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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is Bohs’ second successive year in the competition. In their debut season, they lost out out 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland, but were up against a side with designs on winning the competition and who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against eventual winners Porto.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUPPORTER INFORMATION: BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

 Dear supporter,

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

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

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

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

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

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

JODI STAND CAR PARK/TRAMWAY END: NO ACCESS

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

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

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

MAKE SPACE FOR ONE ANOTHER

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

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

COUNTERFEIT/COPIED TICKETS

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

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

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

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

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

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

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

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND: BARS/ACCESS ROUTES

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

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

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

FIRE HAZARDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION

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

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

MISSILES

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

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

THANKS

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

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

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

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

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

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

Jodi Stand

TEAM NEWS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

Andre Wright (ankle) hobbled off against Derry City last week. He is considered a major doubt alongside recent absentees Danny Mandroiu (hip), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin).

Darragh Leahy (ankle) is definitely ruled out once more alongside long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate).

A THANK-YOU TO OUR MEMBERS, SEASON TICKET HOLDERS, SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS

Bohemian FC wishes to thank all members, season ticket holders and supporters for their understanding with regard to the selling of tickets to Friday’s FAI Cup semi-final.

Members wishing to purchase additional tickets and season ticket holders took time out from their day to queue for considerable periods on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Cross-checking of membership cards/season ticket numbers by club volunteers necessitated this being a drawn-out process.

The board and our volunteers present on the day want to put on record the respect shown by those queuing for the club’s efforts to distribute tickets as fairly as possible given demand far outweighed supply due to Dalymount’s current reduced capacity.

The aim was for all tickets to find their way as much as possible into the hands of our regulars. We do know that some people were left disappointed that they didn’t get a ticket and for that we can only apologise.

It had initially been stated that season ticket holders could buy an additional ticket. Due to the high turnout coupled with the fact tickets were also put aside to be purchased by our first-team players and our most loyal sponsors, there was a fear on the day that demand would exceed supply if season ticket holders could also purchase additional tickets than their own.

In hindsight this was probably unnecessary, but we felt it was better to be safe than sorry. We hold our hands up there and apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by that precaution.

Similarly, it had originally been stated that general sales of tickets would commence at 3pm.

The decision, which we believe was the correct one, to bring this forward was based on counting the number of people queuing in Dalymount Lane and that figure outnumbering the remaining tickets left to sell.

We didn’t want those already queuing to have to wait any longer when it was unnecessary for them to do so nor did we want people travelling to Dalymount when there were no tickets remaining.

While it was a drawn-out process, the unprecedented queues in Dalymount Lane, the reaction of our members and supporters, captured so well by Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile, added to the sense of community and to the growing sense of occasion for Friday’s game.

So once again, from all at Bohemian FC, thank you for your continued support. See you on Friday.

Bohemians supporters purchase tickets for their Extra.ie FAI Cup Semi-Final v Shamrock Rovers

“How these players have come in and performed gives me great hope”

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
September 20 2019, 7.45pm

Keith Long is hoping Bohemians can deliver some teenage kicks in Derry City tonight.

Bohs come into the game with a continuing injury crisis. Keith Ward (knee) returns but the Gypsies are set to be without Darragh Leahy (ankle), Danny Mandroiu (hip), Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Conor Levingston (groin) once more as well as long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate), while Robbie McCourt has decided to leave the club.

The mounting injuries have seen young guns such as 19-year-old Ryan Graydon, 18-year-old Ross Tierney and 17-year-old Dawson Devoy fast-tracked into the first team.

All three have come through the Bohs-SKB League of Ireland youth teams and started in the 2-1 defeat at home to Waterford a week ago, retaining their places for the 2-0 FAI Cup quarter-final win against Crumlin United
Long said: “We have had our hand forced with the number of injuries we’ve had. These lads are playing out of necessity.

“As I said before we know this is the business end of the season and the priority for us is results at this point and not development.

“But how these players have come in and performed gives me great hope for the future.

“They will be better players from this experience and we will be all the better for it as a club as well.

“We’ve had so many players out that it can be difficult to put a shape or structure to things at times but the lads have come in and coped really well with the demands put on them.

