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Historic first for Bohemians

It is an historic and overdue day for Bohemians tomorrow as the club enters a team into the Women’s National League for the first time.

The Bohs U17s face Cork City at the Oscar Traynor Centre at 7pm in what is another step along the way towards the goal of having a senior team in the WNL.

The Gypsies’ WNL debut comes a week late after an Ireland U16s call-up for goalkeeper Rugile Auskalnyte forced the postponement of last week’s game against Wexford.

Bohs are a bit late to the party when it comes to women’s football but great strides have been made in the bid to catch up in a short space of time.

The club made a concerted effort to build a girls section at the start of 2018 and now has six girls teams from U9 to U16.

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The addition of finally having a WNL U17s is the culmination of a lot of voluntary hard work behind the scenes under the guidance of Youth Director Conor Emerson and Girls coordinator Frank Darby.

It is hoped that the girls section will eventually echo the pathway from schoolboy football at the Bohs Youths and St Kevin’s through to Keith Long’s senior men’s team.

Managing the WNL U17s team is Seán Byrne, a former Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wandererers player, who has extensive experience with the international women’s teams and is the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme Coordinator in Irishtown.

Byrne.said: “The U17s league only started last year.The goal is to have a pathway from girls from underage football to senior football in the same way we now have with boys.

“It will be a process that takes time. It’s Bohs’ first game at this level on Saturday and it is a historic night for the club.

“It’s our first season at this level so it will take time to find our feet but there is definitely good potential in this side.

“The end goal is that we want to have a Bohs team in the senior women’s league, whether that be next year or the year after, that is the goal we are working towards.

“We have backing at Bohs and there is a big movement across the country towards the women’s game and Bohs want to be a part of that.”

Many of this U17s team have come through together having initially played under Darby at Kilmore Celtic.

Byrne said: “We have good players, a good team. This side of the club has had to be build from scratch. But the aim is to get the club right up there competing with the established women’s teams.

“We’re competing for players with Greystones, Waves, Shels but it’s good that there is competition for players.

“Some of ours would have won the All-Ireland with Frank at Kilmore and Frank worked hard to build that connection with Bohs.”

Darby said: “It is great credit to Bohs that they took on the mammoth task of establishing a girl section while other much wealthier League of Ireland clubs have neglected to
do so.

“We had 23 girls on the Emerging Talent Programme in the summer. We have a lot of up-and-coming coaches and the whole girls section is absolutely flying.”

Those efforts are appreciated and supported from the top too, with Bohs first-team manager Keith Long adding: “It’s important that the club continues to strengthen and increases its teams across the board. It’s extremely important that we have girls teams.

“It’s really pleasing to see girls involved and playing for our club. It’s great for the club, it creates a whole different dynamic around the place. We need to develop that further too.

“As well as having international men and boys, we want to see some of our girls develop with the club and represent the international teams also.”


Rugile Auskalnyte

“I can’t have any complaints given how well they have played”

SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 12 2019, Finn Park, Ballybofey, 7.45pm

After six clean sheets in their opening eight league games, Bohemians’ defence has understandably been a difficult one to break into.

The Gypsies have conceded three league goals this season – from a penalty, from a corner and from a free-kick.

The strength of their rearguard and performances of goalkeeper James Talbot have earned many plaudits.

But one man has been watching on from the bench wondering would he ever get a chance to prove his worth.

Aaron Barry joined on loan from Cork City on the eve of the new season.


The former Derry City stalwart helped the Leesiders to a second-placed league finish last season but it is Bohs who currently occupy that position as the division begins the second series of league fixtures.

The experienced central defender would have expected to have started for the first team in a league game by now.

James Finnerty arrived to the league from Aston Villa via Rochdale unproven at this level, while last year Rob Cornwall struggled to rediscover the form he displayed in 2017 due to a persistent niggling hamstring injury that affected his game-time and performance levels.

But such has been the form of Cornwall and Finnerty’s partnership in the heart of the Bohs defence this season that it has taken a suspension to the former – sent off in last Saturday’s 2-0 win away to Sligo Rovers – to put Barry in contention to make his first league start for the Gypsies.

