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League of Ireland Player of the Week: Dave Mulcahy - Bohemians

League of Ireland Player of the Week: Dave Mulcahy - Bohemians

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The captain put in a tremendous individual performance against Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers to help haul his side off the bottom of the table


Position Midfielder
Age 35
Nationality Irish
Appearances 18
Goals 3
Cards 5
Unlike many of his younger and more inexperienced Bohemians teammates, Dave Mulcahy has been around the block a couple of times. During his 14-year League of Ireland career, the striker turned hard-tackling midfielder has pulled on the jersey of seven different clubs and knows what it takes to win. But more importantly he has experienced that sinking feeling that is associated with relegation. The 35-year-old was part of the Bray Wanderers side who finished bottom of the table in 2009. However, judging by his recent performances, he does not want to be part of another side consigned to the First Division.

The Gypsies captain led by example from the first to last minute as the hosts recorded a crucial victory over arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers to haul themselves off the foot of the table. Mulcahy capped off a dominant all-round performance by scoring the match winning goal. Bohemians were in a crisis before the departure of Aaron Callaghan as the club were plummeting towards the bottom of the standings at rapid pace. However, the appointment of Owen Heary has signalled a change in fortunes.

The likes of Mulcahy among others have stepped up to the plate and taken games by the scruff of the neck, picking up points when they seemed unlikely to get anything out of games; Friday evening was another prime example of this. The Kilkenny-born midfielder fired home from Andy Mulligan's corner after just three minutes but it was his sheer determination, work-rate and ability to snuff out the opposition that earned him this week's award.

There is no getting away from the fact that Mulcahy is in the final stages of a work-man like if not unspectacular career. But, he continues to show great hunger for the game just as if he was starting out, like so many of his compatriots at Dalymount Park. The result not only lifts Bohs off the bottom of the table and out of the drop-zone but also adds yet more momentum and impetus to their fight for survival which continues to gather pace under Heary.

With the calibre of players like Dave Mulcahy coupled with undoubtedly talented youngsters, it would be unwise to bet against the eight time league winners retaining their Premier Division status. After all, experienced pros such as Mulcahy might just be the difference between Bohemians and their relegation rivals.