Bray maintained their unbeaten start to the EA SPORTS MU14 LOI Eddie Wallace Cup campaign with a resounding win at Ballycorus.
In the last match in the competition before the mid-season break, the Wicklow side had no less that six different players on the score-sheet against a brave Kerry side who never gave up on Saturday afternoon.
It might have been a different scenario if the visitors’ Callum Robertson had not dragged a low effort wide of the target inside the opening 25 seconds.
But Wanderers took control and hit the front in style in the sixth minute as Harry Grainger struck an unbelievable right-footed 25-yard free-kick to the net.
It got even better in the 17th minute as Alexander Emakhu’s raking cross-field pass picked out Grainger. He then slid the ball low into the box for the inrushing Joshua Henderson Finn to slot in.
Three goals in a magical nine-minute spell secured victory in the middle period.
Defender Emanuele Vaticone headed in Grainger’s 30th minute corner. Then in the 35th minute, Louis Rothwell slipped Daniel Oluwadara Olusola up the middle to make no mistake from the edge of the box.
Three minutes later, Aaron Kelly-Mladin fed Emakhu off the left to play a one-two with Rothwell before dinking a cross for the unmarked Olusola to head in at the back post.
On the hour, Emakhu got in on the scoring act. He latched onto a through ball and showed strength to shrug off a defender before finding the far bottom left corner of the net from 14-yards.
Five minutes from full time, the Green and White’s wrapped up matters. Olusola’s clever flick released substitute Matt Dennehy to fire in the seventh score.
The win leaves Bray in second place in the section with seven points from their three games to date – after defeating Wexford FC 4-1 and drawing 2-2 with Waterford FC.
Elsewhere today, Cobh Ramblers overcame CK United 5-1 at Killeshin FC while Waterford defeated Wexford 3-2 at the SETU Arena.
The three results means Cobh are top with nine points with Waterford on third on seven points (on goal difference).
Bray Wanderers: Kai McSwiggan; Jamie Lynch, Albie Tormey, Emanuele Vaticone, Aaron Kelly-Mladin; Louis Rothwell, Charlie Byrne; Harry Grainger, Joshua Henderson Finn, Alexander Emakhu; Daniel Oluwadara Olusola.
Subs: Evan Lynch, Ryan Butler, Matt Dennehy, Aaron Egan, Nate Long.
Kerry FC: Shay Fitzgerald; Darragh O’Sullivan, Jack O’Connor, Kieran Shane O’Donovan, Cody Shanahan; Jayden Corcoran, Jack Daly; Edison Jahiri, Ciaran Murphy, Alex O’Carroll; Callum Robertson.
Subs: Michael Culnane, Johnny Neillings, Evan Lyons, Sean Downey, Robert O’Shea.
Referee: Joe Hillman (Wicklow).