Friday 22 September 2017

Dinny Corcoran downs Bray once again

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Keith Ward of Bohemians is congratulated by team-mate Dinny Corcoran
Keith Ward of Bohemians is congratulated by team-mate Dinny Corcoran

Dinny Corcoran doubled up against Bray for the second time this season send Bray down to defeat.

Having come from 2-0 down when the teams met at Dalymount Park at the start of March, the forward netted twice in the 3-2 comeback victory.

The 28-year-old repeated that feat last night at the Carlisle Grounds with another double to somewhat ease their relegation worries.

The much-travelled striker had only returned last week to Gypsies line-up against Shamrock Rovers since suffering a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick's Day. Since then - his team-mates had scored just three league goals in his absence.

But they also needed a superb display by keeper Shane Supple – who was clearly injured – to see off the Wicklow side as Keith Long’s charges withstood a second half onslaught.

Wanderers dropped third in the charts after the defeat. But they had broken the dead-lock in the 22nd minute. Dylan Connolly drove a volley into the ground back into the danger area after a Conor Kenna knock-back. And the unmarked Tim Clancy headed in his second of the campaign from six-yards.

But the visitors hit to level in the 28th minute.

From the left-flank, Keith Ward floated a cross which dropped beyond Kenna. Corcoran controlled with his chest and expertly placed a half volley across Peter Cherrie close in with the ball going in of the far upright.

Remarkably, it was their first league goal on the road since Dan Byrne netted against Drogheda back in late March.

The Phibsboro outfit then took the lead in first half stoppage time through Corcoran’s seventh Premier score of 2017.

Former Bray-man Paddy Kavanagh jinked in off the left-win and played a slide rule pass to release Ward. He dinked past the on-rushing Cherrie, Referee Jim McKell played advantage instead of awarding a penalty with Corcoran turning the ball in from two-yards out.

Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Buckley, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch; Sullivan, Ryan Brennan; Marks (Flood 61), Moore (Ger Pender 76), Connolly; Greene.

Bohemians: Supple; Derek Pender, Byrne, Cornwall, Morris; Sule (Hayes 90 + 3); Poynton (Fitzgerald 71), Oscar Brennan, Ward (Gorman 84), Kavanagh; Corcoran.

Referee: Jim McKell (Tipperary).

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