Dylan McGlade 63 pen, 92

Dean O'Halloran 65

First Division

22 Feb 2019

Bray got their season off to the best possible start with a solid three goal victory over Cabinteely.

Unsurprisingly, it was a cagey opening twenty minutes in a wind-swept Stradbrook as the Wanderers opened their campaign to return to the Premier Division with what has been described as the East Coast Derby.

Faced with what some regard as Bray II, sporting Pat Devlin as Director of Football and Eddie Gormley as Assistant Manager, and with several former Bray players in the home lineup - notably (but not only) Kieran "Marty" Waters and goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness, this was always going to be a high-profile encounter for the Seagulls.

And there didn't appear to be much between the sides until after the interval. Waters had a chance midway through the opening half, and Luke Clucas another shortly after the half hour, but Gabriel Sava, returning to the seaside for a second spell between the posts, thwarted both with some style.

Former Cabinteely striker Joe Doyle came close for Bray as the break neared, but missed by inches.

Despite a spell of home pressure in the early stages of the second period, it was a clumsy piece of Cabinteely defending that awarded Bray their chance to open the scoring from the spot, and Dylan McGlade obliged by finding the net for his first Wanderers goal.

Within minutes, Dean O'Halloran (on loan from Waterford, his signing just announced earlier this morning) struck to double the Seagulls' lead, and McGlade wrapped up the victory in the final minute of time added.

From the time of the first goal, Cabinteely offered little by way of recovery, Vilius Labutis with their only shot on target ten minutes from the end.

Compiled by Mícheál Ó hUanacháin

Bray Wanderers: 1 Gabriel Sava; 22 Luke Nolan, 5 Seán Heaney , 4 Killian Cantwell, 3 Dylan Barnett; 7 Dean O'Halloran , 6 Paul Keegan (c), 8 Philip Gannon, 11 Derek Daly ; 10 Dylan McGlade , 9 Joe Doyle
Subs: 2 Hugh Douglas, 12 Andrew McGovern, 14 Jake Ellis, 16 Adam Hayden (gk), 17 Luka Lovic (for Gannon 92), 19 Brendan McCann, 24 Richie Purdy (for O'Halloran 84)
Dundalk: Stephen McGuinness (c); 15 Eoin Massey, 4 Jack Tuite, 5 Conor Keeley , 3 Seán Hurley; 7 Keith Dalton, 16 Vilius Labutis, 17 Zak O'Neill , 9 Luke Clucas; 10 Kieran Marty Waters; 8 Robert Manley
Subs: 12 Alex Aspil (for O'Neill 77), 14 Shane Barnes, 23 Nika Kalandarishvili (for Clucas 69), 25 Peter Quinlan (gk), 26 Oisín McMenamin (for Manley 69), 28 Adam Maher, 29 Jonny Carlin
Referee: Tomás Connolly

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