Barry said: “It’s unfortunate for Rob to be missing out. Himself and James have been very solid at the back.

“In fairness, I arrived the day before the season started and the two lads haven’t put a foot wrong.

“I know how football works, I can’t have any complaints given how well they have played.

“It’s important to have strength in depth at any club and that’s what you want. But obviously I want to play. Rob’s suspension will hopefully give me an opportunity.”

Barry’s involvement thus far has been reduced to two substitute appearances in the league and starts in the Leinster Senior Cup and most recently the EA Sports Cup.

He gave a glimpse of what he is capable of in the former – netting twice in a 4-1 win against Shelbourne.

He said: “I’ve scored a couple of goals. We’ve been a threat at set-pieces this season – as you saw with James’ overhead kick that went in off his head!

“We all need to chip in with goals to take the pressure of Dinny.”

Barry is coming into a side that have belied mid-season predictions, but he is repeating the mantra of everyone keeping their feet on the ground.

They face a tricky trip to Ballybofey tomorrow – a venue that hasn’t always been kind to Keith Long’s teams in recent seasons.

He added: “I wasn’t paying too much attention to pre-season predictions but I guess people were thinking Bohs would be aiming for mid-table.

“But as soon as I came in, I could see the quality that is around the squad.

“It’s obviously been difficult for Bohs losing three or four good players every closed season but they’ve recruited well and replaced them with more quality.

“There is a good mix of young players but experience too with the likes of Derek Pender, Dinny Corcoran and Rob Cornwall.

“We’re going well at the moment and we are winning games but that can change quickly.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves. There is a long season ahead and there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way.”

As for his own future, Barry admits that is still up in the air. His loan deal from Cork City ends in July.

He added: “I don’t look too far ahead. At the moment I’m a Bohs player and I’m determined to make the most of any opportunities I get.”


Rob Cornwall is suspended having been sent off against Sligo Rovers last week.

Scott Allardice (facial injury) returns to the fold. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remains suspended.

Aaron Barry - Stephen Burke


Everyone at Dalymount Park wishes to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Des Munroe following his passing on Monday.

Des, 83, lived in nearby Shandon Drive, was a long-time Bohemians member and his tradition of following the Gypsies has been passed on down the generations.

His son Paul is also a member and a lifetime supporter, his grandson Flynn is season ticket holder and his two granddaughters, Eden and Ella, work on the turnstiles on match-nights.

Des will be sorely missed by all of them. Our thoughts are with them  – and all the Munroe family and friends – at this sad time.


Munroe, 8th April 2019, Desmond, late of Shandon drive, Phibsborough. Beloved husband of Kathleen, very sadly missed by his loving wife, sons Niall, Des and Paul, brother Liam, sister Marie, his niece Carole, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.

May he Rest in Peace

Reposing at Massey Bros. Funeral Home, 88 A Cabra Road today (Wednesday April 10) from 4pm to 6pm. Funeral Mass tomorrow (Thursday April 11) in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough at 10.30am followed by cremation in Glasnevin Crematorium. No flowers please, donations, if desired, to the Mater Foundation. All enquiries to Massey Bros., 018389774.

Des Munroe and family


A reminder that tickets for the Tuesday April 23 derby away to Shamrock Rovers are on sale for club members until Thursday from Jimmy O’Connor’s office and the main reception office at Dalymount Park (10am-3.30pm).

They will then go on general sale from Friday.

Please note this fixture is once again all-ticket. You must purchase a ticket in advance of the game – they will not be able to buy tickets at Tallaght Stadium.

If any tickets remain, they will also be on sale after our Friday April 19 game against UCD at Dalymount Park.

Jimmy O'Connor


In response to a media report today regarding a dispute that threatens the proposed redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, the board of Bohemian FC wishes to state the following:

Dublin City Council’s identified preferred conceptual redesign of Dalymount Park included a main entrance and civic space via lands owned by MM Capital (Phibsborough Shopping Centre).

We have had continuous positive engagement with MM Capital since 2015 around the integrated design of the adjoining sites.

