Dundalk 0 Bray Wanderers 1
A dramatic last minute winner saw Bray leave Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon with all three U15 LOI Academy points against Dundalk.
A sweeping team move going the length of the pitch in the 90th minute secured the Seasiders a second Group B away success in a row.
When the two teams met last month at Ballycorus, the Lilywhite’s came on top by a 4-3 score-line.
But with players back from international duty and injury, Wanderers snatched the win second time around.
Having gone back between the posts after a injury to substitute Alex Forde, goalkeeper Liam Billings launched a long kick.
Josh O’Leary gathered and tried to play Sean Hennelly down the right flank. But it was cut-out.
O’Leary then found Rhys Knight who slipped Hennelly in. His low effort was stopped by home sub custodian John Markham. But Hennelly slotted in the rebound.
In a good competitive game, both teams played to their strengths of attacking football. Bray’s well organised defence contended with the direct play of their opponents early on.
But Wanderers relied on counter-attack and some good transitional with Hennelly a consistent treat in a man of the match display.
With the contest still score-less in the final third period, away sub Adam Keene had a good shout for a penalty turned down. After some good approach play good play down the left, he cut-in only to be met by a robust challenge in the box. However referee Adrian Rafferty waved play.
Elsewhere in the Group, leaders Shamrock Rovers overcame Drogheda United 7-1 at Roadstone while Klub Kildare defeated Bohemians 2-1 at Tougher Park.
The results mean Rovers top the section with seven wins. Bohs are second on 15 points. Dundalk are third on ten points, Bray are a further point behind them while Kildare are fifth on eight points.
Bray Wanderers: Liam Billings; Tadhg Worthington, Joshua O’Leary, Max Free, Darragh Sherlock; Aidan Kane, Jake Fulton; Cristiano Bramley, Rhys Knight, Sean Hennelly; Billy O’Neill.
Subs: Ryan Bell Mihaila, Evan Lynch, Callum Kenna, Noah Byrne, Sean Howard, Adam Keene, Alex Forde.
* With three Group B matches remaining and a second place still up for grabs, Bray are on their travels again on Sunday May 14., They will take on Klub Kildare at Tougher Park.