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1. FC Union Berlin vs Bohemians Dublin

Friendly, 4. Matchday

1. FC Union vs Bohemians

Friendly, 4. Matchday

Sat., 09. July 2022, 15:30 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
2 : 1

Union defeat Bohemians 2-1

Match report

1. FC Union Berlin ran out 2-1 winners against Bohemians in the first pre-season friendly at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Danilho Doekhi and Andreas Voglsammer hit the back of the net either side of the break. Bohemians scored late in the second half through substitute Ali Coote. A crowd of 15,932 packed into the Alte Försterei after a long summer break to welcome the team back, with a new shirt and a number of new faces.

Union: Rönnow, Van Drongelen (Heintz 60), Doekhi (Jaeckel 45), Ryerson (Trimmel 60), Michel (Khedira 45), Schäfer (Voglsammer 45), Endo (Haraguchi 45), Puchacz (Gießelmann 60), Becker (Skarke 45), Knoche (Kemlein 77), Leweling (Siebatcheu 45)

Bohemians: Jinadu; Feely, Kelly, McDaid (Levingston 56), Murphy (Doherty 69), O’Sullivan (Doran 84), Varian (Omochere 69), Burke, Mullins (Burt 69), Twardek (Coote 69), McManus (Byrne 84)

Urs Fischer’s side for the visit of Bohemians contained both Danilo Doekhi and Jamie Leweling, summer signings from Vitesse and Greuther Fürth respectively. The three matches on the road so far were followed up with the season-opening match against the Irish side, an opportunity for the fans to get to know the squad and staff before the competitive action begins on August 1. Union welcomed Dublin’s Bohemian Football Club who are midway through their League of Ireland campaign. Wearing a special Bob Marley-inspired shirt, the Bohs arrived with around 1,000 fans and contributed to a fantastic atmosphere at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. The conditions were ideal for an intense exercise and Union got exactly that in the opening stages. After Tymoteusz Puchacz shot over from range, Keith Long’s team made a chance of their own. Kris Twardek combined with Ryan Burke and the winger’s shot hit Frederik Rönnow’s side-netting. Union found a rhythm in the next 10-to-15 minutes and thoroughly dominated, whilst creating a number of good chances. On 12 minutes, Puchacz hit the byline, found Leweling, but the ball scrambled away from Union’s number 40. It landed as far as Doekhi at the edge of the box and the Dutch centre back smashed the ball high into the net for the opening goal. Rönnow was busy again two minutes later with a save from Rory Feely. Sheraldo Becker was given one of the loudest welcomes pre-match as he prepares for another season in Berlin. The Dutch winger connected brilliantly on to a cross after 19 minutes, striking the foot of the post. It could have been two or three for the Bundesliga side before the first-half came to a close. Hungarian midfielder Andras Schäfer showed skill and composure to weave away from his marker, setting up Michel for a shot that was spilled into the net by goalkeeper Jinadu. Keita Endo’s robustness, however, was not favoured by the match referee who adjudged there to have been foul play. Schäfer’s long diagonal picked out Michel a minute later and despite an outstanding finish, the Union front man was flagged offside.

Jordan Siebatcheu, Genki Haraguchi, Paul Jaeckel, Rani Khedira, Andreas Voglsammer and Tim Skarke were introduced at the interval. The American-born striker, who made his first appearance for the club midweek in Braunschweig, was involved from the start of the half. Tim Skarke’s cross was fumbled by the goalkeeper but Siebatcheu could only shoot wide. Union introduced Niko Gießelmann, Christopher Trimmel and Dominique Heintz around the hour mark, while Aljosha Kemlein followed around 10 minutes later. Genki Haraguchi fired over from range as Union looked for a second before Siebatcheu headed wide after a great piece of wing play from Gießelmann. The second goal came on 68 minutes when Skarke picked out Andreas Voglsammer and finished off in front of the Waldseite. There was an opportunity for the away supporters to celebrate with a consolation goal in the 75th minute. Substitute Prince Omochere ran clear and combined with John O'Sullivan before Ali Coote tapped into the empty net, sparking huge celebrations in the away end. Despite some opportunities to equalise, Union held on to the advantage and celebrated the first game of 2022/23 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei with a win.

Union welcome Dublin's Bohemians

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will host Bohemians from Dublin on Saturday afternoon at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to open the 2022/23 season. The kick-off is 15:30 local time and the team will be presented an hour before.

Last Match

Urs Fischer's team suffered a first loss of the summer on Wednesday night against 2.Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig. Immanuel Pherai scored a goal against the run of play in the 55th minute for the home side to take the win, despite the Köpenick club creating a number of clear goalscoring chances. Striker Jordan Siebatcheu made his debut for Union following his switch from Young Boys Bern in the wake of Taiwo Awoniyi's departure to Nottingham Forest. The American-born striker immediately showed his danger but was unlucky not to open his account in the first half. After wins at Viktoria Berlin and Magdeburg, there were opportunities for rotation and game time - goalkeeper Lennart Grill was the only player to complete the full 90.


The Irish club - 100% owned by their supporters - have played a significant amount of league fixtures this campaign - their 21st League of Ireland match was a 2-3 defeat at home to Derry City. Keith Long's team are one point ahead of Shelbourne in sixth and four ahead of Drogheda United. Bohs successfully conquered the first two rounds of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League in 2021, eventually coming up stuck against PAOK Salonika - despite beating the Greek heavyweights at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Long's squad has talent in their ranks with Irish youngster Dawson Devoy, who plays in central midfield for Bohs. Devoy is capped by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level and has scored seven goals this season. In attack, Promise Omochere has five goals and is ably supported by Liam Burt and Ali Coote who have two and three goals each.


Tickets are still available for Saturday's match.

Away supporters will be located in Section 5 (Sektor 5).

In anticipation of the introduction of mobile ticketing at the stadium An der Alten Försterei, turnstiles have been installed at all entrances. For the match on Saturday, all Union fans are asked to bring their Print@Home ticket in paper form as usual and have it verified at the scanners installed at the turnstiles.


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