Ludden admits winner was fluke
Bray Wanderers 1 Galway Utd 2
Marc Ludden was honest enough to admit that his cracking winner at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night was somewhat fortuitous.
But the 26-year-old left-back was nonetheless delighted on two fronts. It was his first goal for the club, and it puts him 'one-up' on team-mate Colm Horgan.
Eric Foley's brilliant free-kick gave Galway a 19th-minute lead before Ludden scored from some 40 yards out on 76 minutes.
And though substitute Andrew Lewis pulled a goal back for Bray in stoppage time, Galway held on for a deserved win to move back up to fifth place in the Premier Division table.
"Hugh Douglas headed it out," explained Ludden of his strike. "I got it, took a touch and, let's be honest, it was a cross. But I'll take that bit of luck.
"It was my first goal for Galway United, so there has been a bit of banter in the dressing room about it.
"Myself and Collie (Horgan), the other full-back, have a bit of a bet going on this year on who scores the most goals.
"Last year he won, 1-0. So I'm already in a strong position this year. I'm ahead, so hopefully I might get one or two more.
"It was our first win in four. Bray are a good team and I'm surprised where they are in the league with the squad they have.
"The results went our way on Friday night and this was a chance to catch the group that are just above us.
"It moves us back up to fifth place and three points behind where we want to be.
"Last year we would have probably lost that game. That's the big difference this season.
"We came in afterwards winning 2-1 and getting three crucial points and we're disappointed with the goal we conceded.
"That shows the mentality in the group."
Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, McNally, Marks; Connolly, Salmon (Kelly, 59), Creevy, Moore; Brennan; Pender (Lewis, 75).
Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Aganovic, Walsh (Cantwell, 62), Ludden; Shanahan, Byrne, Foley, Devaney; Keating (Devers, 90+5), Faherty (Sinnott, 86).
Ref: Adrian Reale (Kildare).