“It shows we are progressing as a club. We have quality young players who really want to play for Bohs. They have an affinity for the club and they want to express themselves. They are all working extremely hard but we have to be patient with them.

“As well as the lads coming in for the first time now, it is easy to forget the age of some of the others because they have been around the first team for so long.

“Danny Grant 19, Luke Wade-Slater 21, Andy Lyons 19. Scott Allardice looks older but he’s only 21. Rob Cornwall is an elder statesman in the team and he’s only 24!

“They put in a professional performance against Crumlin. We could have scored more but they are a good side and it was a potential banana skin so I was pleased with the result.”

While the performances being put in by the young guns are a source of great pride, youthful inexperience can also be punished. That was the case against Waterford and would a concern against a team of Derry’s quality.

Long said: “We have to eradicate mistakes at the back. Our early-season run was build on being solid at the back and being hard to beat. We’ll need that again tonight to get a result in the Brandywell.”

It is a mammoth two weeks for Bohs. They are currently in third on 49 points but have played one more game than the Candystripes, who are just two points behind.

And next week Bohs host Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup looking to make the final having gone so close to reaching it last season.

Long added: “It’s going to be a huge occasion. Derry are having a great season.

“We have great numbers travelling up behind us again, which is hugely appreciated by us all. We’ll need that support too as the Brandywell will be bouncing.

“We want to be involved in big games. It’s a difficult place to go at the best of times but there is a real enthusiasm at Derry City again under Declan Devine so we will have to be at our very best.

“Last year. We had momentum second half of the season which carried into the start of this season.

“We’ve faltered slightly at times in recent months. Injuries have come at bad times for us which has been frustrating.

“But we are third in the table, in the semi-final of the cup and everything is in our own hands.”

Crumlin United v Bohemians - Extra.ie FAI Cup Quarter-Final

BOHS INVITE SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE UNDERAGE SIDES TO ATTEND UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE GAME

BOHEMIANS v PAOK
Uefa Youth League
Wednesday October 2 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.30pm

Bohemian FC invites all Bohemians youth team coaches and players, those of our partners at St Kevin’s, as well as all SSE Airtricity League underage teams (U19, U17, U15, U13) to attend our Uefa Youth League tie against PAOK next month.

As two-in-a-row U19 league champions, Craig Sexton’s Bohemians U19s host the Greek side at Dalymount Park on Wednesday October 2 with a kick-off time of 7.30pm with the return leg in Greece three weeks later.

Last season Bohs lost out 4-2 on aggregate to Danes FC Midtjylland, but were up against a side with designs on winning the competition and who subsequently knocked out giants Roma and Manchester United before bowing out against eventual winners Porto.

Former Bohs U19s/Bohs-SKB underage players Andy Lyons, Danny Grant, Paddy Kirk, Ross Tierney, Ryan Graydon and, most recently making his league debut last week, 17-year-old Dawson Devoy, have all made the step-up to first-team football at Bohemians this season and last.

Other notable graduates from our U19s include Warren O’Hora, now with Brighton, and Ali Reghba, who joined Leicester City in the summer.

Bohemian FC U19 manager Craig Sexton said: “Following Cork City and UCD before us, this is now the fourth successive year that our country has had a representative in this competition.

“That is something our league as a whole can be proud of and is the pinnacle of any player’s club career at underage level.

“It is a credit to the competitive environment of our U19 League and to the hard work being done by the coaching staff at youth level at our own club and alongside our partners at St Kevin’s but also at all League of Ireland clubs to develop players and set new standards.

“We hope the Bohemians underage players and those of our partners at St Kevin’s will come to the game and see it as something to aspire to.

“But it is also an occasion we wish to share with those working and playing at elite underage level at all clubs in the League of Ireland and we have today written to all clubs how to avail of free tickets for their teams.”

Clubs who wish to avail of free tickets for the game are asked to mail Luke O’Riordan at luke@bohemians.ie as soon as possible.

Craig Sexton and Dawson Devoy - Stephen Burke

FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL TICKET ARRANGEMENTS

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers
Friday September 27, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

We are aware that demand for tickets for the upcoming Extra.ie FAI Cup semi-final between Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers will far outweigh supply.

