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5-A-SIDE FOOTIE FESTIVAL in memory of CIAN MULLALLY

5-A-SIDE FOOTIE FESTIVAL in memory of CIAN MULLALLY
and in aid of SAMARITANS KILDARE

Saturday June 29 2019, Naas Sports Centre

Dear supporter,

Last November, we lost supporter Cian Mullally, aged just 21, to suicide.

When we enjoy nights like Friday’s Dublin derby together with friends, we often also remember those no longer there to share those special moments of collective joy with us.

As you can see from the photo above, Cian is sadly missed by his many young friends and fellow fans at Dalymount Park.

We hope you will read the following note from his mother Mary and endeavour to support the event in his memory on Saturday week in Naas.

Everyone at Bohemians hopes that as many members and supporters as possible can get behind this tournament.

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Team bookings can be made via Eventbrite and queries can be made via ok2talkirl@gmail.com and 087 908 5437.

Mary Mullally writes:

I’m hoping you can share the following information with players and supporters in the club and encourage a few teams to enter.

My son Cian died by suicide last November. He was an avid Bohs supporter and attended as many games as possible.

Bohs fans had a great presence at his funeral and sang Hold Me Now at his grave. It was very moving and we really appreciated their support on the day.

Some of Cian’s friends and his former soccer coach have set up a group called #ok2talkIRL and are organizing a footie festival, 5-a-side soccer tournament for the Cian Mullally memorial cup and shield. It promises to be a great family fun day out.

All funds raised will go towards the Samaritans in Newbridge.

I hope you can help us.

Thanks,

Mary Mullally

Cian Mullally RIP

POST MATCH INTERVIEWS: KEITH LONG AND JAMES TALBOT

Bohemians 2 Shamrock Rovers 1

Dan’s the Man as Gypsies go eight unbeaten against their fiercest rivals taking all three points in a hotly contested derby.

Bohs, missing their regular back four, started on the front foot with Andy Lyons having the first real shotin anger, trying to curl a left footed effort to the far top corner.

Rovers responded well, and the dynamic midfield of Greg Bolger, Dylan Watts and Jack Byrne looked to take control.

It took a while to get going but when it did, boy did it catch fire!

The Gypsies were gifted the ideal opportunity to break the deadlock just fifteen minutes in. Jack Byrne dived in wildly on Kevin Devaney just inside the edge of the area and referee Rob Rogers was left with no option but to point to the spot.

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Danny Mandroiu stepped up confidently and smashed his penalty to his left but Alan Mannus ws equal to it, making an excellent save to turn the ball around the post.

Just moments later from a deep corner to the back post, Stephen Bradleys men, thought they had taken the lead. Dan Carr looped his header back across goal only for Andy Lyons to react sharply and head clear.

The first half drama wasn’t finished yet. As Rovers looked to build out from the back, Keith Longs troops saw their opportunity to pounce, pressing as a unit. Kevin Devaney’s toe ricocheted the ball into Ryan Swans path and as the forward turned sharply, Greg Bolger came through the back for their second penalty.

Up stepped Mandroiu to make amends for his earlier miss, slotting into the bottom right hand corner.

Just before the break James Talbot made a miraculous double save to keep his side in front. The Bohs stopper got down well to save Aaron Greens low drive on the slick surface, but couldn’t hold it. Ex-Bohs man Dylan Watts came flying in on the rebound and Talbot reacted bravely to dive at the feet of the midfielder and tip over.

The Hoops deservedly got themselves back on level terms just six minutes into the second half. Dan Carr finished brilliantly,poking the ball home first time past the helpless Talbot following Ronan Finn’s clever lob over the Bohs back line.

In an enthralling game end to end game, Mandroiu stole the show with, what should be the goal of the season, letting the ball run across his body before hitting an outrageous and unstoppable strike from 25 yards out with his left foot!

It was back to the walls stuff for the Phibsboro outfit as Rovers piled on the pressure through Carr down the left side, delivering cross after cross but the bohs rearguard held strong.

