Monday 22 January 2018

Hand delivers killer blow


Having enjoyed a rest over the last two weeks, both Drogheda and Bray are starting to show signs of a change. Despite their drastically different starts to the season, Drogheda continued their recent surge with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a Bray now in freefall.

Indeed, Mick Cooke's team recorded their first back-to-back victories of the season.

To a degree, Bray's defeat could be blamed on the makeshift nature of their backline. With Derek Prendergast absent, Dane Massey was forced to fill in at centre-half. And the unfamiliarity caused a lot of unforced errors in the Bray defence -- most notably from goalkeeper Matt Gregg.

As such, a goal of some description was inevitable. And, just before half-time, Drogheda deservedly got it. Tiernan Mulvenna's clever hook from Lee Lynch's cross allowed Daniel Corcoran to head home.

With Bray pressing for most of the second half, Drogheda were content to sit and try and slice them open on the break. And it proved effective as Philip Hand wrapped up the win in the 81st minute with a supreme strike into the top corner.

Dan McGuinness headed home late on for Bray to make it 2-1. But the damage had already been done.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; Doyle (G Kelly 68), Mitchell, Massey, Houston; Zambra, Dempsey,O'Connor, J Kelly; Murphy (McGuinness 61), Mulroy (Tresson 87).

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Trimble; Quigley, McNally, Rogers, Hand; O'Brien, Lynch, McMahon, Brennan; Corcoran, Mulvenna (White 86).

REF -- R Rogers (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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