Bray Wanderers 1 Klub Kildare 2
Two defensive errors cost Bray as they went down 2-1 in their U17 LOI Academy Group B encounter.
In a match moved from Ballycorus to the all-weather pitch at the Woodlands in Greystones on Saturday afternoon, the home side got off to the perfect start as they took a sixth minute lead.
In a move started by Lewis Jacobs, he spread play wide left for Dylan Ryan. He evaded a tackle to send in an inviting cross. The ball was only blocked clear to Adam Reid close in. His low effort was charged down. But Jacobs followed up on the loose ball to side-foot in from eight-yards.
But the away side responded. After going close a couple of times after that, it took a brilliant 17th minute tip-over save by Alexander Kearney to deny Conan Kruger from his shot by the edge of the box.
However, the visitors drew level in the 24th minute. From a Wanderers goal-kick short in their own box, Kruger charged down the attempted clearance. The ball rebounded across the six-yard area were Ruari Morgan tapped in.
What proved to be the winner came four minutes into the second period.
With another home clearance blocked down in the box, Ryan Markey pounced to roll in a close range low shot.
Despite having the majority of territorial possession, the Seagulls were unable to breakdown a well- marshalled Kildare defence as the wet conditions deteriorated.
But the Green and White almost snatched a 67th minute equaliser. Harry Sherlock’s 25-yard drive rattled the cross-bar. But Phillip Cooney’s follow-up header was blocked.
Elsewhere in the section on Saturday, Shelbourne defeated Wexford Fc 4-0 at the AUL Complex while Waterford FC overcame CK United at the SETU Arena.
The results means Waterford top the section on 12 points after five games. Shels are second on nine points with Bray and Klub Kildare third on seven points
Bray Wanderers: Alexander Kearney; Ronan Langan, Alain Kizenga, Paddy Kildee-Doolan, Luke Smith; Aidan Kane, Harry Sherlock; Phillip Cooney, Lewis Jacobs, Dylan Ryan; Adam Reid.
Subs: Jack Nolan, Ronan Dawson, Kian Dowling, Eric Schütte, Rhys Knight
Ethan Cheese, Roddy Cotter, Max Colbert, David Winkler.
Klub Kildare: Aodh Conway; Declan Osagie, Calum Donnelly, Egor Vassenin;
Vuyolwethu Mosea, Johnathan-Maxwell Adedeji, Sam Neville, Liam Mc Donnell; Ryan Markey; Ruari Morgan, Conan Kruger.
Subs: Odhran Cleary, Kian Brunton, Geordan Lambert, Killian Reilly, Thomas Nolan, Gearoid Hartley, Tomasz Gwizdala, Evan Colgan Markey, Moses Uchendu.
Referee; Joe Byrne. Assistants: Mark Wynne, Dominique Lachaussee (all Wicklow).