Bren­nan spot-on to sink United

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Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Drogheda United favourite Ryan Bren­nan came back to haunt his home-town club on Tues­day night last as the Boy­nesiders’ mis­er­able record in re­cent knock­out com­pe­ti­tions con­tin­ued.

With two of his sib­lings in­jured and the other, Gavin, rested as Drogs boss Pete Ma­hon changed his en­tire start­ing 11, the youngest of the Rath­mullen broth­ers took cen­tre stage, scor­ing one penalty and miss­ing an­other to send Bray through to a sec­ond-round away tie with St Pat’s.

At a near-empty United Park, there were first com­pet­i­tive starts of the sea­son for Eoghan Dempsey and Jamie Hol­ly­wood and a first ap­pear­ance in Drogheda colours of new sign­ing Ryan Coul­ter in goal, with the likes of Kevin Far­ragher, Lloyd Buck­ley, Conor Kane, Shane El­wor­thy, Ryan McEvoy and Adam Wixted all ben­e­fit­ing from some rare game time.

It was cap­tain-for-the-night Buck­ley whose foul on highly-rated Dy­lan Con­nolly earned Bray their first spot kick af­ter only 11 min­utes and Bren­nan duly fired past Coul­ter.

Drogheda’s best chance of an equaliser came on 25 min­utes when Conor Kenna - one of six for­mer Drogs in Bray’s squad - lost pos­ses­sion to Wixted and he set up Thomas Byrne who forced Peter Cher­rie into a great save.

At the other end Coul­ter tipped a Dar­ragh Noone shot over the bar, but Drogheda had a huge let-off mo­ments later when Hol­ly­wood was harshly deemed to have han­dled in the area, only for Bren­nan to drive his sec­ond penalty over the bar.

Coul­ter, by far the busier of the two keep­ers, de­nied Bren­nan mid-way through the sec­ond half be­fore nar­row­ing the an­gle and forc­ing Con­nolly to shoot wide.

Ma­hon brought on Gareth McCaf­frey and Jake Hy­land in a bid to force ex­tra time, and the Drogs nearly drew level on 89 min­utes as McCaf­frey and Byrne com­bined to set Kane free down the left and his deep cross was teed up for McCaf­frey who fired over the bar.

De­spite six min­utes be­ing added af­ter lengthy treat­ment for Lloyd Buck­ley ear­lier, the Bray de­fence man­aged to keep a clean sheet for the first time this sea­son and book their place in round two.

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