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UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE DRAW TOMORROW

The Bohemians U19s will tomorrow find out who they will face in the opening round of the Uefa Youth League.

64 teams enter the competition – 32 qualify via the Uefa Champions League path based on fact their senior team have qualified for the Uefa Champions League, while the 32, including Bohemians, qualify via domestic champions path having won their underage league.

The champions path has been split into four groups of eight meaning Bohs will face one of Rennes (France), Porto (Portugal), Young Boys (Switzerland), PAOK (Greece), Brodarac (Serbia), Rangers (Scotland) or Liepãja (Latvia).

The draw will be made at 1pm Irish time and will be streamed live on the Uefa website.

The domestic champions round one matches are over two legs and pencilled in for October 2 and October 23.

As well as representing Ireland on an international stage, it is an exciting time for Bohs and our League of Ireland player pathway partnership teams with St Kevin’s Boys on the home front too.

As we near the end of the regulation league rounds and the beginning of the knockout phases, all four teams top their division/group.

Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s, chasing a third league title in a row, hold a 14-point lead in the Northern Elite Division and have also qualified for the final of the Enda McGuill Cup where they will face Shamrock Rovers (date/venue tbc).

At U17, U15 and U13 level, Bohs-SKB hold more moderate leads on top of each division/group under the steady guidance of Jimmy Mowlds, Ger Browne and Karl Lambe respectively.

And there was further international recognition for our Bohs U17 women’s team in their inaugural season in the WNL with Alannah Maxwell and Chloe Darby representing the Ireland U19s in their 2-1 defeat against Austria on Thursday.

WEEKEND RESULTS

  • U19: Bohemians 8 (B Bermingham 3, D Devoy 2, M O’Keane, T Considine, K Mashigo) Drogheda United 1
  • U17: Drogheda United 3 Bohs-SKB 4 (E Ferguson, C Conroy, R Mahon, L O’Sullivan)
  • U15: Galway United 0 Bohs-SKB 3 (J Mullins 2, E Harte)
  • U13: Bohemians 5 (R Markey, M Tarzan, A Coyle, M Cherico, J Okagbue) Galway United 0
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PHIBSBOROUGH BUSINESS WATCH SCHEME

Mountjoy Gardaí are holding an open meeting to discuss setting up a business watch scheme in Phibsborough.

Meeting will be held at Phibsborough Scout Hall, Royal Canal Bank, Thursday September 11, 11am.

All local business owners/managers invited.

“Each game is a new one and you can’t be thinking about previous meetings”

SHAMROCK ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday August 30 2019, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

Derek Pender believes the best chance of continuing Bohemians’ recent record against Shamrock Rovers is forgetting it exists in the first place.

Bohs travel to Tallaght Stadium tomorrow looking to continue a remarkable run against their arch-rivals of seven wins and a draw in their last eight meetings.

The last time Rovers claimed the Dublin derby bragging rights was May 2017. But second in the table and unbeaten in 10 domestic games, there is more expectation than ever on Stephen Bradley’s Hoops going into this fixture.

For Bohs skipper ‘Detser’, that is not something he or his team-mates will dwell on. Their number one priority is making sure their own performance is the best it can be.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it. The Dublin derbies are great occasions to play in for both sets of players. It’s a game every player wants to be involved in.

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“People go on about the record, but that’s not something we can think about. Each game is a new one and you can’t be thinking about previous meetings.

“Rovers are in great form at the moment, so it would be foolish to think about any previous games against them.

“We know how important these games are important to fans. But we’re under no illusions as to how tough a game it will be.

“Fans have been right behind us in recent years – not just in Rovers games. But in games like that they really get behind you which is hugely important and gives everyone a lift, particularly somewhere like Tallaght.”

While Rovers come into the game in good form, Bohs’ is a bit on the bumpy side.

In recent weeks they have had it all: The release of coming from 2-0 down at 85 minutes to beat Shelbourne 3-2 in the FAI Cup, the elation of notching the club’s record league victory in a 10-1 win against UCD, the humiliation of a 6-1 defeat to Dundalk in the EA Sports Cup and, most recently, the relief of scraping past Longford Town in the FAI Cup on penalties.

It has been a roller-coaster few games. But Pender admits the team’s performances during that period need to be improved upon if they are to get anything out of tomorrow’s game.

Pender, 34, said: “UCD game aside, we haven’t been playing as well as we are capable of. We know we can do better.

