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Bohs escape with a point

BOHEMIANS returned from their trip west with a point after a 2-2 draw, but it could have been a whole lot worse for the reigning Premier Division champions.

Twice Pat Fenlon's side had to come from behind as Galway United put it up to the Dubliners in full view of the live television cameras at Terryland Park.

It has been a League of Ireland season stuffed with controversial moments and this clash found a referee at centre stage again.

Rival managers Sean Connor and Fenlon patrolled the technical area bemused by several of Anthony Buttimer's decisions.

Buttimer issued half a dozen cards, including a harsh red for Brian Shelley.

The opening quarter was all about Galway's honesty as they stopped the visitors from putting any sustained passing patterns together.

Galway's two central midfielders, Ciaran Foley and Stephen O'Donnell, beavered around the pitch seeking involvement as Bohemians suffered plenty of anxious moments.

Still scarred from Karl Sheppard's delightful double at Dalymount Park, the Bohs defence feared the former Everton youngster's speed and Galway attacked early and often.

Despite the burst of Tribes' pressure, though, it was the Gypsies who manufactured the first significant chance of the evening in the 14th minute.


That it arrived courtesy of a hopeful Paul Keegan delivery scarcely mattered as Paddy Madden scampered clear, but the promising forward's chip crept inches over the bar.

Having survived that scare, Galway continued to probe and in the 19th minute Sheppard tumbled in the area following a Shelley push.

Buttimer briskly awarded a penalty and red-carded Shelley, much to the chagrin of an incensed Fenlon.

The polished O'Donnell, recently praised by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, smashed in a splendid spot-kick.

Before the break the Gypsies searched for a leveller, but the Galway defence, marshalled by Jamie McKenzie and Paul Synott, remained defiant. When Bohs eventually broke through, Glen Cronin picked out Gareth McGlynn, who was thwarted by Barry Ryan.

Tempers became frayed in the dying seconds of the half, with Killian Brennan yellow-carded for an off- the-ball altercation with Bobby Ryan.

Despite the tense nature of the encounter, Bohemians continued to battle, and they restored parity in the 65th minute courtesy of a flash of opportunism from Madden, who swept home from Ken Oman's header.

It was a thrilling contest and Galway substitute Tom King edged the Tribesmen ahead again on 73 when prodding the ball over the line.

Bohemians, though, were defiant and Ryan's hesitancy between the sticks was ruthlessly punished by Madden.

The closing minutes were sprinkled with odd refereeing calls, but parity prevailed.