Deep into stoppage time Derry CIty secured a hard-earned point against Bohemians thanks to Marc Walsh's 94th equaliser.

The Brandywell roar was back in force as youngster Walsh denied the Dubliners in the closing stages.

Derry players were greeted for the first time in 15 months to the noise of supporters cheering them on, as 155 fans were in attendance at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.


As both sides had half-chances in the opening quarter, it was the home side who had strong claims for a penalty 19 minutes after Will Patching seemed to be brought down inside the box, but referee Rob Harvey waved away his appeals.

The home side were crying foul again soon after when Anto Breslin seemed to bring down Ronan Boyce inside the box, but once again Harvey was unmoved and played on, much to the annoyance of Candystripes supporters.

Moments later, Ross Tierney nearly gave his side the lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances as the midfielder diverted Georgie Kelly's effort, on target but City keeper Nathan Gartside gathered the close-range effort.

Just after the half-hour mark a well worked left-wing corner routine by the visitors saw Breslin cut the ball back to Devoy, but the midfielder fired wide from 12 yards.

Danger man Patching went close right on the stroke of half-time but his stunning free-kick from 20 yards was somehow kept out by a diving James Talbot.

Bohs would have taken the lead right at the start of the second half as Tierney broke the offside trap before slotting the ball across to Liam Burt on the six yard box, but just as the winger looked certain to score Boyce made a tremendous last ditch block, before Cameron McJannet hacked the loose ball off the line.

The woodwork came to Derry’s rescue on 83 minutes as Ali Coote’s right wing free-kick found centre-back Rory Feely at the back post, but his sidefooted strike from close range hit the post.

The visitors did take the lead a minute later as that man Coote created himself some space on the edge of the box, before his low drive nestled into Gartside’s bottom righthand corner.

Derry should levelled things on 90 minutes as a superb left wing cross by Danny Lafferty found substitute Jack Malone, but his diving header from 10 yards was straight at Talbot.

The home side continued to pile forward and they levelled things on 94 minutes substitute Marc Walsh bundled the ball over the line after a goalmouth scramble.

Derry City: Nathan Gartside, Eoin Toal, Cameron McJannet (Will Fitzgerald 55), Ciaran Coll; Ronan Boyce, Ciaron Harkin, Joe Thomson (Jack Malone 62), Will Patching, Danny Lafferty; James Akintunde, David Parkhouse (Marc Walsh 77).

Bohemians: James Talbot, Andy Lyons, Anto Breslin, Rory Feely, Ciaran Kelly, Ali Coote, Liam Burt, Georgie Kelly, Keith Buckley, Ross Tierney (Keith Ward 91), Dawson Devoy.

Referee: Rob Harvey (Dublin).