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“There’s no doubt in our minds as to what we have to do over here”

PAOK (1) v BOHEMIANS U19s (1)
UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE
Champions Path 1st Round, 2nd Leg
Wednesday October 23 2019
Toumba Stadium, 6pm Greek time/4pm Irish time

Craig Sexton says his Bohemians U19s are under no illusions as to their objectives against PAOK tomorrow.

Sexton’s Bohs U19s arrived in Thessalonica yesterday knowing they have to score at the Toumba Stadium to have any chance of progressing through to second round of the Uefa Youth League.

Barring a miracle, Ukrainians Dynamo Kyiv, who have an 8-0 first-leg lead over Shkëndija of North Macedonia, await the winners in the next round.

Bohs were by far the better team against PAOK at Dalymount Park three weeks ago and were frustrated not to be travelling to Greece ahead in the tie, instead drawing 1-1, giving PAOK the advantage with the away goal.

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Jack Moylan put Bohs ahead after just six minutes but Antonis Gaitanidis hit back four minutes later.

The Gypsies dominated possession and worked the opposition keeper throughout. But Christos Tallchmanidis was a man possessed in the PAOK goal.

As well as denying a Dawson Devoy spot kick, he pulled off a rake of stunning saves, particularly in the dying embers of the game as Bohs piled on the pressure.

Sexton said: “We played very well, but we hope to improve on our first-leg performance by being a little bit more clinical. With the chances we had in that game, we probably could and should be coming over here with a lead.

“But we’re not, so we there’s no doubt in our minds as to what we have to do over here.

“We can’t sit back. We have to score or we’re out. PAOK have the away goal so we know the objective here is to go out and play and try to score.”

Sexton’s travelling party has been bolstered by the inclusion for this leg of Andy Lyons, who has enjoyed a real breakthrough season in the first team, deputising with a maturity beyond his years when called upon to fill in for skipper Derek Pender at right-back.

He, along with skipper Alex Byrne, Seán Bohan, Ross Tierney, Thomas Considine and Mitchell Byrne, is one of six players to have been involved in last season’s Uefa Youth League ties against FC Midtjylland of Denmark, which Bohs lost 4-2 on aggregate.

It is an altogether new experience for the group of which Evan Ferguson, who turned 15 last week, is the youngest.

Sexton said: “Travelling abroad, staying in hotels, playing in big stadiums, this is new for a lot of them but they’ve settled in well.

“We got to see the stadium yesterday. It’s great venue. A big, old wraparound stadium, 30,000 all-seater, so it will something most of them will be experiencing for the very first time.

“But the mood in the camp is great. They’re relaxed, fully grasp the challenge that is ahead of them and are looking forward to it.”

While this is an altogether new experience for most of them, many of Sexton’s squad have of late been gaining much experience on other fronts.

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

Lyons, who starred at the U19 European Championships this summer, is by some stretch the most experienced of the group.

But the likes of Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy and Ferguson have sampled first-team football in the league, while others like Seán Bohan, Alex Byrne and Mitchell Byrne have been involved with first-team matchdays squads as well.

Tierney, a St Kevin’s Boy since he was eight, in particular has caught the eye for the first team in recent months having shone throughout the Bohs-SKB partnerships teams and Bohs U19s previously.

He has taken the step-up his stride and has become something of a fans’ favourite in the process, while Devoy has had encouraging appearances in recent weeks also.

Both men have benefited from a freak run of injuries for Keith Long’s first team but have not looked out of place when called into action.

There has been international recognition too with Bohan, Tierney and Devoy all making their first appearances for Tom Mohan’s Ireland U19s in a friendly against Denmark last week.

Sexton said: “The likes of Ross and Dawson have been the lucky ones this year but they’ve rewarded the trust Keith Long has shown them. They’ve both made a huge impact, particularly Ross. I think Keith has probably found it hard to drop him!

“Ross is Ross. He’s an infectious character on and off the pitch. He’s not a bawler on the pitch, he lets his football do the talking. He leads by the way he plays.

