Wednesday 23 May 2018

McCabe holds nerve to earn late point

Bray Wanderers 2 Waterford FC 2

Gary McCabe
Gary McCabe

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Gary McCabe scored a brave stoppage-time penalty to earn Bray an unlikely point at the death at the Carlisle Grounds.

With the clock in the 90th minute, a slip by Waterford defender Dave Webster gifted the ball to Daniel Kelly who raced into the area where he was tripped by keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Vigouroux was booked before captain McCabe blasted to the net from the spot to give bottom side Bray a morale boost and deprive Waterford of going joint second.

Having failed to start in losing 3-1 to Bohemians on Friday, Bray were alert from the kick-off last night, taking a third-minute lead.

McCabe and Dylan Hayes worked the opening on the right with the latter's cross powerfully headed home by midfielder Dan McKenna, a late inclusion for Rhys Gorman who was injured in the warm-up.

Waterford equalised on 43 minutes. Paul Keegan's corner was met by Gavan Holohan to score with a firm header.

Courntey Duffus then broke Bray's second-half resistance on 69 minutes with a fine solo strike.

Bray Wanderers - Moran; Hayes, Kenna, Heaney, Lynch; McKenna, O'Conor; D Kelly, McCabe, Galvin; Coughlan.

Waterford - Vigouroux; Puri, Feely, Webster, Barnett; Keegan; Aborah, Holohan, Hery; Akinade, Duffus (O'Halloran, 86).

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork)

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