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Dinny eyes Cup for Bohs fans' loyalty

BOHEMIANS striker Dinny Corcoran believes that the Gypsies deserve to go all the way in the FAI Cup - and earn a Europa League place for next season - for the trauma which the club has endured in the last few seasons.

Without a trophy since the 2010 Setanta Cup win, Bohs remain in the hunt for the 2014 FAI Cup as they take on Cork City in a third round replay at Dalymount Park tonight, the sides forced to meet again following a thrilling 2-2 draw in Turner's Cross on Friday night.

And Corcoran says that Owen Heary's squad are determined to bring a trophy, and European football, back to Dalymount Park as soon as possible. A top-three finish is well out of their reach so the FAI Cup offers the best route to Europe.

European football was seen as a given for Bohs for many seasons, but that was at a period when they were paying individual players €2,000 a week, with the current bunch on a fraction of that. Yet the desire for success remains the same.

"Nobody signs for Bohs for the money, we certainly don't have the biggest budget in the league or anything near it," says Corcoran, the club's leading scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions. "We do have young lads who are basically getting petrol money to play League of Ireland football, but that doesn't bother us at all. It's not about how much money you earn but what you do on the field and on our day we are capable of beating anyone.

"We would love to go all the way this season and win the FAI Cup for the fans as they have gone through a lot of hard times in the last few years. And I see no reason why we can't go all the way," added Corcoran.

"We all want to play in Europe. I missed the Europa League campaign with Bohs two years ago as I was injured so it would be massive for me to get there and play in Europe."

Corcoran scored both goals for Bohs but an 88th minute equaliser from Cork defender Dan Murray was the key goal, that header forcing tonight's replay but the Bohs striker admits that his side could already have a place in the last eight.

"We should really have had the game sewn up by half time, we had four or five great chances in the first half, I know as I missed a few. I was pleased to get the two goals I scored.

"I had gone through a bit of a barren spell for a while so it was nice to get on the scoresheet again, but I just wish we had done enough on the night in Cork to get through.

"If we can get past Cork tonight and then get a lucky draw in the quarter-finals, we're in the last four and very close to going all the way.

The Cup is a big focus for us now. We have managed to consolidate our league position and while we still want to finish as high up in the league as we can, maybe qualify for the Setanta Cup, we feel we can have a good run in the Cup now.

"Cork probably didn't want to have this replay tonight as they are very much in with a shout for the league title but we'll still have to be sharp."

We will at leats get to see a game tonight as a pitch inspection by the FAI yesterday passed the Dalymount Park surface so there will be no repeat of last Monday's drama when referee Tomás Connolly controversially refused to let the Bohs-Shamrock Rovers game go ahead due to "safety concerns".

Cork boss John Caulfield admits that his side are fortunate to still be in the competition.

"When you are two one down with a few minutes to go, to get a draw that keeps you in the cup, it creates a buzz and an excitement.

"Maybe we should have been out, and we're not. We are delighted to still be in the cup.

"Bohs played very well on Friday, but we will be hoping to give a better performance ourselves on Monday. We know it will be a difficult game, but we have good spirit in the camp and we will be hoping to give one of our better performances," he said.


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