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“WE WANT TO BOUNCE BACK”

EXTRA.IE FAI CUP SECOND ROUND
BOHEMIANS v LONGFORD TOWN
Friday August 23 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45
Match sponsor: Tom Geraghty. Matchball sponsor: Trouble Brewing

A pat on the back is only six inches from a kick up the backside.

Last Friday night, Bohemians fans and players deservedly soaked up the achievement of the club’s greatest league win in 130 seasons of senior football as they beat UCD 10-1 at Dalymount Park.

On Monday night, they came crashing back down to earth as Dundalk swatted them aside with ease in the last four of the EA Sports Cup, winning 6-1, a scoreline which in truth could have been higher.

The contrast in emotions in the three-day turnaround couldn’t have been more extreme and manager Keith Long said: “It was a mixed few days to say the least.

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“On Friday the goals came thick and fast. We started the game in fantastic fashion and played with a tempo that UCD didn’t adapt to. In the second half we opened up with good attacking play and quality finishes.

“We asked the boys to contribute in terms of goals and that was pleasing to see. It helped greatly with our goal differential also which could be very important come the end of the season.

“But Monday night was obviously a very different affair. We went to Oriel Park with more than just hope as we have played really well up there on two previous occasions in the league this year but the game was lost in the opening 15 minutes with the concession of three poor goals.

“Uncharacteristic mistakes and some poor organisation saw Dundalk run out comfortable winners. We changed the team as we have consistently done when faced with a quick turnaround from Friday-Monday games. But so did Dundalk. They brought back essentially the starting 11 which has performed in Europe this year and are operating on a different level to what we are used to domestically.

“Dundalk are a good side and took advantage of a poor performance. We are a team that needs preparation between games and are still very young in comparison.

“We all felt embarrassment regarding the result and it was a difficult night when you see the numbers that travelled. In previous Mondays in Oriel the crowd was vocal as we put it up to Dundalk but unfortunately we were unable to do the same and get to a final which the fans deserve.

“There were some positives to take away from the performance. Most notably Ross Tierney’s emergence as a player who will become very influential for the club in the coming years. He’s a young boy who has come through to us from St Kevin’s and our League of Ireland youth teams. He has a fearless attitude we believe he can have a very bright future with us.”

While on the field, it has been a topsy-turvy week, off it has been even more difficult on a personal note for Long.

Irish football lost a popular figure yesterday with the passing of Michael ‘Locker’ Davis, a kitman for several clubs and synonymous for his time working under Pat Devlin – Long’s father-in-law – with Bray Wanderers for the best part of two decades and most recently at Cabinteely.

A minute’s silence will be held at Dalymount Park tonight in his memory.

A testimonial Festival of Football in his honour was to be held this Sunday at Strabrook. That will go ahead as planned with all the proceeds going to Locker’s family.

Long hopes Bohs fans from that neck of the woods will consider attending and said: “It’s been a very sad time for anyone who knew Locker. He was a really good guy. I am devastated for his family, his children, his grandchildren.

“He has been a family friend for many years, my wife has known him her entire life. It’s tough at the moment as he was one of the game’s great characters.

“Our game in this country survive through people like him who are in it because they love the game and not self interest.

“There was a devious side to him too, he was always a messer and trying to see whose buttons he could push – and whose he couldn’t!

“I hope there is a good turnout for his game on Sunday, which would be a fitting send-off.”

On the field tonight, Bohs host a Longford Town team whose preparations have been dominated with speculation linking manager Neale Fenn to the managerial vacancy at Cork City where he was a popular figure as a player during a three-year spell in the mid-noughties before joining Bohemians.

None of that speculation will affect Bohs’ preparations. Having survived a scare against First Division Shelbourne in the previous round, Long’s team are fully aware they need to be right at it to progress through to the quarter-finals.

Long added: “Longford are an expansive side with some good technical players, who have been encouraged by manager Neale Fenn to get on the ball and express themselves.

“Longford will be well organised and difficult opponents. We will have to be at our very best to progress to the next round. We want to bounce back from Monday’s disappointment.”

TEAM NEWS 

James Talbot returns from suspension. James Finnerty (calf) is also available once more.

