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Dave Webster, Bray Wanderers, in action against Ian Bermingham, St Patrick's Athletic

Dave Webster, Bray Wanderers, in action against Ian Bermingham, St Patrick's Athletic

Ian Bermingham, St Patrick's Athletic, in action against David Scully, Bray Wanderers

Ian Bermingham, St Patrick's Athletic, in action against David Scully, Bray Wanderers

St Patrick's Athletic's Lee Lynch, right, is congratulated by team-mate James Chambers after scoring his side's second goal

St Patrick's Athletic's Lee Lynch, right, is congratulated by team-mate James Chambers after scoring his side's second goal

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Dave Webster, Bray Wanderers, in action against Ian Bermingham, St Patrick's Athletic

It proved third time lucky on the road for the Saints as they secured their first away league win of the season.

Two goals either side of half-time by Christy Fagan and Lee Lynch coupled with substitute Chris Forrester's injury-time strike saw the defending champions get their campaign back on track at a wet and blustery Carlisle Grounds.

However, a major downside to the result was the 82nd-minute departure of Ireland star Keith Fahey with a suspected hamstring problem.

Just as it seemed the sides would go in level at the break, the Dubliners snatched a 44th-minute lead.

Conan Byrne hung up a deep right wing cross and Fagan steered a looping header back across goal from eight yards.

Forrester was sprung from the bench for the start of the second period, and he needed just six minutes to play a crucial role.

His slide-rule pass released Lynch and he beat the offside trap to slot under the advancing Stephen McGuinness from 12 yards.

Bray rallied and scored off a training routine nine minutes from the end as Graham Kelly's corner picked out David Cassidy, who lashed through a crowded area from the edge the box.

But the Saints sealed the points two minutes into stoppage-time. Fagan held off Adam Mitchell to tee up Forrester who drilled low to the bottom corner from 18-yards.

Bray Wanderers – McGuinness; Cooney, Webster, Mitchell, Maloney; Scully (O'Neill 82), Zambra, Graham Kelly, Cassidy; Shane Byrne (Brown 86); Akinade.

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St Patrick's Athletic – Clarke; O'Brien (McCormack 45), Browne, Hoare, Bermingham; Fahey (Quigley 82); Chambers, Lynch; Byrne, Kavanagh (Forrester h-t); Fagan.

REF – N Doyle (Dublin).


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