“The performance in Dundalk was probably the worst we’ve played in about three years.

“The most important thing was we got over the line against Longford last week. We started afresh this week in training and it’s been a good week.

“Training has been positive and now we want to go out and give a performance we are capable of.”

Pender has for several seasons been deservedly one of the first names on the teamsheet but over the past year, Andy Lyons has started to challenge him for that right-back berth.

Ireland U19 star Lyons has deputised ably when called upon and benefited from Pender’s recent lengthy suspension for the post-match melee away to UCD in July.

Manager Keith Long will have another welcome headache deciding between the two tomorrow.

In a recent preview, Lyons hailed the impact his captain has had on his development. He said: “Detser has been great to me as he has been to all the younger players and squad as a whole. He looks after all the younger players.

“You learn so much from him all the time both on the pitch and off the pitch but because we play the same position, he has taught me so much on top of that.

“He makes you a better player every time you train with him. He’s been marking some of the same players for 8/9/10 years and he will always help me by giving me little snippets of information on them if I’m playing and how to mark them.”

Despite battling for the same spot in the team, the respect Pender has for a player 15 years his junior is mutual.

Pender said: “Andy has been brilliant for us since he broke into the team last year. Because of how good he has been you forget how young he is. He only did his Leaving Cert this year, which he gets a bit of slagging about.

“But it doesn’t matter what age he is. He’s shown he’s good enough and it’s important that we have that competition throughout the team and it pushes us all on.”

TEAM NEWS

Conor Levingston and Keith Ward are both rated 50/50 with groin strains. Ryan Graydon (ankle) also a doubt.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle) remain unavailable.

Bohemians Squad Portraits 2019

BOHS TO FACE SHAMROCK ROVERS IN ENDA McGUILL CUP FINAL

Uefa Youth League draw this Tuesday

The Bohemians U19s will face Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Craig Sexton’s side sealed their place in the decider on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Shelbourne thanks to goals from Dawson Devoy and Brandon Bermingham.

Rovers followed suit last night by beating Sligo Rovers 3-1 in their last-four tie at Roadstone. No date has been set for the final and the venue is likely to be decided by a coin toss.

Bohs won this competition last season with a 2-1 win away to St Pat’s in the final in Richmond Park with Ali Reghba on target twice.

They also defended their league title in a final win against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium with Reghba also the goalscorer.

It is an exciting time for Sexton’s side.

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They are 14 points clear at the top of the Northern Elite Division of the U19 League with three games to go before the knockout phases and some are expected to taste first-team action in the forthcoming Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup tie away to Airdrieonians on Saturday week.

But before that, they will find out this Tuesday who they face in the Uefa Youth League when the domestic champions path draw is held.

64 teams enter the competition – 32 qualify via the Uefa Champions League path based on fact their senior team have qualified for the Uefa Champions League, while the 32, including Bohemians, qualify via domestic champions path having won their underage league.

The domestic champions round one matches are over two legs and due to be played on October 2 and October 23. For more information on the competition format, visit the Uefa website.

Last season Bohs lost out 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland, but were up against a side with designs on winning the competition and who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against Porto.

The 31 potential opponents for Bohemians in the first round are (please note the draw could, like last year, end up being regionalised):

  • Real Zaragoza (ESP)
  • Derby County (ENG)
  • Rennes (FRA)
  • Porto (POR, holders)
  • Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
  • Young Boys (SUI)
  • PAOK (GRE)
  • Midtjylland (DEN)
  • Maccabi Petah Tikva (ISR)
  • APOEL (CYP)
  • Viitorul (ROU)
  • Korona Kielce (POL)
  • Elfsborg (SWE)
  • Gabala (AZE)
  • Ludogorets (BUL)
  • Brodarac (SRB)
  • Rangers (SCO)
  • FC Minsk (BLR)
  • Astana (KAZ)
  • Sogndal (NOR)
  • Domžale (SVN)
  • Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
  • Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
  • Shkëndija (ALB)
  • ÍA Akranes (ISL)
  • MTK Budapest (HUN)
  • Shkëndija (MKD)
  • Honka (FIN)
  • Zrinjski (BIH)
  • Liepāja (LVA)
  • Levadia Tallinn (EST)

U19 manager  Craig Sexton and Jack Casey during Tuesday's semi-final win over Shelbourne - Stephen Burke

EXTRA.IE FAI CUP FINAL QUARTER-FINAL DATE SET

The  Extra.ie FAI Cup quarter-final tie between Crumlin United and Bohemians has been scheduled for Monday September 16.

