BRAY Wanderers' young side shocked Derry City last night by knocking the Division One league leaders out of the FAI Cup.
Eddie Gormley's side had managed just two wins in 20 games in all competitions before last night and they were up against it by taking on a Derry side who were top of the Division One table. However, Bray's young side managed a superb 3-2 win in a replay which, following on from Friday's draw with Shamrock Rovers, will boost confidence in their relegation battle, their next game away to Galway United on Friday.
Even though Dane Massey was sent off for a second yellow card offence on 63 minutes, the home side had just enough to win thanks to two second-half Shane O'Neill goals.
Derry broke the deadlock in the 29th minute when Darren Cassidy produced a tight-angled finish. Cassidy fired across goal and in at the far post after Vinny Sweeney headed on from an inswinging James McLean cross from the right.
Bray got back in the game when veteran Colm Tresson -- who turns 39 today -- was taken down by the 18-year-old Thomas McBride in the City penalty box. Jake Kelly took the resultant penalty.
Derry almost retook the lead when Patrick McEleney created an excellent opportunity for Cassidy with a clever pass in the 51st minute but keeper Brian Kane made a good save with his feet. Then Bray went in front when O'Neill pounced as Emmet Friars tried to head a Massey cross back to his keeper.
Massey's evening came to an early end when he was dismissed for a second caution in the 63rd minute for kicking the ball away. His initial booking had been for an innocuous challenge on Eddie McCallion. Patrick McEleney then produced a fine free-kick to draw Derry level with 15 minutes left. His vicious strike from close to 30 metres out was only parried onto the bar and into the net by the flailing arm of Kane. Ten-man Wanderers responded on 77 minutes when O'Neill fired past Gerard Doherty for the winner.