Sunday 17 December 2017

Greene seals it for high-flying Seagulls

Finn Harps 0 Bray Wanderers 3

Football pitch
Football pitch

Bray Wanderers continue to fly high in second spot after a comfortable win over Finn Harps tonight.

First-half strikes by Gary McCabe and Ryan Brennan sent them on their way with Aaron Greene adding a fine third.

The game was just six minutes old when McCabe pounced to shoot Bray in front. Harps failed to properly deal with a Keith Buckley throw-in and the ball spun down invitingly for McCabe, who cracked a wonderful volley beyond Ciaran Gallagher from 25 yards.

A disappointing home attendance hushed in an almost knowing tone and, five minutes before half-time, the Seagulls doubled their lead. Brennan glided past Damien McNulty and fired home off the post from 20 yards.

Harps had earlier come close to a leveller after going behind. Kilian Cantwell managed to get a shot away in a crowded penalty box from a delicate Paddy McCourt corner, but Mark Salmon blocked from practically beneath his own crossbar and Damien McNulty’s follow-up deflected wide.

Ten minutes from time, Greene was allowed to run from inside his own half and he tucked home the clincher.

Finn Harps – C Gallagher; E Boyle, D McNulty (M Funston 78), K Cantwell, C Coll;; C McAleer, B Molloy, S Houston, G Harkin (D Morrissey 63); P McCourt (S McGlynn 83); C O’Connor.

Bray Wanderers – P Cherrie; K Buckley, T Clancy, C Kenna, K Moore; R Brennan, M Salmon, J Sullivan (A Flood 45), D Connolly; A Greene, G McCabe (J Aherne 83).

Ref – D Tomney

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