Bray Wanderers 0 Shelbourne 2
Bray were left to rue a series of missed first half chances as two second half goals saw them suffer an U17 LOI Academy Group B loss on Saturday afternoon.
Score-less at the break at Ballycorus, Shels’ netted twice in a five-minute late on to seal all three points.
When the teams met at the start of March at the AUL Complex, the Wicklow side won 4-1.
But with 15 minutes to go second time around, Wanderers failed to clear and Reds’ substitute Cian Corboy was on hand to strike a well hit shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Then two minutes later, the away side doubled the lead.
A cross from deep from the right wing was converted at the back post by Dan Ring.
Yet there was still time for a Paddy Kildee-Doolan and Lewis Jacobs both to have chances for the hosts. But neither could find the target.
That was the story of the contest for the Green and Whites. Early on, Max Colbert fired high and over.
Then in the fifth minute, the forward headed over the bar from Luke Smith’s centre.
In the 18th minute, Kildee-Doolan sent a front post glancing header wide of the goal at the back stick.
The visitors went close on 24 when Mark Isong harried David Winkler out of possession inside thew six-yard area. But swivelled close in to hit the post.
At the other end in the 38th minute, Colbert’s flick released Philip Cooney., But he shot tamely at Jamie Gamble from the edge of the box.
Just before the break, the Dubliners twice went close to going ahead. Josh Lyons headed over Ivan Graminschii close in on 42.
Seconds later, Ring was denied by Winkler’s brave block. But Isong blasted the loose ball over the bar.
Elsewhere in the section leaders Waterford drew 1-1 with Wexford FC at Ferrycarrig Park while Klub Kildare overcame CK United 5-2 at Maynooth University.
The results mean Waterford lead the way on 13 points after six games. Shels are second on 12 with Klub Kildare third on ten. Bray are fourth on seven points.
Bray Wanderers: David Winkler; Ronan Langan, Alain Kizenga, Alex Baines, Luke Smith; Harry Sherlock, Paddy Kildee-Doolan; Phillip Cooney, Lewis Jacobs, Dylan Ryan; Max Colbert.
Subs: Jack Nolan, Ronan Dawson, Kian Dowling, Aidan Kane, Rhys Knight, Ethan Cheese, Adam Reid, Eric Schütte, Roddy Cotter.
Shelbourne: Jamie Gamble; Taylor McCarthy, Josh Lyons, Cormac O’Donoghue; Aaron Maloney; Fintan McNamara, Leo Healy, Steven Aluebhosele, Ivan Graminschii; Mark Isong, Dan Ring.
Subs: Raymond Offor, Leon Keogh, Callum Bonny, Cian Corboy, Rocco Byrne.
Referee: Keith Neville. Assistants: Joe Byrne, Keith Hillman (all Wicklow).
* Bray are fixed to face Waterford FC next Saturday (April 22) at the SETU Arena.