Under 17s defeat Wexford FC

Under 17 squad v. Wexford FC 30.04.2022

Bray Wanderers (U17) 2 Wexford FC (U17) 0

In a dominant display, two first half goals saw Bray claim all three U17 EA Sports National Underage League points. Having beaten Wexford 7-0 away at Ferrycarrig Park at the start of April, Wanderers finished the month by doing the double over the Slaneysiders on Saturday afternoon at Ballycorus.

Elsewhere in Group C, leaders Shelbourne overcame Drogheda United 6-0 at the AUL Complex while second placed Shamrock Rovers defeated 5-0 Carlow/Kilkenny FC at Roadstone. With three matches remaining in the section, Shels are on top – two points ahead of the Hoops with Wanderers a point further back.

A strong start by the Green and White’s was rewarded in the 12th minute. Matthew Anderson’s throw was headed back to him by Max Hennessy. Wide right, the full-back lofted a hanging half volley into the box. It dropped beyond a defender with Lewis Jacobs showing great technique to meet the cross with a stunning right footed volley from 16-yards to the net. That lead was doubled 28th minute. In a move off the right flank involving Anderson, Joshua Kerr and Daniel Chukwu, the ball was worked to the ‘D to Max Mason. The striker evaded two opponents and lashed a low drive to the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Having again bossed possession after the turnaround, the Seagulls failed to add to their tally in the second period despite a series of opportunities. The closest they came to registering a third arrived 11 minutes to go. With Anderson again the instigator, substitute Eoghan O’Hanlon rattled a close-range effort off the posts. Bray are on their travels on Saturday May 7 next by facing Drogheda United at the Drogheda Institution of Further Education with a provisional 2.30pm kick-off.

Bray Wanderers U17 Samuel Safaei; Matthew Anderson, Callum Goud, Caleb O’Neill, Luke Nolan; Max Hennessy, Joshua Kerr; Daniel Chukwu, Harry Sherlock, Lewis Jacobs; Max Mason.

Subs: Eoghan O’Hanlon, Jake Murray, Dylan Ryan, Conor O’Gorman, David Monaghan, Daniel Lee, Zach Nolan.