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Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 19, 2016
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Att: 956

Scored: 44'
- Dylan Connolly 44'

Scored: 88'
- Chris Lyons 88'


League Report: Galway United 0 - 2 Bray Wanderers

Sat, Aug 20 2016

Action from Friday night's game between Galway United and Bray Wanderers Credit: Jimmy McElroy

Check out the Galway United 0 - 2 Bray Wanderers Photo Gallery by Jimmy McElroy

 

Bray Wanderers’ massive improvement under new boss Harry Kenny continued when the Wicklow side won away at Galway United.  Despite dominating possession, the Eamonn Deacy Park side’s slide in the opposite direction continued with another sub-par showing in front of goal.

 

Bray went ahead in the 44th minute when Dylan Connolly pounced in the box to score.

 

After the break, Bray’s resolute defensive display continued with Tim Clancy and skipper Conor Kenna particularly prominent.

 

A second-best Galway eleven did create some chances, but Bray held on to secure a first away victory of the season. Substitute Chris Lyons’ goal two minutes from full-time clinched the three points.

 

Galway opened brightly and created carved a two meaningful opportunities as they sought to react to Tommy Dunne’s words of criticism during the week.

 

Left back Stephen Walsh drove forward as early as the second minute and blasted a shot wide.  That was quickly followed by a Marc Ludden sixth minute headed effort following Colm Horgan’s deep cross.  Peter Cherrie was beaten but the ball thudded back into play off a post.

 

For Bray a John Sullivan drive forced a smart save from goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom, who was making his Galway debut.

 

Kevin Devaney flashed a 24th minute effort wide from an acute angle following a deft Vinny Faherty header.  Faherty constantly took up good positions for the Westerners but Galway couldn’t capitalise.

 

Kevin Devaney and skipper Ryan Connolly combined in a good Galway move in the 33rd minute.  They set-up Faherty, who drew a smart reflex save from Peter Cherrie.

 

On the stroke of half-time and against the run of play, Galway were stunned by Dylan Connolly.  Connolly ruthlessly punished a defensive error by Stephen Folan to shoot Bray ahead.

 

A Devaney free-kick was met by a Walsh header on 57 minutes, but Cherrie made a straightforward save.  Another Faherty effort was blocked at the expense of a corner in the 75th minute.

 

With time running out and with Galway chasing the equaliser, Gareth McDonagh and Lyons combined in a rare foray forward for the Seagulls, with the ex Sligo Rovers striker making the game safe – the Wanderers’ eighth game in a row without defeat.

 

The win propels Bray ahead of Finn Harps in the standings.  Bray are now five points clear of Wexford Youths as their relegation fears lessen.

 

Galway United: Sam Ramsbottom; Colm Horgan, Armin Aganovic, Stephen Folan, Stephen Walsh; Kevin Devaney (Gary Shanahan 74), Paul Sinnott, Alex Byrne (Jose Garcia 87), Marc Ludden; Ryan Connolly; Vinny Faherty.

Yellow cards: Marc Ludden (23), Stephen Folan (67)

 

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Tim Clancy, Alan Kehoe; John Sullivan; Jason Marks, Mark Salmon, Karl Moore, Dylan Connolly (Gareth McDonagh 82); Ger Pender (Chris Lyons 62).

Yellow cards: Mark Salmon (90)

 

Referee: James McKell (Tipperary)

Man of the Match: Tim Clancy (Bray Wanderers)

 


Galway United
Sam Ramsbottom
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Marc Ludden
23Booked: 23'
Defender
Colm Horgan
Defender
Stephen Folan
67Booked: 67'
Defender
Alex Byrne
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Defender
Paul Sinnott
Midfielder
Kevin Devaney
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Armin Aganovic
Midfielder
Vinny Faherty
Forward

Substitutes
Gary Shanahan
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Midfield
Conor Melody
Midfield
José Garcia
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Jesse Devers
Forward
Enda Curran
Forward
Kilian Cantwell
Defender
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Bray Wanderers
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Alan Kehoe
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Jason Marks
Defender
Dylan Connolly
Midfielder
44Scored: 44'
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Tim Clancy
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
John Sullivan
Midfielder
Ger Pender
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'

Substitutes
Paul Finnegan
Defender
Luke Clucas
Midfield
Daniel Blackbyrne
Defender
Sean Harding
Defender
Chris Lyons
Forward
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
88Scored: 88'
Gareth McDonagh
Forward
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper