Airtricity League wrap: Bohs grab injury-time equaliser in Dublin derby

The Gypsies will feel hard done by after conceding a dubious penalty at Tallaght Stadium.

Ryan McEvoy celebrates his goal. Credit: INPHO/Donall Farmer

BOHEMIANS CAME AWAY from Tallaght Stadium with a hard-earned point thanks to Ryan McEvoy’s goal injury time.

The Hoops had gone ahead eight minutes from full-time in highly controversial fashion. A cross found its way to the back post, where Bohs defender Andy Mulligan accidentally kicked the ball off his face while trying to clear.

Astonishingly, referee Neil Doyle pointed to the spot – awarding the penalty for a handball. Ronan Finn, who was arguably the Hoops’ best player on the night, then buried what looked to be the winning goal from 12 yards.

Aaron Callaghan’s side dug deep, however, and fully deserved the equaliser when it did eventually arrive. A loose ball fell to the edge of the box and 22-year-old mifielder McEvoy struck first time on the half-volley to beat Barry Murphy in the Rovers goal.

Derry City let a two-goal lead slip at Hunky Dorys Park and needed Rory Patterson to rescue three points at the death against Drogheda United.

The Candystripes had gone in front in the 39th minute through Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for April Barry McNamee, who scored directly from a corner.

Patterson doubled their advantage shortly after the hour mark but two goals in as many minutes from substitute Fabio O’Brien restored parity.

With time running out, last season’s FAI Cup goal hero pounced to move Derry to within one point of Sligo and St Patrick’s Athletic.

The Saints earned a convincing win over mangerless Shelbourne at Tolka Park with Christy Fagan bagging a second half double before Christ Forrester put the icing on the cake.

Shels played the final 11 minutes with 10 ten after defender Jack Memery received his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on Ger O’Brien.

The win puts Liam Buckley’s side level on points with champions Sligo, who don’t play until tomorrow.

Bray enjoyed a massive away win at Turner’s Cross – beating Cork City 3-1.

The game was only three minutes old when John Mulroy put the Seagulls ahead and, although teenager Danny Morrissey equalised for the Rebels, a Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters brace secured a much-needed victory.

In the final Premier Division game, UCD drew 1-1 with Limerick at the UCD Bowl. Shane Tracy and Robbie Benson were the scorers.

The First Division saw wins for Athlone Town, Wexford Youths and Finn Harps.

Premier Division

  • Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Bohemians
  • Cork City 1-3 Bray Wanderers
  • Drogheda United 2-3 Derry City
  • UCD 1-1 Limerick
  • Shelbourne  0-3 St Patrick’s Athletic

First Divsion

  • Salthill Devon 1-2 Athlone Town
  • Waterford United 0-1 Wexford Youths
  • Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United

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