Saturday 25 January 2020

More to Bray than the blistering pace of Connolly, insists boss Kenny

Bray Wanderers 2-2 Derry City

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Bray manager Harry Kenny says there is far more to Wanderers' revival than Dylan Connolly.

Flying winger Connolly scored twice as Bray deprived Derry of regaining second place in the Premier Division table after a cracking game at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night.

The result extends Bray's unbeaten league run to nine games while Derry are undefeated in seven.

"Dylan's flying at the moment," said Kenny of Ireland U-21 international Connolly, who has scored four times in Bray's last four games. "But it's not all about him. You have to get the ball out to him.

"We've good passers of the ball in the middle of the pitch with Karl Moore, John Sullivan and Mark Salmon. Even Darragh Noone when he came on.

"Whilst Dylan is getting the so-called headlines, you have to get the ball out to him."

Connolly's blistering pace got him in behind the Derry defence onto Jason Mark's pass to shoot Bray ahead on 17 minutes.

Derry hit back just past the half hour. Barry McNamee rolled a free-kick to Aaron McEneff who thumped a shot off the bar with Rory Patterson following in to rifle the rebound to the net.

Ronan Curtis was tripped in the area by Gareth McDonagh for McEneff to send Peter Cherrie the wrong way from the resulting penalty to put Derry ahead on 55 minutes.

But the pace of Connolly earned Bray their point 20 minutes from time as he raced onto Ger Pender's pass to shoot under 'keeper Ger Doherty.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Harding (McDonagh, 39), Douglas, Kenna, Lynch; Sullivan; Marks (Noone, 63), Moore, Salmon, Connolly; Pender (Lyons, 84).

Derry City - G Doherty; McDermott, Karner (B Doherty, 48), Vemmelund, Jarvis; McEneff, McCormack; Boyle (Daniels, 77), McNamee, Curtis; Patterson.

Ref - S Grant (Wexford)

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