Monday 19 February 2018

Wanderers edge Drogheda towards trap door

Bray Wanderers 2 Drogheda United 1

Aaron Greene of Bray Wanderers
Aaron Greene of Bray Wanderers

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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.

Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon reacts after a missed chance late in the game Photo: Sportsfile
Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon reacts after a missed chance late in the game Photo: Sportsfile

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.

Sean Russell of Drogheda United tackles Hugh Douglas of Bray Wanderers Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Russell of Drogheda United tackles Hugh Douglas of Bray Wanderers Photo: Sportsfile

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.

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