Venue and kick-off time TBC. This tie could not proceed on the scheduled weekend of September 6-8 due to combination of international call-ups and Bohs’ involvement in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup.

Bohemians v Longford Town - Extra.ie FAI Cup Second Round

BOHS DUO INCLUDED IN IRELAND U21 SQUAD

Congratulations to Darragh Leahy and Danny Mandroiu who have been called up by Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny for the upcoming UEFA European Championships qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden.

Ireland face Armenia at Tallaght Stadium on Friday September 6 and then Sweden in Kalmar on Tuesday September 10.

Leahy was a star performer for Kenny’s side in the recent Toulon Tournament while Mandroiu has been rewarded for his breakthrough debut season for Bohs, which sees him second in the league’s goalscoring chart with 10 and has already seen him win the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for June.

The call-up for the pair, both formerly of Bohs’ partners St Kevin’s Boys, means they will be unavailable for selection for the Saturday September 7 Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup tie away to Airdrieonians.

Darragh Leahy

U17s & U19s in cup semi-finals tonight

Both the Bohemians U19s and Bohs-SKB U17s are in semi-final action in their respective cups tonight.

At Dalymount Park at 7.30pm, Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s – holders of the competition – host Shelbourne in the last four of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Admission is free and all support most welcome and appreciated. The winners will play Shamrock Rovers or Sligo Rovers in the final.

At the Carlisle Grounds at 7.30pm, Jimmy Mowlds’ Bohs-SKB U17s travel to face Bray Wanderers in the last four of the Mark Farren Cup.

Again admission is free and all support most welcome. The winners will play Kerry League or Cork City in the final.

WEEKEND LOI UNDERAGE RESULTS:

  • U19: Finn Harps 0 Bohemians 1 (J Moylan)
  • U17: Bohs-SKB 1 (T Considine) Finn Harps 1 (L Rudden)
  • U17W: Athlone Town 2 Bohemians 1
  • U15: Cork City 1 (D Cremin pen) Bohs-SKB 0
  • U13: Bohs-SKB 1 (M Cherico) Cork City 1 (C Spillane)

 

Jimmy Mowlds briefs U17 at the weekend - Stephen Burke

“WE WANT TO BOUNCE BACK”

EXTRA.IE FAI CUP SECOND ROUND
BOHEMIANS v LONGFORD TOWN
Friday August 23 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45
Match sponsor: Tom Geraghty. Matchball sponsor: Trouble Brewing

A pat on the back is only six inches from a kick up the backside.

Last Friday night, Bohemians fans and players deservedly soaked up the achievement of the club’s greatest league win in 130 seasons of senior football as they beat UCD 10-1 at Dalymount Park.

On Monday night, they came crashing back down to earth as Dundalk swatted them aside with ease in the last four of the EA Sports Cup, winning 6-1, a scoreline which in truth could have been higher.

The contrast in emotions in the three-day turnaround couldn’t have been more extreme and manager Keith Long said: “It was a mixed few days to say the least.

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“On Friday the goals came thick and fast. We started the game in fantastic fashion and played with a tempo that UCD didn’t adapt to. In the second half we opened up with good attacking play and quality finishes.

“We asked the boys to contribute in terms of goals and that was pleasing to see. It helped greatly with our goal differential also which could be very important come the end of the season.

“But Monday night was obviously a very different affair. We went to Oriel Park with more than just hope as we have played really well up there on two previous occasions in the league this year but the game was lost in the opening 15 minutes with the concession of three poor goals.

“Uncharacteristic mistakes and some poor organisation saw Dundalk run out comfortable winners. We changed the team as we have consistently done when faced with a quick turnaround from Friday-Monday games. But so did Dundalk. They brought back essentially the starting 11 which has performed in Europe this year and are operating on a different level to what we are used to domestically.

“Dundalk are a good side and took advantage of a poor performance. We are a team that needs preparation between games and are still very young in comparison.

“We all felt embarrassment regarding the result and it was a difficult night when you see the numbers that travelled. In previous Mondays in Oriel the crowd was vocal as we put it up to Dundalk but unfortunately we were unable to do the same and get to a final which the fans deserve.

