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Friday 18 April 2014

Mulcahy delivers leveller as Bohs dig deep to frustrate Saints

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29 April 2013; Bohemians' Dave Mulcahy, centre, celebrates with team-mates, after scoring his side's first goal. Airtricity League Premier Division, St Patricks Athletic v Bohemians, Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Bohemians' Dave Mulcahy celebrates scoring the equaliser last night

THE roar from the away end at the final whistle told its own story. For Bohemians, this was a good point; for St Patrick's Athletic, it was two dropped.

A thrilling second half in Inchicore brought about a spirited comeback from the Gypsies, who nabbed an equaliser and then dug in for a grandstand finish peppered by Saints profligacy.

Bad luck, perhaps, but when it happens too often that argument is weakened. This was the tenth Dublin derby of a hectic season that feels like it is being played in a sprint.

It was the fourth home fixture on the trot for the hosts and they will feel they could have taken all 12 available points.

This draw, coupled with the same outcome against Derry three days earlier, means they have taken eight, leaving them five points off the lead.

Similar to Friday, Liam Buckley's charges threw away a winning position.

They forged ahead on the half-hour mark, a goal that was probably deserved on the balance of play. There was nothing pretty about it, with John Russell and Ian Bermingham manufacturing a short corner that culminated with a deep cross that was missed by Bohs 'keeper Dean Delany and converted by the head of Anto Flood.

Bohs created little, labouring in the final third when they worked themselves into decent positions as evidenced when Dwayne Wilson was slow to react to an error from recalled Saints 'keeper Brendan Clarke.

Aaron Callaghan introduced an extra striker, Kevin Devaney, at the break and he was prominent in a stint where the visitors again lacked assurance when it came to the killer ball. Still, it prompted Buckley into a change which saw Chris Forrester moved in from the left flank to the centre of the park and his first act was to blast over the bar with the goal gaping after Roberto Lopes had cleared a Conan Byrne attempt off the line.

The latter then struck the bar from sub Jake Kelly's cross as the Saints chased a second, a let-off that spurred Bohs back into life.

They equalised in the 71st minute, with Clarke picking the ball out of the net seconds after an excellent save from Michael Barker; the subsequent Ryan McEvoy corner was headed home by Dave Mulcahy.

It set up a thrilling conclusion with the Saints laying siege while their opponents sensed joy on the break. Ultimately, the recurring theme was wastefulness from the locals, with Kelly providing a miss of the season contender following a mazy run and cross from Forrester. Kenny Browne and Christy Fagan also threatened but failed to hit the target, a frustration that the Inchicore patrons know only too well.

St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke, O'Brien, Browne, Kenna, Bermingham; McFaul, Russell, Gannon (Kelly 61); Byrne, Flood (Fagan 66), Forrester.

Bohemians – Delany, Barker, Lopes, Mulcahy, Byrne; McEvoy, Buckley, O'Brien (Devaney 45); Lyons, Wilson (Fitzgerald 74), Mulligan.

REF – P McLaughlin (Monaghan)

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