|30 April 2021||7:30 pm||LOI Men's First Division||2021|
There was a share of the spoils at the Carlisle Grounds this evening, as hosts Bray Wanderers drew nil-all with Cork City.
The Seagulls will definitely feel that they could have won this game, as they bossed the visitors around for the majority of the 90 minutes; with Cork rarely getting to even touch the football.
For all their possession Bray were unable to get many chances on target, and ultimately come away with a disappointing draw; while Cork will feel great about leaving the East Coast with a point.
The opening 45 minutes for both teams was pretty free flowing, with Bray Wanderers dominating possession, and using it to showcase a very smart short passing attack. Bray had an early chance in the eighth minute through Brandon Kavanagh’s deflected free kick which looked to sneak in over the goal line, but the referee thought otherwise, and the hosts remained scoreless.
Cork were often content to let Connor Clifford and Luka Lovic dictate the pace of play in Bray’s midfield.
This passing was particularly prevalent in the 14th minute, when some nice interplay between Richie O’Farrell and Kavanagh allowed the latter to slide a perfect pass into space for Joe Doyle to chase after. The Seagulls striker was able to get on the end of the ball, but his shot found only the chest of Mark McNulty in the Rebels net.
The rest of the first half was made up of much of the same style of build-up play. Kavanagh dropped back into the spaces between the midfield and defence whilst Doyle attempted to use his speed to out-pace the rear-guard.
In contrast the second half was a much quieter affair, while Bray’s control over possession was still the same; the accuracy of their passing was atrocious. Much of their link play failed to connect with the intended target. This led to some terrible sequences where Bray seemed content to simply give the ball back to Cork City.
City were completely shut out for the most part with their best chance coming in the 73rd minute, as a cross from the left side found Rebels striker Jack Walsh. His header flashed over Brian Maher’s bar.
The game continued at the same slow pace, with Bray unable to find an opening. It wasn’t until the 90th minute, and the final kick of the game where Joe Doyle’s header allowed Gary Shaw to get on the end of it, but his shot was cleared off the line by Cork as the referee blew the final whistle.
Bray will ultimately feel like they should have come away from this with a victory. Tonight’s hosts will look towards next week to get their first win of the season; while Cork will be glad to take this draw and kick on from there.
|Carlisle Grounds, Seapoint Road, Bray No 2, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, A98 T9D9, Ireland|