Tuesday 19 November 2019

Doherty denies Seagulls

Bray Wanderers 0 Derry City 0

It ended with honours even at the Carlisle Grounds as Bray and Derry cancelled each other out.

Wanderers will feel they should have secured their first home win since the start of June but they could find no way past impressive City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

The Seagulls went close to breaking the deadlock in the 66th minute. In a move started by Kevin O'Connor, Sean Houston played in Kieran Marty Waters, who cut in from the left only to be denied by a cracking parried save by Doherty.

Just 90 seconds later, he pulled off an even better stop, diving to the right to stop John Mulroy's 20-yard goal-bound drive.

The Wicklow side had started brightly when Dave Webster's cross from the right saw Mulroy's close-range header clawed out from under his crossbar by Doherty.

But the away side kicked into life after that. David McDaid evaded three opponents along the left wing in the 13th minute and drilled a low shot that ex-City custodian Darren Quigley blocked with his legs.

In the same passage of play, Simon Madden curled over a cross from the right flank that Stephen McLaughlin met with a downward header that dropped wide of the post

Derry went close again in the 24th minute when Madden's cross was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area.

It fell to Ruaidhri Higgins, who sold a dummy to create space but he scuffed wide with a low right-footed effort.

Bray Wanderers -- Quigley; Webster, S O'Connor, D O'Connor, Massey; K O'Connor; Doyle (Dixon 84), Houston; Waters (Earley 82), Marshall (Akinade 66); Mulroy.

Derry City -- Doherty; Madden, S McEleney (Greacen 76) McBride, McCaffrey; Morrison (Curran 83), Higgins, Molloy, McLaughlin; P McEleney (Murphy 56); McDaid.

Ref --T Connolly (Dublin)

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