Myler keeps cup dream alive for solid Seagulls
BRAY WANDERERS fans sing about how they dream of a team of Andy Myler’s and although that team would certainly not be the quickest in the league, it would have more heart and professionalism than all the rest put together.
Indeed as it was the forgotten man whose all important goal, his second in as many matches, kept alive Eddie Gormley and Co’s Cup dream alive.
Galway had taken a rather fortuitous lead on the stroke of halftime but the veteran popped up midway through the second half to force last night’s replay.
Having spent almost the whole of this season in shadows for Bray Wanderers, few would have begrudged Myler a possible loan move but he stuck to his guns and worked hard and now has got his reward.
The match itself was tight as was largely expected and there weren’t an abundance of chances created but it was still entertaining for the crowd at Terryland Park.
It was the home side who threatened first, with midfielder John Russell smashing the ball against Alan Gough’s post. His midfield partner John Lester had set the chance up and with hearts in mouths all over the stadium, Russell could only find the woodwork when he really should have found the back of the net.
Bray then responded with a chance of their own through Galway old boy Daryl Robson on 22 minutes, but the former Middlesbrough man’s effort went narrowly over the crossbar after Aidan O’Keefe’s lay off.
Three minutes later and Ger Rowe had an even better chance after midfield maestro Alan Cawley had released him in space but the striker dragged his effort narrowly wide.
It all went quiet on the chances front then until the 45th minute, when Gough had to be alert to deny Jason Molloy.
Some neat build-up play by Galway eventually ended with the ball at Molloy’s feet but the striker’s close range effort was blocked by the feet of Gough.
Just moments later however and Gough could only watch in despair as Galway took the lead.
John Russell’s fantastic cross field ball picked out Mark McCulloch and with little else on, McCulloch took aim and fired an optimistic shot from distance that Gough appeared to have covered until it took an unfortunate deflection off Gavin Whelan and into the net.
The dedicated travelling Bray support would have been praying at half-time that Bray would emerge all guns blazing after the break but there wasn’t a chance to be had until the 64th minute, and it was the equalizer.
Alan Cawley’s cornerkick from the right was flicked towards the back post by the towering figure of Kevin Doherty and who was at the back post but the goal poacher that is Andy Myler to send the Bray fans into raptures.
Bray almost fell behind soon after the goal though when Molloy’s left wing free-kick was only half cleared by an Alan Gough punch. Russell was then able to hook the ball goal wards again but Bray captain Colm Tresson got back to clear.
Neither side could find a late winner despite both pushing for one, although the remaining minutes of the match were constantly interrupted by substitutions, with both managers possibly happy to see out the rest of the game.
Man of the Match: Ray Kenny ( Bray Wanderers). His experience really showed through in an extremely good display for ‘Razor’.