Latest News

All the latest club news and updates from Dalymount Park.

FIELD OF VISION HELPS VISUALLY-IMPAIRED FANS FEEL THE GAME

Bohemians are delighted to have trialled Field of Vision, a new technology that enhances match experience for visually impaired supporters by allowing them to feel where the ball is on the pitch at all times.

It works by cameras tracking the ball on the pitch, and then relaying a message to each handheld tablet in real-time. They can also feel every tackle, pass, shot and goal.

The fan places their finger on a magnetic ring on the tablet, which moves automatically as to where the ball is on the pitch. Vibrations inform the fan about tackles, passes, shots and goals.

This will vastly improve the match experience for our visually impaired fans, and works well in tandem with our Audio Described Commentary, which is provided at every men’s and women’s home match.

Bohs fan Eammon Gallagher said: “Field of vision was an amazing experience and it really brought the game to life. That combined with ADC commentary, you don’t miss a moment of the game.”

Bohs fan Declan Meenagh said: “I really enjoyed Field of Vision. While the volunteers do a great job with commentary, being able to actually feel where the ball is and where it is going really adds an extra dimension to the game. The goals mean more and you know faster what happened. It just adds something to the experience of enjoying live football in Dalymount.”

Club Access Officer Irvine Ferris said: “A massive congratulations to Omar, David and Tim on developing an amazing technology that’ll greatly enhance the match experience for visually impaired fans.

“We’re delighted to have trialled Field of Vision and hopefully we can work again together going forward. A big thanks to our fans on the night who trialled Field of Vision; Anto Clarke, Declan Meenagh and Eamonn Gallagher.”

Bohs have been working with Field of Vision the last couple of seasons, and this is the first time a League of Ireland club has used this technology.

Omar Salem, from Field of Vision, said: “Bohemians were the very first club to show interest in what FOV was developing, when we started out a few years ago.

“They have been very supportive of our mission to make sports attendance more inclusive since. It was fantastic to finally bring the experience to their fans at a live match.”

For more information on Field of Vision visit https://www.fov.ie/, https://www.instagram.com/field0fvision/ on Instagram or https://www.linkedin.com/company/f-o-v/?originalSubdomain=ie on Linkedin.

 

WhatsApp Image 2023-07-30 at 20.04.27

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v ROCKMOUNT

Sports Direct FAI Men’s Cup Second Round
Friday August 18 2023, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Tickets: tickets.bohemians.ie

Declan Devine says Bohemians must maintain recent performance levels to progress in the Sports Direct FAI Men’s Cup against Rockmount tomorrow.

Bohs’ entertaining 0-0 draw away to St Patrick’s Athletic in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division last week extended their unbeaten run to six games.

But Devine says his side can take nothing for granted and need to be mentally prepared for a tough game against Munster Senior League side Rockmount.

A 1-0 win over Shelbourne in the first round avenged last year’s embarrassing exit from the same competition against the same opposition, and now a place in the quarter-finals awaits the winners of tomorrow’s tie.

Devine said: “I am expecting us to be right at it from the very start. It is a game that we have prepared for really intensely all week.

“We spoke after last week’s game against St Pat’s that it was our sole focus all week – analysing our opposition as we always do and making sure our mental preparation is at the highest level.

“I don’t expect anything less from this group of players. There is serious competition for players, and we have a strong squad.

“I expect the players who take to the pitch to give everything of themselves. Having seen Rockmount at close hand last week, I understand the reason why they have won two junior cups, and I understand why they are the best team in Munster.

“We have got to prepare in the very same way we do for every game, and we have got to make sure we play to our highest level. We will have a very strong starting XI and a very strong bench if we need to change things up.”

Last week’s game at Richmond Park could have gone either way in a surprisingly end-to-end game considering both teams were kept scoreless.

A draw was perhaps the fairest outcome, and Devine was pleased with the bravery and quality of his side’s attacking performance, particularly in the second half.

He said: “We were the width of the crossbar away from getting a winner, and Adam Murphy threw his body on the line to block a Jordan Flores shot, and John had a chance in the last couple of minutes.

“So we had good chances in the game but we also gave them two or three opportunities – James Talbot had to pull off a great save.

“We’ve gone to Inchicore and have taken four points, we have gone to the Brandywell and have taken four points. These are difficult venues, and performances like that are what is required between now and the end of the season.

