U15 Match Report – Derry City 2 Bray Wanderers 3

Derry City 2 Bray Wanderers 3

Bray came from 2-0 down to claim all three U15 LOI Academy Phase 2 Tier Two (North) points.

Wanderers trailed by the two scores after just 16 minutes on Saturday afternoon.

But levelled the match at 2-2 by the end of the second third before finding the winner to complete the comeback.

At late notice, the contest was changed from Letterkenny Community Centre in Donegal to nearby Leckview Park all-weather.

Derry started well and took a seventh minute lead when Oliver Devlin pounced on a back pass that was left short.

That lead was doubled in the 16th minute when Reece Schmid hit a pin-point 20-yard free-kick into the top corner of the net.

In the reverse fixture when the two teams met at the Woodlands in Greystones back in July, City produced a comeback to win 2-1.

This time, it was the Seagulls’ turn to fight back.

The away team made changes at the start of the second half hour. They brought Darragh Sherlock on wide right and his work rate made a instant impact.

Early into the second phase, Sherlock released Cristiano Bramley who was fouled inside the box. Sean Hennelly stepped to convert the 35th minute penalty.

Ten minutes later, a corner was swung in by Sherlock. It was met by Bray centre back Max Free to make it 2-2.

Then just before the hour, Adam Keene put the Green and White’s ahead with brilliant strike into the bottom corner.

In the final third period, the Seasiders made a tactical switch and moved Sherlock more central to help with workload in the middle of the park.

His energy and fitness showed, and he was immense in holding out Derry from getting any foothold into the game.

Just before the final whistle, Bramley broke at pace and was one on one with the City netminder only to be stopped by the referee for a previous foul.

The win leaves Bray fourth in the section, with 15 points from their nine matches to date (from their scheduled 14 fixtures).

They trail leaders UCD (23 points from 11 games). Derry remain in second (20 from 12 games) with Dundalk in third (18 points from ten outings).

Bray Wanderers: Alex Forde; Tadhg Worthington, Max Free, Noah Byrne, Evan Lynch; Sean Howard, Jake Fulton; Sean Hennelly, Cristiano Bramley, Adam Keene; James Seberry

Subs: Callum Kenna, Joshua O’Leary, Darragh Sherlock, Ryan Bell Mihaila.

* Bray are on the road again on Sunday October 8. They will travel to take on Athlone Town at the Athlone Town Stadium for a 12 noon kick-off.

* Bray goal scorers Adam Keen, Sean Hennelly and Max Free.