1 - 1

Ryan Brennan 44' -
Scored: 44'

Scored: 68'
- Richie O'Farrell 68'

League Report: Shelbourne 1 - 1 Bray Wanderers

Sat, Aug 21 2021

Credit: Dolf Hartog

Patrick O’Connor reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne extended their outright lead at the top of the First Division to eight points after a hard earned 1-1 draw with an in-form Bray Wanderers at Tolka Park on Friday night.

Shels were smarting from their first league defeat of the season the previous weekend, a 3-1 loss at Galway United, and with four changes to the starting line up they were in no mood to suffer another setback against the Seagulls.

Bray themselves are in excellent form of late and they would still have designs on the top spot even though they started the game ten points behind Shelbourne.

Shelbourne began the game in a very positive fashion and created the first real chance after only two minutes when Michael O’Connor headed wide from a Ryan Brennan cross.

The home side dominated the opening 15 minutes but Bray gradually came into the game and were dangerous on the counter attack, their midfielders supporting the lighting quick Joe Doyle at every opportunity.

The home side forced numerous corners in the opening half but were unable to trouble keeper Brian Maher from any of them.

Bray themselves created a few half chances in the first half, the best of which was a shot by Brandon Kavanagh after he had weaved his way through the Shels defence only to lift the final effort high and over the bar.

The breakthrough for the opening goal came in the 44th minute, Dayle Rooney whipping in a low cross from the left wing which Ryan Brennan smashed to the net from inside the box.

Ian Morris’s side just about deserved their half time lead although Bray had done enough to suggest they had the capability to make life difficult for the home side in the second period.

The second half followed the same general pattern as the first half with Shelbourne having more of the possession but with the visitors growing in confidence and pressing hard for an equaliser.

That equaliser came in the 68th minute and by that stage it was no more than Gary Cronin’s side deserved.

Richie O’ Farrell and the livewire Kavanagh played a one two inside the box and the ed- UCD player fired the ball into the net giving Brendan Clarke no chance in the Shels goal.

Bray took great confidence from that goal and the introduction of Ryan Graydon as a substitute on the right wing gave them another strong attacking option.

This substitution forced Morris to bring on the experienced Kevin O’Connor at left back on 75 minutes to counter the impetus that Graydon had brought to the Bray side.

Both sides tried to fashion a winning goal in the closing stages of the match, mostly from set pieces, but both defences stood firm and even the addition of four minutes added time was not enough to allow either side claim all three points.

Shelbourne might have expected to get all three points at home but given Galway’s surprise defeat to Athlone Town they will be well satisfied with the point which leaves them eight points clear at the top of the table.

With only seven games remaining in the league, four of which are at home, it looks very much like the league title is theirs to lose at this stage.


Shelbourne: Brendan Clarke; Kameron Ledwidge (Kevin O’Connor, 75), Ally Gilchrist, Luke Byrne (c), John Ross Wilson; Brian McManus, George Poynton, Dayle Rooney, Shane Farrell. Michael O'Connor, Ryan Brennan (Yassine En-Neyah, 75).

Subs not used: Jack Brady, Maxim Kouogun, Michael Barker. Yoyo Mahdy, Eric Molloy, Gavin Molloy, Alex Nolan

Booked: None.


Bray Wanderers: Brian Maher; Aaron Barry ©, Dylan Barnett, Dan Jones, Richie O'Farrell, Andrew Quinn, Brandon Kavanagh (Steven Kinsella,87), Callum Thompson (Ryan Graydon,69), Conor Clifford, Darren Craven, Joe Doyle (Gary Shaw ,82).

Subs not used: Kian Clarke, Luka Lovic, Mark Byrne, Sam Verdon.

Booked: Richie O’ Farrell (20, Conor Clifford (56), Dylan Barnett (78).


Referee: Mark Moynihan

Attendance: 500

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Conor Clifford (Bray Wanderers).

WSept. 10, 2021
Cork 0 - 2 Shels
WSept. 24, 2021
Cabinteely 0 - 2 Shels
WOct. 1, 2021
Shels 1 - 0 Treaty United
DOct. 8, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 Athlone
LOct. 15, 2021
Cobh 2 - 0 Shels
Brendan Clarke 1
John Ross Wilson 16
Kameron Ledwidge
75Subbed Off: Kevin O'Connor 75'
Ally Gilchrist 4
Luke Byrne 23
Dayle Rooney 18
George Poynton 26
Brian McManus 14
Shane Farrell 17
Ryan Brennan 10
Scored: 44'
75Subbed Off: Yassine En-Neyah 75'
Michael O'Connor 9

Kevin O'Connor 3
75Subbed On: Kameron Ledwidge 75'
Alex Nolan
Eric Molloy
Gavin Molloy
Yoyo Mahdy 11
Maxim Kouogun 15
Yassine En-Neyah
75Subbed On: Ryan Brennan 75'
Jack Brady 25
Michael Barker 2
LSept. 3, 2021
UCD 4 - 3 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
1 Brian Maher
4 Andrew Quinn
14 Richie O'Farrell
Booked: 20'
Scored: 68'
5 Aaron Barry ©
3 Dylan Barnett
Booked: 78'
Callum Thompson
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: Ryan Graydon 69'
11 Brandon Kavanagh
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: Steven Kinsella 87'
Daniel Jones
16 Darren Craven
6 Conor Clifford
Booked: 56'
9 Joe Doyle
Forward 82'
82Subbed Off: Gary Shaw 82'

Sam Verdon
10 Gary Shaw
Forward 82'
82Subbed On: Joe Doyle 82'
17 Luka Lovic
22 Steven Kinsella
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Brandon Kavanagh 87'
7 Ryan Graydon
Forward 69'
69Subbed On: Callum Thompson 69'
25 Kian Clarke
8 Mark Byrne


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 20, 2021

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Mark Moynihan

Attendance: Unknown