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1 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Cork grab away win in Bray

First-half goals from Cian Murphy and Jonas Hakkinen saw First Division leaders Cork City claim a valuable away win against a wasteful Bray Wanderers effort at the Carlisle Grounds.

After a period where they found themselves under pressure early on, Cork broke the deadlock through Murphy's fifth goal of the campaign.

The move was orchestrated by Cian Bargary, who spotted him bypassing the Bray backline with an overlapping run before finishing across goal at the near post.

Bray goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness made multiple important stops to keep his side in with a chance of a second-half recovery, particularly from Murphy, while the hosts – to their credit – didn't let their heads drop despite conceding two preventable goals.  

It might've been a different game had Ben Feeney done better with his early strike, as the visitors struggled to retain possession. That didn't matter, as they were incisive in transition: Hakkinen profiting from good positioning after Ruairi Keating's sidefooted effort was parried into his path.

The 23-year-old defender couldn't miss from a few yards out to double their advantage and you could be forgiven for thinking that was virtually game over, on the stroke of half-time.

Kurtis Byrne, one of the hosts' second-half subs, missed a great chance to halve the deficit before turning creator as Darragh Lynch's leaping header helped pull a goal back after the hour mark.

It proved a false alarm for Bray though, on an evening they won't remember fondly.

McGuinness' goalkeeping mistake gifted Cork their two-goal cushion back, less than ten minutes later, after he made a hash of an attempted catch from a James Doona cross. Keating couldn't believe his luck and nodded home to make it 3-1.  

On 78 minutes, Bray were suddenly down to ten men. Conor Clifford was shown a straight red card after getting physical with Aaron Bolger in an off-the-ball incident, seemingly unhappy with a fierce challenge on him in midfield. That needless sequence rather typified a frustrating evening.  

Hakkinen could've completed his brace in the 90th minute, but saw his headed flick-on cannon back off the post from a Cork corner, and thankfully the full-time whistle blew soon after that.  

There were some positives to take from a Bray perspective, though it didn't take long to see why these two sides are exactly where they sit in the First Division standings.

  • 93'

    FT: Bray 1-3 Cork - As I echoed at half-time, the hosts will feel aggrieved, but such is life... when you don't take your chances, you'll eventually get punished. They did more than enough to, at worst, snatch a draw. Instead they leave empty-handed.

  • 90'

    Off the post! Healy\'s corner finds Hakkinen, whose flick-on cannons back off the upright! Still 3-1, but it could be much worse from a Bray perspective - not least with a numerical disadvantage now.

  • 84'

    As expected, both sides making more substitutions now as this game is starting to peter out... Bray's Vilius Labutis came on a few minutes ago, while another double Cork change: Darragh Crowley and Ronan Hurley on for the lively Bargary and Bolger, who held that proverbial tightrope on a booking.

  • 78'

    RED CARD! An off-the-ball incident which my TV camera didn't capture, Conor Clifford is shown a straight red card after getting physical with Aaron Bolger - who has also been booked in the aftermath. Tempers flaring after a few too many harsh challenges tonight, it seems.

  • 74'

    Double change for the visitors now: Ally Gilchrist and Dylan McGlade coming on, replacing Kevin O'Connor and James Doona - whose last action helped create what looks to have been the matchwinner!

  • 71'

    McGuinness\' important saves had kept Bray in with a chance of salvaging something from this game, and suddenly he\'s just contributed to their second-half downfall! Made a mess of an attempted catch as Doona whipped the ball in, with Ruairi Keating who cannot believe his luck to nod home from a yard or so out!

  • 70'

    GOAL! WHAT A DISASTER! GOALKEEPING MISTAKE RESTORES CORK'S TWO-GOAL LEAD!

  • 63'

    Byrne may have missed a promising chance, but he\'s now also turned creator to help tee up Darragh Lynch\'s leaping header into the far corner! It\'s the least Bray deserve, though you\'d assume this fires Cork back into action..

  • 62'

    BRAY GOAL! 2-1, IT'S GAME ON AGAIN!

  • 61'

    The ball sits up nicely for substitute Kurtis Byrne in the box, with only the 'keeper to beat... but he blazes his effort wide. Took a deflection, corner to come.

  • 54'

    Then up the other end, Bray almost halve the deficit! Paul Fox's low cross deceives two defenders, the ball falls to Callum Thompson inside the area, he fires narrowly wide of the near post but really should've scored there.

  • 53'

    Big save! McGuinness produces an excellent leg save to thwart Murphy's goalbound effort as Cork create another inviting opportunity...

