U15 Match Report – Bray Wanderers 1 Athlone Town 3

Bray Wanderers 1 Athlone Town 3

Bray suffered their first EA SPORTS U15 LOI home loss in Group B this season when going down to Athlone on Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless first third, the visitors scored twice in the second third before sealing their first victory of the campaign early in the final third.

The swirling wind played havoc throughout, with the conditions not conducive to playing the ball on the deck.

Neither side could find the breakthrough in the a tight opening 30 minutes at Berryfield Park in Enniskerry.

The second third was just 40 seconds old when the Midlanders hit the front.

Ruairi Flaherty played in fellow substitute Rhuon Sousa who scored with a first time finish on the run from the edge of the box.

That lead was doubled in the 51st minute.

A clearance was charged down in the penalty area. The ball bounced awkwardly. But Liam Fitzpatrick reacted to slide in the loose ball from an acute angle.

The final third was just four minutes in when sub Paul McEvilly unleashed a swerving 25-yard shot off the left that dipped under the crossbar.

Wanderers bagged a consolation on the 87th minute.

Sub Cristiano Bramley latched onto a ball over the top. He nipped in ahead of away custodian Michael McAndrew and slotted into an open goal.

Bray Wanderers: Jamie Dalton; Ryan Butler, Charlie Byrne, Jack Lawless, Emanuele Vaticone; Albie Tormey, Charlie Quinn, Louis Rothwell; Jamie Lynch, Harry Grainger; Alexander Emakhu.

Subs: Sean Howard, Carlsen Sadilua, Cristiano Bramley.

Athlone Town: Michael McAndrew, Cian Greaney, Joshua Farnham, Adam Malone, Leandro Miranda; Isaac Ryan, Dylan Kavanagh, Liam Fitzpatrick, Sean Monahan; Cormac Donnellan; Harry Hughes.

Subs: Shay Morgan, Jakub Zalewski, Rhuon Sousa, Dara Waldron, Paul McEvilly, Cathal McCarthy, Ruairi Flaherty.

Referee: Dave O’Shea (Wicklow ISRS).

Pictures: Ethan Finnerty.

* Elsewhere in the section, UCD beat Klub Kildare 4-1 at Marley Park while Shelbourne and Bohemians drew 1-1 at the AUL Complex.

* Bray are back on the road on Wednesday March 27. They will take on Klub Kildare at 7.30pm at FBD Hotels and Resorts Park.