Thursday 23 November 2017

Pat's stunned as Douglas gets Bray back on track

St Patrick's Ath 1-2 Bray WDRs

St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Photo: Sportsfile

Barry Lennon

Bray Wanderers' Hughie Douglas go his side's league revival back on track with a come-from-behind victory over St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park last night.

The defender's 58th-minute strike proved crucial as the Seagulls collected all three points after their nine-game unbeaten run came to an unceremonious end with a heavy defeat to Cork City last week.

The result also means Liam Buckley's charges miss the chance to go level on points with Sligo Rovers, following Dundalk's 1-0 win at the Showgrounds.

The result heaps more pressure on Buckley, who welcomes Cobh Ramblers to Inchicore on Saturday for a quarter-final in the FAI Cup, a chink of light in an otherwise disappointing season for the Saints.

Pat's started the better and entered the dressing room at half-time a goal ahead thanks to a powerful strike from Graham Kelly on the 43rd minute.

Both sides failed to land any clear punches before Kelly's intervention though, with the hosts having the better of the chances.

One of the few clear sights of goal came in the opening minutes when Conan Byrne rose high to meet Kelly's cross but he fired his efforts over the bar.

Byrne threatened moments later feeding Mark Timlin only for his goal-bound shot be denied by Douglas.

Bray threatened on several occasions in the first period through Dylan Connolly but his best shot was easily punched away by Brendan Clarke.

However, Kelly eventually ended the deadlock, beating Peter Cherrie with a shot to the bottom right-hand corner.

Wanderers' Ger Pender managed to peg one back after the restart with his right-footed volley defeating Clarke after a period of panic in the Saints' box.

Douglas pounced just three minutes later to follow up on Pender's efforts as poor defending cost the hosts again.

ST PATRICK'S ATH- Clarke; O'Brien (C), Bermingham, Barker, C Byrne, Feely; Desmond, Kelly; McGrath (Markey 85), Timlin (B Dennehy 73), Fagan.

BRAY WDRS - Cherrie; Douglas, Clancy, Kenna (C), Lynch; Sullivan (McNally 90), Moore, Noone, Salmon, Connolly (Marks 86), Pender (Lyons 73).

REFEREE - D Tomney

Irish Independent

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