“If there’s a mould of the kind of player we want to bring through, Ross is it.

“You’re hoping experiences like this year and last can stand to these players if and when they make the step-up to the first team.

“Ultimately that’s my job and the job of all the managers and coaches down through the Bohs-SKB U17s, U15s and U13s is to get the best out of players and get them ready to be funnelled into Keith’s first team or beyond.

“Keith drives all of that – throughout the set-ups. We’re lucky we have a first-team manager who will give youth a chance and isn’t afraid to back them.

“That’s yielded great results this season and hopefully we’ll have more given that opportunity next season. That’s what this is all about.”

Bohs U19s in Greece - Aaron Fitzsimons

“The manager has reminded us and hammered home to us that we will get nothing handed to us, that we have to work for it.”

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday October 18 2019, 7.45pm

Paddy Kirk says Bohemians will take to the field tonight with a word of advice from manager Keith Long ringing in their ears.

Bohs, playing their penultimate game of the season, are in the driving seat to claim on of the two final Europa League spots on offer after a stunning victory against champions Dundalk at Dalymount Park last Friday.

Long’s men are third on 56 points with Derry City in fourth on 51 points and St Pat’s in fifth on 48 points.

The other two have a game in hand against one another, which takes place on Tuesday.

A point would be enough for Bohs to secure European football tonight but Kirk knows him and his team-mates need to dig deep once more to get a result.

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Kirk said: “There’s a lot of expectation tonight but we’re really looking forward to it. The manager has reminded us and hammered home to us that we will get nothing handed to us, that we have to work for it.

“At the start of the season some were tipping us to be involved in a relegation battle but as a group we felt we had a lot of talented players and felt we could aim high.

“We would love to get over the line tonight but it will be a tough game. We’ve prepared like we would any game and we feel we’ve done our homework and we know how good St Pat’s can be.

“There’s nowhere else you would like to be than playing in Europe for Bohs in Dalymount next year but we have to work for it.”

Kirk has has to be patient this season to get a chance in the team but has enjoyed an extended run of late thanks to an injury suffered by regular left-back Darragh Leahy while on international duty for the Ireland U21s last month.

Kirk said: “I’m delighted to get a run of games. You always want to test yourself by playing every week.

“Obviously you want to play as many games as you can. But I’m not the only one who has had to bide my time. You look at Scott Allardice, he’s had to wait for his turn too and has come in and has done really well.

“But that’s why we’ve got such a competitive squad. We’re all pushing one another and thankfully my chance has come at the business end of the season.”

Danny Grant and Paddy Kirk celebrate - Stephen Burke

Danny Grant and Paddy Kirk celebrate - Stephen Burke

Having captained and starred for the Bohs U19s, 21-year-old Kirk is another success story of the quality of young players coming through the club in recent seasons.

His brother Rory is part of the coaching team with the Bohs-SKB U15s so he is a keen supporter of the pathway structures now in place.

He added: “I guess the likes of myself, Andy Lyons, Danny Grant and Ryan Graydon can be held up as an example of the pathway that is there now.

“There’s great work going on and great players coming through the club and through the link-up with St Kevin’s from U13, U15, U15 and through to the U19s and first team. It all bodes well for the future of both clubs.”

TEAM NEWS

Danny Mandroiu misses out through suspension. He received an additional one-match ban for his red card against Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup last month but this was not served against Dundalk last week as he was on international duty with the Ireland U21s.

Rob Cornwall (knee) will sit out the rest of the season after coming off against Dundalk and Darragh Leahy (ankle) will also miss the final two games.

There was better news elsewhere though with Keith Buckley (hamstring), Andy Lyons (knee) and Conor Levingston (groin) all returning to training this week.

Better news still for long-term absentees Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle). Magerusan is back to full training. Corcoran has resumed training but time is against him to feature again this season.

