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Saturday 18 November 2017

North strike breaks deadlock

BRAY WANDERERS 0 ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC 1 Ruaidhri O'Connor

FOR 78 minutes there was little to report at the Carlisle Grounds as Bray Wanderers and St Patrick's Athletic appeared to have agreed a pre-match truce.

Danny North, however, clearly hadn't read the terms. The English striker had earlier irked his hosts by trying his luck when expected to give the ball back from a drop-ball after an injury. And it was he who tapped home his fourth goal in four league games to give the Saints their third win on the trot.

It sets them up nicely for Monday's home game against Shamrock Rovers and after a shaky start, the Saints are finding form.

Scoreless at the break, the game was poor for most of the second half as the crowd grew frustrated with the lack of action until Stephen Bradley's superb ball put Ian Bermingham in behind and the left-back squared the ball for North who couldn't miss from close range.

Adam Mitchell capped a bad night for the Seagulls by getting sent off after a clash with Bermingham in injury-time.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Gregg; Webster, Prendergast, Mitchell, Massey (McGuinness 86); O'Connor, Dempsey; J Kelly, Shields (G Kelly 73), Mulroy (O'Neill 69); Murphy.

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC -- Rogers; Pender, E McMillan, Shortall, Bermingham; Murphy (Stewart 87), Bradley, Crowley, Doyle; Kavanagh, North (D McMillan 92).

REF -- A Kelly (Cork)

Irish Independent

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