Wednesday 13 December 2017

Resilient nine-men Bray dig in to earn vital point

Drogheda United 1 Bray Wanderers 1

Ahead via Adam Hanlon's 63rd minute goal - and the better team at that point - it looked as if Bray were cruising to a key victory (SPORTSFILE)
Ahead via Adam Hanlon's 63rd minute goal - and the better team at that point - it looked as if Bray were cruising to a key victory (SPORTSFILE)

The nine men of Bray survived to earn a point last night showing the type of resilience they will need in the battle to avoid relegation.

Ahead via Adam Hanlon's 63rd minute goal - and the better team at that point - it looked as if Bray were cruising to a key victory.

Striker Issy Akinade was the provider for Hanlon who burst into the penalty area before firing a powerful shot over Micheal Schlingermann's head.

But the game changed when defender Paul Andrews was introduced as an emergency striker on 73 minutes and, within three minutes, Andrews scored a rare goal from Daire Doyle's cross.

The numbers were uneven four minutes after that, however, as Akinade was dismissed for a foul on Kierans and then Shane O'Connor saw red after his foul on Andrews.

That left Bray with nine men for the final seven minutes but they dug in and had keeper, Stephen McGuinness, to thank for earning them a point with a fine save from Declan O'Brien's 90th minute header.

DROHEDA UTD- Schlingermann; Doyle, McNally, McGuigan, Kierans; Wixted (Andrews 72), Daly, Holohan, Brennan; Maher (Walshe 65); O'Brien

BRAY WANDERERS - McGuinness; Cooney, Webster, Mitchell, O'Connor; Akinade, Zambra, G Kelly, Hanlon; Cassidy; J Kelly (Scully 81)

REF - P Sutton (Clare)

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