Friday 23 March 2018

Brady wraps up Drogs victory

Bray Wanderers 1 Drogheda United 3

Gary O'Neill, Drogheda United.
Gary O'Neill, Drogheda United.

Drogheda leapfrogged 10-man Bray as they secured their first away win since last March.

Having lost their previous six league matches, United hit the front after just four minutes at a rain- drenched Carlisle Grounds.

Gary O'Neill laid off to Gavin Brennan and the home defence stood off as the midfielder hit a shot from just inside the box that found the bottom corner of the net.

Yet the Seagulls equalised in style a quarter of an hour later. Drogs defender Paul McNally felled Graham Kelly just outside the 18-yard area and Jake Kelly blasted a stunning free to the roof of the net.

But the Louth side regained the lead through Gavin Holohan's first league goal of the campaign in the 37th minute. He showed tremendous close control to jink past two tackles and four Bray players before clipping a superb 16-yard effort into the net.

On the hour, Holohan was felled by Adam Mitchell's sliding tackle and that resulted in a third red card of the season for the central defender.

United wrapped up victory in stoppage-time when substitute Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien's reverse pass slipped in Cathal Brady and his shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Stephen McGuinness.

Bray Wanderers – McGuinness; McGill, Shane O'Connor (Maloney 23), Mitchell; Hanlon, Graham Kelly, Zambra, O'Neill; Cassidy (Byrne 75); Akinade (Scully 62), Jake Kelly.

Drogheda United – Schlingermann (Connolly 90 + 3); Doyle, McNally, Daly, Grimes; Walshe, Holohan, Maher, Crowley, Brennan, Brady; Gary O'Neill (O'Brien 86).

REF – R Harvey (Dublin)

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