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Wanderers on the double to boost their faint survival hopes

SECOND-HALF goals from John Mulroy and Jake Kelly gave Bray Wanderers a lifeline in their battle against relegation as they beat fellow strugglers Drogheda at Hunky Dorys Park.

The Seagulls registered three points for only the second time this season and fully deserved their 2-0 win against a poor home side who finished the game with nine men.

It was against the run of play when Bray broke the deadlock on 55 minutes. Kelly started the move in midfield and Danny O'Connor then played a lovely double exchange with Mulroy before the latter shot past debutant Robert Duggan. The visitors doubled their advantage in the 75th minute thanks to Kelly's 12-yard volley.

Any hope of a Drogheda comeback was extinguished when their right-back, Corie Treacy, was sent off for a poor challenge on Chris Shields and Eric McGill followed his team-mate to the dressing-room in stoppage time.

Karl Sheppard notched up his sixth goal of the season as he fired Galway United eight points clear of the relegation zone following a tight encounter at UCD last night.

The deadlock was broken in the 48th minute when Sheppard finished from eight yards out after connecting with Derek O'Brien's driven cross from the left.