Limerick FC were cruelly denied a second win on the bounce as a last-gasp Eoghan Stokes header ensured a share of the spoils at the Markets Field.
As expected, Tommy Barrett made no changes to the side that went to Sligo on opening night and came away with a one-nil win. Shane Duggan operated in his role behind Mark O’Sullivan, while Eoin Wearen faced his former club.
With nobody particularly shining on the ball, the pitch would provide the most entertaining moment of the opening half, as Brendan Clarke went to deal with a routine backpass. Instead, the bobbled surface forced him to kick thin air. Luckily for him, no Bohs player was in the vicinity to capitalise.
The Blues lacked a creative spark in midfield, but they should receive a boost in the coming days as a deal to bring former Dutch and Irish underage international Barry Maguire to the club is expected to be confirmed – pending international clearance.
However, their lack of creative spark wouldn’t hinder them, as Bohs’ sloppiness in midfield handed them a break on the hour mark. Daniel Kearns picked up possession on halfway before going on a mazy run. He jinked in and out, before feeding Billy Dennehy down the right flank.
The Tralee native crossed for Mark O’Sullivan, but the ball would eventually fall to Blues captain Shane Duggan at the back post. Duggan fired across the face of goal for Cian Coleman to provide the finishing touch.
However, just as the fourth official held up the board for added time, Eoghan Stokes struck a header past Brendan Clarke to disappoint the majority of the 2,225 in the Markets Field.
Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly, Tony Whitehead, Darren Dennehy, Shane Tracy; Cian Coleman, Eoin Wearen; Billy Dennehy, Shane Duggan, Daniel Kearns (Danny Morrissey, 87); Mark O’Sullivan (Connor Ellis, 76).
Bohemians: Shane Supple; Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Rob Cornwall, Darragh Leahy; Keith Buckley (JJ Lunney, 87), Oscar Brennan (Ian Morris, 76); Paddy Kavanagh (Karl Moore, 68), Philip Gannon, Eoghan Stokes; Dinny Corcoran.
Referee: Ray Matthews (Longford)