  • 52'

    It is Karl Manahan and Kurtis Byrne on, in a creative-minded double change for the hosts.

  • 51'

    There are those substitutions now, a bit early and questions over the personnel by the Bray-based commentary team... Ben Feeney and Eoin Massey trudging off the pitch.

  • 46'

    Second-half has begun! No changes by either side at the break, I'll let you know when if (and when) that changes.

  • 45'

    HT: Bray 0-2 Cork - The visitors will feel hard done by, but they haven't taken their chances and can't afford to dwell on their sloppy mistakes if they're to keep this competitive early in the second-half.

  • 45'

    Ruairi Keating had his sidefooted effort parried, but only as far as Jonas Hakkinen who made no mistake from close-range to provide a hammer blow to Bray\'s brave yet stumbling efforts in a slow-burning first-half.

  • 45'

    GOAL! CORK DOUBLE THEIR LEAD, RIGHT BEFORE THE BREAK!

  • 44'

    First booking of the evening and there can be no complaints for Kevin Knight, penalised after a cynical but necessary challenge near the halfway line to stop Cork in transition.

  • 35'

    From said goalbound clearance, the referee curiously awarded a goal-kick and Bray briefly played forwards before a cynical challenge stopped any potential move in its tracks. It's been that sort of evening so far, I'm afraid.

  • 34'

    Just as I was about to say not much of note had happened... Cian Bargary's mazy run forward almost saw him rewarded with a second assist of this first-half. Unfortunately for him though, his cutback in the area was well defended as Bray scrambled to clear their lines.

  • 24'

    Daniel Blackbyrne's praises are being sung by the commentators - he's undoubtedly at the heart of Bray's bullish spells in defence, as Cork dangerously probe in search of doubling their lead...

  • 20'

    Bray, as they were doing before conceding, have maintained an encouraging attitude since the restart. Ben Feeney came close early on and in truth, the visitors are struggling to retain possession in midfield right now.

  • 15'

    Orchestrated by Cian Bargary who was scanning for options on the edge of the area, Murphy bypassed the Bray backline with an overlapping run before finishing across goal at McGuinness' near post. 1-0 to Cork.

  • 14'

    After a period where they found themselves under pressure early on, Cork City are ahead through Cian Murphy's fifth goal of the season!

  • The referee blows his whistle, and we're off!

  • Less than ten minutes until kick-off now, the players have gone through their respective warm-ups and now the sprinklers are watering the pitch... slick conditions for what promises to be an intriguing watch.

  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it goes the saying... an unchanged Cork City side is fielded by visiting head coach Colin Healy - 21-year-old striker Louis Britton, acquired on Wednesday, doesn't feature in their matchday squad.

  • If you haven't already, how about some pre-match reading? Click on the article tab and read my piece, with team news from both sides just filtering through now...

  • Good evening everyone and welcome to tonight's live play-by-play commentary, as Bray Wanderers play host to First Division leaders Cork City. My name's Mosope Ominiyi, I'll be taking you through the evening's action from the Carlisle Grounds with kick-off to come in just under an hour's time.

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
3Kevin Knight 14 Defender 44'
6Conor Clifford Midfielder 78'
11Paul Fox Midfielder
12Jack Hudson Defender
15Eoin Massey 17 Midfielder
16Callum Thompson 19 Midfielder
23Conor McManus
24Darragh Lynch Forward 62'
26Ben Feeney 8 Forward
25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
21Conor Knight Midfielder
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
20Eoin McPhillips Midfielder
19Vilius Labutis 16 Midfielder 88'
14Jamie Callaghan 3 Midfielder
17Karl Manahan 15 Forward
8Kurtis Byrne 26 Forward
9Rob Manley Forward

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
14Kevin O’Connor 6 Defender
18Joshua Honohan Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender 45'
8Aaron Bolger 3 Midfielder 78'
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
19Matt Srbely 15 Midfielder
22James Doona 7 Midfielder
9Ruairi Keating Forward 70'
11Cian Bargary 17 Forward
24Cian Murphy Forward 14'
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
3Ronan Hurley 8 Defender
6Ally Gilchrist 14 Defender
7Dylan McGlade 22 Midfielder
15Matt Healy 19 Midfielder
21Oran Crowe Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley 11 Forward
27Mark O’Mahony Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 10)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Bray Wanderers

(Round 1)
0 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cork City

(Series 24)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cork City

(Series 15)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Bray Wanderers

(Series 6)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cork City

Ground

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

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.