Wednesday 26 April 2017

Bray players do their talking on the pitch

Bray Wanderers 1 Derry City 0

Derry City manager Peter Hutton. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell, Derry
Derry City manager Peter Hutton. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell, Derry

Paul Buttner

Bray Wanderers' players put the club's administrative turmoil to the back of their minds and, once again, did their talking on the pitch to give new manager Mick Cooke the perfect start at the Carlisle Grounds.

And afterwards, match-winner Adam Hanlon insisted they will continue to stay focused on their job of winning football matches.

The game went ahead despite an apparent attempted takeover of the club earlier in the day following a change of directors on Thursday.

A shareholders EGM also took place in Arklow, while fans staged a protest outside the ground before the game.

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Chairman Denis O'Connor's remarks on Soccer Republic last Monday had added fuel to the players' ire.

"We have to get the right management and the right players in," said O'Connor. "We are going to have to get some strong players in."

The current team certainly continued to show plenty of fortitude as they edged further up the table away from relegation trouble with this victory.

"There were comments on television last week, but that result just proves whatever he said meant nothing," said Hanlon when asked about the chairman's comments.

"We are showing on the pitch what we can do. If he wants to make comments like that about players, that's fair enough. We're not paying any attention to it. We'll let them (the board) do what they want to do and we'll do what we have to do.

"There is a great team spirit in the changing room. It's hard to beat a team that has that."

Derry owned much of the ball in the first half, but had the woodwork to thank for not being two down at the break.

Bray finally struck for the winner on 76 minutes when Hanlon latched on to Chris Lyons' pass before arrowing an angled drive to the far corner.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Cooney, Barker; McDonough (Onwubiko, 83), Kelly, Sullivan, McEvoy, McGlynn (Hanlon, 71); Lyons (Scully, 87).

Derry City - Doherty; Kelly, McBride, S McEleney, Jarvis; Dooley (Curtis, 67), Lowry, McNamee (Clucas, 90), Timlin; P McEleney; Curran (Morrison, 81).

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin).

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