Devlin hits out at penalty decision
IT WASN'T the start that dreams are made of, but it certainly wasn't a nightmare beginning for Bray Wanderers on Friday night either.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 20th minute through a Jake Kelly penalty, but Bohemians hit back with a spot-kick of their own, before taking the lead moments later thanks to a brilliant freekick from Killian Brennan.
Pat Fenlon's side added a third midway through the second period and survived a late scare when the hosts were rewarded a second penalty; this time though Kelly's 12-yarder cannoned back off the crossbar.
Pat Devlin wasn't overjoyed with the performance, but it was the rewarding of Bohs’ penalty that really enraged Wanderers' Director of Football.
'I was a bit disappointed', admitted Devlin. 'I definitely though there was three points there for the taking. We had a little go but we took out foot off the pedal. We went 1-0 up with the penalty, we looked very, very comfortable and then a couple of players made fatal errors and we got punished.
'All of a sudden we gave away a very silly goal, (but) it definitely was not a penalty, it was well outside the box but the referee judged that it was a penalty which was unbelievable.
'We still felt very confident but we went off the pace totally when they scored and then it got even worse (when Brennan scored).
'But it's not all doom and gloom. It's certainly disappointing; there was a great crowd, a great atmosphere and everything looked good but I think they were a little bit sharper in the last 20/25 minutes.'
So Bray's hunt for their first points of the season now leads them to Inchicore this Friday, where they take on St. Patrick's Athletic. Will the game plan be different for the clash with Pete Mahon's men?
'You just have to go there, sort ourselves out, I think if we cut out individual mistakes rather than anything else (we'll have a good chance). If the individuals can raise their standards and then collectively people will raise their standards, I've no doubt that we can do an awful lot better.'
Gary Shaw and Stephen Brennan remain sidelined for the clash, but Derek Prendergast may be in line for a return to the squad.