Date Time League Season
30 April 2021 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Bray and City end scoreless

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.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME. The final kick of the game is a clearance off the line as Gary Shaw manages to beat the keeper to the through ball but his shot is perfectly covered to deny Bray the winner as the final whistle goes. Final Score: Cork City 0 Bray Wanderers 0

  • 90'

    Dale Holland on for Cork City.

  • 90'

    Jack Baxter off for Cork City.

  • 85'

    Bray seem oddly content to just keep the ball and move it between their defense and midfield. Very little in the way of forward momentum or creativity.

  • 80'

    Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh on for Cork City

  • 80'

    Cian Murphy off for Cork City

  • 78'

    Bray continue to struggle to get forward with an impetus as they continue to give the ball away in the middle of the park.

  • 73'

    Cork finally spring into life as Jack Walsh get's his head on a low cross and it just zips over Brian Maher's crossbar.

  • The pace and momentum from Bray's passing attack just doesn't seem to be there this half. They've had a few errors in their passing already and there just doesn't seem to be the running or interplay that there was the in first half.

  • The Seagulls haven't had a real chance at all this half. They seem to be resorting to a more direct passing style which isn't really producing much in the way of chances. Cork meanwhile seem to be here just to stop Bray from scoring.

  • 58'

    Interesting change for Bray as they bring on more of an attacking threat with Gary Shaw. Perhaps they are feeling the need to make the most of their possession?

  • 55'

    Gary Shaw on for Bray Wanderers.

  • 55'

    Cian Maher off for Bray Wanderers.

  • 51'

    Bray have come back out looking to control the game similarly to how they did in the first. Lots of short passing on the ground and not giving the Rebels anything to work with.

  • 45'

    AND WE'RE BACK FOR THE SECOND HALF! Bray will be looking to finally break the tie and make the most of their possession.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Bray Wanderers 0 Cork City 0 Similar to their draw last week against Cobh Ramblers, Bray have utterly dominated but have no goal to show for it yet as they go in at the half all even.

  • 36'

    Bray continue to have the majority of the possession but are still not finding the net. Another great series of passes which culminates in Mark Byrne blazing his show over the bar from 10 yards out.

  • 29'

    Bray look very comfortable in the middle of the park. Cork seem to be playing much deeper and are comfortable allowing Bray to push up and move the ball around the park whilst they look for chances to counter.

  • 23'

    A thoroughly exciting first 20 minutes with both teams playing some very nice passing football. Bray in particular are looking to use Brandon Kavanagh as a playmaker to drift in between the midfield and defense to collect the ball before playing through passes for the speedy Joe Doyle.

  • 14'

    Some more beautiful passing play by Bray as Brandon Kavanagh plays a beautiful ball through to Joe Doyle who beats the offside trap but is unable to direct his shot anywhere other than Mark McNulty's chest.

  • 11'

    Good build up play by Cork as they work their way down the left side before Jack Walsh is able to get on the end of a cross but his header is directed straight at Brian Maher who makes easy work of it.

  • 8'

    VAR might have been handy there as a deflected free kick from Brandon Kavanagh seems to creep over the goal line but nothing is awarded and Bray come away with a corner as the ball is scrambled away.

  • 3'

    A bit of a miscommunication between the Bray defenders almost allows Darragh Crowley to slip in but Crowley's pass to Cian Coleman leads to Coleman shooting wide.

  • 2'

    Early chance for Bray as a short corner allows Brandon Kavanagh to get some free space outside the box to shoot. His shot however isn't able to find the target and just goes narrowly past the post.


  • Team News! Bray are still without Ryan Graydon due to injury so they'll look to lean on the attack of Brandon Kavanagh and Joe Doyle from last week. Cork meanwhile have no major injury issues to worry about and will be at full strength for this one.

  • Conditions here at the seaside are perfect with a sunny but chilly evening ahead. There is a light breeze coming in from the sea but nothing that should affect the play between the two teams. All in all, perfect conditions for football.

  • Hello and welcome to the Carlisle Grounds here in Bray as Bray Wanderers take on Cork City this evening. Both teams will be looking to put recent bad runs of form behind them and set their seasons back on course. For Cork they are looking to put their 4 losses behind them and try to get out of the bottom of the table whilst Bray are seeking their first victory of the season after drawing 4 of their 5 games.

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender 19'
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
12Dean O’Shea Defender
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
24Cian Maher 10 Defender
10Gary Shaw 24 Forward
23Glen Hollywood Midfielder
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
30Jack Ross Goalkeeper
26R O’Brien Defender
27J Hughes Defender

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
8Cian Coleman Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Midfielder
16Alec Byrne Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley Forward
24Cian Murphy 9 Forward
25Gordon Walker Defender
27Jack Walsh Forward
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender
30Jack Baxter 15 Midfielder
20Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 24 Forward
13David Harrington Goalkeeper
15Dale Holland 30 Midfielder
26Jamie Wynne Forward
29Issa Kargbo Defender


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