A night to for­get for Seag­ulls in Gal­way

Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

Gal­way United 4, Bray Wan­der­ers 0: Jay O’Shea and Vin­nie Fa­herty both helped them­selves to two goals each last Fri­day night as their side an­ni­hi­lated Bray Wan­der­ers at Ter­ry­land Park.

The league’s bot­tom side go­ing into this clash, the Con­nacht men made a mock­ery of their po­si­tion with this mas­ter class that has given their safety hopes a mas­sive boost.

As for Bray Wan­der­ers, my mother al­ways said ‘if you have noth­ing good to say, say noth­ing at all’ so I think I might just lis­ten to her for once and ad­here to that wise old say­ing.

The pre­vi­ous Fri­day night’s fan­tas­tic win over Derry City wasn’t enough to guar­an­tee Bray Wan­der­ers’ play­ers their start­ing place and Gavin Whe­lan found this out the hard way, dropped from the squad and re­placed by for­mer Gal­way man Daryl Rob­son. Philip Knight’s in­jury meant Colm Tres­son made his 400th ap­pear­ance for Bray Wan­der­ers, start­ing at right back with Derek Pen­der shift­ing to left back.

Gal­way United had a Jay O’Shea penalty to thank for their point that night and it was an­other spot-kick from the exBray man that gave the hosts the lead on eight min­utes.

Jonathan Keane slipped the ball through for Sea­mus Con­neely and the right back went down af­ter a chal­lenge from Mark Dug­gan, but he went down all too easy for the mid­field hard­man’s lik­ing.

Fresh from his Repub­lic of Ire­land U-21 ex­ploits, O’Shea stepped up to blast the re­sult­ing 12-yarder into the top cor­ner of the net.

With 24 min­utes on the clock Dug­gan came to his side’s res­cue af­ter some good build up play saw the ball squared to Vin­nie Fa­herty 12 yards out but his shot was bravely blocked when Dug­gan slid in.

Three min­utes later and United were un­lucky not to dou­ble their lead when Fa­herty was sent racing clear. His dinked ef­fort was blocked by Gough but the re­bound fell invit­ingly to John Rus­sell whose ef­fort was blocked on the line by Pen­der.

On the half hour mark Alan Caw­ley’s deep free-kick was badly punched away by Gary Rogers and Cough­lan tried to catch the shot stop­per out by div­ing to head the ball to­wards goal but his ef­fort was wide.

Bray went close again when Ger Rowe chested a ball down for Gary Cronin and the num­ber three, only on the field for two min­utes af­ter re­plac­ing Cough­lan, blasted over from 20 yards with his weaker right foot.

The Tribes­men were then des­per­ately un­lucky not to hit the front again when O’Shea curled a free kick from 25 yards off the post and wide.

Things would have to change if Bray were to get any­thing out of the game and af­ter the break Gorm­ley changed the for­ma­tion to 3-5-2, with Cronin and Pen­der op­er­at­ing as wing backs.

It took a quar­ter of an hour of the sec­ond pe­riod for a de­cent ef­fort to come along and it was for the vis­i­tors. A throw in from the right bounced up nicely for Rowe 25 yards from goal and his half vol­ley was like an ar­row be­fore veer­ing a few yards wide of the far post.

On 70 min­utes O’Shea al­most grabbed his sec­ond when he con­trolled a neat cross-field pass from sub­sti­tute Alan Mur­phy be­fore drag­ging his ef­fort wide of the near post.

Three min­utes later though there was no stop­ping him as he ri­fled home a John Rus­sell cross from the right with Gough rooted to the spot.

Just when Bray Wan­der­ers thought their night couldn’t get any worse, five min­utes later it was three.

Colm Tres­son gave away a free-kick out on the left and got booked in the process. Cap­tain John Lester put the ball right in on top of Gough and af­ter the vet­eran failed to clear, Fa­herty squeezed the ball in at the far post.

Only a dis­as­trous miss from John Rus­sell, who rounded Gough af­ter be­ing put through be­fore hit­ting the side net­ting with the goal at his mercy, pre­vented Bray from go­ing 4-0 down in what was a truly mis­er­able day at the of­fice for Ed­die Gorm­ley et al.

The mis­ery did get even worse just be­fore the end how­ever af­ter a sub­lime piece of skill from Fa­herty to score his sec­ond.

There seemed no dan­ger when the striker stood mo­tion­less with the ball 20 yards from goal but af­ter he looked up, he chipped Gough bril­liantly to send Ter­ry­land Park into rap­tures.

Man of the Match: Jay O’Shea (Gal­way United). Rep­re­sented his coun­try at U-21 level then gave his side’s boost to avoid rel­e­ga­tion a huge boost with this per­for­mance. A good week for the young man.

Gal­way United: Gary Rogers 6, Sea­mus Con­neely 7, John Fitzger­ald 7, Alan Keane 7, Mark McCul­loch 7, Jonathan Keane 7(Alan Mur­phy 68’), John Rus­sell 8 (Iarfh­laith Daveron 80’), John Lester 8, Ciaron Fo­ley 8, Jay O’Shea 8, Vin­nie Fa­herty 8 (Jes­per Jor­gensen 83’). Subs not used: Alvin Rouse, Derek Glynn.

Bray Wan­der­ers: Alan Gough 6, Colm Tres­son 6, Kevin Do­herty 5, Ray Kenny 5, Derek Pen­der 5, Gareth Cough­lan 5 (Gary Cronin 32’), Daryl Rob­son 6 (Jake Kelly 58’), Alan Caw­ley 5, Mark Dug­gan 5 (Paddy Ka­vanagh 58’), Andy Myler 5, Ger Rowe 5. Subs not used: Chris O’Con­nor, John Mul­roy.

Ref­eree: Pádraic Sut­ton.

Kevin Do­herty of Bray Wan­der­ers bat­tles for pos­ses­sion with John Rus­sell of Gal­way.

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