U15s narrowly lose out to Galway in five-goal thriller

Bray Wanderers 2 Galway United 3

For the second time this season, Bray went down by a 3-2 score-line against Galway in the U15 team EA SPORTS National League of Ireland Phase 2 (Tier 2)
When the two teams at East United’s ground last July, the Tribesmen came out on top by the odd goal in five.
And they repeated that feat on Sunday at the Carlisle Grounds in the reverse fixture.
United began the day top of the section with Wanderers in third – seven points behind the leaders – with three matches remaining.
The Wicklow side got off to the best possible start – taking the lead after just 20 seconds.
Ciaran Leeson launched a quick long throw down the left flank to release Philip Cooney. He then squared into the box from the by-line were the unmarked Darragh Emmett tapped in at the back stick.
But United responded in style as they levelled natters in the 14th minute.
A corner was cleared but Oisín Kelly sent the ball back into the danger zone. A Bray player headed away only for the ball to drop Adam Smyth. His low 20-yard drive nestled in the bottom right corner of the net.
The turnaround was completed four minutes later. A break up the middle saw the ball played right for Eoin Hannon who slotted low to the net from eight yards.
It could have been even better for the Maroon’s. But Jacob Carroll’s effort came back off the post in the 26th minute.
United went 3-1 up ten minutes into the middle third.
From a long ball out of their defence, Hannon got behind a defender down the left channel. He then cut into the box by evading a challenge before curling to the far corner of the net from 15 yards.
However, the Green and White’s hit back two minutes later as midfielder Rhys Knight smashed a stunning 22-yard shot to the net in style.
Going in search of an equaliser, Philip Cooney flashed wide on 50 before Leon O’Sullivan was narrowly wide from the edge of the box in the 52nd minute.
Just before the hour, from an attack down the left wing, Hannon set-up David Kilraine who scuffed wide at the near post.
In a tight final half hour, both clubs cancelled each other out.
The visitors did go close on 76th as sub Steven Jennings was denied by Sam Baker.

Bray Wanderers: Sam Baker; Fionn Murray, Jack Nolan, Alain Kizenga, Ciaran Leeson; Ronan Dawson, Aidan Kane; Max Colbert, Rhys Knight, Phillip Cooney; Darragh Emmett.
Subs: Eric Schütte, Leon O’Sullivan, Dylan Bourke, Ethan Cheese, Darragh Butler.

Galway United: Jason Daly; Dennis Sirbu, Alan Conroy, Adam Smyth, Oisín Kelly; Charlie Killeen; Jacob Carroll, Eoin Hannon, David Kilraine; Cillian Tollett.
Subs: Steven Jennings, Ashton Judge, Rhys O’Connor, Shay Brady, MacDarragh Scanlon.

Referee: Mark Wynne (Wicklow ISRS).

* Bray are idle next weekend.