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Pats stunned by brave Bray comeback

BRAY Wanderers produced a stuinning comeback to claim all three Premier Division points to leave St Patrick's stunned at Richmond Park.

Bray recorded their first win (3-2) at the venue since 2002 and, if it wasn't deserved, the heart shown in the making of it bodes well for Pat Devlin's side for the coming season.

The Seagulls did start the brighter, but after chances from John Mulroy and Jake Kelly went abegging, they conceded the opener in a move that was much of their own making.

After they gave up a cheap free-kick just left of the box, Daryl Kavanagh's delivery to the back post looked harmless, but centre-half Derek Prendergast got caught in two minds and, snatching at the loose ball, he gave a surprised Matt Gregg no chance with the misguided finish.

Gregg could do nothing about St Pat's second when Evan McMillan rose at the near post in the 48th minute to power Kavanagh's corner downward and home.

Bray substitute Conor Murphy provided a stagnating second half with the fillip it needed in the 70th minute, after he side-footed Joe Kendrick's defence-beating cross past Gary Rogers.

Five minutes later Murphy popped up to head home the equaliser as he hit Shane O'Neill's cross past Rogers.

Stunned, the St Pat's faithful were left fuming with the possibility of taking a point from a game that should have been a three-pointer.

However, they were left with nothing when, eight minutes from the end, Kendrick's free-kick took a wicked deflection to sail past a flat-footed Rogers in the Saints' goal.