Paddy Kirk - Stephen Burke

FAI NATIONAL DRAW SALES EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

Due to the high number of last-minute buyers before last night’s deadline of midnight to buy tickets online for the FAI National draw, we decided to extend that deadline until midnight tonight in case there are any more stragglers!

We have added some more prizes to our club draw since we last mailed you. They are included in bold in the list below.

Today/tonight is your final chance to buy online.

THANKS

A huge thanks to the fundraising sub-committee, all members and supporters who have got behind this really important fundraiser and to all sponsors who have donated prizes.

Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club.

CLUB DRAW REARRANGED

We have also decided to rearrange the draw section.

This will now take place after the Bohemians U19s’ Enda McGuill Cup final against Shamrock Rovers.

No date has yet been set for this tie but it will be in Dalymount Park, most likely the last week in October.

We had originally planned on having it at next week’s final league game of the season against Sligo Rovers.

But due to some sellers asking for more time to return their books, post-match player award presentations taking place after the Sligo game and some other logistical issues, we felt it best to postpone until the Enda McGuill final.

The FAI-run regional and national draws will follow on December 5th.

Books were supposed to be returned at last week’s game against Dundalk. If you have not yet returned yours, please do so as soon as possible.

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2019 FAI NATIONAL DRAW: CLUB DRAW PRIZES

  • €50 drinks voucher for the Back Page
  • 4 x €30 vouchers for Camile
  • One-month membership (value €100) for Tri Train Drumcondra
  • Bottle of Dingle Whiskey small batch release courtesy of Celtic Whiskey
  • Bottle of Teeling Pot Still courtesy of Celtic Whiskey
  • Bottle of Coole Swan Lliqueur courtesy of Celtic Whiskey
  • 1 x Package for 4 people for an Irish international match including premium level tickets and hotel accommodation for the night
  • 4 x Weekend tickets to the 2020 Big Grill Festival courtesy of Bodytonic
  • 4 x €50 vouchers for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St
  • 2 x €100 vouchers for Des Kelly Interiors
  • 1 Craft Beer Hamper from Grand Cru Beers
  • 1 x Hamper from Lilliput Trading
  • 2 x Vouchers for lunch/dinner for 2 in Cowtown Café
  • 3 x Vouchers for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang
  • 2 x Case of beer from Trouble Brewing
  • 1 x Voucher from Frame FX
  • 1 x Voucher for Rua Pizza in Phibsborough
  • 1 x Voucher for a Boiler Service from Atlantic Facilities
  • 2 x Signed Ireland jersey
  • 5 x Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match
  • 2 x Pair of FAI Summer Soccer Schools vouchers
  • 2 x Hospitality Packages for 4 people to a 2020 Bohs match
  • 6 x 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Jerseys
  • 2 x €50 Bohs shop vouchers
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Polo Shirts
  • 2 x Signed Bohs Jerseys
  • 4 x Footballs signed by the Bohs squad
  • 10 x Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match
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INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR BOHS AT U21 and U19 LEVEL

There was further international recognition for Bohemians during the international window over the past week.

IRELAND U21s

Danny Mandroiu returned to the starting line-up for his second start for Stephen Kenny’s Ireland U21s yesterday afternoon.

Ireland fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Iceland in Reykjavik with the hosts’ goal coming from a contested penalty decision. The spot kick was dispatched by Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen, son of Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Mandroiu was an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw against Italy at Tallaght on Tuesday but also started last month’s victory away to Sweden last month having being sprung from the bench in qualifiers against Armenia and Luxembourg.

Bohs team-mate and fellow ex-St Kevin’s man Darragh Leahy missed both games this window.

He had previously been an ever-present since Kenny took over but suffered an ankle injury picked up during the previous international window against Armenia, which was then aggravated against Sweden. It has ruled him out since and will see him miss the remainder of the season.

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There was reward for another Bohs man though as in-form Danny Grant was drafted into Kenny’s squad for the first time ahead of the Iceland trip.

