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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gypsies' curse strikes again

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Dundalk’s David McMillan in action against Bohemians’ Dylan Hayes during their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Dalymount Park
Dundalk’s David McMillan in action against Bohemians’ Dylan Hayes during their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Dalymount Park

Bohemians may not prevent Dundalk from winning the league title this season.

But they are certainly making their former boss Stephen Kenny work very hard for that league title as the Gypsies, for the second time this season, caused the league leaders hardship and Dundalk needed a scrappy equaliser deep into injury time from Richie Towell to earn a 2-2 draw.

Dundalk started brightly as you'd expect from a side looking for their ninth straight away win in the league, and when David McMillan forced a save from Bohs keeper Dean Delany as early as the seventh minute, it seemed like Bohs, the only side to beat Dundalk in the league this term, were in for another bruising night.

But the Gypsies took control of affairs after that and took the lead on 17 minutes with that goal from Keith Buckley, the midfielder finishing from Ishmael Akinade's cross.

You'd have expected an instant response from Dundalk but the Lilywhites were off-colour here.

Dundalk needed a different approach and boss Kenny made a change at the break, bringing on Darren Meenan. A shot from Richie Towell, tipped over the bar by Delany on 55 minutes was the beginning of a revival from the away side and Dundalk finally drew level on the hour mark.

Daryl Horgan worked his magic down the left wing and fired in a cross which O'Donnell met with a stunning finish. McMillan should have made it 2-1 on 63 minutes, while Ronan Finn almost caught out Delany with a flicked shot on 71 minutes, and there was more frustration for the champions when a Brian Gartland goal was disallowed.

here was still some fight on this Bohs side, however, and 13 minutes from time they took the lead again. The ever-reliable left back Fitzgerald sent a ball up in the direction of Akinade, who shrugged off the challenge of Gartland and then beat Gary Rogers with a calm finish.

Dundalk were nervy more than calm in the closing stages and they were relieved to see Towell get on the end of a cross deep into injury time and score a very important equaliser.

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