We look forward to the future redevelopment of Dalymount Park when we will be able to accommodate more supporters.

But in its current reduced capacity, Bohemian FC wishes to ensure, as much as we can, that our members, season ticket holders and Dalymount regulars get priority for a game of this magnitude and that tickets do not fall into the hands of touts.

With that in mind, no tickets will be sold online. We understand that no online sales is an inconvenience to some, but we feel in this instance it is the fairest way of making sure as many Dalymount regulars get to see the game as possible.

SHE WORE! 

BOHEMIANS MEMBERS

Members do not need to buy a ticket in advance.

Members just pay €10 on stile on match-night on production of 2019 membership card as is normal for split gate cup fixtures.

Before tickets go on general sale, members can purchase a maximum of TWO additional tickets from Dalymount Park between 10am and 1pm this Saturday.

BOHEMIANS SEASON TICKETS AND JUNIOR GYPSIES

Season tickets and Junior Gypsies do not apply for FAI Cup games.

However, tickets will go on sale for season ticket holders and Junior Gypsies from Dalymount between 10am and 1pm on Saturday before they go on general sale.

Again there is a limit of two tickets per season ticket holder.

Junior Gypsies can purchase one child ticket only (no extra kids tickets or adult tickets).

Note: Do not attempt to buy a ticket during the 10am to 1pm window if you are not a member, season ticket holder or Junior Gypsy. Membership card numbers and season tickets will be checked. 

BOHEMIANS FANS – GENERAL SALE

Tickets go on general sale from Dalymount Park on Saturday 3pm-7pm.

The limit of two per person is non-negotiable and please respect our volunteers on the day.

In the unlikely event of tickets remaining after Saturday, we will provide further time slots.

SHAMROCK ROVERS FANS

Ticket arrangements for away supporters will be announced by Shamrock Rovers in due course.

Andy Lyons is congratulated on his goal against Crumlin Utd by skipper Derek Pender

“WE NEED A BIG CROWD BEHIND US FROM THE START”

CRUMLIN UTD v BOHEMIANS
Extra.ie FAI CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Monday September 16 2019, Richmond Park, 8pm

Keith Long wants a big travelling support at Richmond Park tonight as they look to reach the semi-finals of the FAI Cup for the second year running.

Bohemians travel to Inchicore to take on Leinster Senior League side at the home of St Patrick’s Athletic with a home semi-final against Shamrock Rovers on Friday week at stake.

Kick-off is 8pm but congestion is expected so it is advised to arrive early.

Bohs have ridden their luck against First Division sides in this competition. That fact coupled with a mounting injury crisis means nobody in the first-team set-up will be taking tonight’s opposition lightly.

In the first round, Long’s men found themselves 2-0 down against Shelbourne as late as the 85th minute but grabbed the tie by the scruff of the neck to win it 3-2 in injury-time.

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The goalscorers that night – Keith Buckley and Danny Mandroiu – are among seven players likely to miss out tonight because of injury.

Mandroiu and Darragh Leahy’s involvement with the Ireland U21s’ Euro 2021 qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden was one of the reasons for this tie not taking place on the scheduled weekend of September 6/7/8.

Cruelly, their involvement with the U21s saw them both pick up injuries that now sees them miss tonight’s game anyway.

As well as difficulties against Shelbourne, in the last round, Bohs needed a penalty shootout to progress against Longford Town.

Crumlin are a side with League of Ireland pedigree throughout their team.

Dean Kelly – Bohs’ two-goal hero in the memorable 3-1 2015 Dublin derby win over Shamrock Rovers famously captured by Copa 90 – is in their ranks. So too are fellow former Bohs men Craig Walsh and Conor Murphy.

Other players of note include Robbie Brady’s brothers Liam and Gareth in midfield as well as John Sheridan, a consistent performer in the Premier Division for many years most memorably in spells with Bray Wanderers and Galway United.

Long said: “Crumlin have good players. They would more than hold their own in the First Division if not more. They’re a settled team who will fancy having a go at us.

“We are favourites and rightly so. It is a tie we are expected to win. But we have to give Crumlin the respect you give every team as they do have players who can hurt you. Our performance has to be right.

