Bray Wanderers 1 Finn Harps 3 (after extra time)
Carlisle Grounds, FAI cup, 10 August 2018
New manager Gary Cronin saw his side exit the FAI cup at the first round stage. Byron O’Gorman started his first game while Paul O’Conor and Sean Heaney returned to the starting team.
Wanderers started the game well. Paul O’Conor drove inches over the bar on six minutes. Two minutes later, Ger Pender shot narrowly wide. Wanderers took a deserved lead on the quarter hour. Harps failed to clear a free kick and Paul O’Conor played in Pender who shot past Gallagher.
Harps improves after the break and equalised through Sam Todd on 64 minutes. On 73 minutes, Byron O’Gorman ran clear but Gallagher came out and blocked the strikers shot.
Seven minutes into extra time Harps took the lead when Todd’s overhead kick went into the bottom corner of Moran’s net. Harps landed the winner. Harps clinched victory on 112 minutes when Mikey Place finished from six yards.
Darragh Gibbons received a second yellow card in the dying minutes and duly received a red card.
Bray Wanderers: 29 Evan Moran; 31 Sean Harding, 5 Sean Heaney, 4 Conor Kenna, 3 Kevin Lynch; 6 Paul O’Conor, 14 Rhys Gorman; 26 Byron O’Gorman, 22 Darragh Noone, 15 Darragh Gibbons; 9 Gerald Pender
Subs: 12 Dylan Hayes (for Harding 77), 24 Jake Ellis (for O’Gorman 115), 25 Cian Walsh, 27 Dragos Mamaliga (for Noone 95), 28 Alex Rafferty, 30 Jamie Crilly, 50 Enda Minogue (gk)
Finn Harps: 1 Ciaran Gallagher; 5 Keith Cowan, 50 Niall Logue, 22 Sam Todd; 28 John Kavanagh 7 Jesse Devers, 4 Jacob Borg, 6 Gareth Harkin, 3 Ciaran Coll; 15 Mikey Place, 21 Nathan Boyle
Subs: 2 Aidan Friel, 9 John O’Flynn, 11 Mark Timlin (for Harkin 119), 14 Mark Coyle (for Devers 55), 18 Nial McGinley, 33 Oluwatunmise Sobowale (for Boyle 77).
Referee: Robert Harvey
Match Report: Michael Duffy