“Our performance levels were very high, we were very brave away from home against a really good team. We had a lot of quality. All those attributes will be needed to get us through to the next round of the cup.”

Tomorrow’s game comes one year and one day on from the tragic passing of much-loved and much-missed club volunteer and staff member Derek Monaghan, known to all as Mono.

Mono’s life was cut short before Devine’s arrival as first-team manager, but he is acutely aware of the void his loss has left at the club, and the high esteem in which he was held.

Devine added: “His name is brought up by players and staff on a weekly basis, you can see how highly regarded he was by everyone at the club and how much everyone misses him. His legacy here will live on.

“The legacy that he has left behind, and the fond memories and stories that everyone here has of him, is a testament to the man he was, and the family man he was, and the loving care that he gave to the club and everyone in it. People like Mono are what makes Bohs the special club it is.

“Obviously now we see the stand named in his honour, and having Bohs supporters in there against Rockmount will be very pleasing for all the players and staff who loved Mono, but also for his family and everyone connected to him and to the club. I hope they pack it out.

“He will be very much in our players’ thoughts when they take to the pitch. His name is on our jerseys for a reason, and hopefully come a quarter-to-ten tomorrow night, we will have done right by him.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians have a full squad to choose from, with Dean Williams returning to full training this week.

2574809

Intercultural Family Fun Day this Sunday at Dalymount Park

Bohemian FC is thrilled to invite everyone to our upcoming Intercultural Family Fun Day this Sunday, August 13th, at Dalymount Park from 12pm to 4pm.

This exciting event is made possible through the generous support of the Community Integration Fund. Building on the success of last year’s festivities that drew a crowd of over 600, this year promises even more entertainment and enjoyment for all attendees.

The goal of the day is to foster unity and cultural exchange within the community and beyond. Bohemian FC encourages everyone to spread the word among their family, friends, and neighbours to ensure maximum participation in this special occasion.

Admission to the event is entirely free, underlining Bohemian FC’s commitment to making the festivities accessible to all.

The Intercultural Family Fun Day will feature a diverse array of activities and attractions, catering to people of all ages and interests:

  • Face Painting: Express your creativity with vibrant face painting designs!

  • African Drumming Workshops: Join Thomas Annang for lively African drumming workshops, taking place every half hour starting at 12.15pm. Note that space is limited.

  • Large Inflatable Goals and Dart Boards: Engage in friendly competitions with these inflatable gaming setups.

  • Silent Disco for Kids: Let the kids groove and dance to their favourite tunes in a unique silent disco experience.

  • Kids Giant Games: Enjoy oversized versions of classic games, adding a fun twist to traditional pastimes.

  • Refreshments: A variety of refreshments from around the world will be available to keep everyone energised throughout the event.

  • Mural Tour with Gerry Farrell: Explore the artistry and history of the Dalymount with guided mural tours led by Gerry Farrell. Tours will commence at 12.30pm and 2pm, starting at the Jack Charlton mural in Dalymount Lane.

  • Carnival Stalls: Discover a range of carnival-style stalls offering games and prizes.

  • Arts and Crafts Workshops: Get hands-on with creative arts and crafts workshops.

  • Photo Opportunity with Dublin Bus: Capture memories with a photo opportunity alongside the famous Tiny Dublin Bus.

  • Autograph Book for Children: Children can collect autographs and mementos from the event.

  • Community Groups Stalls: Connect with various community groups and learn more about their initiatives.

For those interested in specific workshop times and capacities: 

  • African Drumming Workshops with Thomas Annang will run every half hour from 12.15pm onwards, with limited space available.

  • Fighting Words character workshops for children, catering to ages 4-13, will take place at 12.30pm, 2pm, and 3pm, accommodating up to 30 participants per session.

  • Mural Tours with Gerry Farrell are scheduled for 12.30 and 2pm, with the meeting point at the Jack Charlton mural in Dalymount Lane.

The Intercultural Family Fun Day promises a memorable and inclusive experience, celebrating diversity and community spirit. Bohemian FC looks forward to welcoming individuals and families for a day of laughter, learning, and connection.

