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Date Time League Season
2 September 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Feeley double seals three points for Bray

A Ben Feeney brace in the first half saw Bray to a 2-0 victory over Athlone Town at the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

In a contest where chances were few and far between for either side, the three points ultimately went to the side who both took them and defended well at vital moments.

There were a few decent chances for either side before the breakthrough came. For Bray, Jamie Hollywood forced Enda Minogue into a decent save just two minutes in following a half volley on the turn from a throw in.

For Athlone, two good chances came between the 10th and 15th minute when Noah Van Geeren met a corner all alone at the back stick and Joe Gorman had to pull off a decent block. From the following corner Valeri Dolia whipped one into the mixer, but Thomas Oluwa headed over.

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when a ball down the line was flicked on by Ben Feeney to Paul Fox and although it looked like he might be dispossessed, he managed to return the pass to Feeney. He slotted in from a tight angle with the inside of his right foot to find the net to give the hosts the lead.

The second came in the 39th minute when a long Jack Hudson throw-in was flicked on by Hugh Douglas to Feeney again from no distance out. He nodded home to double the Seagulls lead and just like that, they were well on their way to victory.

In the second half Athlone would have a few good chances but good defending always denied them. Just two minutes out of the interval an Adam Lennon pass across the box took a wicked deflection, forcing Stephen McGuinness to scramble and tip it over the bar.

Ten minutes later a passing triangle of Dolia, Oluwa and Gary Armstrong sent Oluwa through on goal and as he was about to pull the trigger, Dean Zambra came in from behind with an excellent tackle to deny him. Truly, a piece of excellent defending.

The last good chance came in the 74th minute when some sloppy Bray play allowed Dolia to run through on goal, but McGuinness was off his line like a shot to deny the eventual effort. The win makes it two in a row for Bray, whilst Athlone suffer yet another defeat in what has been a very tough season.

  • 94'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    4 minutes added on.

  • 85'

    5 minutes to go. Athlone unlikely to get anything now.

  • 74'

    Dolia gets a run through on goal after some sloppy Bray play, but McGuinness is off his line like a shot to close him down and pull off a good save.

  • 58'

    Athlone piece together a great move and Oluwa is through on goal, but Dean Zambra gets in with a crucial tackle to deny him. Excellent defending.

  • 48'

    An Adam Lennon pass takes a deflection and McGuinness has to pull off a good save.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 39'

    Goal! Douglas flicks a long throw in onto Feeney who nods it in for his second!

  • 25'

    Goal! Ben Feeney scores from a tight angle with a lovely finish to give Bray the lead!

  • 22'

    Oluwa works a decent one-two with Gary Armstrong following a long ball forward, but skies his eventual effort.

  • 13'

    From the following corner Dolia fires a cross into the mixer, but Oluwa heads over.

  • 12'

    Van Geeren meets a corner at the back post all alone and gets a header off. Requires a Joe Gorman block to put it behind.

  • 2'

    Hollywood hits one on the half volley and forces Minogue into a save.

  • 1'

    We are underway.

  • Looks like conditions shouldn't have an effect on the game.

  • The Athlone lineup is now also in.

  • The Bray lineup is now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for live updates of tonight's first division clash between Bray Wanderers and Athlone Town, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
5Hugh Douglas Defender
7Keith Dalton 8 Midfielder
11Paul Fox 2 Midfielder
12Jack Hudson Defender
15Eoin Massey Midfielder
26Ben Feeney 16 Forward 25', 39'
27Dean Zambra Midfielder
33Joe Gorman Defender
37Colin Kelly 10 Forward
38Jamie Hollywood 24 Midfielder
35Benjamin Clark Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne 11 Defender
8Kurtis Byrne 7 Forward
10Kieran Marty Waters 37 Forward
16Callum Thompson 26 Midfielder
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
21Conor Knight Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 38 Forward
32Ugo Anny Nzekwue Forward

Athlone Town

1Enda Minogue Goalkeeper
3Jarlath Jones
4Noah van Geenen Defender
5Andy Spain 14 Defender
7Adam Lennon Midfielder
8Valerii Dolia 10
11Thomas Oluwa Forward
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
20Gary Armstrong 17 Forward
22Patrick Hickey Defender
27Cian Kelly Defender
16Vladislav Velikin Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
10Precious Omochere 8 Forward
12Matthew Leal
14Jack Kavanagh 5 Midfielder
17Charles Mutawe 20 Defender
19Aaron McBride
23Osaze Irhue
26Cameron Mulready

Past Meetings

(Round 24)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Round 18)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

(Round 8)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 22)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

(Series 13)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 4)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

(Series 18)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 9)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

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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