Myler keeps cup dream alive for solid Seag­ulls

Bray People - - Sport - by Daniel Gor­man

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’.

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