Klub Kildare 3 Bray Wanderers 1
After two wins in their last three outings, Bray’s hopes of a top-two Group B placing in the U15 LOI Academy suffered a major blow when going down to Kildare on Sunday afternoon.
With injuries to other goalkeeper, U14 netminder Kai McSwiggan stepped up to put in a man of the match performance for the visitors at Tougher Park.
The Lilywhite had won the reverse fixture 3-2 at Ballycorus back in March.
After a score-less first period of 30 minutes, the home club broke the dead-lock three minutes into the second period when Peter Byrne headed in off a free-kick.
That tally was added to in the 50th minute when Dan Connolly scored a penalty.
But Wanderers rallied in the final third as Sean Hennelly lobbed home custodian Kian Keogh in the 70th minute.
However, as the Wicklow team searched for an equaliser, they conceded a third score in injury time as Jay Brophy found the net.
The away side thought they’d scored straight from the tip-off when James Seberry’s long rang attempt from the kick-off went in.
But the goal was ruled out as Keogh was still on the pitch as he was being replaced by sub keeper Ryan Dillon.
The aftermath saw the Green and White’s reduced to ten players.
Elsewhere in the section, leaders Shamrock Rovers overcame Dundalk 6-2 at Oriel Park while second placed Bohemians defeated Drogheda United 5-1 at the Oscar Traynor Centre.
Bray have now dropped fifth in the section, two points behind Kildare and one adrift of Dundalk – with two games remaining.
Bray Wanderers: Kai McSwiggan; Tadhg Worthington, Joshua O’Leary, Max Free, Evan Lynch; Aidan Kane, Ethan Cheese, Adam Keene, Cristiano Bramley, Sean Hennelly; Billy O’Neill.
Subs: Ryan Bell Mihaila, Darragh Sherlock, Callum Kenna, Noah Byrne, Sean Howard, James Seberry, Jake Fulton.
* Wanderers host Bohemians next Sunday May 21 at Ballycorus. They finish the group a week later at home to Shamrock Rovers.