Water­ford pile more woe on strug­gling Bray

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

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 ).

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