MULCAHY SUCKER PUNCH STUNS THE SUPERB SAINTS; LEAGUE OF IRELAND ST PATS 1 BOHS 1; Pat's Old Boy Dave Returns to Shock Dominant Richmond Men
Byline: PAUL O'HEHIR firstname.lastname@example.org
EX-SAINT Dave Mulcahy inspired a resurrection as the Gypsies exploded into life to stun the Saints.
Floored by Anto Flood's first-half goal, the Phibsboro men were getting battered by the rampant home side and any share of the night's prize looked a lost cause.
How St Pat's didn't see this one out is anyone's guess as they created a litany of chances throughout and hit the woodwork twice.
But an inability to take their chances is a running theme at the club and it came back to haunt them once again.
Sensing the host's frustration at not closing things out, Bohs battled back from the dead with Mulcahy heading home an equaliser on 71 minutes.
And thereafter he single handily dragged a previously confidence shot defence into the fight to secure the unlikeliest of points.
St Pat's were comfortably the dominant side in the firsthalf, albeit Bohs threatened first when Chris Lyons shot into the side netting.
And in terms of scoring opportunities, that was as good as it got before the break for Aaron Callaghan's men.
But the Saints were always knocking on the door, eager to punish a shaky rearguard and Dean Delany had to palm away a Flood header.
A succession of surges into Bohs territory gave them confidence with Conan Byrne's marauding runs into space the catalyst for their purposeful approach.
Chris Forrester flashed a low drive at Delany while Byrne fizzed a curling free over the bar after Conor O'Brien fouled John Russell on the edge of the area.
Saints were building momentum and while they have been goal shy at times, their approach work always carried a threat and it was no surprise when they took the lead on the half hour. …