Classy Curran scores hat-trick as Galway rout feeble Bray
Bray Wanderers0 Galway United 5
Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30
Galway United swept aside Bray Wanderers at a sunny Carlisle Grounds to jump above them in the table.
Enda Curran's hat-trick helped Tommy Dunne's team to their first away win of the season and pushed them up to eighth place after 10 league matches.
Ryan Connolly's goal of the season contender and a Padraic Cunningham strike added further gloss to the scoreline.
Curran has now scored six goals this season and he has been on target in all three of Galway's league wins since their return to the Premier Division.
Bray are without a win or a goal in their last thee league matches as they continue their search for a new manager.
Goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness was picking the ball out of his net after just 84 seconds. He failed to properly punch away Connolly's corner and the ball dropped to Curran, who found the far corner of the net with a bouncing shot.
Galway should have been further ahead but didn't get their second goal until four minutes before the break. Gary Shanahan burst beyond Daniel O'Reilly and crossed the ball to the back post where Curran headed it into the far corner.
Curran got his and Galway's third nine minutes after half-time after a smartly taken free kick from Colm caught out the Bray defence and Curran was on hand again to finish to the net.
Connolly smashed in the fourth from 35 yards in the 65th minute, his left-footed, first time shot arrowing into the net via the inside of a post. There was more misery for Bray when Cunningham added the fifth, finishing with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.
Bray Wds - McGuinness; Barker, McNally, Douglas, O'Reilly (Cooney, 71); Hanlon, McEvoy, Kelly (Gallagher, 77), McGlynn; Cassidy; Scully (Onwubiko, 58).
Galway Utd - Hanley; Horgan, Oji, Walsh, Ludden; Shanahan (Barry, 76), Sinnott (O'Leary, 63), Connolly, Keegan; Cunningham, Curran (Byrne, 69).
Ref - D McKeon (Dublin)