As reported today, a rights-of-way dispute between Tesco and MM Capital puts the redevelopment of the shopping centre at risk.

Bohemian FC was fully aware of this potential impasse and it was communicated to club members and discussed at our recent AGM.


We call on the parties involved to work together to resolve their differences to allow for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver an integrated design of Phibsborough Village Centre.

If this impasse persists, it would not prevent the redevelopment of Dalymount Park.

It would, however, obviously necessitate a change to the conceptual design presented thus far. But as the final design team are yet to be appointed, this would be factored into their plans.

We believe that the main fallout from a possible non-integrated development would be the obvious loss to the local community.

We have worked closely with resident groups to ensure the conceptual design was one that delivered for both football and the local community.

While this impasse would not prevent the redevelopment of Dalymount Park, it would however result in a final design that could not fully grasp the opportunity for both sites to provide the maximum social return to the local community.

We call on Tesco to take account of this reality.

Dalymount redevelopment

“We’ve put a level of expectation on ourselves that we want to win every game”

SSE Airtricity League
Saturday April 6 2019, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Conor Levingston believes determination and a strong team bond is behind Bohemians’ encouraging start to the season.

With four wins, two draws and a defeat from their opening seven games, Keith Long’s young guns sit third – eight points off the top but with two games on hand on leaders Shamrock Rovers.

Along the way, James Talbot has kept five clean sheets in the league and the Gypsies have fielded experimental line-ups in the Leinster Senior Cup and EA Sports Cup, progressing in both.

It all bodes well for the season ahead. Nobody is getting carried away but Levingston revealed that rather than patting themselves on the back for their encouraging start, this Bohs side are driven by points they have left behind and a determination to push on further.


The Gorey man said: “We’ve had a really positive start. In the games we’ve played so far we’ve gelled quickly. But we’ve had bumps in the road too so we’re not getting carried away. We’re disappointed to lose down in Cork City and drop points against Waterford and Derry too.

“We’ve put a level of expectation on ourselves that we want to win every game. We’re disappointed when we lose and when we drop points.”

Much was made of the close-knit bond in the Bohs dressing room in recent seasons. With the loss of some senior pros and some strong characters, maintaining that atmosphere was going to be a challenge.

But leadership from the top and new recruits’ willingness to learn in pre-season has brought this squad even closer.

Levingston said: “There is great talent in the group. The togetherness within the squad is strong too.

“A lot of that comes down to the good pre-season we had and the work that Keith and Trevor Croly put in with us. The sessions were intense, we crammed a lot into them and we learned a lot.

“We weren’t ran into the ground as you might be at some clubs. Our focus was on our ball work.”

Like many of Bohs’ young guns, 21-year-old Levingston is a player looking to push on once more having returned to Ireland after four years learning his trade in England.

Many of his team-mates are in a similar position. Levingston joined from Wolves, Talbot returned to football after taking the guts of a year out having returned to Finglas after three years with Sunderland, James Finnerty returned to Skryne via Rochdale from Aston Villa, Danny Mandroiu to Ballymun from Brighton, Luke Wade-Slater to Dunshaughlin from Stevenage.

The difference in expectation and physicality between playing U23s development football in England compared to the demanding nature of League of Ireland football was a source of concern highlighted in pre-season.

Both Long and captain Derek Pender pleaded for patience as players would need time to adapt. But seven games in, it is a case of so far, so good.

Levingston said:”It’s my first experience of men’s football as it is for a lot of the lads. It is a big step up with a lot at stake. You have to be first to every ball and to every second ball.

“With so many young lads, it was a case or sink or swim for us all. Detser (Derek Pender) is our captain and he shows you tough love!

“He’s been around the block and knows the league inside out. If you’re not doing your job, he will let you know.

“I’ve learnt so much from him and so much from Bucko (Keith Buckley) too. It’s been a very welcoming dressing room.

“The lads already at the club said at the start that it was the best dressing room group they’ve ever had, so we were encouraged from the start.”
Bohs vice-captain Keith Buckley celebrates his winner v St Pat’s with team-mates Kevin Devaney and Rob Cornwall. Photo: Stephen Burke

Another factor in Bohs’ positive start has been the competition for places all over the pitch and with eight fixtures in April, the strength in depth of the squad is likely to be tested.

