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Dempsey class lifts Seagulls to lofty perch

In an already sensational season, Bray Wanderers almost enjoyed another first last night as they briefly looked set to top the Premier Division for the first time.

"We're going to win the league," their fans chanted until news came through of Shamrock Rovers taking the lead. Not that such a trivial matter stopped them for long. These are still giddy heights.

Given Bray's previous problems and the fact that the season is only eight games old, it's obviously still far too early to say whether the club has turned a corner.

But, either way, they certainly know how to take a corner.

The two goals that decided this match early on both came from Gary Dempsey's deliveries. Indeed, his corners could well have provided four as they caused utter chaos in the Galway box every time.


The first came after only two minutes. Galway were completely unprepared for the low delivery, allowing Conor Murphy to turn in from Danny O'Connor's touch.

Moments later, Adam Mitchell almost made it two from an identical delivery before his centre-half partner Derek Prendergast finally did so on eight minutes.

Jake Kelly should have made it 3-0 from another Dempsey corner but, regardless, the contest was effectively over. Indeed, it took almost 40 minutes for Galway to get near the Bray six-yard box.

Given the injury troubles and other issues at the Connacht club, a lot of their difficulties here were forgivable. But some of the errors in their defence weren't.

Although Galway got into the game to some degree in the second half, they still had goalkeeper Greg Fleming as well as the post to thank for keeping the score respectable.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; Webster, Massey, Mitchell, Prendergast; Dempsey, Mulroy (Zambra 78), O'Connor, Kelly; Murphy (O'Neill 69), Shields.

GALWAY UNITED -- Fleming; Shaun Kelly, Walsh, Sinnott, Feeney; Duci, Ryan, Cash (Keogh 58), Moore; Curran (G Kelly 58), Sean Kelly.

REF-- G Kelly (Cork).

Irish Independent