Tuesday 24 April 2018

Wanderers edge Drogheda towards trap door

18 August 2017; Aaron Greene of Bray Wanderers celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United at Carlisle Grounds, in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
18 August 2017; Aaron Greene of Bray Wanderers celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Drogheda United at Carlisle Grounds, in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Bray got their push for Europe back on track as they virtually consigned Drogheda to the trap door of Premier Division relegation.

Without a win since April in the top-flight, United were punished for not taking their first-half chances at the Carlisle Grounds last night as Wanderers won at home for the first time in two months.

The home side almost pressed the self-destruct button as early as the eighth minute. With ’keeper Peter Cherrie out of position, Conor Kenna’s clearance inside his own box was cut out by Chris Mulhall.

But the Bray skipper denied the striker on the goal-line. From the close-range rebound, Kenna again thwarted the striker on the line at the expense of a corner.

Having been under the cosh and against the run of play, the Seagulls nearly went in front in the 36th minute. Top-scorer Gary McCabe’s 20-yarder crashed back off the crossbar.

Moments later, a corner from the right wing was swung in by Kevin Lynch. Hugh Douglas’ deflected 12-yard header looped to the far corner of the net.

The second period was less than five minutes old when the Wicklow side doubled their lead.

McCabe was felled just outside the penalty area. He shaped to shoot but Aaron Greene brilliantly bent his eighth score of the campaign around the wall.

Yet, the away team pulled one back in the 67th minute. Sean Russell’s 20-yard free cannoned off the wall and Richie Purdy crossed low from the right to allow Mulhall flick the ball in from six yards.

Bray Wanderers – Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch (Ellis 90); Sullivan, Noone (Salmon 69); Brennan, McCabe, Moore (Marks 85); Greene.

Drogheda Utd – McGuinness; Elsworthy, Dunne, Mulcahy, Kane; Hyland (Byrne 61), Purdy; Wixted

(Masterson 80), Bayly, Russell (Doyle 84); Mulhall.

Ref – B Connolly (Dublin)

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