Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mulroy and Kelly give Wanderers survival hope

SECOND-HALF goals from John Mulroy and Jake Kelly gave Bray Wanderers a lifeline in their battle against relegation as they beat fellow strugglers Drogheda at Hunky Dorys Park.

The Seagulls registered three points for only the second time this season and fully deserved their win against a poor home side who finished the game with nine men.

A promising opening by Drogheda saw them pepper the Bray goal with shots, with five chances coming inside 11 minutes.

Although Drogheda lost their way and the visitors began to grow in confidence, it was still against the run of play when Bray broke the deadlock on 55 minutes.

Jake Kelly started the move in midfield and Danny O'Connor then played a lovely double exchange with Mulroy before the latter shot past debutant Robert Duggan.

A foul on Paul Crowley on the edge of the Bray box presented the Boynesiders with a chance on 65 minutes, but Joe Kendrick curled his effort high over the bar.

It was a key moment in the game, for the Seagulls broke forward and doubled their advantage just five minutes later. Daire Doyle did well to deliver a deep cross from the right and Jake Kelly positioned himself perfectly to send a 12-yard volley past 'keeper Duggan.

Any hope of a Drogheda comeback was extinguished when their right-back, Corie Treacy, was sent off for a poor challenge on Chris Shields and Eric McGill followed his team-mate to the dressing-room in stoppage time.

DROGHEDA UNITED -- Duggan; Treacy, McNally, Daly, Kendrick; Brennan, Crowley, E McGill, McMahon; Fitzpatrick (McEnteggart 69), Flood.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; S O'Connor, Mitchell (Webster 61), Prendergast, Houston; D Doyle, D O'Connor, G Kelly (Shields 9), J Kelly; Mulroy, O'Neill.

Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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