Thursday 18 January 2018

Bray heading back to final four

Bray Wanderers 2 Killester United 0

David Cassidy, Bray Wanderers, in action against Darren Kavanagh, Killester United
David Cassidy, Bray Wanderers, in action against Darren Kavanagh, Killester United
Peter O'Reilly, Killester United, in action against David Scully, Bray Wanderers at Carlisle Grounds, Bray
Killester United players remonstrate with referee Ben Connolly after conceeding a free

Bray reached the semi-finals of the FAI Cup for the first time since 2009 as they overcame Leinster Senior League side Killester.

At a rain-swept Carlisle Grounds, headed goals in each half by Hugh Douglas and Dave Scully booked their passage into the final four. The opener after seven minutes was the first United had conceded in the competition.

Striker Chris Lyons saw his drive blocked away before defender Douglas timed his run to power in a front-post header from Ryan McEvoy's delivery.

Michael Keogh struck the post just before the half-hour as the visitors rallied. Killester should have levelled matters in the 53rd minute. But from ten yards Alan Talbot ballooned over the bar.

They were left to rue that miss as the Wicklow club doubled their advantage in the 57th minute.

Peter Cherrie launched a long kick down the left channel to the breaking David Cassidy. He cut back and struck a hanging cross which was headed in by Scully at the back post.

Bray Wdrs - Cherrie; Barker, Cooney, McNally, Barker; McGlynn, Cassidy, McEvoy, Graham Kelly, Scully (Onwubiko 83), Lyons (Wixted 89).

Killester Utd - Donoghue; Kavanagh, Michael Kelly (Matthews 73), McCormack, Chambers (Mooney 79), Browning, O'Reilly, Talbot (Lee 68), Keogh; Lacey.

Ref - Ben Connolly (Dublin)

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