Bray Wanderers 0 Shelbourne 1
Carlisle Grounds, First Division, 8 June 2019
Ex-Wanderer Karl Moore’s free kick on 14 minutes proves to be the difference between the sides in this tight affair.
Wanderers made one change to their starting team from last weeks defeat away to Cobh Ramblers. Joe Doyle started up front in place of Dylan McGlade.
Derek Daly went close for Wanderers on 11 minutes, but his shot hit the side netting. Shelbourne were awarded a free kick on 14 minutes when Hugh Douglas was penalised for holding back a Shelbourne player on the edge of the area. Karl Moore curled a brilliant free kick over the Wanderers wall and into the top right corner of the net with Sava stranded.
Wanderers responded with Daly’s cross on the half hour causing a scramble in the Shelbourne area. O’Halloran was beaten to a header at the back post and Philip Gannon failed to connect with the follow up.
Sava was forced into a save six minutes into the second half when he saved from a James English header following a cross from Moore. A minute later, Save produce a stunning save from Greg Moorehouse, touching his header onto the post before gathering.
Philip Gannon fired a shot at McCabe on 74 minutes which the keeper saved easily. Wanderers chased an equaliser in the closing stages, pushing Hugh Douglas into a forward position but to no avail.
Bray Wanderers: 1 Gabriel Sava; 4 Killian Cantwell, 2 Hugh Douglas, 5 Sean Heaney, 3 Dylan Barnett, 24 Richie Purdy, 7 Dean O’Halloran, 6 Paul Keegan, 8 Philip Gannon, 11 Derek Daly, 9 Joe Doyle
Subs: 10 Dylan McGlade (for Doyle 60), 14 Jake Ellis (for Purdy 69), 15 Darragh Gibbons, 16 Adam Hayden (gk), 17 Luka Lovic, 19 Brandon McCann, 22 Luke Nolan
Shelbourne: 25 Colin McCabe, 3 Lorcan Fitzgerald, 4 Oscar Brennan, 9 James English, 10 Ryan Brennan, 11 Greg Moorhouse, 14 Aidan Friel, 15 Karl Moore, 17 Shane Farrell, 20 Derek Prendergast, 23 Luke Byrne. Subs: 1 Dean Delany, 5 Alex O’Hanlon, 7 Conan Byrne (for English 70), 16 Daniel McKenna (for Farrell 72), 18 Dayle Rooney, 22 Flavio Marku, 24 Darragh Noone (for R. Brennan 85).
Referee: Eoghan O’Shea
Match Report: Michael Duffy
Pictures: Peter Minogue