St. Patrick’s Athletic 3 Bray Wanderers 0
Abbotstown, Friendly, 25 January 2019
Wanderers were under pressure early on from a strong St. Pats side at a windy and cold Abbotstown. James Donna fired a free kick over the Wanderers crossbar after just five minutes. Wanderers responded with a break a minute later. Derek Daly did well on the right wing and set up Philip Gannon whose shot was saved by Clarke. Gary Shaw forced Sava into a save on eight minutes following a low snap shot from the ex-Wanderers striker.
St. Pats took the lead on 23 minutes. Following a succession of corners Sean Heaney headed to his own net under pressure from Donna’s corner. On the half hour mark Dylan McGlade fired a long range shot which Clarke easily saved. A minute later, James Donna’s effort rebounded off the Wanderers post to safety. A free kick for St. Pats on 40 minutes resulted in a free header for Lee Desmond at the back post which forced a save from Sava.
Two minutes before the break Gary Shaw headed home from a Simon Madden cross on the right to double the lead for the Saints. With a quarter hour to go St. Pats trialist Nika Kolanderishvili hit the outside of the Bray post. On 82 minutes, Pats wrapped up the win when Kolanderishvili looped a shot that deceived Hayden and went in off the post.
St. Patricks Athletic. 26 Brendan Clarke, 27 Simon Madden, 3 Ian Bermingham, 4 Kevin Toner, 5 Lee Desmond, 6 Conor Clifford, 7 Gary Shaw, 8 Darragh Markey, 11 James Donna, 18 Dean Clarke, 20 Jamie Lennon. Subs: 1 Barry Murphy (gk), 2 David Webster (for Bermingham 41), 9 Mikey Drennan (60), 12 Ciaran Kelly (for Toner 60), 15 Rhys McCabe (60), 19 Chris Forrester (for Markey 50), 23 Cian Coleman, 10 George Poynton (for Lennon 60), 24 Nika Kolanderishvili (T) (on 60).
Bray Wanderers: 1 Gabriel Sava, 2 Paul Cleary (T), 4, Cian Walsh, 5 Sean Heaney, 3 Dylan Barnett, 26 Paul Keegan, 11 Derek Daly, 7 Brandon McCann (T), 8 Philip Gannon, 10 Dylan McGlade 9 Joe Doyle.
Subs: 16 Adam Hayden (for Sava 58), 12 Adam Maher (T), 13 Dean Casey (T) (For McGlade 70), 14 Jake Ellis (for Doyle 65), 17 Luka Lovic (for Walsh h/t). 18 Cian Maher (for Barnett 70), 19 Kallem Simon, 20 Trialist (for Daly 58), 21 Glen Hollywood (for Keegan 65), 22 Dragos Mamaliga (for Gannon 65), 23 Jamie Crilly (for Heaney 70), 25 Conor Behan (T) (for McCann 75).
Match Report: Michael Duffy