Bat­tling Bray un­lucky not to get some­thing

Bray People - - Sport - by Daniel Gor­man

MARK QUIGLEY’S 13th League goal of the sea­son with nine min­utes re­main­ing in this tie proved to be enough to se­cure all three points for Pat’s.

With such a huge num­ber of fix­tures to con­tend with, it was no sur­prise that the Inchicore out­fit didn’t match their per­for­mance from the last time they vis­ited the Carlisle Grounds, when they en­joyed a well earned 3-0 victory.

The match won’t live long in the mem­ory for ei­ther sets of fans and the even­tual win­ners were the bet­ter side al­though credit Bray for re­strict­ing them to just a cou­ple of chances with some res­o­lute de­fend­ing.

St. Pat’s man­ager John McDon­nell made whole­some changes from the side that were de­feated 2-0 by Ger­man side Hertha Berlin last Tues­day with no less than six changes to his start­ing 11.

Bray man­ager Ed­die Gorm­ley also made changes but not as many as his op­po­site num­ber, with youth pre­ferred to ex­pe­ri­ence in at­tack with Jake Kelly re­plac­ing Andy Myler and Daryl Rob­son was given the nod in mid­field, tak­ing the place of Alan Caw­ley af­ter his ‘per­for­mance’ against Gal­way.

The first-half was pos­si­bly one of the worst 45 min­utes of foot­ball in terms of chances that the Carlisle Grounds has wit­nessed in some time.

Pat’s showed their threat with just six min­utes gone when the dis­ap­point­ing Keith Fa­hey picked out Glen Fitz­patrick’s run but the striker was just beaten to the ball by Alan Gough.

Bray were again on the back foot on 24 min­utes when Bobby Ryan’s pull-back found winger Alan Kirby in space 12 yards out but as he was about to pull the trig­ger, Paddy Ka­vanagh got back to nick the ball off his toe with a su­perb tackle, which the Bray faith­ful de­cided de­served a ren­di­tion of the Paddy Ka­vanagh song.

Bray’s first threat on goal came with six min­utes left in the first half when Kevin Do­herty’s high loop­ing header from a deep Gavin Whe­lan free-kick had Lance Friesz scram­bling across his goal be­fore it went com­fort­ably wide.

Ray Kenny then al­most in­ad­ver­tently set up a goal for Kirby when his at­tempted clear­ance flashed across the face of the Bray goal but Gough came out to smother the num­ber seven’s ef­fort.

With just 25 sec­onds gone in the sec­ond­half the Bray de­fence’s gen­eros­ity con­tin­ued when Derek Pen­der and Alan Gough com­bined to give the Dublin side a free kick from just six yards out af­ter Gough picked up what was ad­judged to be a back pass from the ver­sa­tile de­fender.

For­tu­nately the sea of bodies on the Bray line proved too much for Fa­hey, whose pow­er­ful ef­fort was blocked away by the legs of Gough. The net did rus­tle with 52 min­utes gone but un­for­tu­nately it was only the side net­ting for Pat’s af­ter Glen Fitz­patrick’s flick from a Kirby cross was de­flected away for a cor­ner.

The goal that the game so des­per­ately needed fi­nally ar­rived in the 81st minute and lit­tle sur­prise that the man to get it was Mark Quigley.

Sub­sti­tute Gary O’Neill col­lected a quick throw in and sent in a cross from the left and Quigley was hov­er­ing at the back post and poked it home to make it ad­van­tage Pat’s with time run­ning out.

He could have dou­bled his side’s lead just three min­utes later when O’Neill again was on hand to cre­ate the chance, launch­ing a quick counter at­tack be­fore slip­ping it into Quigley’s path. The num­ber 11 was bear­ing down on goal quickly but when he de­cided to shoot, he got his shot wrong and sent it high and wide.

As so of­ten hap­pens when teams are press­ing late on, Bray did get a chance and what a chance it was two min­utes into in­jury-time.

Pen­der took ball and all in a full blooded chal­lenge with Bobby Ryan and the ball broke for Ka­vanagh on the left wing. The for­mer Birm­ing­ham man cut back in­side and then whipped in a cross to­wards the dan­ger area. Kevin Do­herty had ma­rauded up from de­fence and he got his head to the ball and flicked it goal wards.

The un­marked Andy Myler, on the pitch just three min­utes, had to re­act quickly to di­vert the ball to­wards the goal from a mere six yards and he did so but for­mer LA Galaxy goal­keeper Lance Friesz showed even quicker re­ac­tions to lunge to his right and catch the ball cleanly.

Man of the Match: Mark Quigley (St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic). It was his strike that won the match.

Alan Gough col­lects a St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic cross in the Wan­der­ers square.

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