“It’s a cup quarter-final. We all want to progress. Crumlin will have a big support out for them and it’s vitally important that we bring a big crowd over behind us from the start as well.”


Bohs’ 2-1 defeat to Waterford on Friday was disheartening in respect of the side’s efforts to consolidate its position in third place.

They remain there for now thanks to St Pat’s drawing with UCD at home and Derry City not having a league game at the weekend due to their involvement in the EA Sports Cup final where they lost on penalties to Dundalk.

But while Friday’s result rankled, there were many positives to take from the performance.

Andy Lyons, 19, at right-back won the official man-of-the-match award from RTÉ but there was a starring role in the centre of the park from 18-year-old Ross Tierney and an encouraging full debut from 17-year-old Dawson Devoy alongside 19-year-old Ryan Graydon.

All four came through either the Bohs U19s and Bohs-SKB U17s.

Another man who came through the Bohs U19s was Danny Grant, who despite not training all week due to a viral infection, made an immediate impact off the bench, receiving a pass from Devoy to set up Tierney to slot home for Bohs’ only goal of the game.

The average age of the starting Bohs team was 21½. Take captain Derek Pender out, it was 20½.

While Bohs and St Kevin’s have rightly earned plaudits for the progression of young players coming through from Bohs-SKB LOI teams through to the U19s and on to the first team, on this occasion the extent of youth and inexperience on show was by necessity rather than design.

Long said: “We’re at the business end of the season when results matter more than development. But with the injuries we have at the moment, our hand was forced.

“Our defending for the goals wasn’t good enough but I was proud of how many of the lads did. A lot of the players unavailable are across midfield. It’s a big step-up from U19s to first-team football and it takes players a while to adapt but the lads who have played did very well.

“Ross has come in a few times and he’s done very well for us and Dawson is only a boy at 17 but did well and this will stand to him. They tired a bit towards the end but that is to be expected. They are not yet used to the tempo and intensity of first-team football.

“Scott Allardice was excellent too. He’s had to be patient to get a chance in the team but he showed what he is capable of on Friday.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs are without Darragh Leahy (ankle), Danny Mandroiu (hip), Keith Buckley (hamstring), Keith Ward (knee), Conor Levingston (groin), Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate).

Skipper Derek Pender salutes Ross Tierney's goal against Waterford on Friday - Stephen Burke

“We have some very good young players at the club and more coming through”

BOHEMIANS v WATERFORD
SSE Airtricity League
Friday September 13 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

Match sponsor: Techsure. Matchball sponsor: The Hut

James Talbot say Bohemians need to trust themselves from the start in games to consolidate their position in third place.

With six league games remaining, Bohs have amassed 49 points, two more than Derry City and three ahead of St Patrick’s Athletic.

Last time out against tonight’s opposition Bohs needed an injury-time from Michael Barker when the sides met in the RSC.

Bohs are missing some key men tonight in midfield but Talbot believes there is quality to step up.

Talbot said: “Waterford have talented players and we will show them respect. We have to be right from the start and we need the crowd behind us.

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“Every game for us between now and the end of the season is a cup final.

“I’ll take three points any way you get them. Obviously getting that winner down there in injury-time was a great moment but injury-time winners aren’t great for the heart!”

An ever-present in the league this season, Talbot was one of several regular starters left at home as an experimental side travelled to Scotland where they lost out 3-2 to Airdrieonians in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup.

The tournament is considered an unnecessary headache by some but having psyched himself for his Bohs debut in the competition in February only for the tie against East Fife to be called off due to a frozen pitch, Talbot was one player who fancied a crack at it.

He laughed: “It was the tournament I was supposed to make my debut in so I wanted to go to Scotland, I wanted to play!”

But he knows there is bigger priorities ahead. Every point at this stage of the season is crucial and he hopes his team-mates can build on their positive second half performance against Shamrock Rovers a fortnight ago.

Bohs’ eight-game unbeaten run against Rovers game to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Tallaght Stadium but the manner in which they finished the game was encouraging.

Talbot said: “It was disappointing to lose a derby but there were positives to take from the second half. We hit the post, we had balls cleared off the line so it was disappointing not to get something from it.

