UCD 2-2 Bohemians was how it finished at The UCD Bowl on Friday night
UCD maintained their unbeaten record but failed but make it six wins from their last seven games and will rue what could have been in this game at the UCD Bowl on Friday night.
The boys in blue could not have wished for a better start taking the lead in just the 6th minute. Free kick expert Danny Ledwith lived up to his name by curling a left footer past Greg Murray and into the net from just outside the box.
The free kick came as a result for a foul on Ledwith by Kevin Feely. The centre back was shown a straight red card for the tackle as he stumbled and tripped Ledwith.
By the letter of the law it was a goal scoring opportunity but Feely and Bohs will feel the decision may have been a little harsh.
UCD passed the ball well against the 10 men of Bohs and doubled their lead in the 22nd minute, Paul O’Conor’s shot took a deflection off Dave McMillan and found it’s way into the far bottom corner.
Bohs had been playing 4-3-2 since the red card but Manager Aaron Callaghan made a change, bringing Derek Pender on for John O’Connor and Bohs went to a four man midfield which was much for difficult for UCD to break down.
Dave McMillan forced a save from 42nd minute and then Hughie Douglas shot over the bar from inside the six yard box after Paul O’Conor’s corner.
UCD led 2-0 at half time.
UCD started the second half well, Ledwith was fouled by Owen Heary just outside the box and Paul O’Conor’s free kick was inches wide of the far post.
O’Conor then shot over the crossbar.
Martin Russell then made a change, James Kavanagh replacing Barry McCabe, Danny Ledwith’s low free kick towards the bottom corner was then saved by Murray.
Around the hour mark Bohs started to come more into the game, Ryan McEvoy shot over while Derek Pender missed from close range with a header.
The Gypsies then made a double change, and it was a substitution that would change the game. Dave Scully and Dinny Corcoran replaced Karl Moore and Kevin Devanney. Bohs could sense a way back into the game.
Dean Clarke was having a good few minutes down the UCD right against Michael Barker, but his crosses failed to pick out their targets, Benson on one occasion just inches away from connecting.
UCD could have made it 3-0 in the 75th minute but McMillan’s shot was saved.
Dave Mulcahy came inches away from getting a goal for Bohs, but his shot went just wide of the far post. That was a warning sign that was not heeded by UCD.
Bohs got a goal back in the 91st minute, Dave Scully’s shot from the corner of the box after Danny Ledwith had given the ball away.
UCD were now under pressure and Bohs got an equaliser in the 94th minute. Scully the hero with his header from a corner.
As UCD tipped off the referee blew the final whistle.
A game of two halves, UCD dominant and at their passing best in the first 45, but Bohs played till the end and got their equaliser.
UCD have a quick turn around as they play St. Pats on Monday evening in Richmond Park with a 7.45pm kick off.
UCD: Barron; Douglas (Russell, 82), Leahy, O'Connor, Nangle; Clarke (Mulhall, 72), O'Conor, McCabe (Kavanagh, 59), Ledwith; Benson; McMillan.
Bohemians: Murphy; Heary, Feely, Lopez; Barker, McEvoy, Mulcahy, O'Connor (Pender, 28), Moore (Scully, 64);
McMillan, Devenney (Corcoran, 64).
Referee: S Grant (Wexford)