Quick-fire double sinks Cork as Seagulls fly high in season finale
Bray Wanderers 4 Cork City 1
Bray gave Cork the worst possible FAI Cup final send-off on the last day of the league season.
Wanderers were unbeaten at the Carlisle Grounds in nine matches since May.
Two quick-fire first-half goals laid the platform for a victory that saw Harry Kenny’s side finish sixth in the table.
This was John Caulfield’s 99th game in charge of City. They had lost just 13 times under his stewardship.
In the 33rd minute, Jason Marks curled in a stunning 22-yard shot to register his first score for the Wicklow club.
Barely 90 seconds later, Dylan Connolly showed why he’d been nominated for the PFAI Young Player of the Year award by superbly lobbing Mark McNulty from 25 yards.
Bray sealed the points in the 83rd minute as John Sullivan tapped in from Connolly’s centre. Cork bagged a consolation straight away through Karl Sheppard when he latched onto Kevin Lynch’s poor backpass.
Sub Ger Pender though had the final say in the 88th minute when he fired in from the edge of the box to make it 4-1.
Bray Wanderers – Cherrie; Harding, Kenna, Clancy McNally 76), Lynch; Sullivan; Marks (Noone 84), Salmon, Moore, Connolly; Kelly (Pender 66).
Cork City – McNulty; McSweeney, Mulcahy, Browne (Turner 76), Kavanagh; Healy, Gearoid Morrissey (Coleman 61); Sheppard, Holohan, Ogbene; O’Sullivan (Danny Morrissey 19).
Ref – R Hennessy (Clare).