Bray Wanderers 0 Dundalk 2
Carlisle Grounds, Premier Division, 13 April 2018
Bray Wanderers produced their best performance of the season and were unlucky not to take something from this game.
Unfortunately for Wanderers, this defeat set new club records of ten successive defeats in all competitions and also nine successive league defeats.
Caretaker manager, Graham Kelly made five changes to the starting eleven which were defeated by St. Patrick’s Athletic the week previous. John Sullivan and Darragh Noone missed out through injury. Noone was named in the starting team but got injured in the warm up. Rhys Gorman came into centre midfield to replace Noone. Dan McKenna, Corey Galvin and Ronan Coughlan were all recalled to the starting team which Kevin Lynch returned after injury.
Wanderers had the first chance when a Kevin Lynch’s cross from the left fell to Paul O’Conor but his shot was easily saved by Sava.
Wanderers should have been in front in the 13th minute. Ronan Coughlan through ball set-up Aaron Greene but the striker fired just wide of the post. At the other end Aaron Dillon pushed away a Robbie Benson cross. Dundalk too the lead on 26 minutes following a corner on the left. Adorjan’s corner wasn’t cleared by the Bray defence and Patrick Hoban fired to the net.
On the stroke of half time a Rhys Gorman shot was deflected into the path of Gary McCabe on the right. He went past two tackles before firing a shot which Sava saved low at his post.
In the second half, McCabe’s shot from the half way line forced Save to save under his crossbar. Wanderers maintained a strong push for an equaliser against the table toppers but were caught out four minutes into stoppage time. Michael Duffy’s cutback from the left found Mountney clear on the right and he fired past Dillon.
Bray Wanderers: 1 Aaron Dillon; 16 Daniel McKenna, 2 Hugh Douglas, 4 Conor Kenna, 3 Kevin Lynch; 6 Paul O’Conor; 19 Rónán Coughlan, 14 Rhys Gorman, 7 Cory Galvin; 21 Gary McCabe (c); 10 Aaron Greene. Subs: 5 Sean Heaney (for Galvin 73), 9 Gerald Pender (for Gorman 65), 11 Jake Kelly (for McKenna 82), 12 Dylan Hayes, 17 Daniel Kelly, 23 Andrew McGovern, 29 Evan Moran (gk)
Dundalk: 22 Gabriel Sava; 2 Sean Gannon, 21 Daniel Cleary, 15 Stephen Folan, 14 Dane Massey (c); 5 Chris Shields; 10 Jamie McGrath, 18 Robbie Benson, 7 Michael Duffy; 11 Krisztian Adorjan; 9 Patrick Hoban Subs: 6 Stephen O’Donnell (for McGrath 84), 8 John Mountney (for Adorjan H/T inj), 16 Dylan Connolly, 19 Ronan Murray, 23 Marco Tagbajumi (for Hoban 73), 30 Ross Treacy (gk), 33 Dean Jarvis
Referee: Sean Grant
Match Report: Michael Duffy