The home side really should have killed off the tie when Mandroiu missed his point blank header from Wade-Slaters dinked cross. Both Ryan Swan and sub Keith Ward should have done better from the following goal mouth scramble but Roberto Lopes did well to clear on both occassions.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Aaron Barry, Michael Barker, Paddy Kirk, Keith Buckley (c) (Robbie McCourt 90+1’), Conor Levingston (Scott Allardice 45’), Danny Mandroiu, Luke Wade-Slater, Ryan Swan, Kevin Devaney (Keith Ward 55’). Subs: Sean Bohan, Scott Allardice, Robbie McCourt, Keith Ward, Sam Byrne, Ryan Graydon, Ross Tierney.
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus, Ethan Boyle, Roberto Lopes, Lee Grace, Greg Bolger, Dylan Watts, Ronan Finn (c), Dan Carr, Trevor Clarke (Sean Kavanagh 60’), Aaron Greene, Jack Byrne
Subs: Leon Pohls, Sean Kavanagh, James Furlong, Joel Coustrain, Thomas Oluwa, Brandon Kavanagh, Orhan Vojic
Referee: Rob Rogers
Booked: Lee Grace (Shamrock Rovers); Michael Barker, Paddy Kirk, James Talbot (Bohemians)

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

IMPORTANT SUPPORTER INFORMATION AND HEALTH AND SAFETY APPEAL

Dear supporter,

Tonight, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet for the third time this season in what is yet again a Dublin derby sold out well in advance.

Sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club but they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park.

We remain under pressure and scrutiny from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade over concerns they have over health and safety during Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers games.

We have met multiple times with the Gardaí, DFB and the FAI over the course of this season, more so than ever before.

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We wish to remind you of some of their key concerns in the hope that you will assist us in addressing them.

We have communicated some of this information to you before in the last couple of seasons but the situation is quite serious and there are additions below so we ask you to take them on board.

The logistics behind sell-out crowds and event management for this fixture is putting a lot of strain on what is primarily a volunteer-run club so we appeal for your cooperation in lessening that and adhering to the requests laid out.

 OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern is 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.

We all want to embrace the best of the Dublin derby experience. But we simply cannot accommodate everyone in blocks F&G or surrounding areas.

As you can see from the photo above, 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.

Please also assist fellow supporters in finding empty seats. People often think the stand is full when there are in fact multiple free seats dotted around 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.

The preference is for flags to be hung on the Tramway End.

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.

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.

ACCESS TO DALYMOUNT LANE – 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 and season ticket holders (you must present a 2019 card) access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.

A reminder that Junior Gypsies cards do not apply for this fixture.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access 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 8pm.
  • We strongly advise supporters not to leave any margin for error here. We advise against arriving any later than 7.30pm.

We do not wish to see any members or ticket holders miss out, so we appeal to you to once again assist us in reducing 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

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“It was a special, special moment for me”

BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League
Dalymount Park, Friday June 14 2019, 8pm, eir Sport

His debut arrived 12 months later than he had anticipated and even since then, Ryan Swan has had to patiently bide his time.

But having broke his duck in the 5-3 win over Finn Harps a fortnight ago, helping himself to a second goal for good measure, Swan is ready to take flight.

It has been a long, hard road to get to this point but the 23-year-old feels he is ready to make the most of the opportunity afforded to him since filling in for the injured Dinny Corcoran.

Swan signed for Bohemians in December 2017. But the dream of following in his father Derek’s footsteps and becoming a Gypsies goal-scoring hero turned sour as he suffered a torn cruciate in only his second training session.

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Swan and Long – Stephen Burke

The former UCD striker said: “It was only our second training session of pre-season. It was really unfortunate. Even the way it happened, it wasn’t even a bad tackle.

“It was just from the way I landed after crossing the ball. I’ve never had a serious injury before that but I knew something wasn’t right.”

It was a cruel blow and one that tested Swan’s strength of character.

But, with the support of manager Keith Long, assistant manager Trevor Croly and a strong dressing room, Swan persevered.

