Bray pay penalty for a lack of fire­power

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At Tal­laght Sta­dium

Su­pe­rior Seag­ulls fail to cap­i­talise BRAY WAN­DER­ERS DERRY CITY 0 0 BRAY WAN­DER­ERS paid the penalty for their lack of fire­power as Derry City es­caped from the Carlisle Grounds with a lucky point.

A whole host of first half chances – in­clud­ing a penalty – were squan­dered by the Seag­ulls against a lack­lus­tre Candys­tripes out­fit.

Gra­ham Kelly was the man re­spon­si­ble for the 12-yard miss, crash­ing his spot kick off the un­der­side of the cross­bar to let Derry mid­fielder Danny Ven­tre off the hook af­ter han­dling an Is­mahil Ak­i­nade cross.

Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued to pep­per Ger­ard Do­herty’s goal and but for some fly­ing saves from the 32-year old, the Wick­low club would have en­joyed a very com­fort­able evening’s work gar­nished with three points.

As it was though, Do­herty ex­celled and his op­po­site num­ber Stephen McGuinness was called upon to pre­vent the away side from snatch­ing vic­tory at the death.

McGuinness’ in­clu­sion dom­i­nated the pre­match chat. Shane Red­mond had served his sus­pen­sion and was avail­able for se­lec­tion once again but Mathews kept faith in the Kil­coole young­ster and it was re­warded as the 19-year old recorded his sec­ond clean sheet in a row.

Bray were given a boost prior to kick-off with the pres­ence of Adam Hanlon and Eric McGill on the bench, but they didn’t merit a start­ing berth as Mathews stuck with the same XI that had de­feated Drogheda United.

There may have been a fa­mil­iar face in the Derry line-up to some ea­gle eyed view­ers as Ark­low man Aaron Barry took his place at cen­tre half along­side City cap­tain Cliff Byrne, who was al­most re­spon­si­ble for hand­ing Bray an early ad­van­tage. He had his arms wrapped around Ak­i­nade on the edge of the box and Welsh ref­eree Iwan Grif­fith whis­tled for a free kick. Both Rob Maloney and David Cas­sidy ran over the dead ball be­fore Kelly struck it and, af­ter a nick off the wall, Do­herty had to quickly read­just to flick out a left hand and turn the ef­fort away.

Kelly’s in­ven­tive cor­ner kick de­liv­er­ies have been bear­ing fruition lately and he al­most re­peated his trick on 14 min­utes. He drove in the flag kick and, af­ter Adam Mitchell had touched it on, Ak­i­nade man­aged to back-heel it to­wards goal, only for Do­herty to dive on the ball and deny him.

Ak­i­nade was again frus­trated by Do­herty when he charged down Cliff Byrne’s weak back-pass but Do­herty just beat the Nigeria na­tive to the chase and booted it off Ak­i­nade to safety.

David Cas­sidy then as­sumed cor­ner kick re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and his de­liv­ery from the right found Dave Scully ten yards from goal. He met it with his head but it flew over and his ex­ple­tive told the crowd what he thought of the missed chance.

Within a minute, stand-in skip­per David Web­ster missed a glo­ri­ous chance. Af­ter Shane O’Neill had been fouled, Cas­sidy’s quick-think­ing saw him find the un­mapped run of Web­ster into the penalty area but the cen­tre half fin­ished like a cen­tre half as he side-footed his vol­ley wide.

Derry man­ager knew his boys were be­ing plucked apart so he made a 32 nd minute change, with­draw­ing Patrick McEleney for his brother Shane, and it left the for­mer seething.

Danny Ven­tre was soon quite en­raged too when five min­utes from the in­ter­val, his at­tempts to block Ak­i­nade’s cross saw him han­dle the ball and Grif­fith awarded the penalty.

Gra­ham Kelly, who suc­ceeded from 12 yards against Bo­hemi­ans, blasted his ef­fort down the mid­dle and it thumped off the un­der­side of the cross­bar and bounced out of harm’s way.

As the scorch­ing sun be­gan its de­scent, the Seag­ulls con­tin­ued their search for a de­served goal and al­most got it in the 61st minute. Scully dinked a pass up to O’Neill, and he deftly touched it into the path of the on­rush­ing Gra­ham Kelly. The ex-Derby County young­ster car­ried the ball into the area and drilled in a low shot from the left that whizzed inches wide.

An­other cor­ner kick cre­ated an­other two op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mathews’ men. Scully failed to hit the tar­get from Cas­sidy’s ini­tial cross, and when the mid­fielder got a sec­ond bite of the cherry, he smashed in a low cross that landed at the feet of O’Neill. The at­tacker couldn’t move his feet quickly enough to di­vert it home though so in­stead, it sim­ply struck him and rolled into Do­herty’s arms.

Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued to press the is­sue as Cas­sidy played the ball to Ak­i­nade. He held it up bril­liantly be­fore lay­ing it off to Kelly, who ven­omous drive had to be dra­mat­i­cally pushed over the bar by Do­herty.

And then, af­ter all the chances – the near misses – the hero­ics from Do­herty, Wan­der­ers nearly threw it all away. Web­ster made a hash of a clear­ance and Michael Duffy pounced.

He struck a pow­er­ful ef­fort but McGuinness man­aged to flap the ball be­hind to en­sure Bray at least took a point on a night that they richly de­served three.

Top Form: Gra­ham Kelly (Bray Wan­der­ers): Did all he could do to un­pick the lock.


32. Stephen McGuinness; 12. Niall Cooney, 2. David Web­ster, 5. Adam Mitchell, 22. Rob Maloney; 19. Dave Scully, 24. Gra­ham Kelly, 16. Dean Zam­bra, 7. Shane O’Neill; 8. David Cas­sidy; 9. Is­mahil Ak­i­nade. SUB: Adam Hanlon for O’Neill (81). Not used: Shane Red­mond, Jamie McG­lynn, Eric McGill, Gary Cur­ran, Michael Brown, Ciaran Byrne.


1. Ger­ard Do­herty; 2. Roddy Collins Jr., 26. Cliff Byrne, 30. Aaron Barry, 3. Dean Jarvis; 16. Mark Ste­wart, 8. Danny Ven­tre, 9. Enda Cur­ran, 14. Michael Duffy; 11. Rory Pat­ter­son, 10. Patrick McEleney. SUBS: Shane McEleney for P. McEleney (32); John Paul McGovern for Ste­wart (62); Tony McNamee for Cur­ran (72). Not used: Ciaran Gal­lagher, Ray­mond Foy, Ryan Cur­ran, Dave Ele­bert. VENUE: Carlisle Grounds

REF­EREE: Iwan Grif­fith (Wales)

Bray’s Gra­ham Kelly takes the penalty kick against Derry City but he misses the op­por­tu­nity.

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