While he didn’t feature this time around, at 19, time is on his side to make an impact at this level and his inclusion at this stage is encouraging for the future.

Prior to this season, the last Bohs player to play for the Ireland U21s was Paddy Madden away to Armenia in 2009.

IRELAND U19s

Bohemians trio Seán Bohan, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy all made debuts for the Ireland U19s in their 2-0 friendly defeat against Denmark at the Showgrounds on Monday.
Bohs were the best represented club in Tom Mohan’s 28-man squad.

Tierney started the game, playing 60 minutes, while Devoy and Bohan were introduced after half-time and on the hour respectively.

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Ross Tierney played 60 minutes

Tierney and Devoy had been excused from Mohan’s squad for the 1-0 loss against the same opposition and at the same venue on Friday.

The former instead had a starring role in Bohs’ 2-1 win over champions Dundalk that night and the latter, still only 17, had another encouraging cameo off the bench for the final 10 minutes of the same game.

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

Dawson Devoy was introduced after half-time

All three have come through the Bohs-SKB partnership teams and travel to Greece next week for Bohs U19s’ Uefa Youth League tie second leg against PAOK in Thessalonica on Wednesday.

Craig Sexton’s side go over with a 1-1 draw from the first leg and with everything play for.

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Sean Bohan played the final 30 minutes

Disappointingly, their bid to make it three league titles in a row came unstuck 10 days ago at the quarter-final stage of the league with a cruel 3-2 defeat in extra time at home to Galyway Utd.

Bohs finished the game with just eight men having had two men sent off and another forced off through injury after all substitutions had already been made.

It was harsh on Bohs who had lost just once in 20 games in the league section and topped the Northern Elite Division by nine points.

But as well as the Uefa Youth League return leg to look forward to, they are not finished domestically either.

They have a home final in the Enda McGuill Cup against Shamrock Rovers to come as well. No date has been set for that but it is likely to be the week after they return from Greece.

Bohs are the current holders of the McGuill Cup having beaten St Patrick’s Athletic 2-1 away last season in the final with two goals from Ali Reghba.

Iceland v Republic of Ireland - UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1

U17s BOYS AND GIRLS FACE CRUNCH WEEKEND

SSE AIRTRICITY U17 LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL
Bohs-SKB v Shelbourne
(Saturday October 19, St Aidan’s, 12pm)

SÓ HOTELS U17 WNL SHIELD FINAL
Bohemians v Peamount Utd
(Saturday October 19, Oscar Traynor Centre, 2pm)

Our U17s boys and girls both face crunch games on Saturday afternoon. Any support for either team is most welcome by both sets of players and management.

Bohs-SKB celebrate winning the Mark Farren Cup on Sunday – Stephen Burke

At 12pm, Bohs-SKB U17s host Shelbourne at St Aidan’s in the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity League U17 League.

Mowlds’ men come into the game buoyed by winning the Mark Farren U17 Cup on Sunday after a 5-1 victory away to Billy Dennehy’s Kerry District League side in Tralee with goals from Robbie Mahon, Evan Ferguson (2), Thomas Considine and Precious Omochere.

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It is a trophy Mowlds previously guided Bohemians to in 2016 but the latest was an important first – the first trophy won by a Bohs-SKB partnership team.

Stephen Burke took extensive pictures from during and after the game which he has uploaded to two albums: 1) Match photos and 2) Celebrations.

Bohs-SKB will hope that victory can lay the groundwork for an assault on the league when they host local rivals Shelbourne in the last four.

Bohs-SKB needed extra-time to beat Cabinteely 3-2 in the league quarter-finals, while Shels were comfortable 3-0 winners in their last-16 tie.

St Patrick’s Athletic host UCD in the other semi-final.

Bohs U17s huddle - Stephen Burke

Bohs U17s huddle - Stephen Burke

At 2pm, Bohemians U17 women host Peamount United at the Oscar Traynor Centre in the Só WNL U17 Shield final.

