Thursday 22 March 2018

Waters nets leveller to deny Shels

Bray Wanderers 1 Shelbourne 1

It ended in a stalemate at the Carlisle Grounds, with which neither team was happy.

From Shelbourne's perspective, there is the irritation of knowing they surrendered control of this game after spending a half working so hard to assert their authority.

But, while they will be disappointed by their inability to close the deal, it won't compare to the pain Bray will be feeling.

Having come from behind to draw level in the 63rd minute, they then proceeded to create the better opportunities.

Bray were second best in every area in the first half and fell behind on 35 minutes when Barry Clancy's free-kick bounced awkwardly beyond 'keeper Darren Quigley and all the way into his net.

Wanderers were a completely different team after the break, first to the breaking ball, suddenly passing the ball with precision and purpose.

As their confidence grew, the game changed.

Kieran Marty Waters scored a deserved equaliser on 63 minutes.

Andy Boyle failed to effectively deal with a routine long ball and, as he hesitated, Waters sneaked in to round Dean Delany and then, from an acute angle, fire into the empty net.

Bray Wanderers -- Quigley; Webster, O'Connor, Sweeney, Knight; Mulroy (Keltry 89), Zambra, Houston; Hanlon, Waters; Jason Byrne.

Shelbourne -- Delany; Matthews (Ryan 73), Boyle, Shortall, Clancy; Cassidy, Dawson; Cronin, Cavanaugh (McGill 86); Hughes (Murphy 73), Gorman.

Ref -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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