Danny Grant (hamstring) is Bohs’ biggest doubt, while Rob Cornwall who returned on Friday from a three-month lay-off with an Achilles injury, may not be risked tonight as he is eased back to fitness.

Darragh Leahy (glute), Luke Wade-Slater (hamstring) and Andy Lyons (hamstring) weren’t risked on Monday but should be okay to play tonight.

Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) and Dinny Corcoran (ankle) are unavailable.

Danny Mandroiu celebrates winner in previous round with Andy Lyons and Keith Buckley - Stephen Burke

JOIN THE BOHEMIANS FUTSAL TEAM

Many readers may be already familiar with the sport of Futsal, a version of 5-a-side indoor football that became widespread in South America before becoming popular in Europe more recently, but did you know that there is a Bohemians Futsal team?

The team was formed by former members of the Bohemian Supports Club who had been playing 11-a-side in the Leinster Senior League but moved to the indoor game and now compete at Futsal AUL Premier Division, a highly competitive league with some top class competition. And as Futsal is officially recognised by UEFA the top team in Ireland even get to compete in European competition each year.

While many have the view that Futsal is purely a game of finesse, tricks and technique – and a good first touch and quick brain are a great advantage to have on the futsal court -the game is also robust and physical with plenty of burly number 9′s populating the league. The sport began in Uruguay and quickly gained popularity throughout South America. It is now a truly global game although the sport in Ireland is still in its early days.

The Bohemians Supporters club side are currently in preseason training ahead of the new AUL season which is beginning in September. The club has recently played friendlies against last season’s cup champions Blue Magic and Northern Irish league side Omagh Futsal Club.

The club is always looking for new members and is currently fielding two teams. If any other Bohemian F.C. supporters are interesting in getting involved, (as players or indeed assisting with the running of the club) please contact futsal@bohemians.ie.

Or better yet come down to one of the training sessions which take place each Sunday at 10am in the Inspire Fitness Centre on the Navan Road, just a short distance from Dalymount. Training also takes place each Tuesday at 8pm in Blanchardstown in the Sport Ireland complex at Abbotstown. The club are also happy to talk to businesses or individuals who would be interested in helping to sponsor the team.

The squad are already provides players for two teams, a premier and a reserve side and already have close to 30 players from a widely diverse background, however there are ambitions to grow the club further. As summer ebbs away and the doom and gloom of the close season looms why not get in touch and get involved.

Join the Bohemians Futsal team

“This group of players want to get to a final. Everyone at the club does.”

EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINAL
Dundalk v Bohemians
Monday August 19 2019, Oriel Park, 7.45pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long believes a strong vocal travelling support at Oriel Park tonight can help the club reach its first major final in nine years.

The Gypsies come into the game flying high after Friday night’s remarkable 10-1 win over UCD at Dalymount Park where goals from Andre Wright (4), Danny Mandroiu (3), Conor Levingston, Danny Grant and Ross Tierney left all in attendance stunned.

The result was the club’s record league win in its 129-year history and was the first time a club has scored 10 in a League of Ireland game since Cork Hibernians beat Transport by the same scoreline 59 years ago.

More importantly the win, coupled with Derry City losing at home to Shamrock Rovers, saw Bohs leapfrog the Candystripes and back into third position in the league.

Long said: “It was a great night for the players and fans. We moved back up into the European places and we improved our goal difference in doing so, which is important.

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“We started the game really well and played some really good stuff. The boys didn’t take the foot off the gas in the second half. They were hungry for goals.

“It was great for Andre to get his first goals for the club, which was important for him. Now that he’s off the mark in the league that will help him going into future games.”

It exorcised the demons too of when Bohs and UCD last met when the Students claimed a 1-0 win at Belfield in July.

Long asked questions of his side that night and again in the 1-0 defeat away to the UCD’s survival rivals Finn Harps at the beginning of the month.

The character shown in the nature of the 3-2 comeback win over Shelbourne in the FAI Cup 10 days ago coupled with Friday’s performance suggests a determination within the squad to answer those questions.

But it will be an altogether different challenge posed tonight against the champions and runaway league leaders.

Vinny Perth’s side bowed out of the Europa League last week with a disappointing 4-1 aggregate defeat against Slovan Bratislava.

Domestically, however, they are showing no signs of a let-up in their dominance and Bohs don’t need any reminding of just how ruthless they Lilywhites can be.

