Roberto Lopes’ first goal of the season salvaged a point for Bohemians in a 1-1 draw with Drogheda United at Dalymount Park, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them slumping to the bottom of the Airtricity League table.
Trailing to Alan Byrne’s deserved goal just after the hour mark, Bohemians threw everything at Drogheda late on and got their reward on 88 minutes.
Anto Murphy, just re-signed by the club during the week, launched one of his trademark long throws and fellow central defender Lopes flicked the ball home in the six yard box to lift the roof off the main stand.
Impressive defensively throughout, Byrne had shown his strikers the way to goal to bring this dour game to life on 64 minutes.
Gavin Brennan’s cross from David Cassidy’s short corner took a slight deflection to rebound off the chest of home keeper Dean Delany and Byrne used his physical presence to bravely head home.
Bohemians chased the game hard for its remainder, with Dinny Corcoran heading Darragh Reynor’s cross inches wide seven minutes later, before Lopes' late intervention.
Bohemians gave a debut to the returning Murphy in central defence, but were dealt a blow when Dave Mulcahy failed a fitness test on a dead leg.
Buoyed by their first win in 12 games at Bray last week, they started brightly, however, with Ryan McEvoy and Keith Buckley having efforts on goal inside four minutes.
Drogheda settled and had the first clear-cut chance on 17 minutes, Delany showing great reactions to parry away Gavin Brennan’s volley after Byrne had nodded down a Cassidy corner.
Delany had to make another important stop at the feet of Peter Hynes as Drogheda were now very much the more threatening side.
After a dreadfully poor first half, the game thankfully livened up with Drogheda enjoying good early pressure on the resumption and they came within inches of taking the lead eight minutes in.
A training ground routine from a corner saw Graham Rusk dummy Cassidy’s delivery to see Ryan Brennan rifle a right-foot shot from the edge of the area off the crossbar.
Minutes later Paul O’Conor volleyed narrowly wide from Murphy’s poor defensive header as Drogheda got well on top.
Bohemians: Delany; Barker (Scully, 83), Lopes, A. Murphy, Reynor; Buckley, Traynor (Mulligan, 69), McEvoy, Moore; Corcoran, Lyons (C. Murphy, 49).
Drogheda United: Schlingermann; Grimes, Byrne, Prendergast, G, Brennan; R. Brennan, O’Conor, O’Neill, Cassidy; Rush, Hynes (O‘Brien, 69).
Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin).