Date: 3 p.m. Oct. 24, 2020
Venue: Carlisle Grounds
0 - 1

Scored: 90'
- Carlton Ubaezuonu 90' + 3'

League Report: Bray Wanderers 0 - 1 Galway United

Sat, Oct 24 2020

None Credit: Al Robinson

Andrew Dempsey reports from the Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers were dealt a cruel blow in their league title charge on Saturday afternoon as they fell to a late injury time defeat to Galway United. 

Substitute Carlton Ubaezuonu struck in the thrid minute of injury time to seal the deal for John Caulfield’s side who remain just about in the First Division promotion playoff hunt. 

For Bray, they now must win away to Athlone Town on Tuesday evening and hope that Drogheda drop points away to Cabinteely. 

Gary Cronin’s title hunters went into the game having made one change from their recent win over Shamrock Rovers II – with Gary Shaw returning to the fold after a recent injury. 

The Tribesmen on the other hand made four switches from their latest defeat at home to Drogheda United, as Mikey Place returned to John Caulfield’s starting XI. 

Fully aware that nothing less than a win would suffice in terms of keeping their playoff hopes alive, Galway started sluggishly and nearly fell behind in the fifth minute. 

Shaw burst through on goal after an excellent slide tackle by Sean McEvoy in central midfield set him free, but Killian Brouder was on hand to block the goal-bound effort. 

However, after their slow start, the visitors grew into the game, and went close through Place who struck from long-range. 

The ex-Finn Harps forward picked up the ball from 25 yards out before firing it straight at Brian Maher who tipped the ball over the bar. 

Bray remained a threat as the half wore on, and they were buoyed significantly by some poor goalkeeping from Kevin Horgan. 

Horgan flapped at a Jack Watson cross into the penalty area, and Shaw went close as a result, but he could only head over the bar. 

The ex-Shamrock Rovers 'keeper would present a great opportunity to Callum Thompson shortly after, but the ex-Wolves academy star could only fire wide of goal. 

Despite a quick start from the hosts, they were unable to pierce though the staunch Galway defence.  

Dylan Barnett’s low shot which cannoned off the post was the closest they came to breaking the deadlock as both teams went in scoreless at the half-time break. 

The second period continued in the same vein as the first-half concluded, with precious few chances at either end of the pitch. 

In the first real chance of the half, Shane Doherty headed over from a Timmy Molloy cross into the six-yard box. 

The Seagulls then produced a chance of their own in the 68th minute, but Shaw could only see his header go straight at Horgan from a John Ross Wilson cross. 

As time ran out for both sides, Thompson ought to have made more of his chance with just over ten minutes to play. 

The former Bohemians winger was denied by Horgan in the United goal after he went on a brilliant burrowing run through the heart of the Galway back-line. 

The visitors however rallied at the death, and they were rewarded for their character and efforts. 

Firstly, Jack Watson fired straight at Horgan after a Ryan Graydon pull back, but he was unable to convert. 

From the resulting counter, sub Francely Lomboto saw his shot smack off the crossbar, before the ball fell back into Carlton Ubaezuonu’s path seconds after. 

The former Dundalk winger then fired home past Maher in the final moments of the game, unleashing incredible celebrations at the death. 

The result leaves Galway still in the playoff hunt, while Bray must now pick themselves up ahead of their final league game of the season away to Athlone Town. 

Bray Wanderers: Brian Maher; Dylan Barnett, Aaron Barry, Kilian Cantwell, John Ross Wilson; Ryan Graydon, Luka Lovic (Jack Watson 21), Sean McEvoy, Callum Thompson; Joe Doyle (Derek Daly 81), Gary Shaw (Darragh Lynch 68).

Subs not used: Adam Hayden, Paul Keegan, Cian Maher, Tristan Noack Hofmann.

Booked: Jack Watson (88).

Galway United: Kevin Horgan; Killian Brouder, Marc Ludden, Jack Lynch, Maurice Nugent; Shane Doherty, Shane Duggan, Timmy Molloy (Francely Lomboto 88), Mikey Place (Conor Barry 65), Sam Warde (Carlton Ubaezuonu 65); Enda Curran (Vinny Faherty 18).

Subs not used:  Christopher Horgan, Cian Murphy.

Booked: Sam Warde (45), Shane Doherty (88).

Referee: Oliver Moran

Attendance: 0. Player of the Match: Carlton Ubaezuonu (Galway United).

Bray Wanderers
Brian Maher
Dylan Barnett 3
Aaron Barry 5
Kilian Cantwell 4
John Ross Wilson 2
Ryan Graydon 7
Luka Lovic 17
21Subbed Off: Jack Watson 21'
Sean McEvoy
Callum Thompson
Joe Doyle 9
81Subbed Off: Derek Daly 81'
Gary Shaw 10
68Subbed Off: Darragh Lynch 68'

Derek Daly 11
81Subbed On: Joe Doyle 81'
Adam Hayden 1
Paul Keegan 6
Darragh Lynch 19
68Subbed On: Gary Shaw 68'
Cian Maher 26
Tristan Noack Hofmann 14
Jack Watson 12
21Subbed On: Luka Lovic 21'
Booked: 88'
Galway United
Kevin Horgan
Killian Brouder
Marc Ludden
Jack Lynch
Maurice Nugent
Shane Doherty
Booked: 88'
Shane Duggan
Timmy Molloy
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: Francely Lomboto 88'
Mikey Place
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Conor Barry 65'
Sam Warde
Booked: 45'
65Subbed Off: Carlton Ubaezuonu 65'
Enda Curran
Forward 18'
18Subbed Off: Vinny Faherty 18'

Conor Barry
Forward 65'
65Subbed On: Mikey Place 65'
Vinny Faherty
Forward 18'
18Subbed On: Enda Curran 18'
46Subbed Off: Wilson Waweru 46'
Christopher Horgan
Francely Lomboto
Midfield 88'
88Subbed On: Timmy Molloy 88'
Cian Murphy
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfield 65'
65Subbed On: Sam Warde 65'
Scored: 90'
Wilson Waweru
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Vinny Faherty 46'