Croly and Swan – Stephen Burke

He said: “The first few weeks were hard, really hard. They were probably the hardest few weeks of my life.

“You’re watching on as all the lads prepared for the season opener against Rovers knowing you wouldn’t even get to play a game in the season.

“But as the rehab progressed, I was more positive. Keith and Trevor keep you going and make you feel a part of it.

“You’re never left drift away just because you’re injured and all the lads in the dressing play a big role in that too.

“When the lads went on that really good run of form in the second half of last season, it inspired me even more to want to be a part of that.”

Swan gets off the mark against Harps – Stephen Burke

That determination continued over the closed season period, with the Finglas man determined to knuckle down and make up for lost time.

He said: “All over Christmas I couldn’t wait to get started, I think it’s the first pre-season I’ve ever looked forward to!”

He finally made his Bohs debut in a 10-minute cameo appearance in the opening day of the season 1-0 victory against Finn Harps but found game-time hard to come by due to the early-season form of Corcoran.

Similar appearances from the bench followed but he had to wait until the tenth game of the season to get his first league start, benefiting from Long’s decision to rotate his squad during a congested month in the fixture calendar, playing 86 minutes against Dundalk in Oriel Park in a game Bohs should have won but lost 1-0 in injury time.

He said: “I knew I would have to bide my tine. It was never going to be easy the way Dinny started the season and the impact.

“I just had to keep my head down and take my chance when it came.”

And that he has done. Getting up to speed after a season on the sidelines is easier said than done but he has equipped himself well in the appearances he has made so far.

With Corcoran suffering a serious ankle injury in last month’s defeat to Sligo Rovers, Swan now has the chance to stake his claim.

And he did his chances of getting an extended run in the team no harm when he nabbed a brace in Bohs’ last outing against Finn Harps.

Swan said: “It was a special, special moment for me after the year I had. To grab a second was great too.

“I was just delighted to get off the mark and I hope I can go on and get more now.”

Ryan, front, with Derek and family – Sportsfile

Seeing the surname Swan appear on the Bohs scoresheet 19 years after his father Derek scored his final goals in red and black leads to inevitable and probably unavoidable comparisons between the two.

But Ryan take that in his stride, adding: “It doesn’t faze me at all, we’re different people and different players. To me he’s just my da!

“But I do love reading stuff about him when he crops up in the programme from time to time.”

While he is unmoved by those comparisons, he admits he relishes the fact that supporters have reworked the Derek Swan Blue Moon chant regularly sung on the terraces two decades ago to include his name instead.

He said: “When I signed I wondered would they sing it. I heard it for the first time up in Oriel Park and I love the fact they sing the same song that they sang about my dad.

“It felt special hearing that, but a bit strange too!”

Ryan, front, and family at Derek’s testimonial v Tranmere Rovers in 2000 – Sportsfile

If he manages to get on the scoresheet against Rovers, those father-son comparisons will continue but again the young hitman is taking tomorrow’s game in his stride.

He added: “For me you have to look at it as just another game. I’ve prepared for it like it’s no different to any other game. You eat, sleep and train the same way and focus on what is required of you.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs are without Rob Cornwall (Achilles), Dinny Corcoran (ankle), Danny Grant (hamstring) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) as well as the suspended duo of skipper Derek Pender and James Finnerty and Darragh Leahy who is on international duty with the Ireland U21s in Toulon.

Keith Buckley (leg) and Robbie McCourt (ankle) return to the fold.

Swan breaks his duck - Stephen Burke

Community Credit Union Partnership launch

Bohemians manager Keith Long and captain Derek Pender were on hand to launch the new multi-year commercial partnership between Bohemian FC and Community Credit Union at their Cabra West Branch.

Bohs and the Credit Union share many similarities with a members-owned models and voluntary directors. This partnership sees Ireland’s biggest voluntary organisation team up with the league’s oldest volunteer-run club.

