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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 27, 2018
Venue: Carlisle Grounds
Att: 470
TV:

Gary McCabe 41' -
Peno Miss: 41'


Scored: 50'
- Shane Duggan 50'



League Report: Bray Wanderers 0 - 1 Limerick

Fri, Apr 27 2018

Credit: Steve Alfred

Dave Donnelly reports from the Carlisle Grounds

Shane Duggan scored just Limerick's seventh goal of the season as they secured a vital three points away to Bray Wanderers on Friday night.

The captain forged a line through a mass of Bray defenders before, off-balance, poking his shot into the corner of the Seagulls' net for the game's only goal.

Remarkably, three of Limerick's goals this season have been in wins – two of them over Bray – while Danny Morrissey's late goal in Tallaght last week earned another vital point.

And this was three points well earned for Tommy Barrett's well-drilled Limerick, who rode their luck at times – not least as Kevin Lynch twice hit the bar – but were marginally the better side.

The sub-500 crowd at the Carlisle Grounds had to endure a turgid opening 40 minutes before the game suddenly – and unexpectedly – burst into action in the closing stages of the half.

Cory Galvin was the architect, the pacey winger's dash into the box from wide on the left drawing a foul from the disappointing Billy Dennehy, and referee Paul McLaughlin pointed to the spot.

Gary McCabe scored five times from the spot last season, including one in a 5-3 defeat to the Blues in Limerick, but the captain made a mess of his effort here.

McCabe leaned back and struck his penalty clean over the bar and into the car park behind the north-facing goal.

Limerick wasted no time getting play back underway, but perhaps they should have as Bray returned emboldened and Conor Clifford gave away a cheap free for a foul on Rónán Coughlan.

It was a left-footer's free and Kevin Lynch has one of the best left boots in the league, as he proved with a strike that was bound for the top corner before Brendan Clarke tipped it onto the bar.

Limerick still had time to trouble the goal at the other end as Shaun Kelly cut in on his left foot and placed a cross between the centre-halves for Morrissey, but he couldn't keep his volley down.

The Blues had the better of the play in the first half and that continued after the break, when Duggan broke the deadlock with just six minutes elapsed in the second half.

Winger Will Fitzgerald – who had the measure of Bray full-back Daniel McKenna all night – took a quick long-throw to Duggan, who writhed around before finding the corner.

Bray worked their way back into it, and were unfortunate not to level when Killian Brouder turned Lynch's cross towards his own goal but Clarke was again alert to make the save.

Lynch looked certain to level in the closing minutes as Limerick failed to deal with a corner but his strike from inside the box cracked off the top of the bar once more.

Bray had one last roll of the dice in injury time as Lynch's corner found the head of Hugh Douglas, but the defender sent the ball wide of Clarke's right-hand post.

 

Bray Wanderers: Aaron Dillon; Dan McKenna, Conor Kenna, Hugh Douglas, Kevin Lynch; Paul O'Conor, Rhys Gorman (Ger Pender 63), Gary McCabe; Daniel Kelly (Sean Heaney 88), Cory Galvin, Ronan Coughlan.

Subs not used: Evan Moran (gk), Dylan Hayes, Calvin Rogers, Andrew McGovern.

Booked: Kevin Lynch (90+1).


Limerick: Brendan Clarke; Shaun Kelly (Tony Whitehead 46), Killian Cantwell, Killian Brouder, Shane Tracy (Colm Walsh O'Loughlen 71); Conor Clifford (Barry Maguire 80), Shane Duggan, Eoin Wearen, Billy Dennehy, William Fitzgerald; Danny Morrissey.

Subs not used: Tommy Holland (gk), Henry Cameron, Adam Foley, Mark O'Sullivan.

Booked: Eoin Wearen (29), Conor Clifford (38).

 

Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).

Attendance: 470 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Conor Clifford (Limerick).



Bray Wanderers
Aaron Dillon
Goalkeeper
Kevin Lynch
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Daniel McKenna
Defender
Rhys Gorman
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
41Peno Miss: 41'
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Daniel Kelly
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Forward
Cory Galvin
Forward
Rónán Coughlan
Forward

Substitutes
Sean Heaney
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Defender
Dylan Hayes
Defender
Shane Flynn
Unknown
Andrew McGovern
Defender
Evan Moran
Goalkeeper
Ger Pender
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Forward
Calvin Rogers
Defender
Limerick
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Shaun Kelly
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Killian Cantwell
Defender
Killian Brouder
Defender
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
50Scored: 50'
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
Conor Clifford
Midfielder
38Booked: 38'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Shane Tracy
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Eoin Wearen
Midfielder
29Booked: 29'
William Fitzgerald
Forward
Danny Morrissey
Forward

Substitutes
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Adam Foley
Forward
Henry Cameron
Midfield
Barry Maguire
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Mark O'Sullivan
Forward
Colm Walsh O'Loghlen
Forward
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Tony Whitehead
Defender
46Subbed On: 46'
46'


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