CK United 0 Bray Wanderers 5
Bray bounced back from last weeks U17 LOI Academy home loss to Waterford FC in style by maintaining their unbeaten away record in Group B.
The young Seagulls followed dup their draw away to Wexford Fc and the victory on the road over Shelbourne by defeating CK United on Saturday afternoon.
It was a day for firsts for a number visiting players at St. Patrick’s AFC Boys in Carlow.
Wanderers got off to the perfect start. From a short corner in just the third minute, Alex Baines forced a good save from the Osgar Croke Staunton. But Paddy Kildee Doolan reacted quickest to blast in from close range to score his first ever goal for the Wicklow side.
Decked out in the navy away gear, Bray continued to dominate the ball and create some very good chances.
Rhys Knight had an effort saved after Philip Cooney’s cut-back to the penalty spot found him free. Skipper Kildee-Doolan could’ve added a second from another corner, but his close range header was over the bar.
Just like the opening period, the away outfit came out strongly in the second half. Their second goal in the 55th minute also came from another unlikely source.
In almost a carbon copy of the first goal, this time it was Baines who finished expertly. Remarkably – it was his first goal for the club in four years.
Then just three minutes later, Adam Reid added a third goal. His cross-shot took a deflection and dropped to the net.
The icing was put on the cake in the closing stages with two quick-fire goals from substitute Max Colbert.
In the 84th minute, after some more outstanding play from Cooney who’s shot somehow didn’t cross the line, Colbert was there to tap in.
His second in the 85th was a great individual finish.
Colbert collected the ball just outside the box, drove inside and smashed a right footed effort in off the post.
Elsewhere in the section, Waterford FC defeated Shelbourne 2-1 at the AUL Complex in Dublin.
That result sees the Blues top the section on nine points from four games. Bray are currently in second place on seven points. Shels are third on six points.
Meanwhile, Wexford FC overcame Klub Kildare 1-0 at Ferrycarrig Park. Both those teams are on four points along with CK United.
Bray Wanderers: Alexander Kearney; Ronan Langan, Alain Kizenga, Alex Baines, Luke Smith; Paddy Kildee-Doolan, Harry Sherlock; Lewis Jacobs, Rhys Knight, Phillip Cooney; Adam Reid.
Subs: Jack Nolan, Ronan Dawson, Kian Dowling, Eric Schutte, Dylan Ryan, Ethan Cheese, Roddy Cotter, Aidan Kane, Max Colbert.
* Bray are due to return to Ballycorus on Saturday April 1 to entertain Klub Kildare. Kick-off is provisionally set for 2,00pm.