Seag­ulls eke out a nar­row vic­tory

Kee­gan penalty sees Wan­der­ers strug­gle past Lim­er­ick

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - DANIELGORM­AN at the Carlisle Grounds

ANY­ONE who paid €15 euro to watch Bray Wan­der­ers stum­ble past Lim­er­ick should feel per­fectly en­ti­tled to ask for a re­fund af­ter 90 min­utes of in­de­scrib­ably dull ac­tion.

A cynic might say that the Seag­ulls earned the three points they wanted and cou­pled with the fact that Cabin­teely dropped points; it was a good evening’s work for Gary Cronin’s men.

But the man­ner in which those points were se­cured must be a worry as the hosts looked lan­guid, stag­nant and out of ideas for the most part.

Cap­tain Paul Kee­gan landed the match win­ner on the stroke of half time.

Dy­lan McGlade’s un­suc­cess­ful drib­ble saw the ball rolling harm­lessly out of play and a Lim­er­ick de­fender was shield­ing it as it did so. McGlade though did not give up and man­aged to sneak around the Lim­er­ick man who re­sponded by shov­ing over the Bray at­tacker.

Kee­gan drilled the spot kick straight down the mid­dle. Bray should have en­joyed a straight­for­ward se­cond pe­riod against a very, very poor Lim­er­ick side but Kil­lian Cantwell re­ceived a red card for two book­ings only five min­utes af­ter the interval.

Even with the 10 men, Wan­der­ers sur­vived in great com­fort with the vis­i­tors un­able to of­fer any threat and Bray ac­tu­ally thought they’d wrapped things up when Sean Heaney headed home a Dy­lan Bar­nett cor­ner but af­ter sev­eral mo­ments of cel­e­bra­tions, the ref­eree drew the Bray play­ers’ at­ten­tion to the fact that he’d awarded a free out.

Cronin made two al­ter­ations from the side that fell on Cabin­teely’s sword; Dar­ragh Gib­bons dropped to the bench and Joe Doyle has de­parted to Amer­ica on a J1 hol­i­day – they were re­placed by Philip Gan­non and Dy­lan McGlade re­spec­tively.

The first mo­ment of note of the evening was the first yel­low card for Kil­lian Cantwell.

Bray switched the play to his flank and he took a very poor touch that al­lowed Lee De­vitt to in­ter­cept so Cantwell halted him il­le­gally and went into David Dunne’s book.

The first -and one of the only – shots on tar­get came from Richie Purdy in the 12th minute when a pow­er­ful run saw him break into the box but he was smartly de­nied by Jack Brady and Dean Wil­liams was flagged off­side as he looked to pounce on the re­bound.

Bray were un­lucky not to take the lead in the 21st minute. Wil­liams looked men­ac­ing on the edge of the Lim­er­ick area but was crowded out so he slipped it out left to the on-rush­ing Bar­nett. He came onto it like a DART and his sweetly-struck drive left the near post shak­ing.

Derek Daly of­fered a glimpse of qual­ity next when a drop of the shoul­der saw him leav­ing his man flat-footed but his teas­ing low cross evaded all of his Bray team-mates.

If there was a man on the field ca­pa­ble of spark­ing the tie into life it was McGlade and he al­most did just that as he zipped past his man and sent a vi­cious ef­fort fly­ing inches over the cross­bar.

McGlade then burst onto the ball on the edge of the area and glided past his man but his low, hard shot was turned away by the out­stretched leg of Brady.

It was in stop­page time that McGlade’s hard work earned Bray a penalty which Kee­gan coolly con­vered.

Five min­utes into the se­cond pe­riod, To­mas O’Con­nor scam­pered clear of a sleep­ing Bray de­fence but was shoved over on the edge of the area by Cantwell who re­ceived his march­ing orders.

On 62 min­utes, Heaney thought he had eased ten­sions with a thump­ing header but Bray would even­tu­ally re­alise it had been chalked off for an ap­par­ent shove.

Hugh Douglas bat­ted away with the very lit­tle threat that Lim­er­ick of­fered as the re­main­der of the half pe­tered out un­event­fully but Bray are back to win­ning ways and a tad closer to the play-offs. BRAY WAN­DER­ERS: 1. Gabriel Sava; 4. Kil­lian Cantwell, 2. Hugh Douglas, 5. Sean

Heaney, 3. Dy­lan Bar­nett; 11. Derek Daly, 6. Paul Kee­gan, 8. Philip Gan­non, 10. Dy­lan McGlade; 24. Richie Purdy; 18. Dean Wil­liams. SUBS: Jake El­lis for Purdy (72); Dar­ragh Gib­bons for Daly (74); Bran­don McCann for Wil­liams (86). Not used: Adam Hay­den, Luke Nolan, Dy­lan Thorn­ton, Luka Lovic.

LIM­ER­ICK: 1. Jack Brady; 2. Shaun Kelly,

15. To­mas O’Con­nor, 6. Rob­bie Wil­liams,

11. Shane Tracy; 22. Karl O’Sullivan, 21. Clyde O’Con­nell, 24. Dar­ren Mur­phy, 12. Lee De­vitt; 8. Ja­son Hughes; 9. Kieran Han­lon. SUBS: Ed­mond O’Dwyer for Mur­phy (14); Adam Fo­ley for Han­lon (69); Ger Barry for O’Dwyer. Not used: Cal­lan Scully, Andy Quaid, Sean Madi­gan, Alan Mur­phy. REF­EREE: David Dunne. VENUE: Carlisle Grounds, Bray.

Lim­er­ick’s Ja­son Hughes races to keep pace with Dy­lan McGlade of Bray Wan­der­ers.

Sean Heaney of Bray Wan­der­ers gets above Kieron Han­lon of Lim­er­ick.

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