The Gypsies have twice gone up to Oriel Park on Monday nights this season and have matched the Lilywhites on their own patch for 90 minutes only to come home empty-handed after conceding injury-time penalties on both occasions.

For it to happen once was hard to take, for it to happen a second time was gut-wrenching for players, management and travelling support alike, who will all be hoping it is a case of third time lucky tonight.

Long said: “We played extremely well in both games and to lose them was hard to take. Tonight the most important thing is to get the result. The result is more important than the performance.”

Getting that result will be easier said than done but Bohs won’t be lacking in determination in their efforts to do so.

They came agonisingly close to getting to the final of the FAI Cup last season – they were 1-0 up their semi-final against Cork City in the 87 minutes until a controversial penalty decision forced a replay in Turner’s Cross, which they lost.

That heartbreak has reinforced the determination within the dressing room to go one better in the EA Sports Cup where Derry City await the winners of tonight’s game.

If they do, it would be the club’s first major cup final since winning the Setanta Cup in 2010.

Long said: “This group of players want to get to a final. Everyone at the club does.

“There is a hope and expectation there which brings its own pressures but we will go up there giving everything we’ve got to get us to a final.”

Despite the date for this game only being confirmed last Wednesday on account of Dundalk’s involvement in Europe, a large travelling support is expected.

Long said: “The supporters have got behind us up there this season as they have everywhere we’ve gone this season.

“I know the club has supplemented buses for this one. It’s good to be able to give the supporters back something for the support they’ve shown throughout this season, so hopefully we’ll have a big support up there behind us. That can be important if a game is in the balance.”

TEAM NEWS

Goalkeeper James Talbot is suspended due to accrued yellow cards. He is likely to be replaced by Michael Kelly, who was signed at the end of last month.

The 23-year-old most recently played a first-choice goalkeeper for Longford Town last season having previously been on the books at Cabinteely and Shamrock Rovers.

Earlier this year he was training with QPR.

While Talbot misses out through suspension, club captain Derek Pender returns from his.

Rob Cornwall played his first game since April on Friday as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury. He might not be risked again tonight.

James Finnerty, with whom Cornwall formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Bohs defence in the early stages of the season, misses out once more with a calf injury.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Andre Wright celebrates with supporters on Friday night - Stephen Burke

FAI NATIONAL DRAW – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

We are once again asking members and fans to support our efforts to sell tickets to this year’s FAI National Draw in the coming weeks.

As a member-owned club with no major benefactor we have to maximise our fundraising efforts to give Keith Long and his team the best chance at competing with other clubs in this league as well as investing in our youth and community structures.

One of the easiest ways of doing so is asking members and supporters to consider selling tickets – minimum book of five – to the FAI National Draw.

We are not asking fans to dip into their own pockets but we are asking you to take time to sell books of tickets on behalf of the club.

We feel, given the prizes on offer, this should be an easy sell to friends, colleagues and family.

The tickets are sold at €10 but cost the club just €1.50 each.

Last year’s efforts brought in over €10,000.

We have nearly 500 members. If 500 members were to sell a book of five tickets, that could double this year to over €20,000 – a significant return for little effort.

KEY POINTS

  • Tickets €10 each, €8.50 goes to the club
  • On sale from the online store now.
  • Members and season ticket holders can take tickets to sell on behalf of the club. You don’t have to pay up front, everything will be tracked. But any books not returned will cost the club money. Tickets can be collected at halfway from 7.15pm and from the More Than A Club (first portacabin in Jodi Stand car park by section A) until 10pm.
  • There will be a sellers draw. Anyone who sells 20+ tickets will be entered into this. Prizes include a 2020 season ticket, jersey of choice, hospitality at a 2020 match for 4 people
  • All unsold tickets to be returned by October 6th.
  • All sold tickets to be returned by October 13th.
  • Club draw to be held by the end of October.
  • Thanking you in advance for your support.

Fundraising Sub-Committee
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“Everyone was buzzing last week and we need to bring that confidence into tonight’s game”

BOHEMIANS v UCD
SSE Airtricity League
Friday August 16 2019, Dalymount Park, 7.45pm

On and off the field, you get the feeling that Andy Lyons is a young man with the world at his feet.

