Waterford FC 0 Bray Wanderers 2
Bray U14’s joined their U15 and U19 club mates in making the semi final of a National competition by securing their place in the last four of the Eddie Wallace Cup.
The teams had drawn 2-2 in Group A also at the SETU Arena in the Group stage of the competition back in May.
But a brilliant penalty save in the middle period by substitute goalkeeper Nate Long paved the way for the visitors to earn a hard fought 2-0 Quarter Final success over Waterford on Saturday afternoon.
Wanderers had all the running in the first period. Daniel Oluwadara Olusola had a goal disallowed for offside while custodian Kai McSwiggan made a fine stop with his feet to deny the Blue’s after a breakaway.
In the second third, the Munster team started brightly and were awarded a dubious penalty. But Long made a smart save down to his left.
Bray took the lead soon after the 44th minute.
Sean Howard struck an in-swinging free-kick which was headed to the net by Emanuele Vaticone with a slight deflection off a Waterford player.
Before the end of the half, Howard hit the inside of the right hand post with a half volley from 18 yards out while Louis Rothwell followed up with a clever chip that also hit the bar.
The away side managed the game very well in the last third and got the security of a second goal near full time.
Following great work by Oluwadara Olusola who delivered a low cross from the right, Alexander Emakhu arrived to apply the finish at the near post.
Elsewhere in the other Quarter Finals of the competition, Shelbourne beat Bohemians 3-2 at the Oscar Traynor Centre; Shamrock Rovers defeated Cork City 6-4 in Fermoy while St. Patrick’s Athletic overcame Treaty United 2-1 at TU Blanchardstown.
Bray Wanderers: Kai McSwiggan; Jamie Lynch, Emanuele Vaticone, Charlie Byrne, Albie Tormey; Louis Rothwell, Sean Howard, Harry Grainger, Alexander Emakhu, Joshua O’Leary; Daniel Oluwadara Olusola
Subs: Ryan Butler, Matt Dennehy, Joshua Henderson Finn, Nate Long
* Bray goal-scorers Alexander Emakhu and Daniel Oluwadara Olusola with goalkeeper Nate Long (centre) who saved a vital penalty.