Wanderers out of Leinster Cup

Bray Wanderers 1 St. Patrick’s Athletic 3,

Carlisle Grounds, Leinster Senior Cup, 4 February 2018

The sides met for the third consecutive season at the Carlisle Grounds in the same stage of the Leinster Senior cup.

St. Pats raced into a three-goal lead within ten minutes of the kick off. Ex-Wanderer Ryan Brennan opened the scoring on five minutes when he flicked home a free kick from Garven. The Saints doubled their lead two minutes later when Kevin Toner headed home from a Conan Byrne free kick. Wanderers fell three behind after just nine minutes when Christy Fagan scored.

Wanderers came into the game in the closing stages of the opening half. Aaron Greene headed a Gary McCabe free kick just wide on 37 minutes. On 40 minutes, Darragh Noone’s cross from the right was punch out by Maher. Kevin Lynch picked up the ball and fed Paul O’Conor who shot wide. The impressive Cory Galvin, on the left wing, shot straight at Maher just before the break. On the strke of half time Hugh Douglas cleared a Graham Kelly shop off the line.

Wanderers produced a much better display in the second half and pulled a goal back on 68 minutes. John Sullivan picked out Hughie Douglas in the right side of the area and he duly fired past Maher. Gary McCabe shot wide on 77 minutes after good work by Aaron Greene.

Wanderers 17-year-old debutant keeper, Alex Nevin produced saves to deny Markey and Fagan from adding to Pat’s total. With two minutes remaining, Gary McCabe shot wide while well placed.

Bray Wanderers: Alex Nevin; Hugh Douglas, Kevin Lynch, Sean Heaney, Darragh Gibbons, Paul O’Conor, Cory Galvin, John Sullivan, Darragh Noone, Aaron Greene, Gary McCabe. Subs: Dylan Hayes, Rhys Gorman (for Gibbons 65m), Daniel Kelly (for Noone 65m ), Calvin Rogers, Jake Ellis, Shane Flynn (for Lynch 83m).

St. Patricks Athletic: Brian Maher, Ian Bermingham, Kevin toner, Lee desmond, Owen Garven, Conan Byrne, Graham Kelly, Christy Fagan, Ryan Brennan, Simon Madden, Dean Clarke. Subs: Michael Barker, James Doona (for Clarke 65m), Ian Turner, Darragh Markey (for Kelly 65m), Jamie Lennon (for Brennan 78m), Michael Leahey.

Match Report: Michael Duffy