Off the field, like 56,000 students across the country, the self-assured 19-year-old received his Leaving Cert results last week and yesterday, before training in the evening, he sat down to digest his first CAO offer and consider the next steps.

On the field, it has been such a whirlwind few months for the young full-back that it is hard to fathom how he combined his Leaving Cert studies at Blackrock College.

But just like how he took to being thrust into the demands and spotlight of first-team football, not a lot seems to faze him on that front either.

He said: “It was great to get it over and done with and I’m very happy with how I’ve done.

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“I haven’t quite decided what course I want to do yet but I’m looking at courses in business, sport and communications and I’ll have a good think over the next while.”

He will put those considerations to one side once more tonight when he is likely to line out at right-back again when Bohemians host UCD at Dalymount Park.

Lyons, who came through the Bohs system and U17 and U19 level, broke into the first team last season, making four starts and one substitute appearance in the league having initially been tested in the Leinster and EA Sports cup competitions.

But he has come on even further this year. He has been involved in nine league games of which he has started eight and played the full 90 minutes.

And after his Leaving Cert, there was the small matter of starring for his country as Tom Mohan’s Ireland reached the semi-finals of the European U19 Championships.

His performances in Armenia didn’t go unnoticed, with Bohs manager Keith Long acknowledging: “Andy had a great tournament and the feedback from Tom has been top notch. He has coped well with any challenges he’s come up against so far.”

Lyons, who joined Bohs from Long’s former club St Joseph’s Boys, is grounded and appreciates the role his manager and backroom team have played in getting him to that point.

And having captained Craig Sexton’s Bohs U19s to league and cup glory last season, he is now hungry to progress even further in the first team now too.

He said: “I’m really grateful to Keith and Trevor for trusting in me and giving me the opportunity to play first-team football. It’s been an unbelievable year for me.

“Playing the league had me in good stead going to the Euros. We were playing against the best players in the world at that age group, players at some of the biggest clubs and leagues in the world but first-team football prepared me well.

“I was pleased with how we fared and how I did myself personally too. We were unlucky to be playing a really good Portugal team in the semi-finals. Losing that game was disappointing. On another day we might have done better but overall the tournament was an amazing experience.”

Lyons’ most recent game-time has seen him make the most of the opportunity afforded him in the absence of suspended skipper Derek Pender.

‘Detser’ sits out again tonight as he completes a four-match ban for the part he played in post-match scenes when Bohs faced – and lost to – tonight’s opposition in Belfield last month.

Those unnecessary scenes were instigated by the provocations of UCD goalkeeper Conor Kearns, who also remains suspended for tonight’s game as a result of his idiocy.

Lyons said: “I was away at the time at the Euros so I didn’t see the whole incident but I know there was a bit of handbags at the end.

“Detser is a hugely important person to the team and at the club so it’s never going to be easy for me to stay in the team but when I get an opportunity to play I want to make the most of it.”

While Lyons is bidding to do enough tonight to keep Pender out of the team on his return from suspension, he is quick to point out the huge influence his captain has had on his development as a player.

He said: “Detser has been great to me as he has been to all the younger players and squad as a whole. He looks after all the younger players.

“You learn so much from him all the time both on the pitch and off the pitch but because we play the same position, he has taught me so much on top of that.

“He makes you a better player every time you train with him. He’s been marking some of the same players for 8/9/10 years and he will always help me by giving me little snippets of information on them if I’m playing and how to mark them.”

Having come unstuck when the sides last met and having lost to Finn Harps in their last league outing, Bohs know there will be no room for error if they are to regain the third place position they ceded to Derry City with that defeat in Ballybofey.

Lyons said: “We’re under no illusions going into any game that we have to be at it. We lost to them out in the Bowl and even when they came to Dalymount the last time they gave us a really good game in the first half.

“They’ve already beaten us so will feel confident again so we have to be at our very best.”

But Bohs are confident too. Poor defensive lapses saw them 2-0 down in last week’s Extra.ie FAI Cup tie against Shelbourne but the manner of their six-minute turnaround to win the tie has their tails up.

Captain on the night Keith Buckley led by example and his goal sparked the comeback on 85 minutes, while some magic from Danny Mandroiu saw him equalise three minutes later before sealing the deal injury time.

