Wednesday 21 February 2018

Kavanagh makes most of Bray gift


Garry Doyle

THIS was a game defined by charitable defending and, in the end, the most generous side got what they deserved.

Yet despite ending up with nothing, Bray Wanderers will wake up this morning with the knowledge that they have the potential to become a genuine force.

Their immediate task is to calm their most talented player, Kevin Waters. Having superbly scored Bray's first equaliser of the night on 36 minutes, when he fired powerfully past Chris Bennion, Waters then got himself needlessly sent off for pushing Gareth Matthews in the face.

That was just before half-time, and just after Philly Gorman had tapped home Shelbourne's second goal.

Shelbourne had earlier taken the lead through a superb David Cassidy chip with 28 minutes gone.

Still, Bray made a real fist of it, equalising for a second time when John Mulroy fired into the empty net following Chris Bennion's inability to gather Kevin Knight's cross.

Shelbourne pressed for a winner, however, and got it with just 13 minutes left, with Paddy Kavanagh firing home.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; Shane O'Connor, Seery, Massey, Knight (Doyle 68); Zambra; Mulroy, Kevin O'Connor; Hanlon (Kelty 85), Waters; Byrne (Dixon 75) .

SHELBOURNE -- Bennion; Matthews, Boyle, Shortall (Paisley 64), Fitzgerald; Hurley (McGill 74); Cassidy, Dawson, Kavanagh; Gorman (Byrne 87), Hughes.

REF -- N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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