Bray Wanderers 0 Shamrock Rovers 3
Carlisle Grounds, Premier Division, 31 August 2018
Wanderers started brightly in this game. In the fifth minute, Kevin Lynch fed Jake Kelly but the striker was unable to convert. Rovers began to get on top and took the lead on 37 minutes when Dan Carr evaded Sean Heaney on the right and his low cross was turned in by Ronan Finn.
On 26 minutes, Jake Kelly created an opening on the right for Sean Harding but he shot wide after cutting in. On the stroke of half time, Miele’s corner was headed goal bound by Ethan Boyle but his header was cleared off the line.
In the second half, Evan Moran produced a great save form a Sean Kavanagh free kick. Rovers were awarded a penalty on 67 minutes when gibbons brought down Kavanagh. Dylan Watts duly converted from the spot.
Moran produced another great save from another Kavanagh free kick on 71 minutes before Rovers wrapped up the win when Brandon Miele scored on 76 minutes.
Bray Wanderers: 29 Evan Moran; Darragh Gibbons, 5 Sean Heaney, 4 Conor Kenna, 3 Kevin Lynch; 6 Paul O’Conor, 14 Rhys Gorman; 22 Darragh Noone, 31 Sean Harding 11 Jake Kelly, 9 Gerald Pender
Subs: 16 Glen Hollywood (for Kelly 87), 24 Jake Ellis (for Pender 73), 25 Cian Walsh, 28 Alex Rafferty, 30 Jamie Crilly, 32 Cian Maher, 50 Jack Kelly (gk)
Shamrock Rovers: 1 Alan Mannus; 2 Ethan Boyle, 5 Lee Grace, 4 Roberto Lopes, 11 Sean Kavanagh; 6 Greg Bolger; 17 Joel Coustrain, 8 Ronan Finn, 7 Dylan Watts, 10 Brandon Miele; 9 Daniel Carr
Subs: 14 Gary Shaw (for Finn 79), 16 Joey O’Brien, 21 Aaron Bolger, 22 Aaron Greene (for Carr 57), 27 Brandon Kavanagh (for Coustrain 73), 29 Sam Bone, 30 Gavin Bazunu (gk)
Referee: Robert Hennessy
Match Report: Michael Duffy