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

Match Report

Clifford bags late Bray winner

A last minute Conor Clifford penalty sent The Seagulls into third place following Bray Wanderers 1-0 win over Treaty United in the League of Ireland First Division in a hard fought win at the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

Neither side were able to make the breakthrough in the first 90 minutes despite the two teams making some good chances to steal all three points.

However, Bray remained cool, and forced an injury-time penalty, to ensure they stay in the hunt heading into the final stretch of the season.

It was a relatively quiet first half at the with Gary Cronin’s side having the majority of the possession. Darren Craven was lively down the Bray left wing and almost opened the scoring just inside the first half hour. Dan Jones’ cross field ball found Joe Doyle inside the Treaty United box who then laid the ball into the path of Craven but the in-form Seagulls’ man struggled to get a proper connection on his shot which rolled into the palms of Tadgh Ryan in the Treaty net.

Craven came close again just before half time after Dylan Barnett burst down the Bray left hand side on the counter attack. Barnett played the ball into Craven who cut in onto his right foot but his curled effort went over the Treaty net and out for a goal kick. Sean McSweeney was the visitors star man during the first half as he tried his best to dictate play for the away side throughout the first period.

Bray started the second period in the same fashion as the first and dominated the ball early on. Treaty United had a big opportunity and found themselves with a three against one counter attack after the home side sent big numbers forward for a corner kick. Conor Melody had two men overlapping to his right but the Limerick striker opted to try and dink Brian Maher from around 30 yards out. Melody’s effort flew over both Maher and the Bray net.

The arrival of Joel Coustrain off the bench for the visitors was an effective one and Tommy Barrett’s decision to bring the forward on was almost justified when he and McSweeney linked up well just outside the Bray box but McSweeney’s effort went wide of the target.

Just as it looked like both sides were going to have to settle for a share of the spoils, Brandon Kavanagh was brought down in the Treaty area in the 90th minute and referee Kevin O’Sullivan pointed to the spot. Skipper Conor Clifford stepped up and sent Tadgh Ryan the wrong way to bag his third goal of the season and send the Seagulls ahead of Treaty into third place on goal difference.

  • 91'

    Conor Clifford steps up and sends Ryan the wrong way.

  • 90'

    Penalty to Bray in the final minute.

  • 89'

    Barnett's corner find Quinn but he can't get enough of a connection on his header which eventually goes out for a throw in for Treaty

  • 86'

    McSweeney and Coustrain linking up well again and Coustrain forces the save from Maher after his left footed effort.

  • 85'

    Both sides pushing for a winner here with just under five minutes of normal time remaining.

  • 78'

    Armshaw replaces Matt Keane.

  • 78'

    Gary Shaw replaces Joe Doyle

  • 77'

    Craven is replaced by Sam Verdon.

  • 73'

    Matt Keane comes agonisingly close at the other end with an effort from 30 yards going inches by the Bray net.

  • 72'

    Byrne throws the ball into Brandon Kavanagh on the edge of the Treaty box.Kavanagh turns and hits it on the half volley going narrowly wide.

  • 71'

    Bray struggling to keep the ball the last couple of minutes with Treaty United growing into the game.

  • 66'

    Graydon replaces Thompson.

  • 65'

    Coustrain finds McSweeney just outside the Bray box but McSweeney's shot goes wide.

  • 64'

    Darren Craven with another good chance. O'Farrell plays the ball into Craven on the edge of the area but he can't keep his effort down. Just under 30 minutes to play

  • 56'

    Treaty have a three on one attack with Bray commiting numbers forward but Melody opts to try and dink Maher from 30 yards which goes over the bar.

  • 53'

    Melody breaks free through on goal down the Treaty right wing but Andrew Quinn stops the danger with a fantastic tackle.

  • 51'

    Treaty clear the corner but only as far as Conor Clifford who's strike from distance goes wide.

  • 49'

    The ball falls to Darren Craven and he tries his luck from 25 yards but it flies wide of the Treaty goal.

  • 47'

    Bray starting the second period in the same fashion as they finished the first. Barnett joining the attack from left back every opportunity he can.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time here at the Carlisle Grounds with either side yet to make the breakthrough.

  • 43'

    Craven cuts in from the left and unleashes a curling effort off his right foot but his shot goes high over the bar.

  • 39'

    Jack Lynch tries his luck from 30 yards but it goes straight into the hands of Brian Maher.

  • 38'

    Bray playing some fantastic football but struggling to find that final killer pass inside the Treaty half.

  • 30'

    Huge chance for Craven. Jones ball finds Joe Doyle inside the Treaty area, Doyle plays it into Craven but the Bray man can't get a proper connection on the ball and it goes straight into the hands of Ryan.

  • 23'

    Ludden's free kick finds McSweeney who can't find that vital touch and the ball goes wide.

  • 19'

    Byrne's cross finds O'Farrell in the box but he can't direct his header goalwards.

  • 14'

    Craven's chip ball finds Joe Doyle but his header doesn't trouble Ryan.

  • 11'

    Stephen Christopher races onto a through ball over the Bray defense but his effort goes over Maher and the Bray goal.

  • 10'

    Brandon Kavanagh goes down in the Treaty area but the referee waves play on.

  • 8'

    Bray growing into the game here with Darren Craven seeing plenty of the ball down the Bray left wing.

  • 3'

    Treaty trying to dictate play and dominate the possession here early on.

  • 1'

    Early corner here for the away side.

  • 1'

    And we're underway here in Bray.

  • Just over five minutes to go until kick off here at the Carisle Grounds.

  • Treaty United Starting XI: Ryan, Fleming, uddon, O'Donnell, Melody, McSweeney, Keane, McCarthy, Christopher, Walsh, Lynch

  • Bray Starting XI: Maher, Barnett, Quinn, Jones, Clifford, Byrne, Doyle, Kavanagh, O'Farrell, Craven, Thompson.

  • Hot and sunny evening here in Bray. Team news to follow in the next hour.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight’s League of Ireland First Division clash between Bray Wanderers and Treaty United at the Carlisle Grounds.

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder 90'
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle 10 Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh 18 Midfielder
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
15Daniel Jones
16Darren Craven 10 Midfielder
27Callum Thompson 7 Midfielder
5Aaron Barry Defender
7Ryan Graydon 27 Forward
10Gary Shaw 9 Forward
10Sam Verdon 16 Forward
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
18Sean Callan 11 Defender
22Steven Kinsella Forward
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper

Treaty Utd

1Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
2Charlie Fleming Defender
3Marc Ludden Defender
6Anthony O’Donnell Defender
7Conor Melody 17 Midfielder
10Sean McSweeney Forward
12Matt Keane 16 Defender
15Edward McCarthy Midfielder
18Stephen Christopher Midfielder
25Mark Walsh Midfielder
44Jack Lynch Defender
8Joe Collins Midfielder
11Alan Murphy Midfielder
16William Armshaw 12 Midfielder
17Joel Coustrain 7 Midfielder
19Josh Quinlivan Midfielder
22Sean Oyibo Forward
30Seán McCormack Goalkeeper
28Liam Buckley
33Andri Haxhiaj

Past Meetings

(Round 10)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Bray Wanderers

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

Bray Wanderers v Treaty United


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

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and