Intercultural Family Fun Day

Preview: St Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians

SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division
Friday August 11 2023, Richmond Park, 7.45pm
Live on RTÉ 2

Declan Devine says neither side will need any extra motivation when Bohemians travel to Richmond Park to take on St Patrick’s Athletic in tonight’s Dublin derby.

Just a point separates the sides with St Pat’s, rejuvenated since Jon Daly took the reins in May, in second place in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division and Bohs in third.

Bohs come into the game buoyed by striker Jonathan Afolabi picking up the SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month Award for July.

His rich vein of form – scoring nine goals in his last seven games – has been crucial to Bohs’ upturn in form.

Devine said: “He’s been awesome. It’s incredible for him because he’s been outstanding all year and then all of a sudden the goals are coming, and the hype surrounds him now, and that’s correct.

“He’s fully deserving of it and we hope now that he can keep pushing on because the sky’s the limit for him.

“He deserves the recognition and all the plaudits he is getting because he works so hard. He never misses training.

“He comes in every day and he’s got that big friendly, gentle smile on him but then he takes to the pitch and becomes an absolute monster for defenders.

“He is a really popular guy in the group. They are all very close, and I think the players understand and appreciate the work that he is putting in.

“He’s just such a nice person and I’m delighted for him, absolutely delighted for him, and delighted for the group as well because we all want individual recognition for our players.

“Hopefully that will be a catalyst now to finish the season strongly and should give him enormous confidence, and the team huge confidence.”

Bohs chalked up another home win last week when they beat Drogheda United 4-2 at Dalymount Park.

But having taken the lead as early as the second minute through Kacper Radkowski – the Pole’s first goal for the club – Devine was frustrated that his side allowed 10-man Drogs back into the game.

Devine said: “First and foremost, it was important that we won the game. But our game management is something we need to get better at, and we have spoken about that this week.

“At the same time, we were the dominant team. But it was disappointing that we let them back into it when they were down to 10 men.

“But I don’t think there is a team in the country that scores as many late goals as us and that is a credit to the players.

“Getting Kacper on the scoresheet was our 15th goalscorer this season in a tight squad, so it is pleasing that we have players all over the pitch capable of scoring.

“So there were positives to take out of the game, but at certain times of the game we let our standards drop and you can’t do that against a good side like Drogheda.”

He knows too that St Pat’s are a team with a pep in their step and capable of punishing such mistakes, but says his side are looking forward to heading to Inchicore with confidence and belief.

Devine added: “St Pat’s have a lot of good players and Jon has done a fantastic job since he’s come in there.

“But this is a Dublin Derby where two top teams go head to head. It’s gonna be full house and it’s live on the box, so there’s absolutely zero extra motivation needed for either team.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we play the game that we play with belief and we play with confidence because we deserve to play with belief and we deserve to play with confidence.

“So this is a game that we look forward to. It’s a game that certainly whets the appetite for everybody connected with both clubs.

“And it’s a venue that early in the season we were very good in, and performed very well there.

“In the home game we had a right go with ten men and we should have got a draw with ten men. So there’s been very little between the two teams all year.

“It is set up for a game where I think both teams will give a right go. We’ve got to just make sure that we give ourselves every opportunity to go there and win the game by being defensively solid but also as creative as we have been in the final third.”

TEAM NEWS

Dean Williams is Bohs’ only absentee.

2592099

Preview: Bohemians v Drogheda United

SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division
Friday August 4 2023, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Tickets: tickets.bohemians.ie

Declan Devine has said Bohemians need to be out of the traps fast at Dalymount Park – no matter who they are playing against.

Bohs host Kevin Doherty’s Drogheda United on Friday on the back of a 2-0 win against UCD at the same venue last week.

Devine’s side have beaten Drogs 3-1 at home and 2-0 away so far this season, but both of those victories were harder fought than the scorelines might suggest.

Devine said: “There is no underestimating Drogheda United. Kevin is a fantastic manager and he has some fantastic players. He has a lot of experience in his squad and a lot of players who can cause you problems.

“We also know that in the two games we have played against Drogheda this season that there has been very little between the sides.

“We had to dig in really, really hard up in Drogheda, and we showed good resilience when we played them in Dalymount too.

“Drogheda’s away form shows that they are not afraid of going to big venues and performing – they have won in the Brandywell and they have won in Tallaght.

