Waterford pile more woe on struggling Bray
Waterford kept on the coat-tails of third-placed Shamrock Rovers by easily accounting for basement side Bray Wanderers.
Alan Reynolds rung the changes from the Blues side dumped out of the FAI Cup by UCD last week, and one of six to profit, Estonian midfielder Sander Puri, broke the deadlock after 38 minutes. Another international, former Ireland striker Noel Hunt, wrapped up the points with a second on 72 minutes.
It took Bray until 15 minutes from the finish to get their first effort on target.
Puri was in the thick of the action. He fired over from the edge of the box before failing to connect with an overhead kick.
Puri was also involved in the incident which led to Bray losing Evan Moran. The goalkeeper was unable to continue following a challenge from Puri, and the first duty of his replacement, Mark O’Connor, was picking the ball out of the net. Puri latched on to a through ball by the lively Corey Galvin and lifted his shot over the advancing newcomer. On 72 minutes Hunt seized upon a defensive error to volley in from close range. WATER FORD: N Corbet; NB a ba, K Browne, G Co mer ford, D Barnett; P Keegan; R Fee ly, S Ab or ah( D Hutchinson 87), SP uri, C Galvin( G Ho lo han 68); N Hunt( I Akin a de 82,6). BRAY WANDERERS: EM oran( MO’ Con nor 36); D Gibbons, C Kenna, S He aney,KLynch;S Harding( J Sullivan 85,6), D No one( J Cr illy 81), PO’ Con or, R Go rm an; J Kelly; G Pen der. Referee: N Doyle( Dublin ).