Tenacious Students add to Bohs' home discomforts
BOHEMIANS struggled to produce their best form at home once again last night as they failed to find a way past a stubborn UCD side.
Pat Fenlon's champions have won just one Airtricity League game at Dalymount Park in six attempts -- and that was a controversial opening-day win over Sporting Fingal.
Bohs paid UCD a huge compliment by altering their shape to put Paul Keegan directly marking Students playmaker Greg Bolger.
After a tentative start, the visitors threatened first and had a penalty appeal dismissed when David McMillan went down before Andy Boyle's header from a corner was cleared off the line. After a sharp break, Ciaran Kilduff side-footed narrowly wide.
Bohs had a penalty shout dismissed when a powerful strike from Mark Quigley appeared to be blocked by the arm of Evan McMillan, and Jason Byrne passed up a golden chance when he blasted wide from close range after a clever cut-back by Keegan following an astute Ruaidhri Higgins pass.
Two minutes before the break, Quigley connected sweetly with a flick-on by Brian Shelley, but his volley went straight at keeper Billy Brennan.
Five minutes into the second half, Quigley was unlucky to see his curling effort glance off the base of the upright, then Anto Murphy headed wide from a Higgins free-kick that he really should have converted.
Kilduff and Bolger almost combined to produce an opener for UCD in the 66th minute but Keegan slid in to clear before Bolger could finish the move off.
Keegan had a header blocked by Boyle as Bohs pressed for a winner, but the Students held out to frustrate them.
BOHEMIANS -- B Murphy; Shelley, McGuinness, Oman, Rossiter, A Murphy (Brennan 68), Keegan, Cronin (Madden 60), Higgins, Quigley (Greene 74), J Byrne.
UCD -- Brennan; Harding, Shortall, Boyle, E McMillan, McMahon (Creevy 80), Bolger, Corry, D McMillan (Wilson 85), Kilduff, Mulhall.
Ref -- A Kelly (Cork).