This is Bohs’ first season competing at this level in women’s sport and it would be a remarkable achievement for the girls to cap off the season with a trophy.

Once again, all support is most welcome to help get them over the line.

Bohs-SKB celebrate winning Mark Farren Cup - Stephen Burke

“The squad is really stretched but the lads continue to stand up and fight”

BOHEMIANS v DUNDALK
SSE Airtricity League
Friday October 11, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Keith Long says his depleted Bohemians side need to continue to stand up and fight to consolidate their place in third.

Two of Bohs, Derry City and St Patrick’s Athletic will claim the final Europa League qualification spots and Long’s side seized the advantage with a 1-0 win over Cork City at Dalymount Park last week.

That, coupled with Derry City losing to tonight’s opposition, saw the Gypsies move back up to third, while fifth-placed St Patrick’s Atheltic’s defeat to Waterford gave some further breathing space.

But as Bohs found to their benefit last week, the table can change very quickly. Long is not a manager who allows his team to get carried away but with three games remaining, Bohs are on 53 points, Derry on 51 and St Pat’s on 48.

A slice of luck was all that separated Bohs and Cork last week as visiting keeper Tadhg Ryan fumbled Derek Pender’s cross over the line.

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With a squad ravaged by injury and devoid of any luck in recent months, Bohs were entitled to feel we were due that bit of good fortune.

Long said: “We got a little bit of luck in terms of the goal but I felt we managed the second half quite well and James Talbot in goal was not overly tested.

“With so many injuries, the squad is really stretched but the lads continue to stand up and fight.

“The emergence of some of our younger players has been a real plus and while at this time of the year it’s all about results, the performances of the young lads have been fantastic which gives you great hope.

“We are a young, vibrant team and if we can continue to grow together who’s to say what we can’t achieve?”

The strength in depth of Bohs’ squad will be put to the test once more when runaway champions Dundalk come to Dalymount Park tonight.

Long said: “I admire Vinny Perth and his management team for what they have achieved this season.

“Stephen Kenny moving into the Irish international set-up left a void at the club, one that was quickly filled by Vinny who had worked in tandem with Stephen for many years and gained invaluable experience.

“Dundalk are clearly the best team in the land with many talented players operating in a culture rich, player-driven environment.”

As Long mentioned, his team are once again missing some of this season’s star performers.

Danny Mandroiu is away on international duty with Ireland U21s, while Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin) are serious doubts once again.

Full-backs Darragh Leahy (ankle) and Andy Lyons (knee) are out alongside long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate).

Dawson Devoy and Ross Tierney have been excused from the Ireland U19s’ game against Denmark tonight and will instead link up with Tom Mohan’s side ahead of Monday’s friendly against the same opposition.

Mandroiu’s absence is all the more frustrating given that the fact he is away on international duty with the Ireland U21s this week means that his one-game additional ban for his red card against Shamrock Rovers will now not be served until next week’s Dublin derby away to St Patrick’s Athletic.

That frustration was perhaps compounded further by the fact he remained on the bench for the Ireland U21s’ 0-0 draw with Italy last night.

Long added: “The FAI rulebook continues to be a source of frustration. Danny should serve his additional suspension tonight but because he is deemed ineligible due to his involvement with the Ireland U21s, this suspension rolls over into next week. This is a ludicrous situation.

“We are effectively being punished for having players involved in international set-ups. In the case of Danny, he came back from the last U21 squad injured and missed three games before returning to play against Rovers.

“He served his automatic game on Friday last v Cork and will now miss tonight’s game and next week’s game v Pats, meaning he misses three games instead of two.

“This is not correct or fair on clubs who put a heavy emphasis on youth development. It is in fact anti-development. If we are serious about moving forward with a new FAI, the rulebook is a good place to start. It needs to updated and modernised so it is fit for purpose and doesn’t punish clubs that are doing their business correctly.”

Keith Long rallies supporters - Stephen Burke

FAI National Draw: Club draw prizes revealed

Our club draw section of the FAI National Draw will be held at our final game of the season against Sligo Rovers in two weeks’ time.

