Thursday 21 September 2017

Fire Brigade answers Bohs' Dalymount pitch SOS

Enda Stevens will play in the Championship next season after earning a move to Sheffield United on the strength of his performances for Portsmouth. Photo: Getty
Enda Stevens will play in the Championship next season after earning a move to Sheffield United on the strength of his performances for Portsmouth. Photo: Getty
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bohemians have called on the help of the Dublin Fire Brigade to ensure that tomorrow night's Dublin derby with Shamrock Rovers goes ahead.

A problem with the pump at their Dalymount Park home has prevented the Gypsies from being able to water their pitch ahead of the fixture.

The spell of warm weather has resulted in the surface hardening and that raised concerns that the visit of Rovers could be affected.

However, those fears have been alleviated by help from the Fire Brigade which has facilitated watering taking place today ahead of the eagerly anticipated showdown with their arch rivals.

The weather forecast also indicates there will be rain ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, former Dundalk striker Pat Hoban is looking for a new club after being released by League Two side Mansfield.

Hoban left Dundalk after helping them to the League of Ireland title in 2014, but it hasn't really worked out for the Galwegian in England.

The 25-year-old initially joined Oxford, where he struggled to get a run in the side, and he embarked on loan spells at Stevenage and Grimsby before signing permanently with Mansfield.

He scored six goals from 24 appearances in all competitions this term, and his release will put clubs in Ireland on alert with his future plans uncertain.

Dundalk were linked with a move for Hoban last year, while Shamrock Rovers were on the look-out for a striker before the start of this season, and Dave Mooney - who has been released by Southend - was on their radar.

Mooney is taking time to mull over his next move as several Irish exiles come to terms with English clubs reaching the point of the season where they tell out-of-contract players whether they have a future or not as they make room for new arrivals.

Unsurprisingly, Plymouth Argyle have indicated they want to retain one-time Bohemians loanee Graham Carey after the Dubliner made a big contribution as they earned promotion from League Two.

Carey is taking a family holiday before deciding whether to accept a new deal.

The attacking midfielder scored 15 goals this season and was voted into the PFA League Two Team of the Season by his peers.

Enda Stevens, the other Irishman to make that team, will play in the Championship next season after earning a move to Sheffield United on the strength of his performances for Portsmouth.

Former Ireland U-21 international Callum Reilly has been told he can leave Burton Albion, while experienced midfielder Paul Keegan has been shown the door by Doncaster after helping them secure promotion to League One.

The 32-year-old former Bohemians and Drogheda United midfielder has spent six years at the club and made 145 appearances but he was a bit part player this term.

Wicklow native Barry Corr could yet stay at Cambridge, where he struggled with a knee problem all season.

Irish Independent

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