morrison (James Kavanagh 73), Gary Burke, Robbie Creevy, Robbie Benson, Dean Clarke (Samir Belhout 77), David McMillan (Dinny Corcoran 86).
Subs not used: Mark McGinley, Barry McCabe, Tyrone McNelis, Craig Walsh.

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne; Owen Heary, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy (Karl Moore 84), Andy Mulligan, Dwayne Wilson (Dave Scully 59), Chris Lyons (Kevin Devaney 73). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Ciaran Nangle, Shane Fitzgerald, Stephen Traynor.

Bohs Man of the Match: Andy Mulligan


UCD v BOHEMIANS (Tuesday May 7th, UCD Bowl, KO 7.45pm)

Bohemians play their third successive away match in eight days when they go UCD on Tuesday.

They come to this game after securing hard-fought draws on the road against St Patrick’s Athletic and Drogheda United.

“The way the lads fought back [against Drogheda] shows how much they care. The result was a reward for the effort they put in,” said Bohemian manager Aaron Callaghan.


“Coming back from goals behind two games in a row shows real character,” Callaghan added.

Owen Heary, who made it to the bench last Friday after a month on the sidelines with a knee injury, looks set to return to action. Stephen Traynor is also available after a long lay-off. Derek Pender will have a late fitness test for a strain.

“We will have to prepare really well for UCD. They beat Shamrock Rovers at home. They are performing well and their fitness levels are always good,” said Callaghan.

The Bohemian manager returns to one of his former clubs with a squad that includes recent UCD players Ciaran Nangle and Chris Lyons, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Wednesday.

In the last 12 league meetings between the sides, UCD have won only once. However, last February they defeated Bohemians in the Leinster Senior Cup through a Ciaran Nangle own goal in the last minute of extra time.

In March, Chris Lyons scored penalties in successive games when Bohs avenged that defeat with two victories in three days over UCD in the league and in the EA Sports Cup.




Bohemians earned a second valuable point in a row away from home in the Airtricity Premier Division, after a hard-fought 2-2 draw with in-form Drogheda United at a wet and windy Hunky Dorys Park.  Bohs were twice behind, but showed great character with equalisers in each half from Dwayne Wilson and Ryan McEvoy.

Boss Aaron Callaghan made just one change from the side that heroically drew with St Pats on Monday night.  Derek Pender came in for Conor O’Brien as Callaghan stuck with a 3-5-2 formation, writes KEVIN FAGAN.


Unfortunately for the visitors, they slept their way through the opening minute, and Drogheda were ahead in no time.  After ex-Bohs man Gary O’Neill had forced a corner straight from the kick off, Ryan Brennan caught the Bohs defence napping by taking it quick and whipping in a devilish cross.  Michael Daly rose to meet the ball at the height of his jump, giving Dean Delany no chance, stunning the travelling Bohs faithful.

A howling gale was blowing straight in Delany’s face in the first half and the Drogs were well on top, playing the kind of neat football that saw them finish a surprise 2nd in the league last year. Graham Rusk and Brennan both flashed shots across goal as Bohs struggled to get the ball down and play.

When the equaliser came, it was totally against the run of play. Michael Barker played the ball forward to the previously anonymous Dwayne Wilson who’s first touch took him past United defender Shane Grimes.  Wilson then showed an incredible burst of pace and was suddenly through on goal.  For a man who hadn’t yet scored this season, he showed remarkable composure to slide a neat, right-footed finish passed Gabriel Sava into the bottom corner.

The Drogheda response was immediate, and almost produced one of the goals of the season.  Gary O’Neill may not be as nippy as he once was, but he showed incredible control to wrong foot Roberto Lopes.  Just as it looked like he was about to let fly with a screamer – he stopped, checked and chipped Dean Delany – Cantona-esque,  from 25 yards.  The Bohs keeper could only watch as the ball sailed over him and cannoned off the cross bar, with Michael Barker completing a great clearance under pressure from Brennan.

Drogheda didn’t take long to reassert their dominance, and re-took the lead with another sloppy goal for Bohs to concede.  Paul O’Conor’s header was tamely parried back into the danger zone by Dean Delany and O’Conor himself followed up to restore the home side’s lead.  Although it was from close range, Delany might well be disappointed that he didn’t keep the rebound out – as it rather squirmed under his body.

Aided by the wind, Bohs started the 2nd half much brighter – and were level within just 6 minutes.  Chris Lyons came short, and sent an ambitious ball ahead of Andy Mulligan down the left.  Many players would have given up on the pass, but Mulligan’s lightning pace allowed him to amazingly reach it – before getting to the by-line and pulling it back.  The ball ricocheted off two Drogheda defenders before falling on a plate for Ryan McEvoy who buried past Sava from 12 yards.

