Wanderers exit FAI cup despite brave display

St. Patrick’s Athletic 2 Bray Wanderers 1

Richmond Park, FAI cup first round, 9 August 2019

Wanderers went out of the FAI cup at the first-round stage for the fourth consecutive season despite a brave display against premier division opposition.

Wanderers made two changes to the starting team from last week’s win over Wexford. Philip Gannon and Hugh Douglas started in place of Luke Nolan and Jake Ellis.

Wanderers made a lively start despite considerable pressure early on from the home side. Simon Madden saw yellow on12 minutes for simulation with a dive in the Bray area. Paul Keegan then followed him into the book on 18 minutes for a foul on Clarke. Darragh Markey fired against the Bray crossbar on 21 minutes. Four minutes later, Simon Madden’s low shot rebounded off the post as the home side increased the pressure.

  • Wanderers went close on the half hour when Brandon McCann’s flick, from a Dylan McGlade cross, went just wide. The visitors made the breakthrough on 40 minutes. Derek Daly’s free kick on the right of the area forced a great save from Clarke which came off the crossbar and Dean Williams was on hand to poke home from close range.

Conor Clifford fired a shot over the Bray crossbar on 52 minutes following a one-two with Dean Clarke. Three minutes later, ex-Wanderer Dave Webster played a one-two with Clarke and slotted the ball under Sava for the equaliser.

Wanderers responded well. Dylan McGlade went on a run on the hour mark, rounded Clarke and saw his shot cleared off the line by Jamie Lennon. On 62 minutes, Sava turned Lee Desmond’s effort around the post. At the other end, Clarke saved from Joe Doyle on 66 minutes before Dean Williams shot wide from the rebound. Killian Cantwell then shot into the side netting as Wanderers enjoyed a good spell.

On 75 minutes, substitute Glen McAuley went past Paul Keegan on the left and cut in before firing past Sava for the winner.

St Patricks Athletic: 26 Brendan Clarke; 2 David Webster, 3 Ian Bermingham, 5 Lee Desmond; 20 Jamie Lennon; 17 Simon Madden, 8 Darragh Markey, 6 Conor Clifford, 12 Ciaran Kelly; 18 Dean Clarke, 25 Ronan Hale
Subs: 1 Barry Murphy (gk), 11 James Doona, 19 Chris Forrester (for Madden 61), 21 Glen McAuley (for Hale 60), 23 Cian Coleman (for Clifford 86), 24 Rhys McCabe, 31 Jake Walker.

Bray Wanderers: 1 Gabriel Sava; 4 Killian Cantwell, 2 Hugh Douglas, 5 Sean Heaney, 11 Derek Daly; 8 Philip Gannon, 19 Brandon McCann, 6 Paul Keegan, 10 Dylan McGlade; 12 John Martin, 18 Dean Williams.
Subs: 9 Joe Doyle (for Gannon 65), 14 Jake Ellis (for Martin 81), 15 Darragh Gibbons, 16 Adam Hayden (gk), 17 Luka Lovic (for McCann 88), 20 Dylan Thornton, 22 Luke Nolan

Referee: Derek Tomney

Match Report: Michael Duffy

Pictures; Peter Minogue