Rueful Cork pay penalty as Ward strikes late
Cork City 1 Bohemians 1
Keith Ward's 91st-minute penalty earned Bohemians an unlikely draw at Turner's Cross after a game in which they were second best for long spells.
Cork defender Kevin Murray, just on as a sub, brought down Derek Pender in the box and Ward made no mistake when blasting to the top left corner.
Though the draw extends Cork's unbeaten run to nine games, it will have felt like a loss after they controlled the pace of the game.
While injuries played a part, there was little doubt that Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan had one eye on Thursday's trip to Iceland as he made eight changes after the 0-0 draw with Thor Akureyri last Thursday and fielded a team with an average age of just 22.
That inexperience showed as Daryl Horgan bulldozed his way in from the left wing on 23 minutes to break the deadlock following a nice through ball from Gearoid Morrissey, the striker notching his fifth of the season with a low drive past Bohs stopper Andy McNulty.
Cork continued to create the better chances in the second half, Davin O'Neill hitting the roof of the net with a lob that had Andy McNulty beaten, while Vinny Sullivan and Horgan also went close to extending the lead.
Morrissey and Danny Murphy both scuffed wide as City attempted to turn the screw but they were dealt a blow when Morrissey and fellow midfielder John Dunleavy limped off injured in the space of two minutes.
Bohs were restricted to attempts from range, Michael Barker coming closest with a strike that Mark McNulty turned over, but immediately at the other end Horgan scooped just wide after a quick Cork break-out.
The final 10 minutes saw City sit very deep and in the end it proved costly as Ward fired past McNulty to delight the travelling support gathered behind the goal.
CORK CITY -- M McNulty, Healy, Spillane (K Murray 88), Kavanagh, Murphy; Morrissey (Turner 71), Dunleavy (N Horgan 73), Duggan, D Horgan, O'Neill, Sullivan.
BOHEMIANS -- A McNulty, Pender, Lopez, Feely, Barker, Traynor, Joyce (Ward 78), Wilson (Mulligan 60), Martin, Moore (O'Connor 68), Scully.
Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin)