Devlin hits out at penalty de­ci­sion

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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