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

Match Report

Manahan secures late draw for Wexford in Bray

A last-gasp Karl Manahan own goal sunk Bray hearts as Wexford pick up a point with from two down with 20 minutes to go to draw 2-2 at the Carlisle Grounds this evening.

Fox put the Seagulls ahead on the 31st minute after Wexford held control of the early stages of the match. Fox turned provider on 69 minutes as he finds Lynch in the box on the counter-attack from poked home.

Wexford got back into it moments later through Dobbs as the Seagulls switched off after making it two.

Manahan smashed into his own net from a cross with literally the last kick of the match as Bray could not hold out for the points haul.

As the game got underway, the away side immediately had the opening attempt at goal. Jack Doherty seemingly trying to score the quickest goal in football history with his effort from the centre circle sailing over the bar. 

Wexford had the majority of the early ball however the first real opportunity of the game fell to the home side. Darragh Lynch’s touch from a cross left him with a lot to do, but he touched it onto his right and curled the ball towards the top right-hand corner but it clipped off the bar. A great opportunity to get a much-needed opening goal for the Seagulls. 

There was not too much more action to report in the opening half-hour of the game. Bray were happy to let Wexford have the majority of the possession as the away side struggled to get behind a strong backline. The Youths looked more likely to get on the scoresheet on the counterattack despite their dominance. 

The opening goal of the game came moments later through former Youth Paul Fox. Conor Clifford won the ball high up and slid a lovely through ball through to Fox who found the bottom right corner to give the Seagulls a much-needed 1-0 lead. 

Darragh Lynch thought he had Bray two up within minutes but after finding the net from a cross he was adjudged to be offside. 

Bray were given a real shot of confidence from the goal and were the better side up to the break. Feeney had a header go wide after some great work in the middle of the park from Darragh Lynch but it remained a narrow 1-0 lead at the interval for Bray.

The first major opportunity of the second half came from Thomson of the home side playing a well under-hit back pass leaving Corcoran through on goal for Wexford. Corcoran's attempt was met by the onrushing McGuinness who prevented disaster for the Seagulls. 

Wexford looked to get back into the game but it was a counterattack from Paul Fox down the left wing that led to the second goal. Fox found Lynch with a low cross who made no mistake, onside this time, to give Bray some breathing room. 

The Youths responded very quickly through substitute Dobbs, picking up his 6th of the season after he finished well from close range past the onrushing McGuinness. Bray seemed to switch off for a moment leaving Wexford the opportunity to make it a nervy finish for the home side. 

It wasn’t until the last kick of the game that Wexford got the leveler as the ball was played into the box in a last-chance attempt to get a point and it was Manahan who was brought on moments earlier for the home side that accidentally smashed the ball into his own net. Heartbreak for the home side. 

Bray host Cork City this weekend and will look to take confidence from their performance right up to the finish. Wexford host Athlone in a bid to take a hold of the final playoff position which they gained with a point tonight.

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
10Kieran Marty Waters 22 Forward
11Paul Fox 21 Midfielder 31'
12Jack Hudson Defender
15Eoin Massey Midfielder 75'
16Callum Thompson Midfielder
23Conor McManus Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 17 Forward 69'
26Ben Feeney Forward
25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
8Kurtis Byrne Forward
14Jamie Callaghan Midfielder
17Karl Manahan 24 Forward 90+5'
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
20Eoin McPhillips Midfielder
21Conor Knight 11 Midfielder
22Vilius Labutis 10 Midfielder
32Ugo Anny Nzekwue Forward

Wexford FC

13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel 12 Defender
4Paul Cleary Defender
6Luka Lovic Midfielder
7Conor Crowley 11 Midfielder
9Conor Davis 19 Forward
10Jack Doherty Midfielder
14Dinny Corcoran Forward
16Len O’Sullivan Defender
20Jordon Tallon Midfielder
21Harry Groome Midfielder
1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
8Conor Barry Midfielder
11Aaron Dobbs 7 Forward 72'
12Thomas Considine 2 Defender
18Luke Scanlon Midfielder
19Evan Farrell 9 Forward
24Sean Fitzpatrick Forward
  • 95'

    Karl Manahan has smashed it into the back of his own net with the last kick of the game. Disappointment for Bray at the death.