The first of those eight games took place on Monday as Bohs came from behind to beat Cabinteely 2-1 in the EA Sports Cup at Dalymount Park.

Bohs started sluggishly. But with 11 changes from the team that took to the field in last Friday’s 1-0 derby win against St Patrick’s Athletic, it was always going to take time to gel.

A much-improved second-half performance saw Bohs progress and Levingston admits players are looking over their shoulders with a queue of team-mates ready and willing to take their place in the starting line-up – especially in a congested month of fixtures where durability and tiredness will come into play more than ever.

Levingston added: “It’s important to have strength in depth. Training has been really competitive. The players not playing, none of them are sulking.

“They’re pushing everyone in training every night. Training is so competitive, which is a testament to the attitude of the players who are unlucky not to have been playing.

“There are lads bursting to play. You know if you’ve a bad game that there are lads who will jump at the chance to take your spot. You need that as a team if you want to be successful.”

Against Sligo, Bohs face a team eighth in the table who will be disappointed with their start to the season and determined to make amends.

Levingston added: “It’s a competitive league and there are no easy games. It’s my first time to play there obviously but the lads say it’s a hard place to go.

“But we’ll go down with a good attitude determined to get three points.”


Scott Allardice is a doubt having suffered a facial injury against Cabinteely. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remains out.

Conor Levingston in action against Chris Forrester of St Pat's last Friday. Photo: Stephen Burke

“We want the positivity around the club to continue”

EA Sports Cup
Monday April 1, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians welcome Cabinteely to Dalymount Park tonight with boss Keith Long hoping a much-changed side can progress and build upon recent momentum.

Bohs’ positive start to the season sees them third in the league table – eight points off the top but with two games in hand.

Friday’s Dublin derby 1-0 win against St Patrick’s Athletic saw another bumper crowd at Dalymount Park and Long wants to keep the feelgood factor going.

He said: “We want the positivity around the club to continue and we want to keep building momentum.

“We have had a reasonable start to our league campaign – four wins, two draws and one defeat, keeping five clean sheets along the way.

“It’s still very early days. We want to build on that but we also have to be mindful that we have nine games between tonight and May 3.


“That means we will have to mix things up a bit with our team selection. But we are in a position where we can trust the strength in depth of our squad.”

Fixture pile-ups have been a bone of contention for many league managers in recent seasons, no more so than Long whose part-time players perhaps feel the strain more than their full-time rivals.

But he is looking at tonight’s game in a positive light and as a chance for players on the fringes of the first team to prove their worth.

They did so the last time Long made wholesale changes to his line-up when Bohs beat Shelbourne 4-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup last month in a team that contained just one started from the side that drew with Derry in the league three days previously.

He said: “Despite the congestion, a game like this is actually probably a good one for us to have as it allows us to give much-needed games to lads who might feel a bit disappointed that they haven’t been involved as much as they would have liked to have been so far.

“It allows lads a chance to step up and remind us what they have to offer and it will be a reward for some our U19s, who have started their season very well once again, and a chance for them to get to experience first-team football too.”

Bohs last won this competition a decade ago with a 3-1 win over Waterford in the RSC. Having come so close to reaching an FAI Cup final last season, Long’s men would love to progress and bring silverware back to Dalymount once more.

He added: “It’s a competition we want to progress in and to win. It would be fantastic to go all the way.

“But it will be a much-changed team who aren’t used to playing with each other coming up against a side who have made a strong start to the season in the First Division, so I wouldn’t be taking them lightly.”


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Orders can be made at the halfway line at tonight’s game. Cash only.

Tonight will be the only league game where it will be possible to order. Deadline for online orders is Sunday April 7th.

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Andy Lyons is often referred to as ‘one for the future’, so he must have been heartened to hear Keith Long’s assertion in the opening weeks of the season that he is no longer just a ‘prospect.’

He is ready for the cut and thrust of first-team football and is giving captain Derek Pender a real battle for the right-back berth – no mean feat.

