Bray Wanderers 2 (Pender 57, McNally 70), St. Patricks athletic 1 (McGrath 12)
Premier Division, Carlisle Grounds, 14 Oct 2016
A touch of winter to remind us what soccer was like in that season lifted in time for kick-off, though it returned either side of the break to ensure the surface was slippy for play.
A lack of anticipation on Peter Cherrie’s part left him flapping ineffectually when Jamie McGrath got a head to Conan Byrne’s cross from the right to put the Saints ahead less than a quarter of an hour in.
The teams were fairly evenly matched throughout, and it was probably just that at about the same point in the second half Bray levelled matters in somewhat similar fashion, though from a corner.
But there was little determination evident in the visitors’ play, and despite going ahead they did little enough thereafter to earn the points they would need to gain European football next year.
And a Kevin Lynch corner led to Bray’s winner less than a quarter of an hour later, Alan McNally heading home after his first St was rebuffed.
Bray Wanderers: 1 Peter Cherrie; 2 Hugh Douglas, 5 Alan McNally, 4 Conor Kenna (c), 19 Kevin Lynch; 3 John Sullivan; 16 Dylan Connolly, 22 Darragh Noone, 7 Ryan Brennan, 11 Jason Marks; 17 Gerard Pender.
Subs: 9 Dean Kelly (for Pender 78), 15 Alan Kehoe (for Connolly 82 inj), 20 Paul Finnegan, 23 Gareth McDonagh (for Marks 93), 24 Seán Harding, 27 Chris Lyons, 40 Lee Stacey (gk)
St Patricks Athltic: 1 Brendan Clarke; 2 Ger O’Brien (c), 22 Michael Barker, 4 Darren Dennehy, 3 Ian Bermingham; 14 Graham Kelly; 7 Conan Byrne, 12 Lee Desmond, 19 Jamie McGrath, 20 Billy Dennehy; 9 Christy Fagan
Subs: 6 David Cawley (for Kelly 80), 10 Daniel Corcoran (for McGrath 86), 11 Mark Timlin, 13 Rory Feely, 21 Darragh Markey, 25 Pat Jennings (gk), 27 Stephen Kinsella (for B Dennehy 82)
Referee: David McKeon
Report Micheal O’hUanachain