Dean O'Halloran 71

First Division

Eamonn Deacy Park
08 Mar 2019

Bray's opening fanfare this season shows no sign of diminishing, though tonight's victory over the Tribesmen was perhaps a little more tentative than the previous outings.

In fact, the home side opened well,and there was little to choose between the sides for most of the first quarter hour: sorties featured Mark Hannon, Dylan McGlade, Colin Kelly and Conor Barry.

Midway through the period, ot took a dramatic intervention by Galway goalie Andreas Werner to prevent a Dean O'Halloran cross reaching Richie Purdy.

Minutes later, a McGlade break through the home defence ended tamely with a narrow-angle shot well dealt with by Werner.

And just after that, Purdy got to a dropping ball and shot, but the ball was hooked off the line by a Galway boot.

On the other side of the half hour, McGlade began a set-piece drill from a corner but it was frustrated by the Galway defence.

After Werner claimed a weak Seán Heaney header, Luke Nolan was next to try his luck, but his cross missed Purdy's diving header at the back post.

McGlade worked his approach well as the break drew near, but Maurice Nugent in the home defence managed to head the ball clear before Derek Daly put himself in the mix for Bray with an ill-directed shot.

Gabriel Sava hadn't had a lot to do, but as the second half opened he had to stand firm against a revitalised Colin Kelly.

And Galway continued to press, with Shane Doherty finding room minutes later for a dangerous cross towards the Bray area.

But soon things changed direction again, and following a Dylan Barnett effort that kept Werner busy came three decent McGlade shots, two of which produced corners for Bray.

The last of those corners reached Dean O'Halloran who turned it through the crowd in the area to open the scoring.

It took a little time, but Colin Kelly and Conor Barry forced their way into scoring positions without final success, and the Galway manager rejigged his formation to add to the attack, but failed to tempt the Seagulls into exposing their own back four.

A last effort to draw level saw Vinnie Faherty cross for Conor Melody in time added, but he failed to make an incisive move.

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), 24 Richie Purdy, 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 Purdy 75), 19 Brandon McCann (for Daly 87)
Galway United: 16 Andreas Werner; 2 Christopher Horgan, 13 Cian Murphy, 5 Stephen Walsh (c), 15 Mark Hannon; 11 Colin Kelly, 20 Dónal Higgins , 10 Conor Barry, 6 Maurice Nugent , 18 Shane Doherty; 9 Vinny Faherty
Subs: 8 Conor Melody (for Doherty 62), 12 Ronan Asgari, 14 Wilson Waweru (for Kelly 87), 17 Ivan Gamarra (for Horgan 79), 21 Joe Collins, 22 Jeff McGowan, 25 James Tierney (gk)
Referee: Eoghan O'Shea

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