Longford Town 3 Bray Wanderers 4
Substitute Brent Culbert grabbed an injury time winner as Bray edged out Longford Town in a seven goal thriller.
Having succumbed 1-0 last week at home to Sligo Rovers at Ballycorus in their opening their LOI Academy MU19 League 2023 Tier 2 (North) fixture, the Green and White’s came from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 at half time on Sunday at Bishopsgate.
The ‘Town rallied to square the contest at 3-3 before Culbert came off the bench to register the winner in the 92nd minute.
Having lost 3-1 away to Dundalk in their opening game in the section, the Midlanders hit the front in the fifth minute when defender Aaron Nolan found the net.
After that, the away side dominated the ball and forced a series of corners.
Ben Clarke’s first corner kick caused confusion in the home defence. His second crashed off the crossbar, and his third found the net to draw Wanderers level in the 20th minute.
The Wicklow team continued to boss the game and went 2-1 ahead in the 39th minute.
Daniel Chukwu’s corner found Lewis Jacobs at the back post to score with a spectacular finish for his first U19 goal.
It got even better in the 44th minute. Another Chukwu corner found Jacobs again and he bundled the ball in from close range.
But the Seagulls took their foot off the gas in the second half and allowed the home outfit back in the game.
Former Bray player Darragh Lynch started the comeback by making it 3-2 in the 52nd minute.
The Red and Black’s then squared the tie at 3-3 through Samuel Power Mulhern’s 72nd minute equaliser.
The visitors continued the press after that. Hayden Roche fired a shot off the crossbar. Then from from another Clarke corner, Culbert almost scored from close range with a header that was cleared off the line.
Jus when it look like Bray would have to settle for a share of the spoils, they claimed a stoppage time winner. Clarke’s corner was headed back by substitute Callum Goad for fellow reserve Culbert to seal the victory.
Bray Wanderers: Jack Ross; Joshua Kerr, Caleb O’Neill, Leon Ajala, Hayden Roche; Ben Clarke, Harry Sherlock; Daniel Chukwu, Thomas Morgan, Roland Olakanye; Lewis Jacobs
Subs: Callum Goad, Max Hennessy, Brent Culbert, Scott Higgins, Scott Browne, Jamie Molloy.
* Bray return to Ballycorus on Sunday July 2 to entertain Derry City at 2.00pm.