Cough­lan’s brace wins it for Bray

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Ro­nan Cough­lan scored twice to give bot­tom side Bray Wan­der­ers a win at the Carlisle Grounds as they ended Derry City’s nine-match un­beaten run. Bray had much the bet­ter of a dour first half, and the only clearcut op­por­tu­nity of the pe­riod fell their way after six min­utes.

Cen­tral de­fender Sean Heaney con­trived to slice his shot back across the area with the goal gap­ing.

Though Derry showed more im­pe­tus from the restart, they fell be­hind on 60 min­utes. Paul O’Conor’s flick from a Kevin Lynch cor­ner was de­flected out for a sec­ond one. Skip­per Gary McCabe whipped this one in for Cough­lan to head home.

It was a lead that lasted just three min­utes. Conor McDer­mott did well on the right to cut across and pick out Nicky Low who drilled a crisp shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Bray were re­warded with the win­ner on 73 min­utes. The lively McCabe drib­bled past sev­eral de­fend­ers to lay the ball off to Dan McKenna. His chip found Cough­lan, who con­trolled the ball be­fore shoot­ing low to the net off his right foot. BRAY WAN­DER­ERS: Moran; Dou­glas, Ken na, He aney,Lynch;G or man, O’ Con or; Kelly (McGovern ,77), McCabe, Gal vin( M cK en na ,68); Cough­lan (Pen­der,90). DER RY CITY: G. Do her ty; McDer­mott, Peers, Cole, Doyle; Rory Hale; M cE ne ff, Low; Ron an Hale( Cur­tis ,65), Pat­ter­son( Co fie ,77), M cD on agh(B. Do her ty ,65). Ref­eree: J oh nM cLoughl in( Ros com­mon)

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