“We have to control what we can control and that’s our levels of intensity. We know we could have started at a higher level of intensity against UCD, so that is something that we want to make sure we bring to the table this week.”

After a scrappy first-half performance against the Students last week, Bohs upped their game in the second half but had to wait until the 75th minute for Johnny Afolabi to break the deadlock from the penalty spot before he added a second – his seventh goal in his last six games – on 89 minutes.

Devine said: “John has been outstanding, absolutely outstanding. But you’re only as good as the people around you. We are providing him with opportunities that perhaps we weren’t earlier in the season.

“The competition for places is as good as I’ve ever worked with. The talent we have, and the ability to change shape, formations and personnel is something our fans should be excited about.

“But Johnny has been a real pivot for us in terms of a general play. You only have to see him in training to see how ruthless he has become, and long may that continue.

“I am delighted to see him nominated for Player of the Month along with James McManus. He just has to continue working at the levels he is working and continue to enjoy the moment.

“There are names on that top goalscorer list who aren’t in the country anymore and that should be his aim – topping that list and being the best striker in the country as I believe he is.”

Victory against UCD kept Bohs in fourth place – three points ahead of fifth-place Dundalk and five behind leaders Shamrock Rovers.

But Devine says his side must hit the ground running from the opening minute from every game between now and the end of the season to consolidate and build upon their current league position.

Devine said: “We want to make sure that every time we play at Dalymount Park, that we are out of the traps fast, irrelevant of who we are playing.

“We are finishing games magnificently well – scoring a lot of late goals, using our bench – but we need to be more ruthless in the opening periods of games.

“We have been very good at Dalymount in recent weeks. We’ve played some really good stuff and scored good goals. Long may that continue, because we are hitting a really important part of the season.

“But those games are done and in the past. We cannot look back, and we can’t look forward beyond our next 90 or so minutes.

“Whatever team takes to the field, they have to grasp their opportunities and empty the tank to make sure that when they walk off the pitch at the end they have that sense of achievement we have had in recent weeks.

“We want to make sure that when anyone comes to Dalymount, that it is an intimidating place with our fans and players bang at it – we need our supporters to be with us in difficult moments in games too.

“That rapport between the fans and players has been outstanding. I’ve looked back and seen so many pictures from after games – kids hugging Johnny and the sheer excitement in some of the pictures I’ve seen on social media is testimony to the atmosphere that’s being created.

“We need every single voice, and every bit of support, to get us over the line in these games. We’re heading towards the last phase of games in a relatively good position but we want to get better.”

TEAM NEWS

Dean Williams (ankle) is Bohs’ only absentee. Luke Dennison (hand) is available once more.

2582929

Preview: Bohemians v UCD

SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division
Friday July 28 2023, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Tickets: tickets.bohemians.ie

Bohemians manager Declan Devine has said nothing less than 100% focus and a high-level performance is needed against UCD at Dalymount Park.

Although the Students are cut adrift at the bottom of the table – 14 points separate them at ninth-placed Cork City – this season, Bohs know from previous meetings that they cannot let their guard down.

In March, Devine’s men had to come from behind to beat Andy Myler’s side 2-1 at Dalymount Park, and in April they were held to a 1-1 draw at the UCD Bowl.

Devine said: “Listen, UCD have caused us problems this season. In Dalymount, they took the lead and should have been two ahead before we got a grip of the game.

“We dropped points in Belfield too so we know we need 100% focus from the start. Last week is in the past, nobody is thinking about anything other than UCD.

“We need a high-level performance, nothing less.”

Bohs come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Shelbourne in the Sports Direct FAI Cup at Dalymount Park.

Johnny Afolabi’s fifth goal in as many games avenged last year’s reversal in the same competition at Tolka Park.

Devine was delighted with his side’s performance against a side they have struggled to break down in recent encounters, but believes they could have done more to put the game to bed.

He said: “I felt a performance like that at home had been coming. There has been an appetite in our performances in Dalymount – we saw it in the way we came from behind to beat Dundalk and coming from behind to draw with Rovers.

“What was important about last week’s game is that we started so strongly. We started with hunger. Our aggression, our intensity and our desire was there right from the start.

“If anything, we should have won by more, and we talked about that this week. We need to be more ruthless in front of goal. We had chances to put the game to bed.

