Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mulroy saves point for 10-man Bray

STRUGGLING UCD left the Carlisle Grounds thinking of what might have been.

In an end-to-end game, Jason Byrne fired Bray ahead on four minutes after UCD had failed to clear a cross.

The Students equalised in the 20th minute. Gareth Matthews' long pass found Gary Burke and his low cross was swept home by Dave McMillan.

The game's most controversial moment came just before half-time. Dave O'Connor's pass sent Burke through and referee Neil Doyle adjudged Bray goalkeeper Darren Quigley to have fouled the UCD player. Quigley was sent off and McMillan stepped up to send stand-in 'keeper Daire Doyle the wrong way.

Manager Pat Devlin sent on sub netminder Sean Holmes for the second half as Bray went to three at the back and Doyle returned to midfield.

Sean Russell and Dinny Corcoran missed chances to put UCD further ahead before they dropped deeper and deeper as Bray pushed for an equaliser.

And it came with 10 minutes remaining, Byrne's cross finished to the net from close range by half-time sub John Mulroy.

Bray pushed on for a winner and almost got it as Byrne's late chip went just over McGinley's crossbar.

UCD will take positives from their reaction to going behind early yet again, but will feel the three points slipped from their grasp. However, Bray missed chances in their second half push and could have grabbed all three points themselves.

Bray – Quigley, Hyland (Holmes h-t), D O'Connor, Webster (Akinade 69), Knight, Doyle, K O'Connor (Mulroy h-t), Dempsey, Zambra, Waters, Byrne.

UCD – McGinley, Matthews, Boyle, D O'Connor, Coyne, Clarke (Corcoran 60), Creevy, Kavanagh (Walsh h-t), Russell, Burke, McMillan.

Ref – N Doyle (Dublin)

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