Thursday 29 September 2016

Kenna delight at Bray's record fifth shutout

Bray Wanderers 1 - Finn Harps 0

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Bray skipper Conor Kenna was delighted in every respect at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Bray skipper Conor Kenna was delighted in every respect at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Conor Kenna was delighted in every respect at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night.

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Not only did the Bray skipper head their winning goal; he helped marshal a defence that made it a record five successive clean sheets in the league for the club on their five-game unbeaten run.

The fully deserved victory edges Harry Kenny's side eight points clear of bottom-of-the-table Longford Town and four ahead of Wexford Youths, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.

"We look more like a team. It's taken a while to get going but things are finally starting to click," said 31-year-old Kenna. "There is competition for places, which gets that bit extra out of lads.

"It was important to beat Finn Harps. Never mind Longford - they (Harps) are next up above us."

Bray totally dominated the first half and ought to have been more than what proved their match-winning goal to the good at the interval.

As it was, their pressure told on 32 minutes. Karl Moore whipped over Bray's third corner of the game and Kenna found the roof of the net with a firm header.

Harps were better on the resumption, but they created only one clear-cut chance, with substitute Ruairi Keating putting his shot over the crossbar after Packie Mailey got free on the right to put over a deflected cross on 63 minutes.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch; Sullivan; Moore (McDonagh 74), Brennan, Noone (Pender 89), Connolly; Lewis.

Finn Harps - Brush; McNulty, P Mailey (Funston 63), Cowan; Boyle, Hanlon, Molloy, Houston; J Mailey; Scully (Foy 63), McHugh (Keating h-t).

Ref - Rob Hennessy (Clare)

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