BRAY WANDERERS

2-1

WEXFORD

Derek Daly 57, 61

Danny Furlong 71

First Division

Carlisle Grounds
24 May 2019

Three in a row starts a possible recovery for a Bray season that had seemed to wobble off the rails a little.

Despite a lively opening, an early corner giving the home side a chance that was missed, Bray's domination failed to produce results.

Ten minutes in, Richie Purdy carved the Wexford defence open with a first-time pass out to Derek Daly. He fired in a low cross that evaded Dean O'Halloran but Jake Ellis wasn't expecting it to find him and froma rapidly narrowing angle he can only find the side netting.

It took a brilliant reaction from former Seagull Corey Chambers to deny Philip Gannon an opening goal from Dylan Barnett's corner - the first of three Bray flag-kicks in a row, with many more yet to come.

And the Wexford keeper didn't get much of a respite, called into action again two minutes later as Daly and Richie Purdy combined up the left, but the latter was offside for the rebound.

See-saw football filled most of the time until the break, with few clear-cut chances, though Gannon made a free look pretty dangerous until it reached Chambers' grateful embrace.

And in the final seconds a Seán Heaney spectacular from 30m - well, it would have been a spectacular had it succeeded.

There seemed less tension about in the early stages of the second half, though Wanderers still had the lion's share of the possession.

Then following a feed from Bray skipper Paul Keegan, a delightful little lob out of nowhere by Daly left the advancing Chambers stranded and Bray ahead with little more than half an hour left.

And four minutes later at the end of a counter-attack, Dean O'Halloran bent a cross towards the back post where Daly was on hand to finish firmly to the net.

Dylan McGlade, only on a few minutes, was the next Seagull to threaten, the ball threaded through to him by Daly, but Chambers alert to the danger.

Minutes later (following a couple more Bray corners), the same duo created the ghost of a chance, McGlade having to turn on a cent to evade two defenders before seeing his shot blocked by Chambers.

But twenty minutes out, the visitors reduced their deficit, with Nika Arevadze winning possession to feed Danny Doyle, and his cross finding Danny Furlong in place to execute a wicked back-heel that caught everyone by surprise.

Doyle and Thomas Croke were lively for the visitors, the latter responsible for a fine free that reached captain Chris Kenny, who keptthe attack going, but though Furlong and Nika Arevadze both tried, neither could make his touch count.

A clash and a gash to the head forced Chambers to retire early, neither Daly's free-kick bullet, which was intercepted by the crossbar, nor McGlade's late stage run, which brought him round the keeper but too wide for an accurate shot, caused substitute minder Jason McGuire any trouble.

A Wexford corner caused a little ripple in the final minute, but Wanderers managed to clear the danger.

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 , 24 Richie Purdy; 14 Jake Ellis, 11 Derek Daly
Subs: 2 Hugh Douglas, 9 Joe Doyle (for Purdy 84), 10 Dylan McGlade (for Ellis 59), 12 Andrew McGovern, 16 Adam Hayden (gk), 17 Luka Lovic, 19 Brandon McCann
Wexford: 22 Corey Chambers ; 3 Lee Costello, 20 Sean Callan, 8 Paddy Cahill , 15 Thomas Croke, 10 Jack Doherty, 6 Chris Kenny (c), 12 Danny Doyle, 9 Danny Furlong , 13 Ryan Nolan, 11 Emmet Nugent
Subs: 7 Nika Arevadze (for Costello 64), 14 Sean Roche, 17 Andrew Farrell, 18 Jason McGuire (gk, for Chambers 86 inj), 24 Darragh O'Connor (for Nolan 69)
Referee: Adriano Reale

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