“There were some positives to take away from the performance. Most notably Ross Tierney’s emergence as a player who will become very influential for the club in the coming years. He’s a young boy who has come through to us from St Kevin’s and our League of Ireland youth teams. He has a fearless attitude we believe he can have a very bright future with us.”

While on the field, it has been a topsy-turvy week, off it has been even more difficult on a personal note for Long.

Irish football lost a popular figure yesterday with the passing of Michael ‘Locker’ Davis, a kitman for several clubs and synonymous for his time working under Pat Devlin – Long’s father-in-law – with Bray Wanderers for the best part of two decades and most recently at Cabinteely.

A minute’s silence will be held at Dalymount Park tonight in his memory.

A testimonial Festival of Football in his honour was to be held this Sunday at Strabrook. That will go ahead as planned with all the proceeds going to Locker’s family.

Long hopes Bohs fans from that neck of the woods will consider attending and said: “It’s been a very sad time for anyone who knew Locker. He was a really good guy. I am devastated for his family, his children, his grandchildren.

“He has been a family friend for many years, my wife has known him her entire life. It’s tough at the moment as he was one of the game’s great characters.

“Our game in this country survive through people like him who are in it because they love the game and not self interest.

“There was a devious side to him too, he was always a messer and trying to see whose buttons he could push – and whose he couldn’t!

“I hope there is a good turnout for his game on Sunday, which would be a fitting send-off.”

On the field tonight, Bohs host a Longford Town team whose preparations have been dominated with speculation linking manager Neale Fenn to the managerial vacancy at Cork City where he was a popular figure as a player during a three-year spell in the mid-noughties before joining Bohemians.

None of that speculation will affect Bohs’ preparations. Having survived a scare against First Division Shelbourne in the previous round, Long’s team are fully aware they need to be right at it to progress through to the quarter-finals.

Long added: “Longford are an expansive side with some good technical players, who have been encouraged by manager Neale Fenn to get on the ball and express themselves.

“Longford will be well organised and difficult opponents. We will have to be at our very best to progress to the next round. We want to bounce back from Monday’s disappointment.”

TEAM NEWS 

James Talbot returns from suspension. James Finnerty (calf) is also available once more.

Danny Grant (hamstring) is Bohs’ biggest doubt, while Rob Cornwall who returned on Friday from a three-month lay-off with an Achilles injury, may not be risked tonight as he is eased back to fitness.

Darragh Leahy (glute), Luke Wade-Slater (hamstring) and Andy Lyons (hamstring) weren’t risked on Monday but should be okay to play tonight.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle) are unavailable.

Danny Mandroiu celebrates winner in previous round with Andy Lyons and Keith Buckley - Stephen Burke

JOIN THE BOHEMIANS FUTSAL TEAM

Many readers may be already familiar with the sport of Futsal, a version of 5-a-side indoor football that became widespread in South America before becoming popular in Europe more recently, but did you know that there is a Bohemians Futsal team?

The team was formed by former members of the Bohemian Supports Club who had been playing 11-a-side in the Leinster Senior League but moved to the indoor game and now compete at Futsal AUL Premier Division, a highly competitive league with some top class competition. And as Futsal is officially recognised by UEFA the top team in Ireland even get to compete in European competition each year.

While many have the view that Futsal is purely a game of finesse, tricks and technique – and a good first touch and quick brain are a great advantage to have on the futsal court -the game is also robust and physical with plenty of burly number 9′s populating the league. The sport began in Uruguay and quickly gained popularity throughout South America. It is now a truly global game although the sport in Ireland is still in its early days.

The Bohemians Supporters club side are currently in preseason training ahead of the new AUL season which is beginning in September. The club has recently played friendlies against last season’s cup champions Blue Magic and Northern Irish league side Omagh Futsal Club.

The club is always looking for new members and is currently fielding two teams. If any other Bohemian F.C. supporters are interesting in getting involved, (as players or indeed assisting with the running of the club) please contact futsal@bohemians.ie.

Or better yet come down to one of the training sessions which take place each Sunday at 10am in the Inspire Fitness Centre on the Navan Road, just a short distance from Dalymount. Training also takes place each Tuesday at 8pm in Blanchardstown in the Sport Ireland complex at Abbotstown. The club are also happy to talk to businesses or individuals who would be interested in helping to sponsor the team.

