St. Pat’s hit Seag­ulls for three at the Carlisle

St. Pat’s take points as Wan­der­ers pon­der pos­si­bil­i­ties

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At The Carlisle Grounds

ST. PATRICK’S Ath­letic even­tu­ally showed their class to get back on the win­ning track and see off Bray Wan­der­ers.

A Christy Fa­gan header on the stroke of half time put a mas­sive dent in the Seag­ulls’ plans and the Saints in­creased in­jury-hit Wan­der­ers’ woes with their sec­ond goal of the evening six min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

De­spite strug­gling to mount any threat­en­ing at­tacks, the hosts did shake things up when David Cas­sidy slammed home from a set-piece rou­tine with nine min­utes to play.

Cas­sidy then went within a whisker of lev­el­ling the tie for Bray when his free kick drifted past Brendan Clarke’s post by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

Wan­der­ers were un­able to snatch a share of the spoils though as Chris For­rester drilled home in stop­page time to put the mat­ter to bed.

Per­haps the out­come would have been dif­fer­ent had Mathews been able to call upon the ser­vices of Danny O’Con­nor, Shane O’Con­nor, Eric McGill, Adam Hanlon, Jake Kelly or Shane Red­mond. The lat­ter was sus­pended, while the five out­field­ers were ruled out by in­jury.

This forced Mathews into nam­ing U-19 stars Michael Brown and Sean Hur­ley on the bench, while Pat’s man­ager Liam Buck­ley had the likes of For­rester and Mark Quigley sit­ting along­side him in the dugout, ready for ac­tion if they were needed. Quite the con­trast.

Red­mond’s re­place­ment Stephen McGuinness was first called into ac­tion in the ninth minute. James Cham­bers fired in a shot from 25 yards and the shot-stopper par­ried it. Fa­gan picked up the re­bound but he was off­side and Bray sur­vived.

Dave Scully then got the bet­ter of Ian Ber­ming­ham on the right of the penalty area and his wicked low drive flashed dan­ger­ously across Clarke’s goal.

Scully had an­other chance to beat Clarke in the 23rd minute. Gra­ham Kelly stood be­hind Bray’s third suc­ces­sive cor­ner kick and this time he found a Bray man with his de­liv­ery. Scully lunged for­ward to meet the cross but his header was wide as well.

Bray cap­tain David Web­ster kept the league cham­pi­ons at bay soon af­ter­wards. The in­stru­men­tal Keith Fa­hey – who con­stantly had Shane Byrne on his tail – found Lee Lynch but his at­tempt to tee-up Fa­gan were cut out by Web­ster who forced the ball be­hind.

The at­ten­tion Byrne was giv­ing to Fa­hey is nor­mally pre­ceded by a nice din­ner and some drinks but Mathews’ plan did limit the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional’s threat.

Pat’s winger Daryl Ka­vanagh was next to try and break the dead­lock. He tried to sneak­ily bend the ball through de­fend­ers and catch McGuinness out but the Wan­der­ers cus­to­dian seemed in con­trol as he watched it curl wide.

Within three min­utes McGuinness was beaten. Co­nan Byrne found a pocket of space on the right flank and whipped in. Fa­gan rose and hung in the air to head the ball back in the di­rec­tion it came from and into the cor­ner of the net.

Chris For­rester was a half­time re­place­ment for the vis­i­tors and he bagged an as­sist six min­utes af­ter com­ing on, slid­ing a pass through the Bray de­fence that al­lowed Lynch to poke the ball past McGuinness. The 19-year old got back to his feet and stared at his de­fence in dis­gust.

Dean Zam­bra gave his goal­keeper a help­ing hand, lit­er­ally some might say, when he blocked Cham­bers’ swerv­ing vol­ley on the line. Pat’s wanted a handball, but Bray wanted to play on and find a route back into the match, some­thing that they achieved in the 81st minute.

Shane Byrne made a burst to in­ter­cept a ball and af­ter ig­nor­ing Ak­i­nade and Cas­sidy’s runs to his left, his 25-yarder was blocked be­hind for a cor­ner kick.

Gra­ham Kelly de­liv­ered the cross, a driven cross aimed to­wards the penalty spot and Cas­sidy caught it su­perbly to send the ball fly­ing to the net.

This cranked up the vol­ume at the Carlisle Grounds and Ak­i­nade won a free kick on the edge of the area af­ter forc­ing Sean Hoare into tug­ging him down.

Cas­sidy has magic in his boots but his wand’s aim was ever so slightly off from the free kick and Pat’s killed off Wan­der­ers in the 92 nd minute when Fa­gan un­selfishly laid off to For­rester in­side the area and his sweet strike didn’t give McGuinness much chance.

Kenny Browne and Bray’s Is­mahil Ak­i­nade com­pete for pos­ses­sion dur­ing the Mon­day night clash at the Carlisle Grounds.

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