Thursday 19 April 2018

O'Neill wraps up victory to keep Bray on upward curve

Bray Wds 2
Dundalk 0

Stephen Finn

PAT DEVLIN'S remarkable turnaround at Bray Wanderers continued as his side comfortably beat Dundalk to secure their third win in four league games, despite finishing the game with 10 men.

This victory was Bray's third win of the season against Dundalk and the home side showed no ill-effects of playing their fourth game in eight days.

Wanderers' top scorer Jake Kelly returned from a hamstring problem that forced him out of the Bohs game last Friday but he was only to last only 38 minutes before limping off.

Bray had already made the breakthrough at that point, Derek Prendergast grabbing his first goal for the club with a back-post header from a Gary Dempsey corner in the 18th minute.

Shane O'Neill was denied a second goal for Bray seconds into first-half injury time when Peter Cherrie used his right foot to turn his close-range volley from a Chris Shields cross onto the crossbar.

O'Neill duly found the net in the 55th minute when he finished a loose ball from eight yards out, after Danny O'Connor had combined with Chris Shields on a brilliant run into the box.

John Mulroy should have grabbed a third for Bray in the 71st minute but he shot wide after being sent through by Shields.

Bray suffered their first blow of the night in the 85th minute when Sean Houston took down Daniel Kearns in the area for penalty.

Houston was dismissed but Bray 'keeper Matt Gregg saved Matthew Tipton's spot-kick.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; Webster, Prendergast, Mitchell, Houston, Zambra, Dempsey, D O'Connor, J Kelly (Shields 38), S O'Neill (Shaw 77), Mulroy (Massey 73).

DUNDALK -- Cherrie; Madden, Burns, Breen, Hatswell, Kearns, Bennett (Maher 57), Miller, Gaynor, Kudozovic (Lennon 77), Tipton.

Ref -- N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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