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Kelly's Monday magic show

Published 12/03/2014|05:44

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It looks like Alan Mathews has quickly become accustomed to the Bray Wanderers approach of doing things the hard way. Having seen his side throw away a two-goal lead at the home of his former club, Mathews called upon Jake Kelly to bail him out and the attacker answered the call with a hat-trick in extra time.

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It looks like Alan Mathews has quickly become accustomed to the Bray Wanderers approach of doing things the hard way. Having seen his side throw away a two-goal lead at the home of his former club, Mathews called upon Jake Kelly to bail him out and the attacker answered the call with a hat-trick in extra time.

Shane Byrne had displayed a keen eye for goal for the Seagulls as his early double had Shelbourne on the verge of an exit from the EA Sports Cup after just nine minutes.

Byrne's good work was chalked off in the second half though when Shels winger Darren Tinnelly netted a brace of his own to set-up extra time.

That's when the evening became the Jake Kelly show as notched thrice during the 30 minutes of extra time, once from a free kick, once from the penalty spot and once, after referee Tom Connolly had foolishly tried to award a goal kick instead of a goal for the Seagulls star.

There were no wholesale changes for the visitors at Tolka Park, with Dave Scully and Graham Kelly – suspended for the Limerick clash – the only changes as they replaced Jake Kelly and David Cassidy respectively.

Shelbourne almost stole into a fourth minute lead. Bray right-back Eric McGill was caught out of position and Tinnelly scampered into the space vacated by the defender. The Shels man crossed into Shane Dolan's path but the striker's weak effort was halted by Shane Redmond.

And then it was another Shane – Shane Byrne – that took centre stage. Scully was toying with possession on the edge of the area and as a tackle came in, the ball spilled out to Byrne who sent a snapshot skidding into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Four minutes later, it was two for the midfielder. Ciaran Byrne artistically controlled a long ball and left Ryan Robinson flat-footed as he spun beyond him. He then squared the ball to Shane Byrne who controlled before passing the ball to the back of the net from 12 yards.

Ciaran Byrne created another golden opportunity on 34 minutes. He twisted on the edge of the penalty box and slipped Graham Kelly in but the midfielder poked wide of the target when he really should have been celebrating his side's third.

The striker's involvement was to end at half time and his replacement, Ismahil Akinade, wasted no time in trying to impress Mathews. A minute of the second period had not even elapsed when Akinade teed up Byrne for his hat-trick. The midfielder tried to bend it around Charlie Treacy but his miscue saw him clear the crossbar by a comfortable distance.

And the complexion of the tie was changed two minutes later as Tinnelly collected the ball 20 yards from goal and he beat Redmond with his powerful shot.

The comeback was completed midway through the second period. The hard-working Dave Scully had chased all the way back and the end result was him conceding a corner. From the flag kick, Tinnelly was left completely unmarked at the back post to sweep the ball home after a flick on had exposed Bray's slack marking.

Scully then showed his worth at the other end as his impressive crossfield ball picked out Shane Byrne.

Byrne's chest control saw him skip inside one man before his dummy saw him breeze past the next. But his shot did not live up to the build-up as it ambled harmlessly wide.

That man Scully continued to work his socks off for the cause as the next piece of action saw him pop up inside his own penalty area to execute a fantastic block to deny Gareth Coughlan.

Coughlan had a superb chance to steal victory for his side late on when Jake Donnelly set him free but the winger hammered his effort beyond Shane Redmond's far post.

Alan Mathews threw his last roll of the dice at the beginning of extra time as David Cassidy replaced hat-trick hunting Shane Byrne. But two minutes later, Wanderers were back on course for the second round.

Jake Kelly was chopped down in the D. He quickly leapt to his feet and demanded the ball and you could see why when he fizzed the free kick beneath the Shels wall and to the back of the net.

Kelly collected a pass off Cassidy two minutes later and slalomed past two tackles before dancing by a third but an excellent right-handed save from Treacy denied Kelly a marvellous goal.

Treacy couldn't deny Kelly his second in the 111th minute, but the referee tried to. Akinade knocked a ball over the top of the Shels defence to release Kelly.

He drilled it past Treacy and the ball thumped the advertising boards before cannoning back out of the goal, making Connolly believe that it had went wide and he awarded a goal kick. Fourth official Robert Harvey quickly steered Connolly right though and Kelly had his second. A third followed for Kelly. He set-up Graham Kelly, whose effort came back off the inside of the post. Jake Kelly thought he'd netted the rebound but Shels defender Adam O'Connor blocked it with his hand, resulting in a red card for him and a penalty for Kelly.

The attacker kept his nerve from 12 yards to secure his hat-trick and a place in the second round for Wanderers.

Top Form: Jake Kelly (Bray Wanderers): Didn't take long for him to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

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