“When we are creating chances, we need to smell blood, and we need to put games to bed.

“So we want to be more ruthless, and I feel with the players coming back from injury and players we have added in this window, that we can do that.”

Having seen the loan spells of defenders Grant Horton, Jay Benn and Drew Baker come to an end this month, Devine has been busy during this transfer window trying to shore up his backline options.

Right-back Bartlomiej Kukulowicz arrived from Poland, Cian Byrne was recalled from his loan spell with Longford, while fellow centre-back Louie Holzman signed today on loan from Reading until the end of the season.

Devine is pleased with his options. Kacper Radkowski was particularly impressive against Shels, while Byrne seized his opportunity when he came on for the injured Krystian Nowak.

Devine said: “Louie is a very welcome addition to the squad, and will give us competition in defence.

“Krystian came off last Friday feeling a tightness in his quad. Separately, he took a hit off the ball earlier in the game. Thankfully he was able to continue after that, but he is touch and go with his quad for UCD.

“Cian came on and did exceptionally well. That wasn’t a surprise to us. He is well regarded here having come through the academy, and we signed him on his first professional contract at the start of the season for a reason.

“We knew he had to go out on loan to test himself at senior football but we have been monitoring him at Longford since the start of the season.

“We kept a really close eye on him, and Cian really impressed. So I am delighted that when he got an opportunity in such a big game for us that he took it.

“We have good defenders. Because he has been such an important player for us and played every minute for us this season, people might forget that Kacper is only 22 years of age.

“But he has been outstanding for us. Not just on the pitch, but in the group. He’s the kind of player who is the first to arrive in the morning and the last player to leave, working away in the gym.

“It’s not easy for someone his age to come and live in a different country and culture, but he has embraced every minute of it since day one, and brings so much to the group on and off the pitch.

“He has been a shining light for us this year, in terms of his attitude, his strength, and his professionalism. He is thriving here, has so much potential, and I feel he is only going to get better.”

Another man thriving is James Clarke. Perhaps frustrated that he has not started as many games as he might have hoped for this season, he made his qualities known right from the start against Shelbourne, and was a key man as Bohs dictated the tempo of the game.

Devine added: “James was outstanding. The big space in Dalymount suits his style of play – he scored in his previous start in Dalymount.

“We have a lot of talent now, and it is really pleasing to see the likes of James grab his opportunity.

“That’s one of the qualities of this team. Players are never sulking when they are not in the team, they work extremely hard so that when an opportunity comes their way they seize it.

“You saw that with our subs last week too, they came on and helped to manage the game very well.

“We will need that between now and the end of the season. We will need our squad.

“There will be times when players have to be patient but there are a lot of games left to play – and certain games suit certain players more than others – and we need everybody to be at it when called upon.”

TEAM NEWS

Krystian Nowak (quad) is a doubt.

Dean Williams (ankle) has returned to light training but remains out.

Luke Dennison (hand) also remains out but is expected to return in the very near future.

Danny Grant is pushing for game-time for the first time since rejoining from Huddersfield.

2574825 (1)

Defender Louie Holzman joins on loan from Reading

Bohemians are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Louie Holzman on loan from Reading until the end of the season.

Subject to international clearance, the 19-year-old centre-back will go straight into the matchday squad for tomorrow’s SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division game against UCD.

Welcoming Louie to Dalymount Park, manager Declan Devine said:

“We are delighted to bring Louie in. He is someone we wanted to bring to the club in January so I am really pleased to get him in now.

“We have tracked his progress and development over many months now and I believe we have got a very talented player with a lot of potential.

“We lost three defenders this window with the loans of Grant Horton, Jay Benn and Drew Baker coming to an end, so it was really important that we strengthened our options in defence.

“We don’t just want cover, we want competition for places and I believe we will have that with Louie, and also with the return of Cian Byrne – who did so fantastically well when he played against Shelbourne last week – from his loan spell with Longford.

“Louie is highly rated at Reading. He has come through their academy, has been training with their first-team squad, and has already tasted first-team football with them in the FA Cup last year.

“He is a really welcome addition to the squad, he has looked good in training, and we are really looking forward to working with him and getting him up to speed.”

