Dream becomes a nightmare
aware of the threat they posed. It was a much changed starting XI with Daniel Blackbyrne, Tommy Rowan, Darragh Noone and Shane Barnes starting their first ever competitive fixtures for the club.
Kenny may have been questioning his faith in youth after eight minutes when Dylan McKeever fired them ahead.
The home left-back tossed one forward and Curtis Murphy was too casual, flicking the ball in the direction of Aaron Shanahan but McKeever stole in and stroked it past him to fire up the home crowd who were already in fine form.
Murphy hung his head in shame after that but he was joined on the naughty step by goalkeeper Shanahan early in the second half when Ian McNeill let rip from distance and the shot-stopper seemed to be following the ball until it crept inside his top corner and he was left clinging to the side-netting with reddening cheeks.
Chasing a 2-0 scoreline awasy to a bloodthirsty crowd is a tricky task at the best of times but Wanderers only had 10 men following Douglas’ straight red for a two-footed lunge.
Kenny called for the cavalry and threw Ger Pender and Andrew Lewis into the mix shortly after the concession of the second goal.
Lewis played his part as he nodded home a Jason Marks delivery from close-range but Wanderers couldn’t source the vital second goal that would have forced extra time.
Scorers - Collinstown FC 2 (McKeever 8, McNeill 55), Bray Wanderers 1 (Lewis 69):
Collinstown: Derek O’Connor; Ian McNeill, Kenneth Flood, Dean Carpenter, David Long; Richie Coutts, Chris Barber, Dano Matthews; Karl Laffan, Dylan McKeever, Dean Ebbe.
Bray Wanderers: 50. Aaron Shahanan; 2. Hugh Douglas, 15. Danny Blackbyrne, 27. Tommy Rowan, 3. Curtis Murphy; 15. Sean Noble, 22. Darragh Noone, 8. Mark Salmon, 11. Jason Marks; 23. Gareth McDonagh; 26. Shane Barnes. Subs: Ger Pender for Noble (59); Andrew Lewis for Barnes (59); Conor Kenna for Salmon (69). Not used: Kieran Butler, Dylan Connolly, Nathan Brennan, Sean Fogarty.
Venue: Hyland Park (Baldonnell).