Friday 23 March 2018

Bray earn first point

The goal at the Crosslanes End of Hunky Dorys Park led an incredibly charmed life last night as it survived three hits of the woodwork, a host of good saves, two disallowed goals and a couple of goal-line clearances as Bray Wanderers secured their first point of the campaign.

The hosts were the first to fail to make the strong wind advantage pay as the crossbar, goalkeeper Brian Kane and Shane O'Connor all contrived to keep Drogheda at bay.

Eoghan Osbourne's early effort sailed over, but with Eddie Gormley's men working hard to deny United space, Ryan Brennan forced Kane into a save at his near post.

Michael Daly played a one-two with Glen Fitzpatrick before rattling the woodwork, while a Joe Kendrick's header was saved by Kane and Jamie Duffy's follow-up shot was blocked by O'Connor.

The Seagulls almost went in with an unlikely lead when Richie Baker's free kick shaved the outside of the post, while they had the ball in the net 10 minutes after the break, but Colm Tresson had fouled Alan McNally before scoring.

Baker rattled the upright from a Dane Massey inswinging free and had a goal ruled out for offside before Shane O'Neill's blistering drive came off the bar as Bray, like Drogheda in the first half, were left wondering how they failed to score.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Murphy; King, McNally, Kendrick, Osbourne (Harris 69); Daly, Crowley, McGill, Brennan (O'Connor 77); Fitzpatrick, Duffy (Flood 69).

BRAY WANDERERS -- Kane; D Doyle, Tresson, O'Connor, Massey; Baker, Shiels, Kavanagh, Tyrrell (Mulroy h-t); R Doyle (Rodriguez 83), O'Neill.

REF -- D Tomney (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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