Community Credit Union was formed in 2010 through the merger of Premier Credit Union (formed in 1962) and Clonsilla Credit Union (formed in 1982), another merger in 2015 saw West Cabra Credit Union (formed in 1967) join Community Credit Union.

With four offices and nearly 50 staff across the Dublin 7 and Dublin 15 areas Community Credit Union understands the importance of supporting local people in local businesses and organisations.

As a well-known local organisation itself, there is an emphasis on treating members as people and making every effort to cater to their financial needs.

This could be helping in the costs towards going back to school or college, buying a new car or going on that dream holiday. Community Credit Union is here for it all.

For more information give us a call on 01 869 2500 or visit our website communitycu.ie - putting Community back into football.

Bohemian FC/Community Credit Union partnership launch

The Gibraltarian Bohemian

Ireland take on Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ahead of the game, Gerard Farrell and Michael Kielty take a look back at an unlikely link between Bohemians and Gibraltar.

Given that Gibraltar are one of the newest members of UEFA you wouldn’t expect there to be much of a footballing history between the tiny British Overseas Territory and Ireland, but what if we told you there was a prominent footballer from Gibraltar playing in Dublin at the very dawn of organised football?

That man was Gonzalo Canilla and he was a fixture on the Dublin sporting scene of the 1890s, lining out for both Bohemian F.C. and Freebooters F.C. as well as excelling on the cricket pitch.

Canilla was born in Gibraltar in 1876, he came from a pious Catholic family, with his uncle and namesake having been made Catholic bishop of Gibraltar in 1881. The younger Gonzalo was sent to England to further his education, where he attended the prestigious Catholic boarding school, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, and this is where his connection with Irish football first emerges.

Among his fellow classmates were many young men from prominent Dublin families, including Oliver St. John Gogarty and the Meldon brothers George and Philip.

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Gogarty found his greatest fame as a writer but was also a talented athlete, he was a strong swimmer and was also a Leinster Senior Cup winner with Bohemians as an outside right, while Phillip Meldon, one of the founding members of Freebooters F.C, became an Irish international footballer. Freebooters, one of Dublin’s earliest clubs, were based in Simmonscourt, near the present-day Aviva Stadium and were also founding members of the Leinster Football Association.

Dr. Canilla, front row, holding a cricket bat

Canilla, played for both clubs after leaving Stonyhurst for further studies in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He even took his preparatory exams in Bell’s Academy on North Great George’s Street. Several students at Bell’s Academy had been among the founders of Bohemians in 1890. It was during this time that an 18 year old Canilla first appears for Bohemians as a full back against Athlone in January 1895.

By then Canilla was also playing cricket for Phoenix Cricket Club. This was quite common at the time and many of his footballing teammates were also colleagues or opponents on the cricket pitch. By 1897 there are reports of Canilla lining out for Freebooters and by the end of the following year he had formalised this by switching his registration to them, from Bohemians. The club, with Canilla in their side at full back finished in second place in the Leinster Senior League.

By 1899 however, having successfully completed his final examinations in the RCSI, Dr. Gonzalo Canilla departed Ireland for his native Gibraltar. Newspaper reports described him as someone “long and favourably associated with cricket and football” and that a “large crowd of sportsmen” gathered to see him off from Westland Row station to the strains of Auld Lang Syne. In total Gonzalo Canilla’s Irish sporting career lasted about four years which saw him play at the highest level in Dublin at the time.

Canilla married his wife Antonia in 1904 and they had at least two children. Gonzalo practiced medicine in England until 1916 then becoming the Rio Tinto mining company doctor in Huelva, Spain. He played competitive cricket in Spain and then recreational golf until his retirement, he was also said to have been possessed of a fine singing voice, he passed away in 1955.

His grandson David Cluett was also a successful footballer, he won 69 caps as a goalkeeper for Malta, including an appearance in a 2-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in 1989 as well as winning numerous honours in the Maltese game, primarily for the Floriana club.

With special thanks to the Canilla/Cluett family for their assistance.

