Coughlan’s brace wins it for Bray
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)