His exploits in the green of Ireland of late certainly bears this out. A prospect he may be, but the present is looking pretty good too.

The Naas man does not turn 19 until August and, along with striker Ali Reghba, has spent the last 10 days away with the Irish U19s in Krasnodar in Russia at the elite stage of qualification for the European Championships to be held in Armenia next summer for which they have now qualified with a game to spare.

The pair are just two of seven Bohs players away on international duty over the past 10 days with Darragh Leahy and Danny Mandroiu becoming the first serving Bohs players to represent Ireland at U21 level in ten years when Stephen Kenny’s men beat Luxembourg 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday.

Lyons, who was part of Kenny’s domestic-based Ireland U21 training camp last month, played a big part in getting Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19s to this stage having played the full 90 minutes in the victories against Holland and Bosnia and 25 minutes against the Faroe Islands last winter.

He has been integral to the team’s efforts in Russia too, starting and playing 84 minutes in their opening game, a 5-0 mauling of Romania and playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan. That result, coupled with Russia drawing 0-0 with Romania, means the Ireland U19s will be on the plane to Armenia.

Ahead of today’s final game against hosts Russia (2pm Irish time), Lyons said: “It is a huge honour and a massive thrill every time you pull on the green jersey at any level.

“It is a huge achievement for me and my family but also for the club and how we bring players through. Myself and Ali have really enjoyed our time away in Russia. I’m hugely thankful to Tom Mohan too for showing such faith in me and giving me so much game time.

“I loved being away with the group and it was a source of pride to me to be able to represent Bohs on an international stage. It is so different to club football with players from so many leagues coming together and it really furthered my footballing education, that’s for sure.

“It was some culture shock with the food, the traffic, the slow WiFi and the travelling involved! But we have loved every minute of it.

“It is something you dream about all your life, to play for your country. When you get a chance like that, you have to take it. Last November we beat Holland, Bosnia and the Faroe Islands to top our group, so we were in the elite phase on merit and were top seeds in our group here.

“Only one team goes through to the finals in Armenia next summer so we are delighted to have qualified. We believed in ourselves and we still want to get the result against Russia, the host nation. They are going to have big support with home advantage and though we had huge respect for them, we won’t allow ourselves to be intimidated or shy away from the challenge.”

Andy has been making tremendous strides with Bohemians too of course. He has starred for Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s, winning back-to-back U19 league titles, the Enda McGuill Cup and representing the club in the UEFA Youth League last season.

He made his first-team bow against Dundalk i a 3-1 Leinster Senior Cup defeat Oriel Park last June with his league debut coming the following month in a 6-0 rinsing of Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.

And Lyons, who sits his Leaving Cert this summer, is quick to pay tribute to his current manager and coach as being a big part of the reason he has been making such notable strides.

He said: “Keith Long and Trevor Croly have been huge influences on my career and I owe them so much. Keith called me into the first-team squad when I was only 16 and he has never been afraid to give young players like myself a chance and always shows great faith in us.

“I have loved every minute of my time at Bohemians. It is a great club to be a part of and as a young player, it is the perfect place to be as we can all see a clear pathway from underage football at the club to the first team.

“I wake up every morning with a smile on my face looking forward to going into training and the dressing room at Dalymount is just a great place to be a part of. There is such a welcoming culture at the club and a real sense that we’re in it together.

“That spirit has brought us through some tough times and there is a great mix of youth and experience now too so you’d think that will stand to us going forward. The development of players at this club is the best in the country. The people at Bohs deserve so much credit for the way they nurture talent and the the alliance with St Kevin’s is going to make that even better.

“No other club has what we have, such a sense of community and such a rich crop of young players getting a chance at senior level.

“As long as your attitude is right, as long as you keep learning and as long as you keep your standards high, the management believe in you and your ability to do a job for the first team.”

Ali Reghba and Andy Lyons


The home section (Jodi Stand) for Friday’s Dublin derby between Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic has sold out.

Away fans can still purchase tickets for the Des Kelly Stand at or directly from St Pat’s office at Richmond Park.


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