Longford Town 1 (O’Sullivan 50), Bray Wanderers 1 (Kelly 46)
Premier Division, City Calling Stadium, 19 Mar 2016
For all that Bray didn’t lose, and gained their first point of the season, it was a disappointing night in Longford for the Seagulls.
Disappointing to have the better of the opening period without finding the Town net. Disappointing to break a scoring duck and concede a bizarre equaliser bare minutes later. And disappointing to see opponents reduced to ten men and be unable to capitalise.
Dylan Connolly had a couple of chances in the first 45′, one early and one midway through, both flying wide of the target.
And despite Bray’s efforts, the home side’s lone striker Josh O’Hanlon had the only shot on target before the break, from a David O’Sullivan cross in added time.
For a few bright moments in the opening minutes of the second half, Bray’s season looked like it was taking off, when Karl Moore nodded on Jason Marks’s cross from the left for Dean Kelly to head strongly past Paul Skinner.
Cue unbridled joy among the small travelling support!
But then a simple-looking back-pass clearance powered directly at the departing O’Sullivan four minutes later rebounded unstoppably into Cherrie’s goal.
And suddenly it was all to do over again, a task that ultimately proved beyond the visitors’ capability.
The Town finished with ten men when former Seagull Kevin O’Connor was given a second caution, this one for a foul on Robbie Creevy, just over ten minutes from time.
The Bray man himself had to be substituted soon after that, and Bray’s injury woes continue.
Bray Wanderers: 1 Peter Cherrie; 2 Hugh Douglas, 5 Alan McNally, 4 Conor Kenna (c, yc), 11 Jason Marks; 16 Dylan Connolly, 22 Robert Creevy, 7 Ryan Brennan, 10 Karl Moore; 9 Dean Kelly, 18 Andrew Lewis
Subs: 3 Curtis Murphy, 6 Alan Byrne, 8 Mark Salmon (for Creevy 81 inj), 15 Sean Noble (for Connolly 89), 17 Gerard Pender (for Lewis 77), 20 Paul Finnegan, 50 Aaron Shanahan (gk)
Longford Town: 1 Paul Skinner; 2 Jamie Mulhall, 20 Patrick Flynn (yc), 22 Mark Rossiter, 3 Conor Powell (c); 21 Philip Gannon (yc); 15 David O’Sullivan, 6 Mark Hughes, 11 Kevin O’Connor, 19 Kaleem Simon; 10 Josh O’Hanlon
Subs: 5 Daniel O’Reilly (for Rossiter 10 inj), 7 Kealan Dillon (for Powell 69 inj), 8 Peter McGlynn (for O’Sullivan 87)
Referee: Ben Connolly
Compiled by Micheal O’hUanachain