Lyons added: “We shouldn’t have been 2-0 down in the first place so that was disappointing from a defensive point of view. But the most important thing was we showed our character as a team to dig deep and turn the game around.

“Even at 2-0 down, we believed we could get back into it and at least bring the game to extra time… but to win it in normal time was special.

“I think fans are getting used to seeing a bit of magic from Danny but Bucko’s goal was excellent too. Obviously the fans, everyone at the club and in the team were buzzing all week and we need to bring that confidence into the UCD game now.”

TEAM NEWS

Skipper Derek Pender serves the final game of his four-match ban for the part he played in a post-match flare-up the last time these sides met.

Rob Cornwall (Achilles), Ryan Swan (hamstring) and Kevin Devaney (hip) are all available for selection once more, but James Finnerty (calf) is a doubt.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

Bohemians v Shelbourne - Extra.ie FAI Cup First Round

ORAN TULLY CHARITY GAME

SKERRIES TOWN v BOHEMIAN FC
Saturday August 17, Park Lane, Skerries, 5pm

A reminder that a Bohs XI travel to Skerries this Saturday for game in memory of Oran Tully, a dedicated Bohs fan who passed away in August 2018 aged just 19 having courageously battled an extremely rare bowel condition.

All proceeds to Skerries Youth Support Services and Bohemian Foundation.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Oran’s father Martin spoke to Off The Ball about Oran’s love of Bohs.

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€5 supporters’ bus for EA Sports Cup semi-final this Monday

Bookings are now being taken for the supporters’ bus for Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final in Dundalk.

As a once-off, the fare for this trip will be just €5.

Due to the late confirmation of the date for this fixture, the club has decided to supplement the cost of supporters’ buses in a bid to have as big an away support as possible.

Our away support has helped Keith Long’s men get over the line on many occasions this season.

The club, players and first-team management are extremely grateful of the support they receive on the road.

We hope by supplementing the buses this Monday, we can facilitate as many fans travelling up to Dundalk as we bid to reach our first major cup final in 10 years.

Mail bus@bohemians.ie to reserve your place.

Bus will leave from St Peter’s Rd (Des Kelly Stand) car park at 6pm sharp and return directly after the match.

Bohemians v Shamrock Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

TUNNOCK’S CARAMEL WAFER CUP DRAW/EA SEMI DATE CONFIRMED

Bohemians have been drawn away to Airdrieonians in the third round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup.

The provisional SPFL dates for this round are September 7/8 but these are not confirmed.

We advise against making any travel arrangements until date is confirmed by club.

Meanwhile, the EA SPORTS Cup semi-final between Dundalk and Bohs has been rescheduled for this Monday August 19, Oriel Park, 7.45pm.

The semi-final, which was originally scheduled for Monday August 5, was postponed due to Dundalk’s European competition involvement.

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TUNNOCK’S CARAMEL WAFER CHALLENGE CUP DRAW TODAY

The Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup third round draw will be held today at 12.30pm.

You can watch live on the SPFL YouTube channel.

These ties are scheduled by the SPFL to be played Saturday September 7 or Sunday September 8 but dates are only provisional.

Do not make any travel arrangements until fixture details have been confirmed by club.

Third round (Round of 32):

  • 2 clubs from Northern Ireland Football League (Ballymena United & Glenavon)
  • 2 clubs from Welsh Premier League (The New Saints & Connah’s Quay Nomads)
  • 2 clubs from League of Ireland Premier Division (Waterford & Bohemians)
  • 2 clubs from English National League (Solihull Moors & Wrexham)
  • 10 clubs from Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
  • 14 winners from Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup Second Round
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BOHS TO HOST LONGFORD TOWN IN FAI CUP

Bohemians will host Longford Town in the second round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup on Friday August 23 after Neale Fenn’s side beat Athlone Town in their first-round tie last night.

Tickets are now on sale from tickets.bohemians.ie.

Season tickets and Junior Gypsies do not apply. Members can pay reduced entrance fee of €10 at members stile on production of 2019 membership card.

Meanwhile, Dundalk’s exit from the Europa League last night should provide some clarity about when our EA Sports Cup semi-final tie will be played. We hope to have confirmation of a new date in the near future.

Danny Mandroiu celebrates Bohs winner - Inpho
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