A sensational goal from substitute Keith Dunne 17 minutes from time gave St Patrick's Athletic a deserved draw in a captivating FAI Carlsberg Cup semi-final clash at rain-soaked and windswept Dalymount Park this afternoon (Sunday).
Right-winger Dunne, introduced in the second half by Pats boss Eamonn Collins, drew his side level with a brilliantly executed finish after Bohs defender Damien Lynch had miscued a header across his penalty area.
It was a telling 60-second period in a cracking contest in Phibsboro. Robbie Doyle, who caused Pats all sorts of problems on the day but was unable to find the goal that would have sewn it up for the home side, saw his shot across the face of Chris Adamson's goal saved by the pats netminder.
The rebound broke but referee Paul McKeon awarded the Saints a free at the edge of their own area. Former West Brom man Adamson sent a wind-backed kick sailing into Bohs territory, which Lynch was unable to clear, succeeding only in flicking the ball into his own area, where Dunne flicked the ball over the advancing Seamus Kelly for the leveller.
The Doyle chance was not the first he had missed - the ex-UCD man's pace saw him into several good positions, and earlier in the second half, he had cut inside Karim el-Khebyr before screwing his left-foot shot just wide of the post.
And right at the end, the home side could have sealed the victory, with substitute Fergal Harkin failing to get on the end of Simon Webb's dangerous centre.
Harkin's pacy, mazy running had seen him make a big impact after replacing Bobby Ryan, but despite getting the right side of el Khebir to make the chance, he was unable to get a meaningful touch on the ball, which went wide to the relief of the vociferous travelling support.
Glenn Crowe had given Bohs the lead after 17 minutes of the first half, following up to finish from close-range after Adamson had kept out Doyle's header.
Both sides attacked relentlessly throughout in the wind and rain, with the defences, in particular Saints stalwart Colm Foley, who looked gaunt after returning to the side following a spell out of action with food poisoning, which resulted in a noticeable loss of weight.
The sides meet at Richmond Park on Wednesday night, when extra-time and penalties will decide the outcome if another 90 minutes fail to separate the sides.