Saturday 25 January 2020

Bray best in U-19 league

Bray Wanderers 2 Wexford F.C. 0

Cormac Byrne

A second-half volley of the highest quality from Cormac Kelly, and a late poacher's finish from John Moorehouse, were the difference as Bray Wanderers saw off a dogged Wexford F.C. by two goals to nil in the SSE Airtricty League Under-19 Elite Southern Division in the Carlisle Grounds.

This game was a basement six-pointer of sorts, with the result lifting Bray off the foot of the table, while it condemned Wexford to the bottom berth.

A beautiful May evening was ideal for this clash, and while the conditions were perfect, the dour first-half display from both sides was far from it.

Wanderers dominated the early stages in terms of possession, and while they spent long spells camped inside the final third, their end product let them down on several occasions.

Just before the 20-minute mark it appeared that we had an opening goal. A thunderous 40-yard effort was sent goalwards by Luke Clucas, and Adam Dempsey's save in the Wexford goal fell to Bray winger Dion Agbonze.

He lifted the ball back into the danger area before Wexford native Connal Flood turned it home. It appeared to be a fine goal until the referee's assistant correctly adjudged Flood to have been in an offside position.

Little else of note happened in the first-half, with neither side particularly threatening. On the brink of the half-time whistle Wexford may have found themselves in front when Vinny Quinlan was slipped through by Jack Bates.

The Wexford striker looked certain to score but was called back by referee Alex Hunter as he had strayed into an offside position in the run-up.

The second-half was a brighter affair, with Bray taking the game to Wexford in search of the three points, and while they retained possession impressively, it took the Seagulls until the 78th minute to find an opener.

Wexford had mostly limited Bray to long-range efforts the whole game, and unfortunately for the away side it was a thunderous long-range volley that did the damage.

The game had lost its flow at this point and a hopeful long ball forward from Bray was partially dealt with by the Wexford rearguard, but it bounced up nicely in front of Cormac Kelly who from no less than 35 yards struck a volley that cannoned into the roof of the net.

Looking for an equaliser, Wexford desperately went in search of it and left themselves open at the back.

Yaw Aboakye came on as a substitute and made things difficult for the Bray defence, providing plenty of flair and creativity - everything that Wexford were lacking up until that point.

Five minutes after Kelly opened the scoring, substitute John Moorehouse concluded it on 85 minutes.

Moorehouse put the icing on the cake when Agbonze hit a cross-shot that ricocheted inside the Wexford six-yard box and bounced in front of Moorehouse before he struck it home.

Wexford F.C.: Adam Dempsey, Adam Rochford, Jack Bates, Neil Murphy, Martin O'Connor, Cian Doyle, Eoin Donnelly, Dylan Bradley, Dean George, Craig Hayes, Vinny Quinlan. Subs: Colum Feeney, Seán Mulligan, Eoin Curran, Adam Doyle, Yaw Aboakye, Leon Nolan.

Bray Wanderers: Ryan Brown, Shane Heffernan, Jack Whelan, Calvin Rogers, Cian Gilson, Ross Broderick, Luke Clucas, Cormac Kelly, Connal Flood, David Gilsenan, Dion Agbonze. Subs: Nathan Wolohan, John Moorehouse, Dylan O'Connor, Gavin Howard, Jake Ellis, Eoin Darcy, Stephen Morley.

Referee: Alex Winter.

Wexford People