Louie Holzman

PREVIEW: Bohemians v Shelbourne

Sports Direct FAI Cup First Round
Friday July 21 2023, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Tickets: tickets.bohemians.ie

Bohemians manager Declan Devine has demanded a performance ‘full of energy, heart and soul’ when his side host Shelbourne in the FAI Cup at Dalymount Park.

He says Bohs need to improve on last week’s performance against the same opposition – his side drew 1-1 in the league at Tolka Park.

Devine’s men go into the tie boosted by the addition of winger Danny Grant to the matchday squad for the first time since he rejoined the club last week from Huddersfield Town.

Devine said: “We are looking for a performance – a performance full of energy, heart and soul.

“We want our players to really come to the party as it is all about winning this game. Nothing else is important.

“We have got to make sure – by hook or by crook – that we are in that draw for the next round.

“There will be a lot of clubs going out this weekend and we have got to make sure that we are not one of them.”

Johnny Afolabi netted his fourth goal in four games against Shels last week as Bohs battled back to earn a point in Drumcondra but Devine was disappointed with his side’s performance.

He said: “We have to be better than we were last week. We were disappointed with ourselves. We have to be harder to play against. We have to be tighter together in transition offensively and defensively.

“But there is no team in the country who have gone to Tolka this year and had it easy. They are very good in Tolka, they are very hard to play against.

“They have players who can hurt us and we know that. But we also have players who can hurt them.

“We have been very good here in Dalymount but we have to stop giving ourselves mountains to climb, that is something we have to fix.”

The return of Grant to Dalymount was greeted with delight from Bohs fans, and Devine says he has been impressed with what he has seen from the 23-year-old in training so far.

He hopes to see more of Ali Coote and James Akintunde too – the duo have had limited game-time recently due to persistent niggles but are now back in contention to start.

Devine said: “Danny is added to the squad and will be involved at some stage, which gives a huge lift.

“He is looking great. I am sure he is itching to get back playing again – he has been a massive addition in training.

“But even before Danny comes into the squad, we have incredible attacking options. We have some of the best attackers in the country. The competition for the front three of four positions is exceptional.

“Ali came on last week, and has trained well again this week. James has trained well the last week to 10 days too.

“We need to tighten up at the back, and try to get another body or two in, but our attacking options, even just watching them today in training, really really excite me.”

Efforts to improve defensively were bolstered by the arrival of Bartlomiej Kukulowicz – the right-back made his debut as a second-half substitute in Tolka last week.

His introduction saw captain Keith Buckley move back to his natural position in midfield and with him pulling the strings in the centre of the park, coupled with the introduction of the lively duo of Coote and James Clarke, sparked Bohs back into life.

Devine added: “Bartlomiej has come in and did very well in the 15 minutes. Bucko has experience of playing there and with new players coming in during this window, sometimes it takes time for them to get up to speed because they haven’t played.

“Bucko knows the right-back role, he has been outstanding any time he has played there this year. Yes, him playing there is a loss in the middle of the park but we have other quality midfielders also.

“We just have to make sure that players we bring in at this time are safe, and look at the bigger picture that there is a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season.”

TEAM NEWS

Luke Dennison (hand) and Dean Williams (ankle) remain out.

Danny Grant is set to be named in the matchday squad for the first time since his return to the club.

unnamed (1)

Preview: Shelbourne v Bohemians

SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division
Friday July 14 2023, Tolka Park, 7.45pm

Declan Devine says last week’s comeback victory over Dundalk gave everyone at Bohemians a huge lift.

But he expects another tough game in tonight’s sold-out Dublin derby away to Shelbourne, who he says are one of the hardest teams in the league to break down.

Bohs have the opportunity to break back into the top four this evening, and have been bolstered by the signing of Polish right-back Bartlomiej Kukulowicz last week and the return of a fans’ favourite, winger Danny Grant, who joined yesterday.

Devine was frustrated that they again gave themselves a mountain to climb against the Lilywhites – James McManus had given Bohs the lead on 15 minutes but they found themselves 2-1 down 20 minutes later.

But he was delighted with his players’ resolve as they never gave up in the second half, and finally got their rewards with goals in the 81st minute from substitute John O’Sullivan and in the 84th minute from Johnny Afolabi.

He was particularly pleased for O’Sullivan, whose first year at the club has been disrupted by injury, meaning he has had to bide his time for opportunities to show what he is capable of.

