Thursday 26 April 2018

Bray inflict second straight shock defeat on Dundalk since Champions League heroics

Bary Wanderers 2 Dundalk 1

10 August 2016; Karl Moore, left, of Bray Wanderers celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Troy Carey during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
10 August 2016; Karl Moore, left, of Bray Wanderers celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Troy Carey during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Karl Moore of Bray Wanderers celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Dundalk at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Following their shock loss to Galway last week, Champions Dundalk were turned over for the second league game in a row by Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Wednesday night.

Stephen Kenny’s side appear to be experiencing some form of slump since their historic progression to the Champions League playoffs at the expense of BATE Borisov.

After being stunned in Eamon Deacy Park thanks to Vinny Faherty’s match-wining strike, the Lilywhites were taken down a further peg by a Bray outfit nine places below them in the league.

Daryl Horgan, who was ultimately dismissed in the final minute of play, gave the visitors an early lead but Bray, thanks to strikes from Karl Moore and Mark Salmon either side of the turn, rose to the occasion to secure a vitally needed three points.

Dundalk remain in pole position, six points clear of Cork City, but John Caulfield’s men do enjoy a game in hand.

Dundalk meet Polish champions Legia Warsaw in week’s time at the Aviva Stadium in the first leg of their playoff tie and, with no fixtures in the interim, the hope will be they can rediscover their customary form on the training paddock.

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