U19 manager  Craig Sexton and Jack Casey during Tuesday's semi-final win over Shelbourne - Stephen Burke

Uefa Youth League draw this Tuesday

The Bohemians U19s will face Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Craig Sexton’s side sealed their place in the decider on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Shelbourne thanks to goals from Dawson Devoy and Brandon Bermingham.

Rovers followed suit last night by beating Sligo Rovers 3-1 in their last-four tie at Roadstone. No date has been set for the final and the venue is likely to be decided by a coin toss.

Bohs won this competition last season with a 2-1 win away to St Pat’s in the final in Richmond Park with Ali Reghba on target twice.

They also defended their league title in a final win against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium with Reghba also the goalscorer.

It is an exciting time for Sexton’s side.


They are 14 points clear at the top of the Northern Elite Division of the U19 League with three games to go before the knockout phases and some are expected to taste first-team action in the forthcoming Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Scottish Challenge Cup tie away to Airdrieonians on Saturday week.

But before that, they will find out this Tuesday who they face in the Uefa Youth League when the domestic champions path draw is held.

64 teams enter the competition – 32 qualify via the Uefa Champions League path based on fact their senior team have qualified for the Uefa Champions League, while the 32, including Bohemians, qualify via domestic champions path having won their underage league.

The domestic champions round one matches are over two legs and due to be played on October 2 and October 23. For more information on the competition format, visit the Uefa website.

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 Porto.

The 31 potential opponents for Bohemians in the first round are (please note the draw could, like last year, end up being regionalised):

  • Real Zaragoza (ESP)
  • Derby County (ENG)
  • Rennes (FRA)
  • Porto (POR, holders)
  • Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
  • Young Boys (SUI)
  • PAOK (GRE)
  • Midtjylland (DEN)
  • Maccabi Petah Tikva (ISR)
  • Viitorul (ROU)
  • Korona Kielce (POL)
  • Elfsborg (SWE)
  • Gabala (AZE)
  • Ludogorets (BUL)
  • Brodarac (SRB)
  • Rangers (SCO)
  • FC Minsk (BLR)
  • Astana (KAZ)
  • Sogndal (NOR)
  • Domžale (SVN)
  • Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
  • Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)
  • Shkëndija (ALB)
  • ÍA Akranes (ISL)
  • MTK Budapest (HUN)
  • Shkëndija (MKD)
  • Honka (FIN)
  • Zrinjski (BIH)
  • Liepāja (LVA)
  • Levadia Tallinn (EST)

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