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

Match Report

Bray and Galway finish scoreless

Galway United struggled to take their first half chances as they were held to a goalless draw against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds tonight in the League Of Ireland First Division.

Both sides had chances to make the breakthrough during the 90 minutes but John Caulfield’s side will be travelling back home with an uneasy feeling, following a succession of missed chances in the first half.

The Tribesmen started off the opening period the better of the two sides, with Wilson Waweru coming close in the first minute after the Bray defence struggled to deal with a long ball. Thankfully for Gary Cronin’s side, goalkeeper Brian Maher made a great save to deny Waweru from close range.

Dylan Barnett then came close, after a Galway back pass was left short. Barnett raced through on goal but was denied by Conor Kearns who saved at his front post to keep the scores level.

With just under half an hour played, Hurley squared the ball to Galway’s top scorer Ruairí Keating; who smashed the ball off the post from the edge of the six yard box.

Mikey Place dominated the midfield throughout the first period, making it difficult for Wanderers to get a hold on the game. The sides went in with the scores level at the interval.

There was a fiery start to the second half, with both Luka Lovic and Bray skipper Aaron Barry being booked for poor challenges.

David Hurley came agonisingly close from a free kick just outside the Seagulls’ area, but his effort went inches wide of Maher and the Bray goal.

Galway substitute Padraic Cunningham came close with one of his first touches on the hour mark but his effort was fired over the Bray bar.

Brandon Kavanagh was lively as ever for the hosts, and they almost took the lead with just over 20 minutes to play, when Sam Verdon headed just wide from a fantastic Brandon Kavanagh cross.

Galway United had a penalty claim turned down by the referee after Padraic Cunningham was fouled by Quinn just inside the Bray area. Much to the disbelief of the Galway United team and the majority of the home fans, the referee awarded a free to Gary Cronin’s side and booked Cunningham for simulation.

Ruairí Keating raced from his own half past three Wanderers players but couldn’t find the finish in the dying moments to take all three points for the Tribesmen.

  • 95'

    Unbelievable stop from Maher to deny Keating.

  • 92'

    Keating races away for Galway on the counter attack but can't find the finish as he blasts over the bar.

  • 88'

    Gary Shaw on for the final couple of minutes.

  • 88'

    Kavanagh off for Bray.

  • 88'

    Rowe replaces Hurley.

  • 88'

    Hurley off for Galway.

  • 88'

    Two minutes of normal time remaining. Both sides still pushing for a winner.

  • 86'

    Free kick by Kavanagh in a dangerous position is fired well over the Galway goal.

  • 80'

    Clifford booked for his challenge on Keating.

  • 74'

    Cunningham booked for diving much to the disagreement of the Galway United side who felt it was a definite penalty.

  • 72'

    Nugent's strike is deflected just wide, both sides having their chances now but still yet to make one count.

  • 67'

    Verdon's header goes wide of the Galway goal after an excellent cross from the lively Brandon Kavanagh. Game starting to open up here with just over 20 to play.

  • 64'

    Hurley cuts the ball back to Cunningham who fires over from just inside the area with his first touch since entering the game.

  • 63'

    Cunningham on for the final half hour or so.

  • 63'

    Waweru off for The Tribesmen.

  • 57'

    David Hurley's free kick goes just inches wide with Maher beaten. Galway coming close yet again but still no breakthrough. Just over half an hour left to play.

  • 52'

    Lovic is replaced by O'Farrell.

  • 47'

    Yellow for Lovic.

  • 47'

    Poor tackle from Bray skipper Aaron Barry.

  • 46'

    Verdon on for the second half.

  • 46'

    Byrne off

  • 46'

    Back underway here at the Carlisle grounds.

  • 45'

    Half time at the Carlisle Grounds with the game still scoreless. Galway will be the happier of both sides going into the break.

  • 45'

    Half time at the Carlisle Grounds with the game still scoreless. Galway will be the happier of both sides going into the break.

  • 43'

    Great block by Barry to deny Place from just outside the area.

  • 41'

    Aaron Barry can't convert his header on target after a great free kick by Kavanagh. Still level with just under five to play.

  • 39'

    Hurley's corner is tipped onto the crossbar by Maher. Galway looking more and more dangerous everyvtime they go forward.

  • 32'

    Kavanagh with a good turn and strike from around 30 yards out which just flies over the bar.

  • 25'

    Wilson squares it to Galway's top scorer this season Keating who rattles the ball against the post. Galway causing this Bray defence some problems here so far.

  • 21'

    Waweru can't get on the end of Walsh's header across the back. End to end stuff here the last ten minutes but neither side have yet to make the breakthrough.

  • 16'

    Dylan Barnett finds himself through one on one with Kearns who saves well to deny the full back. Bray's first real chance for Gary Cronin's side.

  • 12'

    Keating finds himself in acres of space inside the Bray box but the shot deflects into the hands of Brian Maher. Nervous start so far for the hosts.

  • 10'

    All Galway here early on with the Seagulls struggling to get out of their half. 10 gone here at the Carlisle Grounds.

  • 2'

    Waweru comes close after Bray fail to deal with the long ball, Maher saves well. Corner to the Tribesmen

  • 1'

    And we're off at the Carlisle Grounds, Bray playing from right to left for the first half.

  • Galway United Team: Kearns, Walsh, Boylan, Nugent, Keating, Hurley, Waweru, Place, Horgan, McCormack, Gorman.

  • Bray Wanderers: Maher, Barnett, Quinn, Barry, Clifford, Byrne, Doyle, Kavanagh, Jones, Craven, Lovic. First start for new signing Dan Jones.

  • Hello and welcome to the coverage of Bray Wanderers v Galway United. Absolutely cracking evening here at the Carlisle Grounds. My name is Luke Delaney and I will be taking you through tonight's game. Team news to follow in the next hour.

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender 46'
6Conor Clifford Midfielder 80'
8Mark Byrne 10 Midfielder
11Brandon Kavanagh 10 Midfielder
15Daniel Jones
16Darren Craven Midfielder
17Luka Lovic 14 Midfielder 46'
9Joe Doyle Forward
10Sam Verdon 8 Forward
14Richie O’Farrell 17 Midfielder
10Gary Shaw 11 Forward

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
4Gary Boylan Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
7Ruairi Keating Forward
10David Hurley 14 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward
20Mikey Place Midfielder
21Christopher Horgan Defender
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
32Joe Gorman Defender
8Shane Duggan Midfielder
9Padraic Cunningham 18 Forward 74'
11Shane Doherty Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe 10 Midfielder
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder
17Thomas Oluwa Forward
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
24Colin Kelly Forward
25Alex Murphy Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 7)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers

(Series 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Galway United

(Series 8)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Bray Wanderers


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

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