BRAY WANDERERS

2-0

LIMERICK

Joe Doyle 43

Paul Keegan 49

Gabriel Sava s/pen 35

First Division

Carlisle Grounds
01 Mar 2019

Smooth sailing brought the Seagulls another three points and a second clean sheet in their first home League game.

The Wanderers were in control of the tie from start to finish, and could have racked up a bigger goal tally had it not been for heroics by Jack Brady in the Limerick net.

The Bray attack quartet of Dylan McGlade, Derek Daly, Dean O'Halloran and Joe Doyle caused the Limerick defence serious trouble from the outset.

Striker Doyle could have had a brace in the opening minutes: his first shot after dispossessing a defender met a Brady block and a minute later his second flew just a little high.

It was a taste of things to come for the Limerick netminder, who was kept as busy in the final minutes as he was at the start.

Just before the quarter hour, Derek Daly laid the ball into McGlade's path. He struck it well but Brady managed to hold it.

Minutes later McGlade's effort from outside the area was well saved by Brady, and again a minute after that a McGlade snapshot skidded just wide of Brady's near post.

Doyle got another opportunity next when he met McGlade's centre from the right flank but Brady deflected it behind.

Midway through, O'Halloran waltzed toward the goal and his effort nicked off a defender's leg close to the far corner but dropped narrowly wide.

Soon after the half hour in what was effectively the visitors' first dangerous-looking attack, Sava chipped a clearance straight to Seán Russell.

He crossed to Conor Ellis whose initial header was denied, but he was bundled over by Seán Heaney as he tried to put away the rebound.

But Ellis's spot-kick to the left was read well by the bray keeper and a brilliant save followed by a smart grab at the rebound denied the Limerick fans their anticipated glee.

Kilian met a McGlade free, but his header hit his marker and bounced over the crossbar, and immediately after that Dean O'Halloran fired over the bar after some clever play down the right.

With only minutes to the break, McGlade wove his way through the defence into a scoring position, but under late pressure sliced his shot wide.

Then Doyle got off the mark for his new club when his head powered home O'Halloran's cross.

Shortly after the interval Bray captain Paul Keegan blasted a stunning shot into the top corner from 22 metres leaving Brady standing.

Five minutes after that, Seán McSweeney found some space and ran through, but lacking support he could only shoot straight at Sava.

Well past the hour, Keegan took a free on the edge of the area but it sailed into Bray's hands.

And in truth the rest of the match was very much a one man show for the Limerick goalie, who saved well and consistently.

Barnett delivered a splendid cross from the left and Doyle looked certain to score, but Brady somehow threw a hand at it and turned it behind.

Then Derek Daly raced forward and slipped the ball through for Doyle who squeezed his shot into the net as the offside flag was raised.

Introduced with just five minutes to go, Luka Lovic came within inches of a goal with his first touch, Brady making a superb stop following a corner.

And there was little Brady could have done if Heaney's last minute header hadn't found the crossbar.

Compiled by Mícheál Ó hUanacháin

Bray Wanderers: 1 Gabriel Sava; 22 Luke Nolan, 5 Seán Heaney, 4 Kilian 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, 14 Jake Ellis, 16 Adam Hayden (gk), 17 Luka Lovic (for Gannon 85), 19 Brandon McCann, 24 Richard Purdy (for O’Halloran 64), 28 Jamie Crilly
Limerick: 1 Jack Brady; 2 Shaun Kelly (c) , 3 Sean Russell, 6 Robbie Williams, 8 Jason Hughes; 10 Conor Ellis, 14 Sean McSweeney, 15 Tomás O'Connor, 22 Karl O'Sullivan; 24 Darren Murphy, 31 Aaron Fitzgerald
Subs: 9 Kieran Hanlon (for Hughes 61), 12 Lee Devitt Molloy, 17 Andy Quaid, 18 Colm Walsh O'Loghlen, 19 Ger Barry (for Ellis 82), 28 Adam Foley, 30 Tommy Holland (gk)
Referee: David Dunne

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