Dream be­comes a night­mare

Bray People - - SPORT -

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).

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