Again, Drogheda reacted smartly to being pegged back.  The impressive Ryan Brennan did well down the left and fired a dangerous ball across the face of the goal.  It fell to Gary O’Neill just two yards out with the goal at his mercy – but he inexplicably skewed it over the bar when scoring would have been easier.

You almost felt that Bohs would get a chance to win it, and that chance came on 75 minutes.  Wilson’s pace caused Drogheda problems all night, and again took him clear down the right side.  He clipped a lovely ball that sailed over Chris Lyons head but found Andy Mulligan unmarked in acres of space, just 15 yards out.  If ever a player panicked with the result as his feet, it was then.  Mulligan lost his footing, and fell flat on his face.  He was in so much space that he even had time to pick himself up, jink around the on-rushing Sava before firing a shot disappointingly high and wide.

The home side searched for a winner but couldn’t find a way past a steadfast Bohs defence marshalled well once again by new cult hero Dave Mulcahy. That’s two welcome away points for the Gypsies, with the 3rd of a travelling trilogy to come against UCD on Tuesday.

Drogheda United: Gabriel Sava, Derek Prendergast, Alan McNally, Shane Grimes, Brian Gannon, Graham Rusk (Declan “Fabio” O’Brien, 74), Paul O’Conor (Eric Foley, 64), Michael Daly, David Cassidy, Gavin Brennan, Gary O’Neill (Peter Hynes, 86). Subs not used: Stephen Quigley, Philip Hand, Cathal Brady, Michael Schlingermann

Bohemians: Dean Delany, Roberto Lopes, Dave Mulcahy, Luke Byrne, Michael Barker, Derek Pender, Keith Buckley, Ryan McEvoy, Andy Mulligan,  Dwayne Wilson (Kevin O’Leary, 86), Chris Lyons (Kevin Devaney, 90). Subs not used: Greg Murray, Ciaran Nangle, Owen Heary, Shane Murray, Stephen Traynor.

Bohs Man of the Match: Dwayne Wilson



After this weekend’s games, everyone will have played everybody else once, and we can begin to scrutinise the league table with some kind of seriousness.

The big game tonight is in Tallaght, where a home defeat for the home team by Sligo Rovers would be catastrophic.

Sligo have looked shaky in recent weeks after their flying start to the season, with St Pat’s and Drogs beating them in the league and Setanta Cup respectively. A home draw against Drogheda then failed to get the show back on the road, but they have the class to avoid defeat in Tallaght.


Shamrock have scored in each of their home games this season, and will obviously hope that some of the many chances they are creating start going in. A 2-0 defeat at UCD is fairly stark though, if you are looking for indications that this isn’t just a team short on luck and small margins away from turning draws into wins. That doesn’t really explain why they are ten points behind the league leaders, and if they lose and find themselves 13 behind, patience will be severely tested. The bet that appeals is the draw, something that neither team would be too disappointed at. Despite the home team’s need being greater, Sligo are capable of avoiding defeat.

The above bet on the draw will be seen by many as a safe bet, but there could well be another share of the spoils that is somewhat less expected by neutrals, and it is our trip to Drogheda. The home side may well have one eye on their Setanta Cup final date next weekend, and may be without Alan Byrne, Derek Prendergast, and Ryan Brennan. Declan O’Brien is always a threat against us but even in the absence of Stephen Paisley, we have a team capable of building on the confidence injected by the Inchicore result, and sneak a point here.

It is difficult to pick much else to bet on in this series of fixtures, and there may well be some more draws, considering that teams are going into an intense period of fixtures with little recovery time. What you may see in such circumstances is teams reluctant to really commit towards the end of games, and this is good news for draw backers. St Pat’s wouldn’t be too upset at a draw at Cork, who will be in good spirits following their late comeback against Bray. Bray themselves host Dundalk, who despite their fine start to the season might be slightly over-rated at 4/5 away from home.

Derry and Limerick is another one that looks hard to call, with Derry perhaps more stylish as a road team when they don’t have to patiently break through the sort of defensive masses that visitors to the Brandywell often present them with.

Finally, consider a squeak on UCD to beat Shelbourne. After almost a full series of fixtures, we can probably deduce that Shels have serious problems indeed, even apart from their disciplinary record. UCD will be delighted at last Friday’s home win and won’t have any fear of going to Tolka in search of all 3 points.

Shamrock – Sligo draw, 1pt 9/4 (Coral)
Drogheda – Bohs draw, 1pt 11/4 (BetVictor)
UCD, 1pt 21/10 (Coral)

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