  • 95'

    Both scorers are off for Bray as they look to sure things up with a minute to go.

  • 90'

    5 minutes additional time. Wexford looking to get a late equaliser.

  • 87'

    Fox hits the roof of the net from a long way out. A great effort but won't show too highly on the xG charts!

  • 83'

    Farrell replaced Davis for the away side.

  • 79'

    Dobbs blazes over after some good Wexford play that had Bray struggling. A real let-off for the home side.

  • 77'

    Labutis forces a good save from Moody from range.

  • 73'

    Labutis replaces Waters for the home side just after the goal.

  • 72'

    GOAL! Wexford respond immediately through substitute Dobbs finishing well past McGuinness.

  • 69'

    GOAL! Darragh Lynch doubles the Bray lead poking home from close range off a Paul Fox cross on the counterattack.

  • 69'

    Wexford mounting the pressure now in an attempt to get back level.

  • 66'

    Away side make the opening changes. Dobbs and Considine replace Friel and Crowley.

  • 64'

    Thomson plays an awful backpass leaving Corcoran through on goal but McGuinness is quick off his line to prevent a disaster for Bray

  • 57'

    The Seagulls don't make a notable chance from the set-piece but are looking strong here.

  • 57'

    Bray working hard here and press Wexford who are forced to give the home side a corner.

  • 52'

    Play resumes quickly as Wexford look to equalise through Doherty but McGuinness gets the better of him once more.

  • 50'

    Play is temporarily halted as flares have been hurled over the wall onto the playing field.

  • 47'

    McGuinness is forced to tip over the bar off an audacious effort from Doherty for Wexford.

  • 46'

    Teams have returned to get the second half underway.

  • 46'

    No additional time at the end of the half. Bray lead 1-0 at the break.

  • 45'

    The home side create another chance through some great work from Darragh Lynch winning the ball in midfield. The ball was played out wide to Fox who lifted it into the box but Feeney couldn't direct his header on target.

  • 41'

    Harry Groome forces a save out of McGuinness off a second chance from a Wexford free kick.

  • 38'

    Bray looking the stronger of the two sides now since taking the lead. A much-needed confidence boost for the Seagulls.

  • 33'

    Darragh Lynch thought he made it two from close range but it is ruled out for offside.

  • 31'

    GOAL! Paul Fox opens the scoring for Bray rolling past Moody into the bottom right corner.

  • 24'

    Bray happy to let Wexford hold the ball in front of their defensive lines as the Youths struggle to find a way in behind.

  • 17'

    Lynch lucky to escape a booking after a heavy tackle near the Wexford box.

  • 13'

    POST! Darragh Lynch's curling effort from the edge of the D hits the upright. The youngster inches from putting the Seagulls in the lead.

  • 8'

    Wexford look the livelier of the two sides so far here.

  • 3'

    Jack Doherty's header goes just over the bar. The first...real....attempt for the away side.

  • 1'

    Jack Doherty shoots immediately from tip. Ambitious to say the least!

  • Action is about to get underway shortly in Wicklow, stay with us for live updates throughout the game, and be sure to check out Around The Grounds live shortly after the full-time whistle for a round-up of tonight's LOI action.

  • Bray make four alterations from the side that lost away to Waterford at the weekend. Kevin Knight, Rob Manley, Karl Manahan, and Zac O'Neill all make way for Kieran Marty Waters, Jack Hudson, Callum Thomson, and Darragh Lynch.

  • The team news is in. Wexford make one change from their victory against Longford at the weekend, Len O'Sullivan is in for Adam Wells who misses out due to suspension.

  • These two sides sit outside the playoff positions in the League with both hoping to squeeze in at the end of the year. Wexford lie only a point behind but Bray have struggled to turn draws into victories as their goalscoring issues have held them back to now 7 points off Treaty in 5th.

  • Good evening all, Sam Mansfield with you to enjoy some LOI First Division action from the Carlisle Grounds as Bray host Wexford.

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Round 7)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Wexford FC

(Series 27)
4 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Series 18)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Wexford FC

(Series 9)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Series 11)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Series 2)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Wexford FC

1 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC v Wexford FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers FC


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

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