Sunday 25 February 2018

Drogs on brink of drop

Play-off survival permitting, Bray may look back on this point as their sweetest of the season, as it all but consigns Drogheda to the fate the Seagulls themselves were facing only a few short weeks ago.

This was Bobby Browne's first game without defeat in charge of the Boynesiders but it would seem too little too late, with a miracle now needed to avoid First Division football next season.

Drogheda's Spanish left-back Yael Haro provided the first significant action as he opened the scoring after six minutes with a free-kick that flew past Matt Gregg.

Bray's constant probing to restore parity was rewarded in the 39th minute, when Shane O'Neill fired home from the penalty spot after Haro had upended Chris Shields in the box.

O'Neill and Ian Tuohy had chances to add a second for Bray as did Ryan Brennan for Drogheda, but his shot in the 85th minute sailed over, and with it perhaps Drogheda's last chance to save themselves.

Bray Wanderers -- Gregg; Doyle, Prendergast (Tresson 90 + 4), Mitchell, Massey; Zambra, D O'Connor (S O'Connor 80), Dempsey, Tuohy; Shields, O'Neill.

Drogheda Utd -- Duggan; Treacy, McNally, Harris, Haro; Meenan (Brennan 66), Daly, Crowley McMahon; McNamara, Flood.

Ref -- P Tuite (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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