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Date Time League Season
17 June 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Galway go top thanks to win over Bray

Galway United’s 5-1 win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds tonight sees them temporarily go top of the First Division after a convincing victory.

The Tribesmen wasted little time as Stephen Walsh found the net after just 40 seconds from a Max Hemming’s cross. Sloppy Bray play meant Walsh was able to tee up Wilson Waweru for a second in the 23rd minute.

The Seagulls got one back just after the hour mark through impact sub Darragh Lynch but an attempted cross from Hemmings 10 minutes later found its way in. Walsh scored again after 78 minutes to reach double digits this season before David Hurley converted a late penalty to seal it at 5-1.

The silence was loud on the East Coast when Galway took the lead after 40 seconds as Max Hemming’s was given a plethora of space to pick out Stephen Walsh with a cross. This early goal progressed into what would be a very comfortable evening for John Caulfield’s side who pressed high up the pitch to great reward.

Bray had spells of possession in the first-half but numerous forced long-balls meant they constantly gave Galway quick ball and were always at risk of conceding. The visitors would grab a second goal after 23 minutes when Walsh picked up on a loose ball in the Seagulls half and set up Wilson Waweru to blast home.

It was an unrecognisable home team in the first 20 minutes of the second period thanks to Pat Devlin acting swiftly and making some changes at the break. Conor Knight and Darragh Lynch particularly made a big impact and were very lively.

It was Lynch who got a goal back for the hosts, poking home from close-range following a quick counter-attack and low-driven cross. For a moment it felt like Bray were on route to turn things around and Lynch was unlucky not to score again five minutes later.

However any spirit they had left was void when Hemming’s attempted cross deceived Michael Kelly and looped into the net on 73 minutes. From here it was a matter of the travelling side building their tally against a mentally drained Bray.

Wasteful possession from Devlin’s men was reoccurring through the contest and it would come to focus again for Galway’s fourth when Walsh stole the ball in the box and slotted home for his second goal.

To make matters worse Francely Lomboto was dragged down by Dan Blackbyrne in the box and David Hurley converted the spot-kick to make it 5-1.

  • Full-time at the Carlisle, it finishes 5-1

  • 90'

    Clifford comes off and Vilius Labutis comes on

  • 86'

    Conor Knight yellow carded for Bray. Jordan Adeyemo and Charlie Lyons have replaced Walsh and Portilla respectively for Galway

  • 82'

    Dan Blackbyrne takes down Lomboto in the box and David Hurley converts the penalty to make it a heavy 5-1 scoreline

  • 79'

    Walsh reaches double digits for the season, stealing possession in the box and smashing past Kelly. 4-1

  • 73'

    An attempted cross from Hemmings finds deceives Kelly and finds its way in and that should knock any spirit out of Bray

  • 70'

    Another two changes for the away outfit as Francely Lomboto and Conor O'Keefe replace Waweru and Ed McCarthy

  • 67'

    Lynch almost equalises as his effort goes just wide following a quick free

  • 63'

    A quick counter-attack sees Bray sub Lynch poke home a low-driven cross and get them right back in the game after an improved second-half performance so far

  • 60'

    David Hurley's free-kick firmly tests Michael Kelly

  • 56'

    Caulfield decides to replace Manning bringing Manu Dimas off the bench

  • 52'

    Waweru threatens again with a volley that is blocked just wide

  • 50'

    Another big chance for Bray as another sub Knight is unlucky not to score a header with Kearns stopping once more

  • 46'

    Encouraging start for the hosts as sub Lynch goes close but Kearns saves

  • Back underway on the East Coast and Bray make three much needed changes. Conor Knight for Callum Thompson, Karl Manahan for Darragh Levingston and Darragh Lynch for Keith Dalton

  • Half-time in Ravenswell and its Bray 0-2 Galway

  • 42'

    Pat Devlin's side getting spells of possession to make it materialise as we approach the break. Meanwhile Galway continue to look a threat through Walsh, Manning and Waweru

  • 35'

    Bray playing right into the hands of John Caulfield's men, forcing it long and giving them back quick possession. Starting to feel like a more and more comfortable evening for the travelling team.

  • 29'

    Paul Fox booked for pulling Waweru to the surface

  • 24'

    Diego Portilla drags down Rob Manley who was arguably through on goal but Portilla escapes with just a yellow

  • 23'

    2-0 and once again it is gifted to the Tribesmen. Bray lose it in a dangerous area, Walsh tees up Wilson Waweru, and he buries his chance

  • 18'

    Clifford booked for clattering Ronan Manning

  • 16'

    Conor Clifford goes close with a free-kick for Bray but Conor Kearns gets down quickly and saves

  • 14'

    A scrappy five minutes have followed. Both sides finding space on the break but poor touches letting them down in the final third

  • 9'

    No other chances of note yet in the first 10. The Seagulls pushing Galway back slightly but Galway are comfortable to play out from the back

  • 2'

    Bray almost respond instantly but the attempt goes just wide. None the less Galway take the early control

  • 1'

    Far too easy for the visitors who come straight up the pitch and score after just 40 seconds. Max Hemmings' cross finds top scorer Stephen Walsh who's effort trickles in

  • We're off here in Bray!

  • Galway team news: Ronan Manning makes his first start of the season while Shane Doherty returns to the match-day squad. Conor McCormack has the armband

  • Bray team news: Pat Devlin makes one change from the last outing. Daniel Blackbyrne starts and Conor McCormack takes captaincy with Hugh Douglas out

  • The hosts look to build some consistency and make some ground on the mid-section of the table but face a highly-favoured Galway team who will be hopeful of rectifying a one-nil loss to league leaders Cork City in their last game

  • Con Sheehan here reporting on some more Friday night First Division action. Bray Wanderers entertain Galway United at the Carlisle Grounds and this one kicks-off at 7:45 pm

Bray Wanderers

25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
3Kevin Knight Defender
6Conor Clifford 22 Midfielder 18'
7Keith Dalton 24 Midfielder
9Rob Manley Forward
10Kieran Marty Waters 20 Forward
11Paul Fox Midfielder 29'
12Jack Hudson Defender
16Callum Thompson 21 Midfielder
28Darragh Livingston 17
1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
14Jamie Callaghan Midfielder
17Karl Manahan 28 Forward
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
20Eoin McPhillips 10 Midfielder
21Conor Knight 16 Midfielder 86'
22Vilius Labutis 6 Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 7 Forward 63'
32Ugo Anny Nzekwue Forward

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh 4 Defender 1', 79'
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Diego Portilla 12 Defender 24'
10David Hurley Midfielder
14Ronan Manning 9 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 2 Forward 23'
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 19 Midfielder
25Alex Murphy Defender
27Max Hemmings Midfielder 73'
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe 18 Defender
4Charlie Lyons 3 Defender
7Gary Boylan Defender
9Manu Dimas 14 Forward
11Shane Doherty Midfielder
12Jordan Adeyemo 6 Forward
19Francely Lomboto 24 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 12)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

(Round 4)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

(Play Off Semi Final - 2nd Leg)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

(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

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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