TREVOR CROLY is set to be named as the new Bray Wanderers manager early next week but the former Shamrock Rovers boss will have his work cut out after Bray fell to a fourth straight league defeat at United Park.
Three goals in 13 second half minutes from Sean Brennan, Mick Daly and Daryl Kavanagh cancelled out Chris Lyons early opener as Bray, led by captain David Cassidy and coach James Quinn, fell to yet another league defeat.
It’s hoped that Croly’s arrival on a long term deal will help the strugglers pull away from danger at the foot of the table. The players were told of his imminent appointment before the match and it seemed to spur them on as they impressed in the early stages.
Chris Lyons put Bray in front after nine minutes. Hugh Douglas met Cassidy’s corner and the ball fell to Lyons who shot low across goal past Micheal Schlingermann and the defender on the line.
Within a minute of the start of the second half, Brennan tapped in Lee Duffy’s cross to equalise before Mick Daly headed in from a corner to give Johnny McDonnell’s side the lead.
Two minutes later, Alan Byrne’s header was directed in by Daryl Kavanagh at the back post. Peter McGlynn did reduce the deficit on 68 minutes but Tiernan Mulvenna struck late on as Drogheda picked up their first league win in ten matches.
DROGHEDA – Schlingermann; Daly, Byrne, Gorman, Marks; Brennan (Mulvenna, 80), Maher (Dunne, 37), Hughes (O’Reilly, 91), Walshe, Duffy; Kavanagh.
BRAY – McGuinness; Barker, McNally, Douglas, Cooney; Hanlon, Cassidy, McEvoy (Scully, 78), Kelly, McGlynn; Lyons (Onwubiko, 72).
REF – R Matthews (Westmeath)