Breen heaps woe on Bray
Bray Wanderers 0 Dundalk 1
The league might have a new name and both sides had plenty of new players on display, but it took just two minutes for a familiar old failing to strike at the Carlisle Grounds last night.
Poor refereeing has always haunted the league and Dave McKeon reminded fans of what they'd been missing during the closed season with his decision to award Bray Wanderers a second-minute penalty as Shane O'Neill was in the process of scoring.
Liam Burns definitely fouled the striker, but the youngster stayed on his feet and beat Peter Cherrie. The shame was that he couldn't do it a second time, as the English stopper kept out the well-hit spot-kick.
And the decision came back to haunt Eddie Gormley's side as Garry Breen headed home the winner from JJ Melligan's corner as the game entered injury-time to give his new side the three points.
BRAY WANDERERS -- Kane; Doyle, O'Connor, Knight (Byrne 12), Massey; Baker, Kavanagh, Shields, Kelly; Doyle (Mulroy 86), O'Neill.
DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Kelly (Tyrrell 90), Breen, Burns (Mulligan 60), Hatswell; Maher, Miller (Cawley 66), Melligan, Gaynor; Fenn, Kudozovic.
REF -- D McKeon (Dublin).