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Pats stay top as late leveller stuns Bohs

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC heaped more misery on Bohemians last night as Dave Mulcahy struck in the second minute of injury-time to snatch a 1-1 draw for the visitors at Dalymount Park, keeping them top of the table.

Bohs looked to be heading for all three points from this important league encounter after Owen Heary headed them in front on four minutes but Mulcahy took his chance when Derek Doyle's cross fell to him to smash a fierce shot past Barry Murphy.

He raced to the other end of the ground to join in the fevered celebrations with the adoring visiting fans.

Bohs had bounced out of the blocks with the kind of purposeful start that has defined the majority of the Pat Fenlon era.

Within four minutes, they pierced the Saints' rearguard when Heary got on the end of Killian Brennan's cross from the right flank and directed a powerful header past keeper Gary Rogers.

A good passage of Bohemians play on 28 minutes culminated in Paul Keegan crashing a low drive on target but St Patrick's defender Conor Kenna blocked the chance.

Bohemians began the second half well, though two Brennan free kicks on 54 and 56 minutes came to nothing.

Heary came to the rescue for Bohemians on 57 minutes when he cleared from Daniel North.

Heary was involved again on 70 minutes when he got in the way of Shane Guthrie inside the Bohemians area, forcing the St Patrick's man into sending his effort wide.

The St Patrick's pressure continued and Stuart Byrne got his head to a Derek Pender cross on 72 minutes but couldn't get enough power on it to trouble Murphy.

St Patrick's persevered and Mulcahy netted his fourth goal in three games in injury-time.