Ahead of Fridays league meeting between Bray Wanderers and Limerick FC, Gareth Danaher takes a look back at a previous meeting between the sides played this time of the year.
Throwback – March 7th 2014
By Gareth Danaher
Limerick FC 0 – 0 Bray Wanderers FC
On a cold March night down in Limerick in 2014, “The Seagulls” faced a Limerick side and two red cards were the focal point of the game.
Neither Limerick nor Bray could find the net. The red cards were brought out for new boys Shane Duggan of Limerick and David Cassidy of Bray. In the midst of it all it was both Duggan’s and Cassidy’s debuts for both teams.
Limerick got off on the front foot, but didn’t create any real goalscoring opportunities. Rory Gaffney was really pushing the Bray defence back with his long throw-ins.
Patrick Nzuzi and Shane Duggan went into the referee’s book. Nzuzi with two first-half fouls on David Cassidy. Bray fans were quick to react at Nzuzi’s dangerous tackles.
Just on the half hour mark Adam Hanlon smashed two attempts off target, the second attempt just going inches wide.
Limerick didn’t let Bray run the game though as Hughes darted down the pitch to open the Bray defence when he slotted in a pass to full-back Shaun Kelly who shot straight at Redmond in the Bray goal and it remained scoreless at half-time.
Val Feeney replaced Patrick Nzuzi as Limerick boss Stuart Taylor was fearful of Nzuzi picking up a red card. Feeney didn’t sit back either as he drilled a shot towards goal after only coming on.
With twenty minutes to go the main action happened. Duggan took a fall after a challenge under Bray’s Adam Mitchell and referee Kevin O’Regan was having none of it and showed Duggan a second yellow. Akinade was next to be in O’Regans book after he dramatically dived inside the Limerick box.
It wasn’t over though as Limerick looked to counter again only for David Cassidy’s effort resulting in him seeing he saw red after taking out Shane Tracy. Kelly of Limerick then saw yellow after pushing Cassidy.
Adam Mitchell saved the day for Bray as Rory Gaffney chipped away at the Bray defence, Mitchell denying Gaffney creating a one-on-one chance against Shane Redmond in the Bray goal.
That was to be the last action in the game as the referee blew his whistle and it was Bray that seemed more the happier side with the point.
Limerick FC : Shane Cusack; Shaun Kelly, Samuel Oji, Stephen Folan, Robbie Williams, Patrick Nzuzi (Val Feeney 51’), Shane Tracy, Shane Duggan (Sent off 68’), Jason Hughes, Darragh Rainsford, Rory Gaffney.
Bray Wanderers : Shane Redmond; Dean Zambra, David Webster, Adam Mitchell, Robert Maloney, Eric McGill, Jake Kelly, Adam Hanlon, David Cassidy (Sent off 78’), Shane Byrne, Ciaran Byrne (Ismahil Akinade 62’)
Referee: Kevin O’Regan