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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Derby deadlock sees McGlade miss penalty as Bray and Cabinteely draw

Soccer, SSE Airtricity League First Division: Bray Wanderers 1 Cabinteely 1

Dylan McGlade of Bray Wanderers is tracked by Vilius Labutis of Cabinteely
Dylan McGlade of Bray Wanderers is tracked by Vilius Labutis of Cabinteely

Daniel Gorman at the Carlisle Grounds

It was an entertaining evening put on by Bray Wanderers and Cabinteely but ultimately it was a frustrating one for the local rivals as they both will feel they might have won it.

The Seagulls took the lead against the run of play after some wizardry from Derek Daly before he put it on a plate for Jake Ellis to tap home his second goal for the club.

Cabinteely were slick and produced numerous lightning quick moves that troubled the hosts and they levelled two minutes into the second period.

Co. Wicklow native Keith Dalton whipped in a deep cross from the right and Vilius Labutis was on hand to rifle it home.

Cabo continued to probe and Rob Manley - who had a quiet evening by his standards - almost produced a winner on 54 minutes.

Kieran 'Marty' Waters did excellent to not just halt a Killian Cantwell run, but he also won the ball and immediately leapt to his feet to spray a 40-yard pass onto Manley's chest.

He took it down and slammed a half-volley goalwards but Sava got enough behind it to keep it out.

Wanderers won a penalty when Dean O'Halloran had too much pace for the Cabo defence and was bundled over.

Eoghan O'Shea initially played a good advantage when it broke to McGlade but awarded the spot kick when McGlade failed to score. And he would fail to score again moments later when McGuinness produced a fine stop and Gannon failed to turn in the rebound.

There was very nearly late delight for Gary Cronin's men when a fierce Dylan Barnett cross was deflected onto the roof of his own net by a Cabo defender and from the resulting corner; Hugh Douglas' header clipped the crossbar.

It was the visitors who were much more impressive in the opening stages and they'd forced a corner after just 20 seconds which Wanderers managed to deal with.

To use a modern day saying; Cabo were full of beans and seemed determined to make amends for the opening day 0-3 loss suffered at the hands of the Seagulls.

Numerous times, Pat Devlin's well-drilled side delivered dangerous balls into the box but it just wouldn't fall for them and Bray lived to tell tale each time.

The hosts almost took a surprise lead when Philip Gannon curled a cross into the area but he hit it with a bit more power than originally intended and Kilpedder legend Stephen McGuinness had to scramble to ensure he could tip it over his crossbar.

Daly then turned on the style and produced the kind of football everyone knows that he is capable of but few have seen so far in the colours of Bray. Ellis won't enjoy many easier finishes in his career.

Daly nearly made it a quick-fire double when he lined one up from the edge of the box and although his daisy-cutter had McGuinness worried, it zipped wide of the far post.

Cabinteely centre-half Conor Keely must have saw his name in lights as he leathered a loose ball fully 30 yards out but a deflection off a Bray leg made it a relatively easy gather for Sava.

Despite being second-best up until the goal, Bray took a grip on the tie as half-time approached and Ellis should have doubled his tally on 42 minutes.

Darragh Gibbons muscled his way in front of Rob Manley to intercept and his agricultural clearance ended up releasing Ellis.

The angle wasn't perfect but it was certainly doable. However, McGuinness blocked the attacker's effort with his feet.

Cabo had one last hurrah in the first period when an overhead kick from 'Marty' Waters set up a foot-race between Sava and ex-Arklow Town man Jack Watson but the former timed his charge to perfection to hack it away with milliseconds to spare.

Manley was then denied by Sava after that excellent endeavour by Waters and Wanderers would miss a penalty, come within inches of netting via an own goal and then saw Douglas denied by the crossbar as the spoils were shared.

Bray Wanderers: 1. Gabriel Sava; 4. Killian Cantwell, 2. Hugh Douglas, 15. Darragh Gibbons, 3. Dylan Barnett; 7. Dean O'Halloran, 8. Philip Gannon, 6. Paul Keegan, 11. Derek Daly; 10. Dylan McGlade; 14. Jake Ellis. Subs: Richie Purdy for Ellis (58); Luke Nolan for Daly (78). Not used: Adam Hayden, Sean Heaney, Andrew McGovern, Cian Maher, Luka Lovic.

Cabinteely: 1. Stephen McGuinness; 2. Daniel Blackbyrne, 4. Jack Tuite, 5. Conor Keeley, 36. Jonathan Carlin; 17. Zak O'Neill, 6. Jack Watson, 16. Vilius Labutis, 7. Keith Dalton; 10. Kieran 'Marty' Waters; 8. Robert Manley. Subs: Luke Clucas for Carlin (H/T); Jack Hudson for Blackbyrne (64); Eoin Massey for Watson (83). Not used: Peter Quinlan, Sean Hurley, Shane Barnes, Sean Fitzpatrick.

Referee: Eoghan O'Shea.

Venue: Carlisle Grounds, Bray.

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