Monday 11 December 2017

Anto Flood scores against former club to keep Bray in touch with second place Dundalk

Galway United 1 Bray Wanderers 2

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Wexford Youths and Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Wexford Youths and Bray Wanderers at Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

FORMER Galway United front man Anto Flood began the onslaught as Bray Wanderers beat Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park to enhance their claims for a second place finish this season.

Last weekend’s win at home to Derry City was Bray’s first in six league games but now they have won back-to-back games and are just four points behind Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division standings.

Mark Salmon scored the visitors' second goal, and although Stephen Folan scored for the second time in two weeks, Galway were left pointless once again.

Galway were 2-0 down at the break and they already looked well out of it after the two early strikes from Flood and Salmon.

A mistake from Ronan Murray, where his clearance got blocked down, led to the opening goal when Gary McCabe’s cross was headed home by ex-United striker Flood.

Two minutes later and Conor Kenna could have given Bray a 2-0 lead but that goal was disallowed when it was adjudged that he was off-side.

But Bray were dominant and they got their second goal in the 27th minute when Salmon pounced on a Keith Buckley cross and finished to the top right corner of Conor Winn’s net.

That gave Bray a 2-0 lead at the interval and Padraic Cunningham had a number of chances after half-time while Murray drove a free-kick into the wall.

Murray provided the corner that Folan headed home in the 78th minute but Galway couldn’t find the equalising goal despite some intense pressure late on.

GALWAY UTD – Winn; Horgan, Grace, Folan, Kineen; Shanahan (Melody 75), Holohan, Cawley, Murray; Cunningham (Faherty 74), McCormack (Devaney 69).

BRAY – Cherrie; Buckley, Douglas, Kenna, Lynch; Brennan, Salmon, Sullivan, Greene; Flood (Connolly 67), McCabe (Aherne 83).

Ref – P Tuite (Dublin).

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