Wanderers lose to ten-man Limerick
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.