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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 14, 2016
Venue: Carlisle Grounds
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Att: 897
TV:

Ger Pender 57' -
Scored: 57'


Alan McNally 70' -
Scored: 70'


Scored: 12'
- Jamie McGrath 12'



League Report: Bray Wanderers 2 - 1 St Patrick's Athletic

Sat, Oct 15 2016

Alan McNally celebrates with Hugh Douglas after netting the winning goal on Friday night. Credit: Al Robinson

Bray Wanderers battled back in the second half at the Carlisle Grounds to earn a 2-1 victory over St Patrick's Athletic and leapfrog the Saints into sixth place.

 

Jamie McGrath headed Pat's into an early lead but the Seagulls, so sluggish in the first half, turned on the style after the break and secured the win through goals from Ger Pender and Alan McNally.

 

The victory makes it a clean sweep of league wins for Harry Kenny's men – the fourth game, an EA Sports Cup quarter-final went, went the other way – over the Inchicore side.

 

The home side began the game strongly, looking to make amends for a surprise defeat at Finn Harps last Saturday, and within a minute Ryan Brennan forced Brendan Clarke to make the game's first save.

 

Darragh Noone forced an even better stop from Clarke shortly afterwards with a well-struck shot from distance, and for a time it appeared Clarke was the only man on his team fully awake.

 

However, with their first attack of the game, Pat's broke at pace and Ger O'Brien did well to dig out a cross that found the head of Jamie McGrath, and he beat Peter Cherrie with a header from 12 yards.

 

It was a well-placed header from the Meath teenager, however Cherrie was visibly frustrated as he picked the ball out of his net as he really should have gotten a stronger hand behind the ball.

 

Pat's could have doubled their lead shortly before the break as Bray were again undone by the Saints' ability to counter.

 

A string of one-touch passes ended with Billy Dennehy free down the right. He squared the ball for Christy Fagan in the box, but he under hit his pass and, though Fagan got the ball past Cherrie, it didn't have the legs to beat the retreating Kevin Lynch.

 

As lacklustre as Bray were in the first half, they were equally energetic in the second, and they finally managed to get game breaker Dylan Connolly on the ball.

 

The former Shelbourne winger forced two saves in quick succession from the otherwise underworked Clarke as things finally seemed to click for the home side.

 

Shortly before the hour, they got the equalising goal their intent merited, as Conor Kenna headed on a Lynch corner and Ger Pender helped the ball into the net – his sixth goal in seven games.

 

20 minutes from time, the Seagulls took the lead as another inch-perfect Lynch corner found Alan McNally. His bullet header was well saved by Clarke, but the central defender was on hand to bury the rebound.

 

Despite being clearly second-best since half time, Pat's did engineer an opportunity to equalise that Fagan – the most clinical striker in the league – really should have taken.

 

The ball broke kindly for the Dubliner close to goal and he shot across Cherrie to the far corner, but to the audible surprise of both sets of supporters he pulled his shot wide.

 

It was to be the off-form Saints' final chance, though they'll still have a say in the title race with games against Cork City (twice) and Dundalk to come before season's end.

 

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Hugh Douglas, Alan McNally, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch; John Sullivan, Darragh Noone, Ryan Brennan, Jason Marks (Gareth McDonagh 90+3), Dylan Connolly (Alan Kehoe 82); Ger Pender (Dean Kelly 78).

Subs not used: Lee Steacy (gk), Paul Finnegan, Sean Harding, Chris Lyons.

Yellow Cards:  Pender (74), Brennan (87)

 

St Patrick's Athletic: Brendan Clarke; Ger O'Brien, Michael Barker, Darren Dennehy, Ian Bermingham; Graham Kelly (David Cawley 80), Lee Desmond, Conan Byrne, Billy Dennehy (Steven Kinsella 82), Jamie McGrath (Dinny Corcoran 86); Christy Fagan.

Subs not used: Pat Jennings (gk), Rory Feely, Darragh Markey, Mark Timlin.

Yellow Cards: McGrath (28). 

 

Referee: Dave McKeon (Dublin).

Attendance: 800 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Kevin Lynch (Bray Wanderers).



Bray Wanderers
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Kevin Lynch
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Alan McNally
70Scored: 70'
Defender
Dylan Connolly
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
88Booked: 88'
Midfielder
Jason Marks
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Darragh Noone
Midfielder
John Sullivan
Midfielder
Ger Pender
57Scored: 57'
74Booked: 74'
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Forward

Substitutes
Chris Lyons
Forward
Dean Kelly
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Forward
Alan Kehoe
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Defender
Sean Harding
Defender
Paul Finnegan
Defender
Gareth McDonagh
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Darren Dennehy
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Michael Barker
Defender
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder
12Scored: 12'
28Booked: 28'
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Steven Kinsella
Midfielder
82Subbed On: 82'
Graham Kelly
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Conan Byrne
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Timlin
Midfield
Darragh Markey
Midfield
Pat Jennings
Goalkeeper
Rory Feely
Midfield
Dinny Corcoran
Forward
86Subbed On: 86'
86'
David Cawley
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'


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