We are delighted to be able to reveal the full list of prizes for the club draw section, which we have listed below. The FAI-run regional and national draws will follow on December 5th.

A huge thanks to all of our friends and sponsors who have donated prizes for the club draw.

Tickets are available online until midnight next Wednesday.

Please endeavour to return books at tonight’s game. We will once again have a table at the halfway line for people to do so or for those who wish to purchase additional books.

Thank you for your support.

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2019 FAI NATIONAL DRAW: CLUB DRAW PRIZES

  • 1 x Package for 4 people for an Irish international match including premium level tickets and hotel accommodation for the night
  • 4 x Weekend tickets to the 2020 Big Grill Festival courtesy of Bodytonic
  • 4 x €50 vouchers for Lavanda Restaurant on Brunswick St
  • 2 x €100 vouchers for Des Kelly Interiors
  • 1 Craft Beer Hamper from Grand Cru Beers
  • 1 x Hamper from Lilliput Trading
  • 2 x Vouchers for lunch/dinner for 2 in Cowtown Café
  • 3 x Vouchers for lunch for 2 in Bang Bang
  • 2 x Case of beer from Trouble Brewing
  • 1 x Voucher from Frame FX
  • 1 x Voucher for Rua Pizza in Phibsborough
  • 1 x Voucher for a Boiler Service from Atlantic Facilities
  • 2 x Signed Ireland jersey
  • 5 x Pair of tickets to an Ireland international match
  • 2 x Pair of FAI Summer Soccer Schools vouchers
  • 2 x Hospitality Packages for 4 people to a 2020 Bohs match
  • 6 x 2020 Bohs Jackets thanks to O’Neill’s
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Jerseys
  • 2 x €50 Bohs shop vouchers
  • 4 x 2020 Bohs Polo Shirts
  • 2 x Signed Bohs Jerseys
  • 4 x Footballs signed by the Bohs squad
  • 10 x Pair of tickets to a 2020 Bohs match

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BOHS HOST NORTH END UTD IN LEINSTER SENIOR CUP ON SATURDAY

Bohemians’ Leinster Senior Cup campaign resumes on Saturday as we host North End of Wexford in the last eight at Dalymount at noon.

Free in for kids (U16). General admission €5: tickets.bohemians.ie

Bar opens 11am for the Rugby World Cup game between Ireland and Samoa and remains open after our match for Euro 2020 qualifier between Georgia and Ireland.

Bohs beat Shelbourne in the previous round back in March with goals from Aaron Barry (2), Danny Grant and a  Charles Mutawee own goal in a game where Keith Long gave first-team debuts to Alex Kelly, Dawson Devoy and Ross Tierney.

North End beat Longford Town in the last round. The winners of Saturday’s game will be at home to Athlone Town in the semi-final.

Leinster Senior Cup winner 1901/02

“At times it may get tough and we might need a little help over the line from our fans”

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE
Bohemians v PAOK
Wednesday October 2 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.30pm

Craig Sexton has called on Bohemians to make the most of home advantage on and off the pitch against PAOK in the first leg of their Uefa Youth League tie at Dalymount Park tomorrow.

Admission is free for all and Sexton is hoping that will help get the Dalymount Roar behind his side from the off and bring a positive result over to Thessalonica for the second leg in three weeks’ time.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy took time out of his squad announcement press conference earlier today to wish Bohs good luck in the tournament – and Sexton is banking on that goodwill to be echoed from the Jodi Stand.

Sexton said: “We are going in with a positive mindset that we want to win the game. We’re not going in to contain them or to see how the game goes – we want to win it.

“We want to bring a positive result to Greece, so that means we can’t just sit back and see how things happen. We are at home so the onus is on us to win.”

PAOK, whose senior team have a strong European pedigree in recent years but lost both Champions League and Europe League play-off this season, have a superior pedigree in this competition.

