Dundalk 1 (O’Donnell 57), Bray Wanderers 3 (McCabe 54p, 69p, Brennan 74)
Premier Division, Oriel Park, 14 April 2017.
Gary McCabe moved to the top of the Premier division goalscoring charts with his two second half penalties as Wanderers earned a fourth successive victory in all competitions.
Head Coach, Harry Kenny was forced into three defensive changes from the team that defeated Galway United the week previous. Conor Kenna was suspended and Hugh Douglas injured while Alan Kehoe was named as a substitute. Ryan Brennan, Jason Marks and Derek Foran all started in their places.
Bray had lost on their last six league visits to Oriel Park to face Dundalk prior to this game.
The home side had plenty of possession in the opening stages. Conor Clifford had their first shot on goal but was easily saved by former Dundalk goalkeeper Peter Cherrie.
Cherrie produced a great save on 16 minutes from Jamie McGrath. Wanderers almost took the lead on 29 minutes from a corner. Tim Clancy’s header was cleared off the line by Niclas Vemmelund.
Wanderers were awarded a penalty on 54 minutes after O’Donnell pushed Aaron Greene to the ground after the striker broke through on the right. McCabe converted the resulting penalty.
Dundalk replied within three minutes when Stephen O’Donnell chipped the ball over Cherrie after a good Dundalk move. Wanderers were awarded another penalty after Ryan Brennan went down in the box from a Bray free. McCabe converted from the spot kick.
The visitors added a third on 74 minutes after good work from Keith Buckley on the right. He went past Massey and his cross was blocked by Vemmelund, but Brennan was on hand to fire home past Rogers from the loose ball.
Bray Wanderers: 1 Peter Cherrie; 5 Derek Foran, 6 Keith Buckley, 21 Tim Clancy, 23 Jason Marks; 3 John Sullivan, 8 Mark Salmon; 16 Dylan Connolly, 7 Ryan Brennan, 11 Gary McCabe; 9 Aaron Greene Subs: 10 Karl Moore (for Marks 78), 14 Jamie Aherne, 15 Alan Kehoe, 17 Gerald Pender, 22 Darragh Noone (for Brennan 87), 20 Anthony Flood (for Connolly 84), 93 Lee Steacy (gk)
Dundalk: 1 Gary Rogers; 3 Brian Gartland, 5 Christopher Shields, 7 Michael Duffy, 9 David McMillan, 10 Jamie McGrath, 11 Patrick McEleney, 14 Dane Massey, 15 Sean Hoare, 19 Niclas Vemmelund, 21 Conor Clifford Subs: 4 Paddy Barrett, 6 Stephen O’Donnell (for Clifford h/t), 8 John Mountney, 16 Ciaran Kilduff, 22 Gabriel Sava (gk), 24 Steven Kinsella (for McGrath 74), 26 homas Stewart (for Duffy 79)
Match Report: Michael Duffy