Bohs strike late at Dalymount Park to deny Shamrock Rovers in dramatic finale
Bohemians 1 Shamrock Rovers 1
HONOURS even at Dalymount Park, but this was another important derby test that Shamrock Rovers failed.
Stephen Bradley's charges had led in the two previous meetings with their arch rivals this season and suffered defeat.
Time was on their side this time around, and yet they still weren't able to close it out after Ronan Finn put them ahead with eight minutes remaining.
Rob Cornwall levelled it up with Bohs' next serious attack and, while Rovers did at least escape with a point, their full-time body language was more in keeping with a defeat.
It means that a Rovers group that had thrived against St Pat's in Tallaght on Tuesday retain a record of just one away win this term. They have scored just five times in the ten games they have played on their travels.
That doesn't make for pretty reading, and explains why they remain in the bottom half of the table.
A draw was the fair result here.
Ireland squad members Shane Supple and Graham Burke will have time to digest it tomorrow as they meet up with the rest of the group in Castleknock ahead of their flight to Paris.
Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane and senior players Seamus Coleman and James McClean were part of the FAI delegation that showed up to watch this encounter. They actually departed just before the late drama.
There had been little for them to enjoy in a grim opening 45, although Supple and Burke were central to the main moment with the Rovers attacker finding space in the box only to be denied an opener by a fine stop from the Bohemians keeper.
Bohs did have a lucky escape after the restart with Dan Byrne fortunate to stay on the pitch for a rash tackle when he was already booked. Keith Long immediately replaced him.
But the hosts fell behind when Dylan Watts made an error on a counter attack and Rovers broke with Finn firing a right footer beyond Supple.
But just six minutes later, they were pegged back with Keith Ward's free dispatched by the head of ex-Hoop Cornwall.