Sunday 18 March 2018

Kelly shines as Bray cruise

Bray Wanderers 4 Galway 0

So Bray Wanderers get back to winning ways and Galway United keep losing their way. Last night at the Carlisle Grounds, the run of consecutive defeats ticked along from 19 to 20, but, in truth, Galway were barely out of the 19th before they were beaten here.

After just one minute and 50 seconds, centre-half Lawrence Gaughan lunged two-footed into Shane O'Connor and referee Anthony Buttimer pulled out the red card.

And from that moment, it was always going to be even more of a fight than usual. Galway then conceded when Jake Kelly broke the deadlock after 13 minutes. After Ross Zambra's cross was spilled in the six-yard box by Galway goalkeeper Conor Wynn, Kelly pounced first.

An element of anxiety grew for Bray, though, as they struggled to add a second and Victor Collins forced a fine save from home goalkeeper Darren Quigley in the 52nd minute.

However, Galway eventually left enough gaps for Bray to exploit and after 57 minutes Jake Kelly crossed for Danny O'Connor to head home.

Shane O'Neill then made it 3-0 on 68 minutes with a glorious strike into the top corner after a cut-back from Kieran Waters before Chris Shields had a header cleared off the line.

And Derek Prendergast made it 4-0 in the closing minutes to complete the rout as Bray earned three points at home for the first time in six games.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; S O'Connor, Mitchell (Waters 60), Prendergast, Houston; Zambra, G Kelly, D O'Connor (Knight 71), J Kelly (Mulroy 79); Shields, O'Neill

GALWAY UNITED -- Wynn; Preston Kelly, Gaughan, Brown, Holland; Jin Gu, Sinnott (Gilmore 60), Kelly, Walsh (Caldwell 81); Murphy, Collins (Eduardo 60).

REF -- A Buttimer (Cork).

Irish Independent

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