Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Sullivan strikes as two see red

Cork City 1 Bray Wanderers 0

Bray Wanderers' Graham Kelly in action against Cork City's Gary Buckley at Turner’s Cross last night
Bray Wanderers' Graham Kelly in action against Cork City's Gary Buckley at Turner’s Cross last night
Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty saves a penalty from David Cassidy of Bray Wanderers
Bray Wanderers' Adam Mitchell is shown a red card by referee Jim McKell, for a coming together with Colin Healy of Cork City

Mark O'Sullivan's first-half goal was the difference at Turner's Cross last night.

While it was a game at times short on quality, it didn't lack for incident, with two red cards and a missed penalty for Bray.

The hosts were better overall, but in a drab second half they rarely threatened to extend their lead.

The opening 25 minutes didn't provide much in the way of goalmouth action, with City's John Kavanagh having the best chance, drawing a save from Stephen McGuinness early on.

The goal arrived on 29, as Karl Sheppard battled well to create a chance for himself and, though McGuinness saved, O'Sullivan was on hand to follow up and send the rebound in.

Shortly before half-time, Cork's Colin Healy was sent off for a high challenge on Hugh Douglas and, after a melee ensued, Bray's Adam Mitchell followed him down the tunnel.

The sides cancelled each other out for much of the second half, but on 74 Bray got a lifeline when Chris Lyons was fouled by Garry Buckley for a penalty. McNulty saved from David Cassidy, though, and City held out for the remainder.

Cork City - McNulty; Kavanagh (McSweeney 65), Bennett, Murray, Gaynor; Healy, O'Connor; B Dennehy, Buckley, Sheppard (Morrissey 55); O'Sullivan (Holohan 69).

Bray Wanderers - McGuinness; Douglas, McNally, Mitchell, Barker; Cassidy (Onwubiko 88), Kelly, Sullivan, McEvoy (Gallagher 82), Scully (Durrad 58); Lyons.

Ref - J McKell (Tipperary)

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