Bray Wanderers 0 Shamrock Rovers 4
Two goals in each period saw Bray go down to an EA SPORTS MU19 LOI Academy Group A loss.
In a game switched from Ballycorus to the all-weather at the Woodlands in Greystones, Cian Curtis registered a hat-trick as Rovers picked up their away first victory of the season.
Under heavy rain and difficult playing conditions on Sunday afternoon, the visitors went ahead in the 22nd minute.
In a sweeping move, Curtis got to the left endline and dinked in a cross. It dropped at the back stick where Onesime Tembe nodded in from close range.
Wanderers responded on the half hour. Toms Leitis was required to parry over Thomas Morgan’s attempt over the bar. From the corner that followed, Leon Ajala fired over.
Moments later, an away goal-kick was intercepted. But Leitis made a superb point-blank save to thwart Scott Browne.
But in the last minute of the period, Curtis linked with Najemedine Razi before strolling into the box and slotting low to the net.
Just before the hour, Tembe drilled off target when cutting in off the right flank.,
At the other end soon after, Zach Nolan’s cut back from the left saw Morgan volley wide when well placed.
Rovers then scored twice in quick succession to seal the result.
With Razi and Cory O’Sullivan combining off the left wing, Curtis applied the finishing touch at the near post in the 65th minute.
Just three minutes later, Orlandas Jakas’ cut-back inside right of the penalty area teed up Curtis to complex his treble via a slight deflection.
Bray Wanderers: Jack Ross; Gavin Doyle, Callum Goad, Leon Ajala, Zach Nolan; Ben Clarke, Jack Kehoe; Daniel Chukwu, Thomas Morgan, Roland Olakanye; Scott Browne.
Subs: Hayden Roche, Joshua Kerr, Max Hennessy, Jack Murray, Caleb O’Neill, Adam Reid, Jamie Molloy
Shamrock Rovers: Toms Leitis; Sean Jones Carey, Eric Abudiore, Adam Condron; Orlandas Jakas, Freddie Turley, Scott Cleary, Cory O’Sullivan;
Najemedine Razi; Cian Curtis, Onesime Tembe.
Subs: Aaron Corish, John O’Sullivan, Ike Orazi, Adedapo Abidoye, Daniel Bergin, Rian Hogan, Edvinas Jakas.
Referee: Mark Houlihan.
* Bray are fixed to take on Waterford FC next on Sunday March 26. Kick-off at the SETU Arena Astro at 2.00pm.