Keith Long admitted his Bohs players were frustrated and dejected after conceding a late leveller to Cork City, but he refused to dwell on the controversial penalty that denied his side a place in the FAI Cup final.

Dinny Corcoran's tap-in in the 68th minute looked like it would be enough to send the Gyspies through to a meeting with Dundalk but three minutes from time, there was major drama.

Conor McCarthy went down under a Darragh Leahy challenge and the referee pointed to the spot. Kieran Sadlier duly slotted home to keep Cork alive but Bohs were furious at the decision. 

"I got an explanation from the referee and it's the responsibility of the defending player after he wins the ball not to make contact with the attacker," Long told RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"That is my understanding of the explanation. For me, he wins the ball and there's contact with the attacker but the first action is to win the ball. 

"We can't let it be the narrative. We're disappointed tonight bot to go through to the final but we're still very much in the tie. We go down to Turner's Cross Monday week and we've got everything to play for."

Bohs were excellent in front of a pumped-up home crowd. Long's men maintained their superb form as they made life difficult for the Leesiders, but they couldn't quite get over the line.

A tip to the Cross is a daunting challenge but Long believes his team can rise to it.

"We'll bounce back together stronger," he added. "A little bit of adversity sometimes can help you. We're disappointed.

"I think we were the better team, I think we deserved to progress but sometimes you don't get what you deserve in life. 

"But like I said we're very much alive. It'll be very,very difficult, but if we're going to get to the Aviva, we'll do it the hard way."