Devine said: “I am delighted for John. John has had a difficult first year with the club with his injury. But he puts himself about on the training pitch everyday, and he got his reward last week.

“It was really pleasing for him, and it was really pleasing for the group too as he is a popular guy within the group.

“If you back at the goal, his movement and his ability to see things happen showed a lot of ability and experience.

“He is a good fella and hopefully now that can be the catalyst for John to push on and have a really strong end of the season.”

Already buzzing from O’Sullivan’s equaliser, Dalymount erupted when Afolabi coolly slotted home the winner after a fine through-ball from substitute James Clarke.

Devine said: “I was worried because he had just picked up a yellow card before the goal and with the emotion of him scoring, I was thinking ‘please, please, please do not take that top off!’ It would have been a long ten minutes with ten men!

“Johnny has been carrying a niggle for six or seven weeks and it has only recently cleared up. Now we are seeing the best of him.

“There is nobody in the league who has had the physical competition that that man has had. But he just gets up and gets on with it, and now he is bringing goals to his game, and defenders are afraid of him.”

As delighted as he was with his team’s resolve to fight back, Devine says they need to stop giving themselves mountains to climb.

He added: “We have a really difficult game. Shelbourne are undoubtedly one of the hardest teams in the league to break down.

“But we are confident in ourselves and in our ability. We have looked at where we can hurt Shels but we have got to learn from previous games in terms of game management.

“We have got to understand that we cannot give teams head starts or ways back into games, that is something we have talked about all week.

“Our application this week and the lift last week’s result and performance has given us is huge. We learnt a lot about ourselves last week, and our ability to drive and come from behind. But individual errors have got to stop.

“We will bring a huge crowd over to Tolka Park. We want to make sure we send those people home happy.

“It’s going to be a physical game and a tactical game, but it is one we have prepared well for.

“This team cares and works hard. This team leaves everything out on the pitch. Yes we make errors and individual mistakes but as a group we keep working, keep driving on and finish games strongly.

“We have a lot of talent for a team that has only been assembled for such a short period of time.

“There is a real unity in our group and I think you can see that in our performances. No matter what happens in games, we are brave, and aggressive in our play. This team has character in abundance.

“But we know we can’t keep giving ourselves mountains to climb because eventually the mountain will be too high.”

TEAM NEWS

Ali Coote (hamstring) and James Akintunde (quad) are back in contention.

Kris Twardek (thigh) is a doubt, while Luke Dennison (hand) and Dean Williams (ankle) remain out.

2561226

Danny Grant returns to Dalymount Park

Bohemian Football Club is delighted to confirm the return of Danny Grant to Dalymount Park.

Grant, 23, came through the Bohs U19s, breaking into the first team in 2018 where he quickly established himself as a regular and a firm fans’ favourite.

The winger’s form in 2019 helped Bohs qualify for European football for the first time in seven years while he also won the first of his three Ireland U21 caps.

His standout season came in 2020 when he helped Bohs to a second-place finish, winning the PFA Ireland Young Player of the Year, the Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for August, and being named in the PFA Ireland Team of the Year in the process.

That form saw him earn a move to English Championship side Huddersfield Town from whom he rejoins after spending last season on loan with League Two side Harrowgate.

Welcoming Danny back to Dalymount Park, manager Declan Devine said:

“I am over the moon. I have been in constant contact with Danny for several months, have been over to see him in England, and I was always of the opinion that if he became available that I wanted to bring him back to the club.

“He has the DNA of the club running through him from his past stint here, which was a very successful period for him.

“He is at an age profile too where he really fits into this group. He has experience of playing in the league and of playing in England.

“I am delighted he wants to be part of the club again. He adds a dynamic and a quality to what we are trying to grow here.

“I remember trying to set teams up against Danny when he was here before, and it was extremely difficult.

“He is an exciting player, and is someone who brings tremendous excitement. He is also someone who has matured. He has developed physically, he is a much stronger lad. He has worked extremely hard on his physicality. 

“He is another piece of the jigsaw. He gives us a real ability to be penetrative in our play. The way we are playing, Danny brings technical quality in abundance. 

“A fit and happy Danny Grant certainly makes Bohemian Football Club a whole lot better.”

Welcom home Danny Grant
Website by Simon Alcock