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Date Time League Season
6 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Waterford cruise to win over Bray

Waterford made it three wins on the bounce as they cruised to a 4-1 win away to strugglers Bray at the Carlisle Grounds.

The result sees the Blues remain in third however still remain nine points off Galway who beat Cobh Ramblers 4-0 tonight. As for Bray, they are still in search of their first home league win of the season.  

Waterford took the lead after 23 minutes when Louis Britton flicked on Killian Cantwell’s cross to Phoenix Patterson who cut inside to fire brilliantly into the top corner. Bray struggled to create any chances throughout the first half and should have conceded again when Eddie Nolan had an acrobatic effort from inside the six-yard area struck straight at McGuinness who denied him a goal.  

Kurtis Byrne came on for the hosts at half-time and had an effort from distance spilled by Brian Murphy that was cleared for a corner but, the resulting set piece came to nothing. The Blues doubled their advantage after 53 minutes when Shane Griffin cut in from the left-hand side and made his way into the penalty area, dummying a shot before striking the ball into the back of the net. It was all too easy for Griffin with the Bray backline allowing him far too much space to shoot.  

Bray, just like the first half, struggled to create any chances but, grabbed a goal to give themselves a lifeline when defender Kevin Knight blasted in a header from a corner in the 86th minute to halve the deficit.

Their slim chances of a comeback where put to bed three minutes later when Waterford substitute Nigel Aris played through Louis Britton who came in off the left to stick it past McGuiness to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

Britton wrapped up the three points for the Blues in stoppage time when he was played through again by captain Eddie Nolan before slotting it past McGuiness for his second in as many minutes.  

The defeat caps off a dismal week for Bray following the on and off field antics that surrounded their draw against Wexford last Monday evening. Bray really struggled to create any good sights of goal this evening and will need to rectify that if they want to stay clear of Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town who sit at the bottom of the table. 

Bray travel to Limerick to face Treaty United next Friday night, while Waterford entertain strugglers Cobh at the RSC. 

  • 93'

    Full-time at the Carlisle Grounds as Waterford thump Bray 4-1.

  • 92'

    Britton adds his second in as many minutes as he slots it past McGuinness again after being sent trhough by Nolan. 4-1 Waterford.

  • 89'

    Waterford get a third as Aris finds Britton who cuts inside and slots it past McGuinness to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

  • 89'

    Nigel Aris replaces Sobowale for Waterford.

  • 86'

    Goal scorer Phoenix Patterson is replaced by Callum Stringer for Waterford.

  • 86'

    Kevin Knight pulls one back for the home side as he heads in off the crossbar from a corner. 2-1 Waterford with five to play.

  • 85'

    Conor Knight and Darragh Lynch replace Marty Waters and Karl Manahan for Bray.

  • 83'

    Roland Idowu is replaced by Liam Kervick for Waterford.

  • 77'

    No chances for either side in the last five minutes. Bray have been very wasteful all evening with possession especially in the final third. It is all a bit too easy for Waterford.

  • 72'

    Waterford nearly make it three as Roland Idowu's strike is fired across the face of goal but cannot be met by an oncoming attacker and it goes out for a goal kick.

  • 63'

    More changes for the home side. Eoin McPhillips and Rob Hanley replace Callum Thompson and Keith Dalton

  • 60'

    It is Waterford who look the more likely to score next. Patterson and Power since he has come on have linked up well down the left hand side. Bray are really struggling to maintain any possession, never mind try work an opportunity.

  • 57'

    A first change of the evening for the away side as Milambo is replaced by Darragh Power.

  • 53'

    The Blues double their advantage. Shane Griffin cuts in from the left and pretends to shoot once or twice until he pulls the trigger in the penalty area that beats McGuinness. Far too easy for Griffin. 2-0 Waterford.

  • 52'

    A cross come shot to the back post is nearly carried into Murphy's own net but he does well to hold onto it. Bray starting to play much better. A mistake however by the Bray defence sees Louis Britton go through one on one but McGuiness comes out and saves well.

  • 50'

    Waterford look to start the second half how they ended the first on top. A strike from the substitute Byrne is spilled by the Waterford goalkeeper and cleared for a corner but, the corner is wasted and goes out for a Waterford goal kick.

  • 45'

    One change for Bray at half-time. Kurtis Byrne comes on to replace Daniel Blackbyrne.

  • 45'

    Waterford get the second half underway.

  • 45'

    Waterford go in at the break 1-0 thanks to a Phoenix Patterson strike.

  • 42'

    Karl Manahan is booked for Bray for a foul just outside the Waterford penalty area.

  • 40'

    Patterson turns well on the edge of the area but his shot goes narrowly wide. A poor pass denies Waterford from going through one on one with the Bray goalkeeper.

  • 35'

    A corner for the Blues comes to nothing. A slack pass from Milambo is not punished by Bray. The home side with more of the ball since the McGuinness save.

  • 30'

    Bray struggling to retain the ball since the opening goal. Waterford should have doubled their advantage. A free-kick from the left hand side is headered freely by En-Neyah to Eddie Noland and his acrobatic effort from inside the six yard area is struck straight at McGuinness.

  • 23'

    The visitors open the scoring at the Carlisle Grounds. Phoenix Patterson puts Waterford ahead with a great strike that flies into the top corner. 1-0 Waterford.

  • 20'

    The home side work the ball well just outside the Waterford edge of the box, but the shot is scuffed and goes wide by Ben Feeney. The ball drops to Shane Griffin about 30 yards out and his strike is well hit but curls just past the far post.

  • 15'

    Bray with better spells of possessions in the last few minutes. They are moving the ball from right to left but just struggling to have any real attempts at goal.

  • 13'

    Jeremie Milambo is first to go into the referee's book for a late foul into the back of the Cabinteely winger.

  • 10'

    Both sides failing to create any chances over the last five minutes. Waterford beginning to settle into the game more so than their opposition.

  • 5'

    An even opening five minutes so far at the Carlisle Grounds. Bray have a penalty shout turned away when a Bray striker goes down in the area. Waterford head over from a corner when they should have at least hit the target.

  • 1'

    The home side get the game underway.

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne 8 Defender
3Kevin Knight Defender 86'
7Keith Dalton 9 Midfielder
10Kieran Marty Waters 21 Forward
12Jack Hudson Defender
16Callum Thompson 20 Midfielder
17Karl Manahan 24 Forward 42'
23Conor McManus
27Dean Zambra Midfielder
26Ben Feeney Forward
25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
9Rob Manley 7 Forward
8Kurtis Byrne 2 Forward
20Eoin McPhillips 16 Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 17 Forward
21Conor Knight 10 Midfielder
15Eoin Massey Midfielder
28Darragh Livingston
31Enda Douglas Defender

Waterford

1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
15Jeremie Milambo 2 Defender 13'
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
24Killian Cantwell Defender
6Eddie Nolan Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder 53'
8Yassine En-Neyah Midfielder
9Louis Britton Forward 89', 92'
12Tunmise Sobowale Defender
20Roland Idowu 31 Midfielder
44Phoenix Patterson 18 Midfielder 23'
2Darragh Power 15 Defender
14Kevin Joshua Defender
17Nigel Aris Midfielder
18Callum Stringer 44 Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
5George Forrest Defender
31Liam Kervick 20 Midfielder
34Dean Larkin Midfielder
33Owen Oseni Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Bray Wanderers

Ground

Carlisle Grounds
Carlisle Grounds, Seapoint Road, Bray No 2, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, A98 T9D9, Ireland

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