Seagulls’ cup dream ended by Galway Utd
AFTER BEING made to sit through this ‘ performance’ from Bray Wanderers, you would be forgiven for thinking it is they who occupy last place in the Eircom League.
After being made to sit through this ‘ performance’ from Bray Wanderers, you would be forgiven for thinking this match was a friendly match and not a path to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup, such was the lack of passion on show.
After being made to sit through this ‘ performance’ from Bray Wanderers, you would not be forgiven for thinking Bray Wanderers are a club on the rise.
Bray were made to look like a bunch of amateurs on Tuesday night and as one spectator was heard to say: ‘The fact that they get paid for that is a disgrace.’
Jay O’Shea and co. humiliated Bray in this drab affair and virtually ended the seaside club’s season and although the finger will mostly be pointed at Eddie Gormley, the manager can’t be held responsible for his side’s inability to pass the ball and they should need no motivation for such a big match.
Gormley made two changes to the side that had earned the replay, with Mark Duggan, who was suspended for that game, and Kevin Doherty coming in for Aidan O’Keefe and Daryl Robson.
It was the star man Jay O’Shea who was responsible for creating the first opportunity of the game with four minutes gone, beating his man with consummate ease before his low drive was palmed away by Alan Gough. The veteran only succeeded in diverting the ball into Danish striker Jesper Jorgensen’s path, but the shot stopper recovered in time to block Jorgensen’s 12 yard strike.
The next chance arrived on 28 minutes, with Jorgensen playing the ball over the top of Bray’s static defence for John Lester, who let the ball bounce before smashing a half-volley over the crossbar from ten yards.
The goal that Galway deserved then arrived on 37 minutes, and the man at the heart of it was none other then former Bray favourite Jay O’Shea. The number 19 collected the ball out on the left and after leaving Kevin Doherty for dead, the youngster danced his way into a great shooting position and after opening up his body, curled his right-footed effort off the post.
Fortunately for the Tribesmen however his effort fell kindly to Jonathan Keane who didn’t hesitate in firing the ball into the roof of the net from eight yards for his first goal for the club. As if this wasn’t bad enough news for the Wicklow side, captain Alan Cawley and Gary Cronin had to be pulled apart by referee Alan Kelly and Ray Kenny after the two began squaring up and exchanged some harsh words. Cawley then failed to emerge from the dressing room for the second-half, with Gormley hauling the midfielder off and replacing him with Daryl Robson.
United’s goalkeeper Gary Rogers should probably have been forced to pay into the match, as he was no more then a spectator for the whole of the first-half and Bray needed to change things and change things drastically.
There was no let up at the start of the secondhalf however for the Bray defence as with only three minutes gone O’Shea sent in a low cross from right which Jorgensen controlled before turning and firing narrowly wide.
Five minutes later though and the doom and gloom at the Carlisle Grounds was doubled when Galway doubled their lead courtesy of a quick counterattack.
John Russell sent Jorgensen racing down the left wing and the Dane spotted O’Shea had peeled off his man so he sent the ball into the versatile man’s path and O’Shea showed nerves of steel, sending his low drive from the edge of the box just beyond the dive of Alan Gough and leave it nestling in the bottom corner of the net.
Bray Wanderers then thought they had a penalty on 59 minutes after he forced his way past his man and as he looked set to shoot, he was brought down by right back Seamus Conneely. Alan Kelly then seemed to point to the spot but he was in fact indicating that Galway were to play on, much to Bray fan’s disappointment.
Three minutes on and again O’Shea caused the Bray defence problems after collecting a throw in from the left, as he sent in a dangerous in swinger which John Russell lunged at from just six yards out but he couldn’t make a decent connection and if he had, it surely would have been 3-0.
On 70 minutes midfield workhorse Ciarán Foley also came close after O’Shea had cut in from the right wing before finding his teammate and the number seven made some room for himself before drilling the ball straight at Gough from 12 yards.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Galway seemed content to see out the remainder of the game while Bray, who threw Kevin Doherty up front in attempt to make something happen, just couldn’t create anything despite putting the pressure on.
Galway United deservedly march on, while Bray Wanderers’ season is all but over.
Man of the Match: Jay O’Shea (Galway United). If Galway United are relegated this season, this man will surely be snapped up by one of the bigger clubs. Terrorized the Bray defence and his bag of tricks were a joy to behold.
Gavin Whelan of Bray Wanderers tries to get away from Levi Tierney of Galway United during their FAI Ford Cup quarter-final tie.