Darryl Geraghty reports from Dalymount Park
Gypsies come from behind to extend their undefeated streak in a tight 1-1 draw at home to the Candystripes in front of a crowd of over 2,900.
Bohs conceded their first of the season as Stokes come back to haunt his former sidebefore James Finnerty notched his forst of the season to give his side a share of the spoils.
After a slow opening, the games first big moment of controvery arose and it was the home fans who were in uproar. Darragh Leahys long clearance upfield saw winger Luke Wade-Slater get the wrong side of his marker Ciaran Coll. The Derry let back looked to trip the pacey winger as he got goal side and as the home fans bellowed for a red card, referee Tomas Connolly produced a yellow.
From the resulting free kick, Peter Cherried saved expertly to pick out Keith Wards free kick from the top corner as the game threatened to come to life.
Both teams continued to feel each other out with not much in the way of goal mouth action, but the home side had the best chance of the first half. Conor Levingston picked out unmarked Wade-Slater at the back post who headed across the face of goal. Agonizingly for the Gypsies, Danny Mandroiu was inches away from turning it in.
The visitors got a dream start to the second half when the experienced Derek Pender brought down former team mate Eoghan Stokes just inside the area. The Derry front man made a clever run from right to left, collecting the ball just ahead of Pender who caught his standing leg. Up stepped Stokes to slot home past James Talbot.
The home side responded well only to find Peter Cherrie in unbeatable form. Substitute Robbie McCourt tried his luck from 30 yards but the effort was deflected into the path of Ali Reghba, who from just inside the area hammered the ball towards goal. The Derry stopper reacted brilliantly to parry the ball away as most of the home fans stared on in disbelief.
The pressure finally told and the home side got themselves back on level terms. Keith Ward went on a dribble down the left side and looked to poke the ball through to Sam Bynre but was slightly behind the front man. The ball trickled through and midfielder James Finnerty reacted quickest to poke the ball home from close range.
BOHEMIAN FC: James Talbot, Derek Pender, Darragh Leahy, Rob Cornwall, Danny Mandroiu, Scott Allardice, Conor Levingston, Keith Ward, Ali Reghba, James Finnerty, Luke Wade-Slater
Subs: Niall Corbet, Aaron Barry, Robbie McCourt, Sam Byrne, Paddy Kirk, Andy Lyons, Danny Grant
Derry City: Peter Cherrie, Conor McDermott, Ciaran Coll, Ciaron Harkin, Gerardo Bruna, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Aidy Delap, Eoin Toal, Eoghan Stokes, Darren Cole, Ally Gilchrist
Subs: Nathan Gartside, Evan Tweed, Shane McNamee, Josh Kerr, Gianni Seraf, Barry McNamee, Ronan McKinley