McClean sinks Bray
BRAY WDS 1 DERRY CITY 2
THE Carlisle Grounds on a blustery night hardly figured on the list of things Derry City missed about the Premier Division during their year-long hiatus in the second tier, but they weren't complaining last night as they collected a valuable three points.
After drawing with Shamrock Rovers a week ago, Stephen Kenny's men are up to third thanks to James McClean's 74th-minute headed winner.
The crucial score came at the end of a well-worked move that saw Eddie McCallion pick out Eamon Zayed, who fed substitute Stephen McLaughlin on the right. The winger's cross was inch-perfect for McClean, who stole in from left flank to head home.
The hosts were second best throughout and fell behind 22 minutes in thanks to Daniel Lafferty's header.
Dane Massey redirected Gary Dempsey's free-kick into Jake Kelly's path for the winger to equalise before half-time, but Derry had the better of the second-half chances and McClean made it count.
BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; Zambra, Mitchell, Prendergast, Massey; O'Neill, Dempsey, O'Connor, J Kelly (G Kelly 87); Mulroy (Houston 84), Murphy (McGuinness 87).
DERRY CITY -- Doherty; McCallion, Greacan, McElenry, Lafferty; McGlynn, Higgins, Deery (McBride 87), McClean; McDaid (McLaughlin 57), Zayed.
REF -- G Kelly (Cork).