Ka­vanagh in­spires Bray to good win over Shels

LEAGUE OF IRE­LAND PRE-SEA­SON FRIENDLY

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

Bray Wan­der­ers 3, Shel­bourne 1: A Paddy Ka­vanagh in­spired Bray Wan­der­ers side got their new sea­son off to a fine start with this comfortable 3-1 win over First Divi­sion side Shel­bourne at Way­side Celtic’s fan­tas­tic Golden Bowl.

Ed­die Gorm­ley will surely be pleased with the day’s work, as not only did his side per­form well but he also got to cast his eye over 23 play­ers, as he used 12 sub­sti­tutes through­out the course of the game.

Things didn’t start too well for his side though as Richie Baker came close for the vis­i­tors af­ter five min­utes when he sent a cen­tral free kick wide of Chris O’Con­nor’s far post.

Shels then went ag­o­nis­ingly close to open­ing scor­ing when a long ball for­ward was flicked goal­wards by Paddy Madden but de­spite beat­ing O’Con­nor, his ef­fort came back off the post be­fore be­ing hacked clear.

Bray’s new striker Paul Byrne then saw a half-chance go beg­ging af­ter he dragged his shot wide fol­low­ing Gary McCabe’s pass.

McCabe went close to net­ting him­self on 22 min­utes when he drove a shot goal­wards from 25 yards but Dean De­laney blocked the shot and gath­ered the re­bound be­fore Byrne could pounce.

On the 27th minute mark, the vis­i­tors spurned an­other great chance af­ter Mark O’Brien sent Dar­ren Mee­han racing clear and af­ter tak­ing the ball wide, he fired it back across the face of goal and wide.

Five min­utes be­fore the break came the opener. Gareth Cough­lan picked out the run of Paddy Ka­vanagh and last sea­son’s top scorer was as cool as ice, slot­ting it past De­laney to give Bray the lead.

And then it was just five min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod when the Wan­der­ers dou­bled their lead, with a cer­tain Mr. Ka­vanagh again at the heart of it. Af­ter jink­ing his way through the Shels de­fence, the for­mer Birm­ing­ham City man looked up and squared the ball to Dar­ren Forsyth who did the rest.

Just three min­utes later Forsyth could have dou­bled his ac­count. Dane Massey played a fan­tas­tic ball be­yond the vis­i­tors de­fence and af­ter con­trol­ling it, Forsyth’s low drive was well saved by De­laney.

It was on the hour mark that Bray ex­tended their lead again, when Ka­vanagh’s low cross caused may­hem in the box and af­ter a few sec­onds Span­ish sub­sti­tute Fer­nando lashed it home. A Spa­niard called Fer­nando who scores goals - who would’ve thought it?

Two min­utes af­ter his goal Fer­nando played a peach of a ball to Forsyth but his fin­ish wasn’t half as good as the pass.

Shels should have clawed one back on 63 min­utes when David Cassidy’s cross picked out Anto Flood, but the sub­sti­tute wasted the chance.

They did how­ever get them­selves a con­so­la­tion goal 13 min­utes from the end, af­ter Derek Fo­ran was deemed to have han­dled a cross by ref­eree Richie Win­ter and a penalty was sub­se­quently awarded.

Jor­dan McMullen stepped up and just beat the de­spair­ing dive from sub­sti­tute ‘ keeper Brian Kane.

De­spite that late set­back though, there were plenty of pos­i­tives to be taken from the game.

Man of the Match: Paddy Ka­vanagh (Bray Wan­der­ers). Scored one goal and set up two, Derry City will have to of­fer a lot more if they want to pry him away from the Carlisle Grounds.

Paddy Ka­vanagh

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