Friday 19 January 2018

Lyons double sends Bray through

Bray Wanderers 3 Limerick FC 1

Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Chris Lyons' quick-fire double sealed Wanderers' passage into the last 16 of the FAI Cup.

In front of the smallest crowd of the season so far at the Carlisle Grounds, the striker hammered to the roof of the net in the 62nd minute after Peter McGlynn's cut-back.

Moments later, Michael Barker teed up Luke Gallagher, whose placed effort came off the legs of Limerick's 17-year-old keeper Tommy Holland and hit the post - but no corner was awarded.

Then in the 65th minute, Lyons held off Paudie O'Connor's attentions to delightfully dink the ball over Holland.

The Wicklow side took a seventh-minute lead when skipper David Cassidy was left unmarked to volley in Graham Kelly's free for his sixth of the campaign.

In only the second ever match in the competition between the two clubs, Bray should have grabbed a second moments later.

Played through by Kelly down the right channel, McGlynn was denied by Holland, who bravely blocked at the expense of a corner.

But the Blues levelled on the quarter-hour through Dean Clarke's sixth goal of the season. He lost his marker to glance in a ten-yard header off Ian Turner's corner.

The visitors should have taken the lead just 80 seconds into the second period.

Clarke surged from the halfway line along the left wing and played a slide-rule pass for Kieran Hanlon to beat the offside trap.

But with just Stephen McGuinness to beat, the young forward dragged his effort low across the face of goal.

Bray W - McGuinness; Douglas, Mitchell, McNally, Barker; Cassidy, Kelly, McEvoy, Gallagher, McGlynn; Lyons.

Limerick FC - Holland; Whitehead (Rainsford 87), Paudie O'Connor, Williams, Tracy; Duggan, Paul O'Conor, Turner, Russell, Clarke; Hanlon (Faherty 76).

Ref - Sean Grant (Wexford)

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