Shortt is sweet for gritty Wexford
Craig Shortt struck a 60th-minute goal as Wexford Youths sent Bray Wanderers packing at Ferrycarrig Park.
Wexford Youths 1 Bray Wanderers 0
Bray should have taken the lead as early as the third minute following a run and tempting ball across face of goal from Shane O'Neill but the inrushing David Cassidy failed to get a touch in front of goal.
Two minutes later it was O'Neill who pulled his shot across goal with only 'keeper Graham Doyle to beat.
The home side began to retain more possession with Eric Molloy put through by a Shane Dunne ball but he pulled his shot wide with only Shane Redmond to beat.
After 17 minutes Molloy had a shot taken off the line by the recovering Eric McGill, while just before the break O'Neill cut in from the right but was denied by the outstretched leg of Doyle, leaving it 0-0 at the interval.
After Danny Furlong had brought two good saves out of Redmond, the Youths eventually broke the deadlock after 60 minutes.
That man Furlong played a tantalising ball across goal for Shortt to shoot high into the net making it 1-0.
Despite incessant late pressure from the visitors, they were unable to force an equaliser.
Wexford – Doyle; Shortt, Browne, Cantwell, Delaney; Dunne, Molloy, Higgins (Dermody 90), Ryan; Furlong, Skelly (Power 90).
Bray – Redmond; McGill, Moloney, Zambra, Webster; Byrne (Kelly 77), Cassidy, Mitchell, O'Neill (Akinada 65); Scully, (Cooney 77), Hanlon.
Referee – A Mulally.