Monday 22 January 2018

Seagulls offer little resistance

Though Cork City were impressive, this result said more about Wanderers than it did about the visitors.

Sean Houston aside, Bray put up little resistance and Cork showed little interest in being charitable. Instead, their ruthless finishing ensured the result was safe by half-time. Goal number one arrived on five minutes, when Tadhg Purcell headed home Daryl Horan's right-wing cross.

Dominant in possession, and benefiting from the quality their full-backs, Colin Healy and Danny Murphy, were providing, Cork turned the screw on 34 minutes, following Shane Duggan's excellent finish from Healy's equally impressive cross.

In response, Bray boss Pat Devlin made changes. And so three positional switches, and one personnel change at half-time led to some momentary dominance from the hosts.

But Cork coped with the pressure and on 64 minutes Vinny Sullivan got his side's third when he took advantage of Duggan's through ball before firing home. The one negative note for Cork was Stephen Kenny's 90th-minute dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Bray Wanderers -- Quigley; Doyle, D O'Connor, S O'Connor (Mitchell 75), Massey; Zambra; Mulroy, Houston; Waters, Knight (Hanlon h-t); Byrne (Hurley 70).

Cork City -- McNulty; Healy, Kavanagh (Murray 79) Spillane , Murphy; Morrissey, Duggan, Dunleavy, Horgan; Purcell (Kenny 75), Sullivan (O'Neill 65).

Ref -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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