Stalemate at the Carlisle

Bray Wanderers 0 Cork City 0

First Division

Carlisle Grounds
1 October 2021

Brian Maher saves from Cian Murphy

In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, over 1300 in attendance, Bray Wanderers and Cork City played out their third league draw of the season and their second 0-0 meeting at the Carlisle Grounds this season as both sides cancelled each other out.

Sean Callan started his first game of the season for Bray in place of the suspended Dan Jones at centre half in the only change to the starting team from last week’s win away to Cobh Ramblers.

Cian Bargary fired the opening shot straight at Brian Maher on two minutes. Brian Maher produced a great save when Cian Murphy found himself straight through in the 28th minute. Cork had all of the goal chances in the first half and Bargary forced Maher into tipping his effort around the post on 39 minutes.

Bray only threatened in the last ten minutes. Gary Shaw was unable to connect to a cross from the right with his head and then Sam Verdon fired a half volley just over the bar with three minutes remaining. On the stroke of full time Sean Callan headed just over.

In the final minute, Murphy headed over the Bray crossbar.

The result leave Bray six points clear of Athlone Town with three games remaining. The draw ended Cork’s hopes of making the playoffs this season.

Sean Callan rises highest to meet a corner

Bray Wanderers: 1 Brian Maher; 8 Mark Byrne, 4 Andrew Quinn, 5 Aaron Barry, 3 Dylan Barnett; 14 Richie O’Farrell, 18 Sean Callan; 7 Ryan Graydon, 22 Steven Kinsella, 11 Brandon Kavanagh; 10 Gary Shaw
Subs: 6 Conor Clifford (for Byrne 69), 9 Joe Doyle (for Kinsella 69), 16 Darren Craven, 17 Luka Lovic, 19 Darragh Lynch, 20 Ryan Bowden, 25 Kian Clarke (gk), 27 Callum Thompson, 28 Sam Verdon (for Kavanagh 83)

Cork City: 13 David Harrington; 25 Gordon Walker, 18 Joshua Honohan, 8 Cian Coleman, 3 Ronan Hurley; 33 Aaron Bolger; 17 Darragh Crowley, 9 Beineón O’Brien-Whitmarsh, 14 Barry Coffey, 11 Cian Bargary; 24 Cian Murphy
Subs: 1 Mark McNulty (gk), 6 Gearóid Morrissey, 7 Dylan McGlade (for Crowley 83), 15 Dale Holland, 16 Alec Byrne, 19 Luke Desmond, 20 Paul Hunt (gk), 23 Seán Kennedy (for O’Brien-Whitmarsh 73), 28 Jonas Häkkinen

Booked: Hurley (12), Coffey (22), Healy (Manager) (23), Bolger (84), Coleman

Brian Maher tips over a Cork effort

Referee: Michael Connolly


Match report: Michael Duffy

Pictures: Peter Minogue

Ryan Graydon on the attack