Bray Wanderers U19 1 (Heffernan 83p) Shamrock Rovers U19 2 (Dooda 40, English 43)
Under 19 Elite Southern Division, Carlisle Grounds, 1st April 2017.
Bray Wanderers under 19s were unlucky not to take a point from this game after a spirted second half in which they were on top.
Dion Agbonze forced Gratzer into a save, after just three minutes, when he broke free on the left of the area. Bray’s Cian Gibson saw yellow on 18 minutes to follow two earlier yellows for the visitors. All three bookings seemed harsh.
On the half hour, Shane Heffernan shot straight at the keeper after a good Bray move. Rovers opened the scoring on 40 minutes when Doona tapped in at the back post from a cross by Dobbs. Three minutes later, Richie English fired home the second for the visitors.
Bray came out firing in the second half and forced Rovers in defending. Gratzer produced a great save on 54 minutes, to tip over after the ball was deflected by a Rovers defender. A minute later, Aherne’s diving header went just beyond the post.
On 61 minutes, Stephen Morley’s good work on the right set up Aherne and the striker shot just past the post. David Gilshenan then played in Shane Heffernan, on 72 minutes, but the midfielder over ran the ball and Gratzer picked up.
Bray had a goal ruled out on 80 minutes. Kieran Butler headed home from a corner but the referee penalised the defender for pushing in the box. The home side were rewarded three minutes later after Agbonze was brought down in the area. Shane Heffernan scored from the resultant penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Bray were unable to force an equaliser in the dying minutes as Rovers defended well.
Bray Wanderers 1 Ryan Brown; 2 Gavin Howard, 3 Kieran Butler, 4 Cian Gilson; 5 Dylan O’Connor; 6 Luke Clucas, 7 Stephen Morley, 8 Ross Broderick, 9 Dion Agbonze, 10 Shane Heffernan; 11 Jamie Ahern.
Subs: 12 David Gilshenan (for Aherne 63). 13 Cormac Kelly, 14 John Moorehouse (for Broderick 79), Connal Flood (for Clucas 52), 16 John Moorehouse, 17 Jack Whelan, 99 Nathan Wolohan (GK).
Shamrock Rovers: 1 Luca Gratzer, 16 Cian Collins, 2 Shane Hanney, 5 Darragh Gibbons, 20 Sean Callan, 3 Richie English, 8 Harry Cornally, 17 Shane Stokes, 10 James Doona, 18 Aaron Bolger, 9 Aaron Dobbs.
Subs: 7 Luke Rossiter (for English 72), 11 Adam Doyle (for Doona 88), 19 Emmanuel Lawal (for Gibbons 34), 20 Evan White (for Cornally 85).
Match Report: Michael Duffy