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They progressed through two rounds of the Uefa Youth League last season – beating AEL Limassol and FC Minsk – before narrowly losing out 1-0 to Tottenham.

This is Bohs’ second successive year in the competition. In their debut season, they lost out 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 eventual winners Porto.

It was a commendable effort by a Bohs side depleted due to the tournament’s complex and unfamiliar eligibility rules, something they have learned from this season.

Sexton said: “Preparations have been great this time around. They’ve been a lot better than last year.

“That’s not a negative towards how we prepared last year but they’ve run a lot smoother in terms of player availability. We are without three of our older guys – Marlon Marishta, Peter Adigun and Mikey O’Keane – but we found out a lot earlier who we’d have, so we’ve had a lot more time to prepare.”

When the draw was made last month, Sexton admitted he knew little about the opposition but he and his backroom team have been working hard gathering information since.

He said: “By hook or by crook, we’ve got information on them! We’ve had to beg, borrow and steal to get as much information as you can but we’ve managed to our hands on footage.

“We’ve done our homework. We’ve watched them. They’ve seven players who played for Greece against the Ireland U17s in the European Championships in Dublin over the summer too.

“That’s an indication of the level of player. That finished 1-1, Greece scored late on. They are a strong outfit.

“They played the likes of Spurs. They’ve played top quality opposition in this tournament already so that could be a challenge. They’re more used to this, perhaps more comfortable with it than some of our boys but that’s fine.

“But they are coming to Dalymount – they won’t be used to that! We need to take advantage of that.”

The level of support for Bohs’ second leg tie against FC Midtjylland last year gave Sexton’s side a noticeable lift.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Bohs briefly led on away goals after Ali Reghba’s first-half penalty put them ahead on the night.

It was also something of a celebration and coming together of all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes at youth level at Bohemians and through the club’s partnership with St Kevin’s Boys, with whom many of the current U19s have cut their cloth.

Sexton sad: “It was a massive plus for us having our players exposed to that environment with a big crowd behind them. The lads were really able to feed off the fans in what was a new experience for most of them.

“We need that again against PAOK. We need the place full, noisy and boisterous. We need that and more. At times it may get tough and we might need a little help over the line from our fans.”

The likes of Reghba and Andy Lyons made their mark in this tournament last year and with a first-team manager in Keith Long willing to give youth a chance, more will be looking to follow them and, most recently, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy, into his thoughts.

Sexton added: “This is a chance for them to showcase what they can do. They’re putting themselves on a stage. Instead of playing in Blanch IT they are playing, hopefully, at Dalymount Park in front of a couple of thousand people.

“As a group they get to show how good they are. A lot of them have been around the first team now which is a big help. They’ve seen big nights in Dalymount.

“Hopefully that will make them a bit more comfortable. A lot of them have experience from last year too which they can carry into this year. They shouldn’t be overawed. They might be but they shouldn’t be!”

WATCH: Alex Kelly, Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy talk to FAI TV

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy pictured with Ross Tierney, Craig Sexton, Dawson Devoy and Alex Kelly earlier today. Picture SPORTSFILE

SUPPORTER INFORMATION: BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

 Dear supporter,

Tonight, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet in the Extra.ie FAI Cup semi-final in what is another sell-out at Dalymount Park for the biggest Dublin derby in a decade.

By now, you are probably well aware that while sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club, they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park.

We remain under scrutiny from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade with regard to health and safety concerns during these fixtures. With so much at stake tonight, those concerns are intensified even further.

As well as information and procedures communicated to you previously, there are further measures in place tonight so please read below in its entirety.

We are a members-owned club. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that tickets to this game made their way into the hands of our regulars.

With that in mind, there is a collective responsibility on us all to ensure the safety of one another and that our actions do not invite further scrutiny or sanctions.

JODI STAND CAR PARK/TRAMWAY END: NO ACCESS

The area surrounding the away dressing room at the Block A/Jodi Stand Car Park end of the stand has been declared a sterile area until after the game and until all opposition players and officials have left the stadium.

