Bohemians and Galway played out a hugely entertaining 1-1 draw at a packed Dalymount. The game had it all, end to end play, goals and two sets of hugely committed players who will all feel like it was two points dropped.
After nearly a month of competitive action away from the “home of Irish football”, Bohs welcomed relegation threatened Galway United to Dalymount Park with yet another massive three points on the line.
It was The Gypsies who deservedly took the lead with just 17 minutes played when “the orchestrator” Keith Ward turned his marker inside out down the left channel. His left footed cross was only half cleared by Galway skipper Stephen Folan and Paddy Kavanagh reacted quickest to power his header low into the bottom corner.
Bohs went close just moments later when Derek Pender played a delightful one-two with, right winger for the night, Izzy Akinade but the Bohs skipper drilled his shot inches wide of Conor Winn’s far post.
The visitors showed they weren’t here to make up the numbers when Gavan Holohan played a one two of his own with David Cawley, but his audacious chip beat Shane Supple but also the far post. Mayo man Ronan Murray, was also a constant thorn in the Gyspies side looking dangerous over the top with some excellent movement.
The hosts sprung back into life and began to dominate possession again. Right before the half they could have doubled their lead when Pender slipped in Dinny Corcoran, but the big number 9 shot straight at Winn, who stayed big turning the ball away from goal.
Bohs missed two glorious chances to double their lead right after the break. Firstly, Fuad Sule broke from a Galway corner, releasing Kavanagh down the right in a 2 v 1 situation, but the goalscorer couldn’t find the unmarked Ward in the box. Almost immediately after, Kavanagh clipped a delightful ball into the box but Akinade hit his volley into the turf and into the grateful hands of Winn.
From then it was the visitors who came to life through two inspired substitutions. Kevin Devaney was a bundle of energy on the left and super sub Padraic Cunnigham scored with his first touch. Gavan Holohan did well to keep the ball alive in the corner and dug out a cross, and Cunningham rose highest to head home seconds after coming on.
The travelling support, who never stopped singing throughout, thought they had won it and, probably should have, when the excellent Ronan Murray squared to the unmarked goalscorer Cunningham but he snatched at his shot and the ball flew over Supple’s crossbar, from just inside the box.
Overall a draw was the fair result with both sides missing guilt edged chances in a typical game of two halves but a point won’t be of any comfort to Shane Keegan’s troops who still languish second from bottom in the race to escape.
Bohemian FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender, Warren O’Hora, Rob Cornwall, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Fuad Sule, Oscar Brennan, Keith Ward, Izzy Akinade, Patrick Kavanagh, Dinny Corcoran
Subs: Colin McCabe, Cian McMullen, Dan Byrne, Philip Gannon, Ciaran O’Connor, Dan Casey, Georgie Poynton
Galway United: Conor Winn, Marc Ludden, Paul Sinnott, Niall Maher, Alex Byrne, Gavan Holohan, David Caw;ey, Rory Hale, Ronan Murray, Eoin McCormack, Stephen Folan
Subs: Charlie Burns, Padraic Cunningham, Conor Melody, Aaron Conway, Kevin Devaney, Gary Shanahan, Ronan Manning
Referee: Derek Tomney