“We need to start games better than we did against Rovers. We need to trust ourselves to play with the belief from the start.”

While many first teamers got a weekend off last week – two of Bohs’ key men were representing their country in the Ireland U21s’ European qualifier wins against Armenia and Sweden.

Darragh Leahy has been an ever-present at left-back for the Ireland U21s under Stephen Kenny this season, while fellow ex-St Kevin’s man Danny Mandroiu got a chance to show what he can do on the international stage when he was sprung from the bench in Tallaght against Armenia last week before starting in Sweden on Tuesday.

Their involvement came at a cost though, with Mandroiu forced off with a hip injury that sees him ruled out tonight.

That has added to the selection headache with Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Keith Ward (knee) also missing out while Conor Levingston (groin) is a major doubt.

Talbot is no stranger to representing his country at international level. He has won caps at youth level and his early-season form was rewarded with a call-up by Ireland senior team manager Mick McCarthy for the Euro 2020 qualifiers doubleheader against Denmark and Gibraltar.

Until this season, the last Bohemians player to be capped at U21 level was Paddy Madden in 2009 so for the club to have two starring for them now is an achievement.

And with four Bohs-SKB players capped for the Ireland U17s’ friendlies against Russia in Spain in the last week, it is hoped we won’t have to wait another decade for further players to be honoured at U21 level.

Talbot added: “The two lads were buzzing. Darragh is such a good pro and that’s why he’s been in every team for Stephen Kenny.

“The two of them were outstanding. Danny showed his quality too. It’s great to see them get that recognition and do so well representing us for Ireland.

“That’s what you want, you want to see Bohs players being around international teams and to develop and push on further.

“We have some very good young players at the club and more coming through – the likes of Rossie Tierney and Dawson Devoy will hopefully be in contention down the line.”

TEAM NEWS

Darragh Leahy and Danny Mandroiu return from international duty but the latter is set to miss out with a hip injury sustained in Ireland U21s’ win over Sweden on Tuesday.

Keith Buckley (hamstring) and Keith Ward (knee) will also miss out while Conor Levingston (groin) is a major doubt.

Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Bohemians v Cork City - EA Sports Cup Quarter-Final

MARK FARREN U17 CUP

Bohemian FC and St Kevin’s Boys FC feel we have no option but to respond to accusations levelled at us on social media in recent days with regard to the U17 Mark Farren Cup semi-final forfeited by Bray Wanderers-St Joseph’s Boys FC.

There appears to be a concerted effort by some to offer a narrative, which has quickly gained traction, that we feel is lopsided and at times disingenuous in relation to why this tie did not proceed.

Before countering some of the points made, we wish to put on record our regard for those involved with both Bray Wanderers and St Joseph’s Boys.

Only last season, Bray Wanderers looked to be staring into the abyss and unlikely to survive as a League of Ireland club.

Niall O’Driscoll and St Joseph’s rescuing of a proud club is one of the all-too-rare number of good news stories in our league of late and those efforts deserve more credit than they have received to date.

Like Bohs’ link-up with St Kevin’s, both Bray Wanderers and St Joseph’s have tried to make the most of the at times challenging new departure of schoolboy clubs linking up with League of Ireland clubs to forge partnerships to enable a pathway between youth and senior football.

The Bohs first team twice travelled to the Carlisle Grounds last season. In May, the club seemed to be on life support. When we met again in October, the contrast could not be overstated. It had quickly returned to its original community-orientated ethos and we were welcomed with warmth.

Bray Wanderers have clearly been reinvigorated under the stewardship of Niall and the partnership with St Joseph’s – two clubs close to the heart of our first team manager Keith Long, who cut his coaching cloth at both.

With that regard in mind, the tone of some of the comments emanating from some at both clubs in recent days has been a source of disappointment.

The timeline below will be tedious to most but given how we feel the integrity of those involved in the Bohs-SKB U17 set-up have been impugned by some of the online commentary, we feel it necessary.

Jimmy Mowlds, our manager at U17 level, is one of our most dedicated and honest servants. He has been a constant understated force behind the scenes in the success stories of underage players making it through from the Bohs-SKB underage teams right through to our first team over the past number of years.

