Leinster Senior Cup Match Report – Bray Wanderers 2 Shelbourne 0

Bray Wanderers 2 Shelbourne 0

First senior goals for the club by Shane Griffin and Cristian Magerusan saw Bray finish top of Group C in the PTSB Leinster Senior Cup.

The two closed season signings were on the mark in a four-minute spell midway through the first period on Monday afternoon to see off a young Shelbourne side 2-0.

The Carlisle Grounds was packed with young supporters – many who’d been involved in the open day beforehand.

Wanderers wore their new Capelli Sports jersey – sponsored by Outdoor Living – which had been launched to much fanfare earlier in the day.

From the team who defeated Wexford FC 1-0 last week, goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness was handed his first senior start of 2024 as was striker Ben Feeney.

There was a full senior club debuts for defenders Zach Nolan and Jamie Duggan. Griffin and Callum Thompson returned to the starting XI.

After Fiachra Coffey headed over for the Dubliner’s early on, Griffin (6) and Feeney (15) went close before the Green and White’s hit the front in the 25th minute.

Griffin linked with Magerusan and took the return pass before creating space to curl in beautifully left footed from 22-yards.

Not to be outdone, Magerusan made it 2-0 in the 28th minute. He shot form 22-yards with the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Feeney had another chance the 41st minute. But was thwarted by custodian Jamie Gamble.

In a more subdued second half, the Wicklow side made four changes at the interval. That included a senior debut for defender Caleb O’Neill.

Feeney (53) just failed to convert while Max Murphy was denied by Gamble on the hour.

McGuinness made a double save in the 71st minute to prevent Daragh Murtagh pulling one back.

Four minutes later, Gamble pulled off a claw save off the returning Josh McGlone’s lob.

Bray now top the group on seven points from three games.

Evergreen are currently second on four points form their three games, with a goal difference of +2.

Shelbourne have three points (goal difference + 1) and will play Wexford on Saturday (February 10) in Arklow.

A win for Shels will see them finish as runners up. A draw will see the runners-up spot come down to goal difference.

Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness; Max Murphy, Kilian Cantwell (Cole Omorehiomwan half time), Jamie Duggan, Zach Nolan; Callum Thompson, Guillermo Almirall, Freddie Turley (Alain Kizenga half time); Shane Griffin (Caleb O’Neill half time); Cristian Magerusan (Thomas Morgan half time), Ben Feeney (Josh McGlone 64).

Subs not used: Kieran Cruise, Ben Clark.

Shelbourne: Jamie Gamble; Luca Cailloce, Lewis Temple, Taylor McCarthy; Fiachra Coffey (Fintan McNamara 87), Cian Doyle, Aaron Maloney, Sean Cummins (Mark Isong 78); Leo Healy (Cormac O’Donoghue half time), Tyreik Sammy; Daragh Murtagh (Daniel Bergin 78).

Subs not used: Dylan Atanda, Cian Kavanagh, Rocco Byrne.

Referee: Rob Hennessey.

Pictures: Graeme Fryer (Bray Camera Club).