3 - 1
FT

Darren Craven 45' -
Scored: 45'


Callum Thompson 65' -
Scored: 65'


Ryan Graydon 89' -
Peno Scored: 89'


Scored: 57'
- Jack Doherty 57'


League Report: Bray Wanderers 3 - 1 Wexford

Sat, Aug 07 2021

Carlisle Grounds Credit: Al Robinson

Patrick O’ Connor reports from the Carlisle Grounds 

Bray Wanderers scored a comfortable 3-1 win over basement side Wexford at the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night and in so doing jumped ahead of UCD to now occupy fourth placed in the First Division table.

500 supporters were allowed into the seaside venue and while it would be an exaggeration to say the home side put on a great spectacle for the returning fans, they were competent throughout and generally held the Wexford challenge at bay for most of the match.

The first half was a scrappy affair, not helped by the blinding sun from the town end of the pitch, and Bray had the few chances that were going but did not capitalise on them.

Two of the better opportunities fell to Darren Craven but, on each occasion, he did not show enough composure and the chances were missed.

Dylan Barnett lined up Craven for a shot in the seventh minute but while he was well positioned and unopposed at the edge of the box, he skimmed the ball wide of the post without testing goalkeeper Jimmy Corcorcan.

In the 24th minute he had an even better opportunity when Brandon Kavanagh played a great ball over the defence allowing Craven to have a one-on-one chance with Corcoran but he blazed over when a bit more subtlety could have given the Seagulls the lead.

The same two players Corcoran and Craven were the central characters in Bray’s opening goal when it did come right on the stroke of half time.

Corcoran advanced to the left touchline to clear a fairly routine long ball from the Bray defence but he completely mistimed his kick. When the ball landed at Craven’s feet, he expertly lobbed the ball into the empty net from the touchline, at least 30m from goal.

The 1-0 half time lead for Gary Cronin’s side was on they just about deserved.

There was a more determined approach from Wexford in the opening stages of the second half with Paul Fox, Conor Crowley and Jack Moylan beginning to exert a greater influence in midfield.

It was another defensive error, this time in the Bray defence, which led to the second goal of the match.

A long ball into the Bray backline in the 57th minute saw Mark Byrne direct a poor header back to his keeper and the lively Jack Doherty intercepted the back pass, rounded the keeper Brian Maher and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Wexford did not lack for effort throughout the game and at that stage were deserving of the equaliser.

Bray’s response was immediate though and within eight minutes they were 2-1 ahead. This time it was Joe Doyle’s blistering pace which caused the damage. He breezed past Wexford left back Kevin McEvoy in the 65th minute and pulled the ball back from the end line to allow substitute Callum Thompson fire past Corcoran.

Both sides emptied their benches in the final 20 minutes which meant the game ended on a scrappy note with Bray generally on top of proceedings and it was no surprise when they put the result beyond doubt in the 89th minute.

Ryan Graydon, one of Bray’s substitutes, powered into the box at pace and was fouled by a Wexford defender. Graydon himself grabbed the ball and struck the resultant penalty well past Corcoran to secure the three points.

Bray Wanderers: Brian Maher; Dylan Barnett, Daniel Jones, Richie O'Farrell, Andrew Quinn, Brandon Kavanagh (Gary Shaw 76), Conor Clifford (Luca Lovic 84) Mark Byrne, Darren Craven (Ryan Graydon 84), Joe Doyle, Sam Verdon (Callum Thompson 50)

Subs not used: Kian Clarke, Steven Kinsella, Aaron Barry, Sean Callan.

Booked: Conor Clifford (14)

Wexford: Jimmy Corcoran, Paul Cleary, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Kevin McEvoy, Conor Crowley, Karl Manahan (c) (Thomas Considine 70), Paul Fox (Anto Dolan 70), Jack Moylan, Jack Doherty, Karl Fitzsimons (Harry Groome 78), Kyle Robinson (Evan Farrell 78).  

Subs Not Used: Sean Martin, Donal Porter, Daniel Dobbin, Aymed Yousif, Kieran Murphy.

Booked: Kevin McEvoy (4), Karl Manahan (31), Jack Moylan (94).

Referee: Paul Norton

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Dylan Barnett (Bray Wanderers)

 


Bray
LSept. 10, 2021
Bray 0 - 1 Athlone
WSept. 25, 2021
Cobh 1 - 2 Bray
DOct. 1, 2021
Bray 0 - 0 Cork
LOct. 15, 2021
Bray 1 - 2 Cabinteely
LOct. 22, 2021
Galway 1 - 0 Bray
Brian Maher 1
Goalkeeper
Andrew Quinn 4
Defender
Richie O'Farrell 14
Defender
Dylan Barnett 3
Defender
Brandon Kavanagh 11
76'
76Subbed Off: Gary Shaw 76'
Midfielder
Daniel Jones
Midfielder
Darren Craven 16
Scored: 45'
84'
84Subbed Off: Ryan Graydon 84'
Midfielder
© Conor Clifford 6
Booked: 14'
84'
84Subbed Off: Luka Lovic 84'
Midfielder
Mark Byrne 8
Midfielder
Sam Verdon
50'
50Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 50'
Forward
Joe Doyle 9
Forward

Substitutes
Callum Thompson
50'
50Subbed On: Sam Verdon 50'
Scored: 65'
Midfield
Gary Shaw 10
76'
76Subbed On: Brandon Kavanagh 76'
Forward
Luka Lovic 17
84'
84Subbed On: Conor Clifford 84'
Midfield
Steven Kinsella 22
Forward
Ryan Graydon 7
84'
84Subbed On: Darren Craven 84'
Peno Scored: 89'
Forward
Kian Clarke 25
Goalkeeper
Sean Callan 18
Defender
Aaron Barry 5
Defender
Wexford
LSept. 17, 2021
St. Pats 3 - 0 Wexford
WSept. 24, 2021
Athlone 0 - 2 Wexford
WOct. 1, 2021
Wexford 2 - 1 UCD
LOct. 8, 2021
Cork 4 - 0 Wexford
LOct. 15, 2021
Galway 2 - 1 Wexford
30 Jimmy Corcoran
Goalkeeper
4 Paul Cleary
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
15 Kevin McEvoy
Defender
Booked: 4'
7 Conor Crowley
Midfielder
10 Jack Doherty
Midfielder
Scored: 57'
9 Karl Fitzsimons
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Harry Groome 78'
11 Paul Fox
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: Anthony Dolan 70'
Jack Moylan
Midfielder
Booked: 94'
8 Karl Manahan ©
Forward
Booked: 31'
70'
70Subbed Off: Thomas Considine 70'
17 Kyle Robinson
Forward 78'
78Subbed Off: Ayman Yousif 78'

Substitutes
Thomas Considine
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Karl Manahan 70'
20 Daniel Dobbin
Defender
25 Anthony Dolan
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Paul Fox 70'
19 Evan Farrell
Forward
21 Harry Groome
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Karl Fitzsimons 78'
18 Sean Martin
Goalkeeper
Kieran Murphy
Forward
Donal Porter
Defender
Ayman Yousif
Forward 78'
78Subbed On: Kyle Robinson 78'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2021

Venue: Carlisle Grounds

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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