Dr Canilla 1901

DRAWING DALYMOUNT LAUNCH

Drawing Dalymount – the Colouring Book and
Dalymount – Bigger than the Game
Thursday June 6, 6pm – 8pm
Members Bar, Dalymount Park

All supporters are invited to an event in the Members Bar tomorrow, which we have been asked by the organisers to circulate with our members and fans.

With no first-team game this week, we hope you might take some time out tomorrow to join them at Dalymount Park from 6pm to 8pm.

If you can’t make it, the book will be available through the Bohs Store and Bang Bang, and the projection will be on in Phibsborough Shopping Centre until June 16.

The organisers write:

This project, developed by Jackie Bourke and Dorothy Smith, captures the unique architecture of Dalymount Park and the emotional attachment to the space.

The stadium was first built in 1901 and has undergone many changes over the past 100 years, with many of the early features remaining.

The sense of place and belonging associated with Dalymount Park for generations is notable.

Under Dublin City Council development plans, the stadium will be knocked and an entirely new stadium erected in its place.

This exhibition, comprising a colouring book of drawings and a slide projection of images and interviews, captures both the architectural space and longstanding emotional attachment.

We look forward to seeing you at the launch this coming Thursday June 6 from 6pm-8pm in the Members Bar at Dalymount Park.

All the best,

Jackie and Dorothy

This event is sponsored by Lilliput Trading Company.

Final Invite

BOHEMIANS 5 FINN HARPS 3

Bohs tighten their grip on third place as they run out 2-1 winners against a battling Finn Harps side, who remain rooted at the foot of the table.

In a lightening quick start to proceedings, both teams had found the back of the net before most of the fans had taken their seats!

Bohs got off to the dream start when Keith Ward smashed a right footed effort from just outside the area, only to see it cannon off the post and fall tantalizingly to the feet of Kevin Devaney to tap home.

Looking for their first result at Dalymount since February 1999 and in Ollie Horgan’s 200th game in charge, Harps equalised straight from the kick off before The Gypsie faithful had finished celebrating.

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Daniel O’Reilly rose highest at the back post from a deep cross, but again saw an effort come back off the woodwork. Niall Logue reacted quickest at the back post to hammer home to stun the home fans.

As the game settled the home side began to exert their dominance, regaining the lead just before the half hour mark.

Scott Allardice, who impressed against Cork City in the EA Sports Cup on Monday, deservedly retained his spot in the starting 11 and it was his beautifully floated ball that created the second as he picked out Mandroiu at the back post. The Bohs attacking midfielder saw his poked effort hit the post and Ryan Swan tapped home from a yard out for his first of the season.

A case of right place at the right time for all three goals!

The second half started just action packed as the first, as ex-Bohs man Raf Cretaro equalised from 25 yards out, seeing his powerful strike bounce in off the far post.

Just three minutes later Bohs regained the lead through a Danny Mandroiu 30 yard free kick that seemed to go through the wall and catch Burke wrong footed.

Before the hour mark, it was 4-2 to the home side as Swan netted his second with a delicate lobbed volley over the on rushing Burke, from a long ball over the top.

The challenge for the Donegal outfit became insurmountable when Caolan McAleer received his second yellow of the night for a late challenge on Paddy Kirk.

There was still time for Keith Ward to put the icing on the cake following Andy Lyons marauding run down the right and low cross. Cowan failed to deal with the cross and the ball fell to the feet of Keith Ward who slotted home.

Amazingly, the goal of the game was to come. Daniel o’Reilly powered home a 35 yard free kick, and yes incredibly again in off the post to take the shine off the scoreline and make it 5-3, in a truly breathless encounter.

