Friday 26 May 2017

Doyle screamer rescues Bray

Bray Wanderers 2
UCD 2

Jodi Moylan

Daire Doyle was the hero at the Carlisle Grounds after an injury-time screamer completed a personal brace on the night and a comeback for the Seagulls that now stretches their unbeaten league run to five games.

The Students had picked up all the points on offer in the three previous league encounters but the grit and character shown by Bray of late was on full display last night.

Indeed, Wanderers could have been two or three up in the early stages with Students 'keeper Billy Brennan pulling off a string of saves, the pick of which was denying Shane O'Neill after a fine run from the young striker.

With a handful of chances gone a-begging, UCD seized on Bray's wastefulness and right on 30 minutes David McMillan struck the opener.

After latching onto Chris Mulhall's through ball, he was somewhat fortuitous to see Matt Gregg's parried save pop up in front of him, but he made no mistake at the second time of asking -- heading over the fallen goalkeeper.

McMillan's constant foraging in the final third was again rewarded after 53 minutes and he added to his tally on the night with a clinical strike after McMillan had picked him out.

Doyle then started the comeback heading past Brennan on the hour mark. It looked a mere consolation for the hosts but one minute into stoppage-time he had the Bray faithful in raptures.

Bray Wanderers -- Gregg, Webster (Shaw 66), Mitchell, Prendergast (Brennan, 62), Doyle; Zambra, O'Connor (Tuohy, 83), Dempsey, Massey; O'Neill, Shields.

UCD -- Brennan, O'Conor, Leahy, E McMillan, Russell; Corry, Bolger, Mulhall, Moore (Creevy, 70); Kilduff, D McMillan.

Ref -- D Tomney (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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