His contribution to development of both talent and character is something he does not get enough credit for. We are not prepared to have his reputation and that of his backroom team and set-up tarnished.

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Wednesday August 14: Bohs-SKB U17s lost to St Patrick’s Athletic in quarter-finals of Mark Farren Cup. It later transpired St Pat’s had fielded a suspended player and the result was overturned. Bohs-SKB were on the wrong side of a similar instance last season at U15 level when we won on the field against Shamrock Rovers but had the result overturned for the same reason. It is always hard to take and we fully empathise with St Pat’s.

Tuesday August 20: Bohs-SKB U17 manager Jimmy Mowlds received a call from a representative of Bray-SJB trying to arrange the semi-final fixture. Their suggestion was August 27 as Carlisle Grounds was available then. Bohs-SKB did not feel it appropriate to arrange a date until FAI disciplinary committee had made a final decision on whether St Pat’s or Bohs-SKB would compete in semi-final.

Thursday August 22: FAI indicated fixture should not be played on Tuesday 27 as Pat’s could yet appeal disciplinary decision.

Friday August 23: FAI indicated St Pat’s were not appealing and to go ahead and plan for Tuesday 27. Despite Bohs U19s having a semi-final that night, which impacted on player availability for U17s, a Bohs coach being off sick, another being unavailable due to work commitments, we agreed to proceed on August 27.

The alternative offered was Wednesday September 4 when we would have at least four players away with the Ireland U17s in Spain and another on standby.

Monday August 26: A Bray-SJB representative made contact to say they could not put a team together to play our fixture the next day. If this was the case, why would they allow players from their squad to go to the UK for trials when they knew they had a semi-final? No answer to that has been forthcoming. At 6.45pm the FAI confirmed Bray-SJB had no team to play the next day.

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We sought clarification: What did it mean for fixture? We were obliging in agreeing to the original date in the first place. And, given it had been three days since Bray-SJB’s last fixture, why was notice regarding their inability to fulfil tie so late?

We were told that if we agree to a refix then we would have to play it three days before the then scheduled date for the final at the end of the month and on the day our four players away on international duty returned home.

We questioned why it was down to us to make the decision rather than the league.

We believe we were put in a position we shouldn’t have been. We had agreed to the date they had insisted on and it wasn’t our responsibility to resolve an impasse that was entirely of their making.

If we were to agree to another proposed refixture date, it would have been when six members of our U17s were away with the Bohs U19s in the Uefa Youth League as well as occurring during the week of the play-off section of the league. We would be in as bad – if not worse – position as Bray-SJB were for the date they reneged on.

Bray-SJB asked us to play on a date that was entirely inconvenient for many of our coaches and players. We went to considerable trouble to arrange transport/lifts for players coming from Dundalk, Portlaoise, Longford, Navan and Kildare to get them to Bray for 6:15pm on a Tuesday evening for this game. All of which was for nothing.

Since last week, members of Bray-SJB management took to twitter to slate Bohs-SKB for not allowing them to reschedule the game, ignoring any of the issues mentioned above.

They even set up a survey asking other coaches/clubs what they would do in our position again without giving the full facts of what actually happened.

Why would Bray-SJB insist on a date that they couldn’t fulfil given they have been suffering injuries over a number of weeks unless it was to gain an advantage over us with our U19s playing on the same night? (There has been an average crossover of 4-5 players between our U17s and U19s in recent months.)

Why would you allow players attend UK trials on the same week you fix a semi-final?

Why were the U19 and U17 semi-finals fixed for the same time and date? This shouldn’t happen again and shouldn’t be the call of clubs.

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It is always our objective that results are decided on the pitch. We empathise with St Pat’s for the sanctions imposed on them having their quarter-final result overturned.

The semi-final not being contested is regrettable but we feel we have acted appropriately in our efforts to accommodate it.

While this episode has left both parties frustrated, Bohemians and St Kevin’s hope to draw a line under it and look forward to maintaining our good relationship with both Bray Wanderers and St Joseph’s.

Both clubs will always be welcome visitors to Dalymount Park and Shanowen Rd/St Aidan’s.

Jimmy Mowlds addresses Bohs-SKB U17s
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