Bohemian FC: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Paddy Kirk, Aaron Barry (c), James Finnerty, Scott Allardice (Luke Wade-Slater 73’), Conor Levingston, Danny Mandroiu, Kevin Devaney (Ryan Graydon 78’), Keith Ward (Sam Byrne 81’), Ryan Swan

Subs: Sean Bohan, Sam Byrne, Keith Buckley. Ryan Graydon, Michael Barker, Luke Wade-Slater, Dawson Devoy

Finn Harps: Peter Burke, Daniel O’Reilly, Jacob Borg, Keith Cowan (c), Caolan McAleer, Raf Cretaro (Stephen Doherty 75’), Mikey Place (Mark Timlin 65’), Sean Boyd, Sam Todd (Gareth Harkin 59’), Tony McNamee, Niall Logue

Subs: Colm Deasy, Gareth Harkin, Mark Timlin, Mark Russell, Liam Walsh, Stephen Doherty, Mark McGinley

Referee: Graham Kelly

Swanny celebrates - Stephen Burke (2)

“What we have is togetherness and trust from Keith”

BOHEMIANS v FINN HARPS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday May 31, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” is a well-worn phrase in sport. It’s all well and good saying it, but actions speak louder than words.

At Bohemians, it reflects a commitment from the top that drives players coming through across at all age groups at underage level.

On Monday, another Bohs-SKB academy graduate, Ross Tierney, seized the opportunity afforded to him in the EA Sports Cup.

Fellow Bohs U19 Dawson Devoy tasted first-team football as a substitute for the final 25 minutes, while Alex Kelly made the bench.

Starting his Leaving Cert next Wednesday, Tierney’s teachers at St Aidan’s CBS in Whitehall might not have been best pleased by the distraction.

But for Tierney, it was a moment to savour and a reward for his ability and for years of hard work at underage level with St Kevin’s and Bohemians.

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Ross Tierney gives Dan Casey the runaround – Stephen Burke

It was his first start for the seniors, his only previous first-team minutes coming as a substitute in the Leinster Senior Cup win against First Division Shelbourne earlier this year.

But the diminutive teen put it up to a physical Cork City side.

His opener set Bohs on their way to a 2-0 victory – fellow ex-Kevin’s man Danny Mandroiu added the second from the spot – and settled what could have been a period of nervy uncertainty after the home side spurned a golden opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot moments earlier.

Tierney, 18, said: “I was actually preparing for the U19s’ game in Longford on Sunday at the weekend but Craig Sexton, the U19s manager, rang me saying that I would be in the first team squad on Monday instead.

“I trained with the first team expecting just to be in the squad but Keith Long pulled me aside and said “You know why you’re here?” and then told me that I’d be starting. It was a bit of a surprise.

“I was delighted to get the chance to show what I can do. I don’t think I started as well as I would have liked but the intensity was always going to be higher from what I’m used to and I knew that. Keith says it will take time to adjust to that.”

He is perhaps overly self-critical. While there was a rawness to his game, he settled quickly considering and his goal contributed hugely to Bohs progressing to the last four where they will meet Dundalk away on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Tierney in full flight – Stephen Burke

One man in attendance who missed Tierney’s goal, however, was Ross’ brother Dean.

The bars at Dalymount Park are one of its selling points in attracting fans. But their draw has seen many a supporter miss kick-off or goals either side of half-time as patrons finish up their drinks or go to the bar early to beat the queues.

Dean had no such excuse – his brother’s goal game on 33 minutes! Ross laughed: “We had just had a penalty saved, so he went in to get a pint. It took longer than he expected, they had to change the keg or something.

“The next thing he hears over the PA that No 26 Ross Tierney had scored and he said he just went “Ah Jaysus!”

Tierney’s progression comes as no surprise to those who have worked with him. The Ballymun man’s association with Bohs’ partners St Kevin’s began a decade ago and he has represented Ireland internationally up to U18 level.

He said: “I came to St Kevin’s when I was eight. I was with them from U9s up to U14s. I won five leagues and two All-Irelands. I left for a year and went to Belvo U14s and won and All-Ireland there but then have been at Bohs-SKB for U15s and U17s and on to the U19s.”

Then.. Tierney and Mandroiu at St Kevin’s in 2014

He echoes the growing sentiments that the transition from schoolboy football to men’s football has improved with the evolving League of Ireland pathway structure.

