Wan­der­ers lose to ten-man Lim­er­ick

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE TEN men of Lim­er­ick FC brought Bray Wan­der­ers' un­beaten pre-sea­son cam­paign to a halt as they ran out com­fort­able 0-4 win­ners at the Carlisle Grounds on Fri­day night.

Af­ter the 21st minute dis­missal of lo­cal lad Corie Tracey for Lim­er­ick, it was ex­pected the Seag­ulls would run the show against their First Divi­sion op­po­nents.

But the Mun­ster side ral­lied and Stephen O'Flynn gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 39th minute af­ter Dave Web­ster had han­dled in the penalty area. O'Flynn dou­bled the lead in the 58th minute when he tapped home the bril­liant Gary Shee­han's cross and Shee­han got him­self on the score­sheet on 72 min­utes when he raced clear of the Bray back­line and ham­mered past Matt Gregg.

Sub­sti­tute Jef­fery Judge com­pleted the rout six min­utes from time when he cap­i­tal­ized on some slack de­fend­ing from the hosts to steer an ef­fort past Brian Kane.

Af­ter an un­der­stand­ably slow start to the match, Adam Mitchell came to Bray's res­cue in the 12th minute when he cut out Shee­han's low cross af­ter the winger had got in be­hind the de­fence.

Nine min­utes later lo­cal lad Tracey re­ceived his march­ing or­ders for kick­ing out at Dave Web­ster. The de­fender had clearly al­ready done enough to im­press boss Pat Scully though as it was an­nounced at the week­end that he had signed for the Divi­sion 1 club.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing that kick­ing, Web­ster then played a big hand in Lim­er­ick's opener when he mis­judged Shee­han's cross; al­low­ing it to bounce up off his arm and ref­eree Derek Tom­ney duly awarded the penalty which O'Flynn just man­aged to squeeze past Gregg.

Lim­er­ick dou­bled their lead shortly be­fore the hour mark when Shee­han once again got in be­hind the Bray back­line. On this oc­ca­sion how­ever Mitchell wasn't there to cut out the cross and O'Flynn grate­fully tapped it in for his sec­ond.

Shee­han then capped an ex­tremely im­pres­sive per­for­mance when he surged past a mis­fir­ing Web­ster be­fore ham­mer­ing home into the top cor­ner to make it 3-0. Judge then put some gloss on the score­line when he slot­ted past Kane in the clos­ing stages.

* On Sun­day morn­ing, Bray was held to a 0-0 draw by Mon­aghan United in their fi­nal pre-sea­son friendly of the cam­paign.

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