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DEREK PENDER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM FOOTBALL

It is with great regret that Bohemian Football Club today announces that our much-loved captain Derek Pender will tomorrow play his final game after deciding to retire from playing football.

Derek joined Bohemians in 2012 when the club was at perhaps its lowest ebb in its 129 years, with its very existence and that of Dalymount Park facing uncertain times due to multi-million euro debts.

Having played over 200 times for Bohemians since, the club that Derek plays his final game for tomorrow is in a wholly different place than it was eight seasons ago.

He has been a constant shining light and source of inspiration throughout that turnaround.

We could not have asked for a better leader or warrior on the pitch than Derek, a man who has from day one bought into and reflected the values and aspirations of the club, its supporters and those of the backroom team.

Following Keith Long’s appointment as manager in 2015, he made Derek his captain, a decision he describes as one of the best he has ever made.

We have had many great captains since 1890 but the role ‘Detser’ has played in turning our club around will place him up with the best of them.

Our supporters will be devastated that he won’t be leading us out when we compete in the Europa League next season, but will forever be grateful for his efforts in ensuring that the club got there in the first place.

To our captain and leader, we thank you dearly and we hope our supporters give you the send-off you deserve tomorrow night.


Manager Keith Long:

“Sadly tomorrow is the last time we get to see Derek in action as he will hang up his boots after 17 seasons as a League of Ireland player, eight of which he spent here in Dalymount.

“When I was appointed manager, I named Derek captain of the club and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

“If you are looking for a reason why this club is what it is today, then look no further than Derek.

“He is respected in every dressing room up and down the country and he has driven ours.

“The players adore him, respect him and would do anything for him.

“He is a real leader who goes about his business without any fanfare. His story, I believe, is a true inspiration for us all.

“Derek will remain at the club next year in a capacity yet to be determined but as far as I am concerned, he will have a huge role to play in our identity and how the club moves forward.

“Any Bohs player can look to Derek as inspiration and what you can achieve through honesty of effort and dedicating yourself to the game.”

Derek Pender:

“After 17 years playing in our great league, the time has come for me to announce my retirement. I never thought this day would come, it still doesn’t fell real.

“I was always a massive fan of our league. I used to bunk into Dalymount, Tolka and watch in awe of the greats like Owen Heary, Kevin Hunt, Stuart Byrne, Jason Byrne, Jim Crawford and Glen Crowe.

“Not many people have the opportunity to spend 17 years doing what they truly love to do. I have been fortunate to be able to do so yet here I am announcing my retirement as Bohs captain.

“I can’t say I will look back at my career without any regrets. Football gives you the highest of highs but also the lowest of lows. That’s why we love it.

“Tomorrow will be the last time I lead our team out in Dalymount. I’m actually dreading it because I’m going to miss it so much.

“Friday nights in Dalymount are so special to me. Our fans are the best in the world.

“I will never forget the semi-finals we had this year and last season. Those games will burn at me forever but I will always remember Turner’s Cross and the Jodi after both those games and the love we got from our fans.

“You don’t get that at any other club. I thank every one of you. It has been an honour.

“I particularly want to thank Keith. He made me captain when he arrived and gave me the best playing years of my career. I will be forever grateful to you.

“To all the staff – Trevor, Benno, Remy, Cathal, Robbie, Paul, Colly and Aaron – thank you.

“To the volunteers and staff at Bohemians – Daniel, Stephen, Chris, Lynn, Paul, Luke, Matt – and all the members, volunteers who I’ve got to know over the years, you are what make this club special. Thank you.

“To all my team-mates, I’m going to miss being the grumpy old man! Thank you for an amazing season. Against all the odds, we have qualified for Europe.

“Stay together. There is no better place to be than this great club.

“To my wife Jennifer, from U14s to now, thanks for never coming to watch me play! I love you. Thank you.

“She wore.”

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

“It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all”

Uefa YOUTH LEAGUE
Champions Path 1st Rd 2nd Leg
PAOK 1 BOHEMIANS U19s 0
(PAOK win 2-1 on aggregate)

Bohemians U19s manager Craig Sexton says his players can hold theirs heads high despite their cruel exit from the Uefa Youth League tonight.

With PAOK leading on an away goals from a 1-1 draw in Dalymount three weeks ago, Sexton’s men knew they had to score to have any chance of progressing.

They had their chances in the first half – Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy with the pick of them – but PAOK grew in confidence as the half grew on with Sean Bohan in the Bohemian goal kept busy, while Andy Lyons had to be quick to clear a goalbound effort.

Bohs came unstuck five minutes into the second half, however, when Dimitrios Panidis fired past Bohan having been set up by Dimitrios Tsopouroglou.

That unsettled Bohs and PAOK had the better of the next 20 minutes or so as they pushed for a second, with Bohan being called into action to keep the tie alive on more than one occasion.

But the Gypsies had their chances too and pushed hard in the final 15 minutes, with an Evan Ferguson effort that went agonisingly over the bar on 90 minutes the best of them as PAOK held out for victory.

Under the cosh, PAOK were noticeably relieved to hear the full-time whistle sound – they progress to play Dynamo Kyiv in the next round.

Disappointed but proud of his men, Sexton admits a failure to take their chances in the first leg came back to haunt his side tonight.

He said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t do enough to win it over the two legs, more disappointed from the first leg as obviously looking back on that performance, the way we played and the chances that we created, we could have come over here with a 2-1 or 3-1 lead.

“But I am extremely proud of the boys. They played extremely well over the two legs, we just needed to be that little bit more clinical.

“It’s a learning curve for them that when chances come around, they don’t come around that often and you need to be clinical when they do.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes tonight we were excellent, Ross Tierney was unlucky not to score after three or four minutes.

“PAOK were the better side after that but we gave it a right go in the last 20. We didn’t go down with a whimper, the players showed great courage and desire.

“They’re all disappointed but they’re not down on the floor. It’s a disappointing result but it’s been a positive experience for them all. Myself and all the backroom staff take great pride in their performances over the two legs.

“They’ve shown again they can put it up to the best young players in Europe. We should have won the first leg but perhaps PAOK underestimated us.

“We could see from how much PAOK celebrated after the game that they knew they’d been in a battle. On another day, had we taken some of those chances in the first leg, we might have gone through. But they will learn from this and it will stand to them.”

The season isn’t over for Sexton’s men just yet. They have the small matter of hosting Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup. That game was originally scheduled for Friday November 1 but is now set to rescheduled. We hope to be in a position to confirm a new date in the coming days.

BOHEMIANS: Sean Bohan, Denis Smith (Gavin Liam O’Brien 67), Micthell Byrne, Alex Kelly (capt), Gavin Molloy (Robbie Mahon 82), Ross Tierney, Brandon Bermingham, Dawson Devoy, Jack Moylan (Evan Ferguson 55), Thomas Considine (Katlego Mashigo 55), Andy Lyons. Subs not used: Jamie Cleary, Jack Casey, Jack Funge.

Bohs and PAOK

“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
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