The likes of Warren O’Hora, Daniel Grant, Andy Lyons, Paddy Kirk, Ali Reghba and Ryan Graydon, all of whom came through Bohs’ U19s, are perfect examples of first-team success stories so far.

Tierney said: “The continuity helps. You get to know what is expected of you and you get to know people. You look at the team on Monday and there were nine ex-Kevin’s and then you had Andy and Paddy too who came through Bohs U17s and U19s.

“We’ve one of the youngest teams in the league but Keith Long always says that it doesn’t matter what age or height you are: if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

“It drives you on when you see players not all that much older than you playing regularly for the first team. I think Bohs have become the best club in the country for bringing players through.

“We are all one big club from first team down to U13s. We all want each other to do well. We don’t have money like other clubs but what we have that is more important is togetherness and trust from Keith.”

As well looking to progress with the first team, Tierney is hoping he will get another chance to represent Bohs in Europe later this year. Much like last season, Sexton’s U19s face another nervy wait to see if they will quality for the Uefa Youth League.

It is a complex qualification process and, due to Ireland’s low seeding, Bohs will once again be relying on results and games out of their control to nab a spot in the competition.

Bohs lost out narrowly 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland last year, 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.

Due to Uefa’s rigid eligibility rules, Sexton’s team was depleted. Tierney was one of those to benefit and was promoted from Jimmy Mowlds’ Bohs-SKB U17s for the tie.

Tierney added: “Off the pitch they had amazing facilities and their players were in a full-time set-up. But on the pitch the difference wasn’t huge.

“If we had all our players available, you never know, we could have beaten them. I’m hoping we get another chance in the tournament this year as it was an amazing experience.”

Now… Tierney and Mandroiu both netted for Bohs on Monday

Tierney deserves that – he has had his set-backs too. He said: “Growing up I never shied away from tackles – I tore my MCL as a result! But sometimes it’s more dangerous to pull out when you’ve committed.

“It was in my last game for St Kevin’s at U15s. I missed the guts of half a season for the Bohs-SKB U17s but the manager Jimmy Mowlds always had confidence in me and gave me a chance when I got back fit.”

That no-fear side to his game was evident on Monday too. Tierney is small in stature, but didn’t shy away from a full-blooded challenge against the towering and imposing former Bohs man Dan Casey, although he came off worse with stud marks on his leg visible from the stand.

He said: “I saw the ball between me and Dan. I committed and I think if I’d pulled out I’d have ended up lying in the Jodi Stand!

“Robbie Murray, the physio, thought I’d need two stitches but I didn’t want to come off! He put vaseline on it instead and I played on.”

Whether he has done enough to keep his place in the squad for the visit of Finn Harps to Dalymount remains to be seen. But if not, it is only a matter of time before we see him lining out for the first team once more.

For now, Tierney is enjoying being part of the collective, adding: “Bohs have surprised a few people.

“Obviously we have had a few disappointing results lately in the league, losing to late goals. But at the start of the season, you’d have been delighted to have been third at this point and hopefully the lads can build on that.”

To do that, Bohs will need to end a run of five games without a win.

That will be easier said than done, with manager Long adding: “Harps have been on a good run of form and our previous games this season have been very close affairs and tonight we expect nothing different.

“Our performances in my view deserved more from recent games and the players are putting in a huge amount of effort and are playing well. Performances have been good and the bigger picture for us is that we currently sit in third place in the table going into the third phase of games.

” We have a young team who are developing very well. We know we can be better and we know what’s required to get more from games. We may not win every game but we understand what we need to do in order to try and win.”

TEAM NEWS

Rob Cornwall (Achilles), Dinny Corcoran (ankle), Danny Grant (hamstring), Robbie McCourt (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) are all out.

Keith Buckley (leg) is rated 50-50.

Conor Levingston returns from suspension but skipper Derek Pender remains suspended.

Darragh Leahy is away on international duty with the Ireland U21s.

James Talbot is also on international duty with the Ireland senior team but will be released to play against Finn Harps.

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