|6 May 2022||7:45 pm||LOI Men's First Division||2022|
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.
|13'||15. Jeremie Milambo|
|23'||44. Phoenix Patterson|
|17. Karl Manahan||42'|
|53'||7. Shane Griffin|
|Kieran Marty Waters|
|3. Kevin Knight||86'|
|89'||40. Louis Britton|
|92'||40. Louis Britton|
|Carlisle Grounds, Seapoint Road, Bray No 2, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, A98 T9D9, Ireland|