Bohs stop Cork making the most of Dundalk's slip-up
Cork City continued to falter in the wake of their Europa League exploits, following up their disappointing home defeat to Sligo Rovers on Monday with a frustrating scoreless draw against Bohemians.
Cork City 0 Bohemians 0
Having taken just one point from a possible six, the result means that the Leesiders continue to trail Dundalk at the top of the table, with a five-point gap between the sides - despite the Lilywhites having lost their last two games.
The hosts should really have gone ahead mid-way through the first half when Sean Maguire cheekily dispossessed Derek Prendergast at the edge of the area.
However, despite finding himself clean through on goal, the striker could not find the net, with Shane Supple's outstretched leg impressively keeping the score level.
Supple came to Bohs' rescue again minutes later when he made a timely intervention to deny Garry Buckley.
Kevin O'Connor's floated free-kick found the midfielder unmarked at the back post, but Supple did just enough to force the error and Buckley's header flew harmlessly wide.
Bohemians spurned a rare opportunity to go ahead shortly before half-time when Jake Kelly's neat cut-back found Eoin Wearen outside the box, but the former West Ham youth's shot was tame and did not trouble Mark McNulty.
Stephen Best came to the rescue for Bohemians on a number of occasions and he denied Cork a certain goal when he cleared Michael McSweeney's fizzing volley off the line midway through the second half.
Bohs lost the impressive Supple in the same passage of play after the former Ipswich keeper landed awkwardly while coming to claim the ball and was taken off on a stretcher.
With the two sides locked level as the game wore on into the closing stages, Cork were forced to endure double frustration as Maguire was twice deemed to have been offside after finding the back of the net.
John Caulfield's side will look to recover when they host Derry City on Monday.
Cork City - McNulty, Bennett, Bolger, Beattie, Dooley, O'Connor, McSweeney (Morrissey 58), Holohan (O'Sullivan 67) Browne, Maguire, Buckley (C Healy 80)
Bohemians - Supple ( Delany 55), Pender, Fitzgerald, Prendergast, Wearen, Buckley, Quigley (Byrne 69), Kelly (Byrne 86), Kavanagh, Best.
Ref - R Rogers (Dublin)
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