The squad are already provides players for two teams, a premier and a reserve side and already have close to 30 players from a widely diverse background, however there are ambitions to grow the club further. As summer ebbs away and the doom and gloom of the close season looms why not get in touch and get involved.

Join the Bohemians Futsal team

“This group of players want to get to a final. Everyone at the club does.”

EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINAL
Dundalk v Bohemians
Monday August 19 2019, Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long believes a strong vocal travelling support at Oriel Park tonight can help the club reach its first major final in nine years.

The Gypsies come into the game flying high after Friday night’s remarkable 10-1 win over UCD at Dalymount Park where goals from Andre Wright (4), Danny Mandroiu (3), Conor Levingston, Danny Grant and Ross Tierney left all in attendance stunned.

The result was the club’s record league win in its 129-year history and was the first time a club has scored 10 in a League of Ireland game since Cork Hibernians beat Transport by the same scoreline 59 years ago.

More importantly the win, coupled with Derry City losing at home to Shamrock Rovers, saw Bohs leapfrog the Candystripes and back into third position in the league.

Long said: “It was a great night for the players and fans. We moved back up into the European places and we improved our goal difference in doing so, which is important.

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“We started the game really well and played some really good stuff. The boys didn’t take the foot off the gas in the second half. They were hungry for goals.

“It was great for Andre to get his first goals for the club, which was important for him. Now that he’s off the mark in the league that will help him going into future games.”

It exorcised the demons too of when Bohs and UCD last met when the Students claimed a 1-0 win at Belfield in July.

Long asked questions of his side that night and again in the 1-0 defeat away to the UCD’s survival rivals Finn Harps at the beginning of the month.

The character shown in the nature of the 3-2 comeback win over Shelbourne in the FAI Cup 10 days ago coupled with Friday’s performance suggests a determination within the squad to answer those questions.

But it will be an altogether different challenge posed tonight against the champions and runaway league leaders.

Vinny Perth’s side bowed out of the Europa League last week with a disappointing 4-1 aggregate defeat against Slovan Bratislava.

Domestically, however, they are showing no signs of a let-up in their dominance and Bohs don’t need any reminding of just how ruthless they Lilywhites can be.

The Gypsies have twice gone up to Oriel Park on Monday nights this season and have matched the Lilywhites on their own patch for 90 minutes only to come home empty-handed after conceding injury-time penalties on both occasions.

For it to happen once was hard to take, for it to happen a second time was gut-wrenching for players, management and travelling support alike, who will all be hoping it is a case of third time lucky tonight.

Long said: “We played extremely well in both games and to lose them was hard to take. Tonight the most important thing is to get the result. The result is more important than the performance.”

Getting that result will be easier said than done but Bohs won’t be lacking in determination in their efforts to do so.

They came agonisingly close to getting to the final of the FAI Cup last season – they were 1-0 up their semi-final against Cork City in the 87 minutes until a controversial penalty decision forced a replay in Turner’s Cross, which they lost.

That heartbreak has reinforced the determination within the dressing room to go one better in the EA Sports Cup where Derry City await the winners of tonight’s game.

If they do, it would be the club’s first major cup final since winning the Setanta Cup in 2010.

Long said: “This group of players want to get to a final. Everyone at the club does.

“There is a hope and expectation there which brings its own pressures but we will go up there giving everything we’ve got to get us to a final.”

Despite the date for this game only being confirmed last Wednesday on account of Dundalk’s involvement in Europe, a large travelling support is expected.

Long said: “The supporters have got behind us up there this season as they have everywhere we’ve gone this season.

“I know the club has supplemented buses for this one. It’s good to be able to give the supporters back something for the support they’ve shown throughout this season, so hopefully we’ll have a big support up there behind us. That can be important if a game is in the balance.”

TEAM NEWS

Goalkeeper James Talbot is suspended due to accrued yellow cards. He is likely to be replaced by Michael Kelly, who was signed at the end of last month.

The 23-year-old most recently played a first-choice goalkeeper for Longford Town last season having previously been on the books at Cabinteely and Shamrock Rovers.

Earlier this year he was training with QPR.

While Talbot misses out through suspension, club captain Derek Pender returns from his.

Rob Cornwall played his first game since April on Friday as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury. He might not be risked again tonight.

James Finnerty, with whom Cornwall formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Bohs defence in the early stages of the season, misses out once more with a calf injury.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Andre Wright celebrates with supporters on Friday night - Stephen Burke
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