Bohemians defenders Derek Pender and Anto Murphy were taken off on stretchers as their side had to settle for a point from a dreadfully disappointing draw with Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park.
Captain Pender was first to suffer an injury to his lower right leg after just 12 minutes.
Substitute Murphy replaced him at right-back, but he too was then off on a stretcher with what appeared an ankle injury early in the second half
In a terribly poor game, we had to wait until the 88th minute for the only real scoring chance.
Bohemians’ substitute Adam Evans whipped a super ball from the left to the far post where Jason Byrne’s powerful header was straight at Bray keeper Stephen McGuinness.
Bohemians’ striker Byrne, on his first league start of the season against the club where his career began 17 years ago, had the first sight of goal on four minutes, shooting wide from 25 yards.
Scarcely lacking confidence after last week’s win over St. Patrick’s, Bray came to play and Alan McNally headed over the bar from skipper David Cassidy’s first corner of the game.
Bohemians then suffered their first injury setback on 12 minutes when Pender had to be carried off.
A scrappy game was struggling to spring to life as home winger Paddy Kavanagh volleyed not far wide on 24 minutes.
A decent penalty shout was denied Bray minutes later as Cassidy appeared to be taken down by Lorcan Fitzgerald.
Adam Evans came on at half-time for Kavanagh and almost made an immediate impact for the home side. The winger’s cross picked out Karl Moore at the back post and his volley was deflected for a corner.
But another injury struck Bohemians 13 minutes in when Murphy was also taken off on a stretcher after a challenge with Chris Lyons.
The game remained dreadfully disjointed as the sides continued to struggle to create openings.
Bohemians’ Robbie Creevy had an opportunity from distance on 75 minutes but dragged his shot wide.
Bohemians: Stacey; Pender (A. Murphy, 12; O‘Brien, 58), Prendergast, Best, Fitzgerald; Lopes; Kavanagh (Evans, h/t), Dillon, Creevy, Moore; J. Byrne.
Bray Wanderers: McGuinness; Douglas, McNally, Mitchell, Barker; Hanlon, Kelly (Gallagher, 76), McEvoy, McGlynn; Cassidy; Lyons (Onwubiko, 89).
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan).