Cor­co­ran spoils Seag­ulls party

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At Da­ly­mount Park

DINNY COR­CO­RAN en­sured that it was close, but not close enough for Bray Wan­der­ers as he pinched two points from the Seag­ulls on Fri­day evening.

A first half penalty from Gra­ham Kelly had looked to have earned Alan Mathews’ side their sec­ond win of the sea­son but in the 88th minute, Cor­co­ran broke the off­side trap to slot home past stand-in goal­keeper Stephen McGuinness.

Jake Kelly frac­tured his an­kle as he earned the Wan­der­ers penalty. Bo­hemi­ans goal­keeper Dean De­lany sliced through the winger, earn­ing him­self a red card and giv­ing Kelly a penalty and a painful in­jury.

The ten men of Da­ly­mount Park had no in­ten­tions of wilt­ing away though and their ever-in­creas­ing pres­sure even­tu­ally took its toll, with Cor­co­ran find­ing a way past the im­pres­sive McGuinness.

The baby-faced goal­keeper was the only change or­dered by Mathews as he re­placed the sus­pended Shane Red­mond and he got off to a calm­ing start; mak­ing a rou­tine catch and an in­ter­cep­tion within three min­utes of kick-off.

Hav­ing warmed him up, Bo­hemi­ans then de­cided to test him. The ball was lifted over the Bray de­fence into Stephen Beat­tie’s path and he met it with a crisp con­nec­tion that forced McGuinness to go down at his near post and make a strong save.

Wan­der­ers then got their first at­tack un­der their belt as the roam­ing Shane Byrne slipped a pass through the gap in the Bo­hemi­ans back­line. Jake Kelly was onto it but on his weaker foot, his shot was blocked be­hind.

Flow­ing foot­ball from the Seag­ulls al­most teed up Gra­ham Kelly for their next op­por­tu­nity. A lovely chest pass from him ini­ti­ated the move. David Cas­sidy then thumped a rak­ing pass up to Is­mahil Ak­i­nade and he ca­su­ally laid it off to Gra­ham Kelly but un­for­tu­nately, his shot did not match the build –up.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to shake things up and a barge in the back of Jake Kelly from for­mer Seag­ulls cap­tain Derek Pen­der spelled dan­ger for his side. Dean Zam­bra’s teas­ing de­liv­ery drew De­lany out be he failed mis­er­ably in his at­tempts to dom­i­nate the ball. It fell to Ak­i­nade but the Nige­rian na­tive wasn’t ur­gent enough when look­ing to shoot.

De­lany’s evening quickly went from bad to worse. As Jake Kelly hounded af­ter the ball in the penalty area, De­lany hit the panic but­ton and whal­loped the at­tacker; leav­ing him in a heap on the ground. A red card fol­lowed as well as nearly seven min­utes of treat­ment time for Kelly, who was even­tu­ally stretchered off and rushed to hospi­tal.

Gra­ham Kelly showed he was un­nerved by the pro­longed de­lay as he de­ci­sively slammed his penalty past re­place­ment shot-stopper Lee Mur­phy.

Wan­der­ers wanted to strike while the iron was hot and a sub­tle one-two be­tween Shane Byrne and Ak­i­nade set the for­mer up for a pop at goal but his weak ef­fort gave Mur­phy an easy save.

A Hail Mary pass from Rob Maloney landed favourably for Dave Scully but his lob lacked both speed and di­rec­tion and never threat­ened the goal.

Bo­hemi­ans did threaten the goal on the stroke of half time. Dar­ragh Reynor’s free kick found the head of Ai­dan Price and his flick saw the ball kiss the top of the cross­bar.

Hav­ing nearly found the net at one end, Price nearly cost his side a goal at the other two min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod. He was ca­sual in pos­ses­sion and Ak­i­nade pounced to block his clear­ance. Ak­i­nade then won the footrace and sent a shot loop­ing over Mur­phy’s head but it bounced wide as Wan­der­ers fans’ hearts flut­tered.

Bo­hemi­ans man­ager Owen Heary emp­tied his bench as he looked to sal­vage a point; bring­ing on Kevin De­vaney and Ja­son Byrne.

Stephen Beat­tie forced McGuinness into a save in the 64th minute af­ter be­ing found by Craig Walsh. Beat­tie had the Bray cus­to­dian in his sights but the save was a straight­for­ward one for the young­ster.

One of the home re­place­ments – De­vany – thought he’d cre­ated the equaliser on 75 min­utes. He was in pos­ses­sion mid­way in­side Bray’s half and he spotted Beat­tie’s run down Maloney’s blind­side – some­thing Maloney did not spot. In des­per­a­tion, Maloney hauled him to the floor and Bohs fans were in­censed that his pun­ish­ment was only yel­low.

Maloney’s game ended three min­utes later. Shane O’Neill re­placed him and Dean Zam­bra filled in at left-back as Mathews looked to so­lid­ify the de­fence and see the re­main­ing 12 min­utes out.

But it did not pan out that way. With Bray Wan­der­ers just two min­utes from three points, Craig Walsh picked the ball up, picked out Cor­co­ran and he man­aged to glide around McGuinness and turn the ball into the empty net. Heart­break for the vis­i­tors, de­light for the hosts.

Top Form: Stephen McGuinness (Bray Wan­der­ers): Can be a very happy young man. Made it look easy.

Stephen McGuinness: 8/10: Can some­one check his birth cer­tifi­cate? Played like a sea­son pro­fes­sional.

Shane O’Con­nor: 7/10: He had Karl Moore un­der wraps. No-non­sense per­for­mance from the Ash­ford man.

David Web­ster: 7/10: Gen­er­ally, he was in con­trol of things for Bray. Could see his pas­sion as he gave a few team-mates tongue lash­ings for waste­ful­ness.

Adam Mitchell: 7/10: Coyly tried to get Stephen Beat­tie sent off but the ref­eree wasn’t quite buy­ing it.

Rob Maloney: 5/10: Bo­hemi­ans asked big ques­tions of him and he didn’t have the an­swers. Mathews with­drew him late on.

David Cas­sidy: 7/10: He does things other people can’t even see. Al­ways look­ing for that killer ball.

Gra­ham Kelly: 8/10: Took his goal well. Hav­ing started the sea­son on the bench, it’s dif­fi­cult to see him re­turn­ing there any­time soon.

Dean Zam­bra: 7/10: The pint-sized mid­fielder even en­joyed a few for­ays into Bo­hemi­ans’ area on Fri­day.

Jake Kelly: 7/10: Had looked very good un­til his in­jury. We wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

Shane Byrne: 8/10: A calm­ing pres­ence through­out. He stroked sev­eral key passes to­gether and tried to in­stil calm­ness late on as oth­ers pan­icked.

Is­mahil Ak­i­nade: 7/10: Did his best but needed more sup­port. Won more than his fair share of head­ers and chased ev­ery­thing. Subs Dave Scully: 5/10: Bo­hemi­ans fans jeered through­out and you could see why as Scully was tepid in pos­ses­sion and waste­ful when shoot­ing.

Shane O’Neill: 6/10: Had no chance to im­press. A rushed pass ended one promis­ing counter at­tack though.

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