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Galway supersub Padraic Cunningham scores just seconds after being introduced against Bohs

The teams played out a 1-1 draw but it’s not much use to the Tribesmen who remain four points from safety.

Image: Donall Farmer; ©INPHO/Donall Farmer/INPHO

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Harry Manning reports from Dalymount Park. 

BOHEMIANS AND GALWAY United shared the spoils in a thrilling SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tie at Dalymount Park.

Paddy Kavanagh’s first-half header gave Bohemians a well-earned lead into the break, however, a rejuvenated Galway stormed back into the tie – equalizing through Padraic Cunningham’s first touch of the game – and were ultimately unlucky not to take the full three points.

Bohs began with panache, dominating the early goings with some highly attractive passages of play and deservedly took the lead on 16 minutes.

Stephen Folan, standing in as United captain for the suspended Colm Horgan, cleared a cross straight into the path of Kavanagh who powered a header past Conor Winn and into the net.

Gypsies skipper Derek Pender almost doubled the advantage three minutes later after he intricately linked up with Kavanagh before narrowly flashing a shot just wide of the left post.

Alan Bennett and Padraic Cunningham Padraic Cunningham, seen here against Cork City, came on and changed the game for Galway. Source: Cathal Noonan; ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Shane Keegan’s side began to show some signs of life and on 31 minutes, almost levelled in spectacular fashion after Gavan Holohan’s delicate dink from the edge of the area glided over Shane Supple but fell marginally wide of the mark.

Into the second-half, Bohs took their foot off the pedal, inviting Galway to control large parts of the play. However, the Tribesman had little to show for it until the 71st  minute when Cunningham was introduced from the bench. Nine seconds later, he had the ball in the back of the net.

Starting from the halfway line, the 20-year-old darted into the box before ploughing Holohan’s cross into the net with a bolting header.

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Seven minutes on Cunningham almost had his side in front when he was slipped through by Ronan Murray, however, his sweeping shot across goal was superbly pushed away by Supple.

On 86 minutes, the inspired substitute was again at the centre of a massive chance. Murray found space down the right channel before squaring for the youngster, however, he blasted over and spoiled the glorious opportunity.

Despite the hard-fought draw, Keegan’s men are worst-off than they were coming into the game thanks to Finn Harps’ surprise win away to Limerick. They are now four points from safety with six games to play.

Bohemians, meanwhile, remain in 6th place, six points above the drop.

Bohemians: Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Rob Cornwall, Warren O’Hora, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule, Keith Ward (Phillip Gannon, 81); Ismahil Akinade, Dinny Corcoran

Galway United: Conor Winn; Niall Maher, Stephen Folan (c), Paul Sinnott, Marc Ludden; David Cawley, Alex Byrne (Kevin Devaney, 46), Gavan Holohan, Rory Hale (Conor Melody, 86); Eoin McCormack (Padraig Cunningham, 71), Ronan Murray

Referee: Derek Tomney

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