This includes access to the Tramway End to hang flags. Supporters who wish their flags to be displayed at the Tramway End must bring them down to stewards at Block A no later than 7.20pm and preferably earlier.

They will be hung up by two designated club volunteers and returned to you after the game by these same volunteers. There is otherwise no access to the terrace or to the car park area. This includes the Jameson Bar which is tonight closed to the public.

MAKE SPACE FOR ONE ANOTHER

More often that not when it appears the stand is full, there are actually scores of individual unoccupied seats across the stand.

Move up! And when it’s close to kick-off and it looks like the place is filling up, help fellow supporters find a vacant seat.

COUNTERFEIT/COPIED TICKETS

All our tickets have a unique barcode that will only scan once. If your ticket barcode shows up on our scanners as having already been scanned, we cannot allow you into the game.

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern remains the overcrowding in sections F&G and in particular people standing in the aisles, which could lead to serious crowd surges, crushes and injuries.

Standing in the aisles needs to stop. It is a major health and safety concern that is potentially catastrophic.

There is usually space further down in the Jodi Stand, particularly in blocks A&B. Please help recreate the derby atmosphere throughout the stand rather than just in F&G.

The Gardaí have instructed stewards to allow no standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that these blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

We ask that our members and supporters cooperate with stewards and adhere to their instructions.

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND: BARS/ACCESS ROUTES

Our bars cannot accommodate everyone. Overcrowding in our bars and in the access routes under the stand have been identified by DFB as areas of major concern.

If our staff/volunteers indicate that our bars are full, please accept this. Matchdays are stressful enough for our staff/volunteers without unnecessary confrontations.

If you are only accessing underneath the stand to use the toilet, please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos), by the merchandise store (portaloos) or those under Block G instead. Doing so will help alleviate the numbers under the stand.

FIRE HAZARDS

DFB fear so many people congested in the one place and the regularity with which flares and smoke bombs are ignited that these combined pose a fire hazard.

DFB and the Gardai have insisted that no flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G.

Similarly, fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out, such as those done by the Notorious Boo-Boys, will have to take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

The authorities have also insisted on increased searches on Dalymount Lane.

Any supporter found in possession of a flare or similar pyrotechnics will be refused access/denied entry to the ground and faces being banned by the board of management.

Anyone who used pyrotechnics in the ground also faces a large fine and potential prosecution.

FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Jodi Stand all supporters should please move down the aisles and on to the pitch and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Des Kelly Stand, away supporters should exit through the appropriate gate, either into the adjacent car park, or via the Jodi Stand, and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

MISSILES

Missile have been thrown on to the pitch at derbies in recent seasons. This cannot continue or the Gardai and FAI will impose further sanctions on the club.

ALL drinks served in the bars tonight will be served in plastic glasses until after the game. Anyone caught throwing missiles will be ejected from the stadium and faces being banned from all further Bohemians games.

Similarly, anyone who encroaches on to the pitch will be ejected and could face prosecution.

ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control and supervision of the Gardai:

  • Match ticket holders must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.
  • A reminder that season tickets and Junior Gypsies cards do not apply for this fixture.
  • Away fans enter Des Kelly Stand via Connaught Lane.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access for home fans from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • There will be no entry to Dalymount Lane or late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We strongly advise supporters not to leave any margin for error here. We advise against arriving any later than 7.15pm.
  • Please reduce the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.

THANKS

We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above may be unpalatable.
But collectively as a fan-owned club, a level of self-policing is required.

We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all those who attend our games.

Please assist us by cooperating with our stewards with respect and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

If we fail to meet the requirements laid down to us by the authorities and the FAI, we run the risk of further sanctions and costs we can ill-afford being imposed on us: increased number of stewards, reduced capacity, kick-off times being moved etc

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the game. Get behind Keith and the lads, and let’s all collectively contribute to getting the result we are all hoping for.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Jodi Stand
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