Thursday 24 May 2018

Martin O'Neill watches on as Seagulls continue to soar

Bray 2 Drogheda 1

Dylan Connolly on his way to Dundalk
Dylan Connolly on his way to Dundalk

With Ireland boss Martin O’Neill watching on, Bray extended their unbeaten league run at the Carlisle Grounds by beating ten-man Drogheda United to make it three wins out of four this season.

Drogheda, who made six changes to the side beaten by Cork last Friday, almost took an early lead when Conor Kenna cleared Jake Hyland’s effort off the line.

Bray hit the front in the fourth minute. After Gary McCabe’s run, Aaron Greene cut in from the left flank to beat former Bray goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness with a low 20-yard drive.

Greene turned provider in the 20th minute as they Seagulls went two ahead. After the visitors tried to play from the back, Dylan Connolly held off Colm Deasy and lobbed the advancing McGuinness from 22 yards.

Drogheda’s reply was instant as, from a corner, Ciaran McGuigan smashed a back-post half-volley to the roof of the net.

Drogheda were dealt a blow when former Seasider Luke Gallagher was sent off in the 65th minute for a second yellow.

Bray Wanderers – Cherrie; Robinson (Earley 65), Kenna, Foran, Lynch; Buckley (Salmon 69), Sullivan; Greene, McCabe (Ryan Brennan 78), Connolly; Flood.

Drogheda United – McGuinness; Deasy, Gallagher, McGuigan, Kaner; McCaffrey (Byrne 71), Hyland, Sean Brennan (Thornton 74), McEvoy, Wixted (Buckley 65); Griffin.

Ref – N Doyle (Dublin)

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