Date Time League Season
7 November 2021 5:00 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Kavanagh points Bray to final

Brandon Kavanagh’s brilliant strike in the first half sealed victory for Bray in the second leg clash against Galway United.
Galway’s attack was no match for Bray’s strong defensive performance.

They sealed their ticket into the playoff final on the back of two clean sheets.

Keeper Brian Maher was the busier of the two keepers but the young man stood strong and had a great individual display.

The opening half started very livelily for both sides. Galway United began red hot piling the pressure on the away outfit.

David Hurley had the first major opportunity of the match after five minutes when Conor O’Keeffe’s cross found Hurley at the back post all alone, but his effort was skied over the bar.

O’Keeffe was involved again from a corner in the ninth minute. His clever back heel effort was stopped on the line by the impressive Maher in nets from the Wicklow side.

The Tribesmen were struck with a sucker punch after dominating the opening exchanges. Bray Wanderers launched a devastating counter-attack with great quick passing and movement saw Kavanagh strike the ball from outside the area into the back of Conor Kearns net. The Seagulls with their first major effort found themselves leading with 21 minutes gone on the clock.

The visitors buffed up their defence after finding the net and saw out their single-goal lead into the break a goal to the good with just 45 minutes separating them from the final.

The second half started much like the first.

The pattern of play was much the same, except now the Wicklow side had a lead and a precious goal to defend.

United applied pressure throughout the entire second half but found that crucial goal impossible to find.

Having little luck from open play a strong away defence left them searching for an answer all night.

Bray managed the game well defending Galway set-pieces brilliantly and Keeper Brian Maher was superb, a calming presence in the back for The Seagulls, he came under immense pressure but never crumbled.

The Seagulls now head into the Playoff finals where they’ll meet UCD.

Unfortunately for the Tribesmen, their campaign is now over not the finish John Caulfield was dreaming of but as the days go by himself and his staff can set their sights on next season.

  • 94'

    Full Time Bray make it into the Final 1-0!!

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time!!

  • 88'

    United throwing everything they have at Bray looking for a late equalizer !!

  • 86'

    Double change for Galway Cunningham and Alex Murphy replace Rowe and Stephen Walsh

  • Ryan Graydon makes way for Callum Thompson

  • 76'

    Sub Jones booked after just being on

  • 72'

    Shane Doherty replaces Gary Boylan

  • 70'

    Double change for Bray Jones and Shaw replace Barnett and Doyle off

  • 68'

    Bray making the most of every break in play slowing down the pace of the game, game management 1-0

  • 67'

    First change for Bray Luka Lovic in for Darren Craven

  • 65'

    25 minutes left and Bray defending well and looking to launch counter attacks

  • 60'

    First change of the Evening Maurice Nugent replacing Killian Brouder

  • 57'

    Close!! Out for a corner!!

  • 56'

    United with a free dangerously close to the penalty area

  • 54'

    Again United have started this half well but yet no end product

  • 50'

    Andrew Quinn is the first player to enter the refs book

  • 48'

    Keating with another good chance for Galway 1-0

  • 45'

    Galway start the second half with it all to do

  • 45'

    Half time and a massive 45 minutes ahead for both sides

  • 45'

    One minute of added time

  • 43'

    Bray containing the home side well since their goal less than five minutes until half time 1-0

  • 34'

    Waweru hits the post from the resulting corner unlucky not to be level

  • 33'

    Mikie Rowe with a great effort out for another corner

  • 30'

    Break in play due to an injury on the half hour mark remains 1-0

  • 25'

    Galways head have dropped slighty since conceeding after their great start they find themselves 1-0 down

  • 21'

    Brandon Kavanagh with a brilliant finish against the run of play Bray lead 1-0!!

  • 16'

    Bray get their first corner of the evening

  • 13'

    Bray under huge pressure early on United with their fifth corner

  • 11'

    O'Keeffe with another effort for Galway pressure on Bray another Corner for Galway

  • 9'

    Uniteds first corner of the game

  • 6'

    Great intensity so far in a packed out Eamonn Deacy Park !!

  • 4'

    David Hurley with an early effort for Galway early on 0-0

  • 1'

    Kick off!!

  • Both sides finishing up their warm-up routines 15 minutes until kickoff

  • Less than 30 minutes until kickoff

  • The Home sides starting team has been named

  • Bray Starting Xi has been announced!!

  • It's going to be a dry crisp evening at Eamonn Deacy Park, great conditions for the match!!

  • Just under an hour until kickoff, we will bring you team news shortly!!

  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of tonight play off second leg semi-final

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh 25 Defender
4Gary Boylan 11 Defender
5Killian Brouder 6 Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
10David Hurley Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe 9 Midfielder
7Ruairi Keating Forward
18Wilson Waweru Forward
6Maurice Nugent 5 Defender
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
8Dean O’Shea Defender
21Christopher Horgan Defender
25Alex Murphy 3 Defender
11Shane Doherty 4 Midfielder
15Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
20Mikey Place Midfielder
9Padraic Cunningham 14 Forward

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett 15 Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender 50'
5Aaron Barry Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder 21'
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
16Darren Craven 17 Midfielder
9Joe Doyle 10 Forward
7Ryan Graydon Forward
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
15Daniel Jones 3
20Ryan Bowden Defender
17Luka Lovic 16 Midfielder
27Callum Thompson Midfielder
10Sam Verdon Forward
19Darragh Lynch Forward
22Steven Kinsella Forward
10Gary Shaw 9 Forward

Past Meetings

(Play Off Semi Final - 1st Leg)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

(Series 25)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

(Series 16)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

(Series 7)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

(Series 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

(Series 8)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Kevin O’SullivanRicky Crean
Trevor Cotter
Eoghan O’Shea


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

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