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Delany heroics earn Bohs point at Oriel

Dean Delany's 92nd-minute wonder save ensured Bohemians a well-earned share of the spoils as they held Dundalk to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Oriel Park.

Owen Heary's boys in green looked dangerous going forward and they had the first real chance of the game after 15 minutes when Jason Byrne curled a first time effort just over Peter Cherrie's crossbar.

Dundalk went close four minutes later. Kurtis Byrne showed great technique to pull a Sean Gannon ball out of the sky, but his half volley was turned around the post by Dean Delany.

There was nothing the Bohs goalkeeper could do to stop the opening goal in the 28th minute. Darren Meenan's wicked corner from the right was met by Brian Gartland and his beautiful header nestled into the corner of the net.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Bohs hit back with a quickfire reply. Darragh Raynor whipped in a dangerous free-kick and Aidan Price was on hand to beat Cherrie with a near post header.

The visitors almost went into the break 2-1 up, but Jay Byrne's audacious effort from the right touchline was pushed over the bar by an anxious Cherrie.

The hosts increased the pressure after the break and Delany produced a fine fingertip save to deny Richie Towell's 30-yard blockbuster in the 55th minute.

Kurtis Byrne (left) then fizzed a shot just off target minutes later before driving a half volley just over the top.

Dundalk thought they had won the game right at the death, but John Mountney's half volley was magnificently saved by Delany before his header was cleared off the line by Derek Pender.


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