Treaty United 2 Bray Wanderers 2
Bray twice came from behind to make it two away games on the spin unbeaten in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.
But the Seagulls left the Markets Field on Friday with an air of disappointment after an injury time opportunity went abegging.
From substitute Callum Thompson’s break, his left wing cross-shot was headed goal-wards by Ben Feeney in the 93rd minute.
Treaty goalkeeper Jack Brady made the save. From Darragh Lynch’s follow up, a combination of Brady and Lee Devitt blocked just before the goal-line before the ball was scrambled clear.
Yet, there was still plenty of positives for the Wicklow out to take from the trip to Limerick.
Wanderers travelled to the Munster venue without six first-team regulars through injury and college commitments.
That saw U19 player Jamie Callaghan included amongst the substitutes for the first time this season.
United thought they had secured victory with 11 minutes to go.
Sub Conor Melody’s driven half volley of a cross from the right saw home skipper Jack Lynch gather, feint past a tackle and blast to the roof of the net from ten-yards.
But Wanderers equalised five minutes later.
A raking Zak O’Neill cross-field pass from the right saw winger Paul Fox win a header into the box off the left flank.
Kieran Marty Waters challenged Brady with the keeper spilling. That allowed Fox to expertly place a 16-yard lob that dropped into the unguarded net.
Enda Curran was restored to the United team that were defeated by leaders Cork last week.
It took him just nine minutes to make his mark. Joe Collins sent over a right-wing cross which the striker met with a sweet right-footed half volley from 15-yards that nestled in the near post of the net for his sixth of the campaign.
Bray goalkeeper Mick Kelly stood up to the home front-line who looked to double that lead.
After Dean George lofted over on 26 minutes, Curran latched onto a back-pass on the half hour. But Kelly saved with his leg to deflect the effort away from goal.
From the side who went down 4-1 last week to Waterford, the Seagulls made five changes to their starting line-up.
And the Green and White’s deservedly drew level on the hour mark.
Darragh Lynch gathered and played a stunning reverse through ball to pick out his attacking partner Waters. He broke along the left channel and drilled low from the edge of the box to the far corner.
Remarkably, it was his first goal for Bray since November 2013.
Treaty United: Brady; Charlie Fleming, Callum McNamara, Joe Gorman, Marc Ludden; Joe Collins (Keane 59), Lee Devitt, Jack Lynch, Sean Guerins; Dean George (Conroy 78), Enda Curran (Conor Melody 59).
Subs not used: Martin Coughlan, Jack Arra, Josh Quinlivan, Fionn Doherty, Lee Mulready, Conor Winn.
Booked: Jack Lynch 85.
Bray Wanderers: Michael Kelly; Zac O’Neill, Jack Hudson, Kevin Knight, Conor McManus (Ug Anny Nzekwue 90); Dean Zambra; Conor Knight (Callum Thompson 83), Ben Feeney, Paul Fox; Kieran Marty Waters (Keith Dalton 86); Darragh Lynch.
Subs not used: Jamie Callaghan, Eoin Massey, Karl Manahan, Darragh Levingston, Enda Douglas, Stephen McGuinness.
Booked: Ben Feeney 26, Zak O’Neill 86.
Referee: David Dunne.