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

Match Report

Super sub Thompson puts Bray on road to victory

A 67th minute goal from substitute Callum Thompson paved the way for Bray Wanderers to take all three points, thanks to a 3-1 home win over Wexford FC at the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

Wanderers fans were witness to a wonder strike from Darren Craven to open the home-side account.

Craven’s effort along with a Callum Thompson goal and a Ryan Graydon penalty ensured that the Seagulls took a deserved win.

Bray started the better of the two sides, with a number of chances. Wexford ‘keeper Jimmy Corcoran was called into action in the 16th minute and made a brilliant one on one save from Sam Verdon.

The visitors went close on 38 minutes when a great cross into the box found Karl Fitzsimons free at the back post but he could not keep his header down and saw it go over the bar.

Joe Doyle looked certain to give Bray the lead after he rounded Corcoran but wonderful defending from Kevin McEvoy denied the striker.

Bray eventually took the lead just before half-time when Corcoran rushed out his box to clear the ball. It fell to Darren Craven who spotted the ‘keeper out of position and cleverly lobbed the ball into the net.

Wexford had some decent chances at the start of the second half and even had the ball in the net but Kyle Robinson was ruled offside.

The visitors drew level through Jack Doherty after a misplaced back pass from Mark Byrne gifted the ball to the striker who rounded Brian Maher and finished into an empty net.

They were not level for long as Joe Doyle found substitute Thompson after a great run and the midfielder made no mistake restoring the Seagulls' lead.

The three points were secured when substitute Graydon was pulled down in the box and awarded a penalty. He stepped up and dispatched the spot kick.

It was an admirable performance from Wexford who from their display tonight did not look like a team who are sitting bottom of the table.

However, the quality in Bray’s squad was clear to see as they were able to bring a number of game changers on from the bench.

  • FULL-TIME: Bray Wanderers 3-1 Wexford

  • 92'

    Graydon dispatches to Corcoran's right

  • 92'

    Ryan Graydon is pulled down in the box

  • 92'

    PENALTY for Bray

  • 90'

    Five minutes added time

  • 89'

    A strike from Anthony Dolan is well off target

  • 86'

    Bray will need to be solid defensively if they are to hold on in the last few minutes

  • 76'

    Gary Shaw replaces Brandon Kavanagh

  • 74'

    Kavanagh cannot keep his effort on target

  • 67'

    Callum Thompson with a cool finish after he was picked out by Joe Doyle

  • 67'

    Bray take the lead again

  • 60'

    Doherty capitalises on a defensive error and rounds Maher to finish into an empty net

  • 60'

    Wexford are level

  • 58'

    Kyle Robinson has the ball in the net but he is ruled offside

  • 52'

    Callum Thompson on to replace Sam Verdon

  • 51'

    Jack Doherty makes his way into the box but his shot is well by Brian Maher

  • 49'

    Dylan Barnett's strike from outside the box goes off target

  • 46'

    Bray get us underway

  • Both sides are on the pitch for the start of the second half

  • HALF-TIME: Bray Wanderers 1-0 Wexford

  • 46'

    Darren Craven lobs Corcoran from outside the box catching him off his line

  • 46'

    Bray take the lead

  • 42'

    Doyle rounds the 'keeper but he cannot finish as his shot is well blocked

  • 40'

    A Joe Doyle shot is saved by Corcoran but Daniel Jones cannot hit the target with the rebound

  • 38'

    A great cross into the box should have given Wexford the lead but Fitzsimons could not keep his header on target

  • 32'

    Karl Manahan receives a yellow

  • 29'

    Brandon Kavanagh gets a lucky bounce and lets fly but cannot hit the target

  • 29'

    Jack Doherty strikes from outside the area and Maher gathers after two attempts

  • 25'

    Craven with an excellent chance on the half volley inside the box but he cannot keep it on target

  • 20'

    The resulting corner leads to nothing

  • 20'

    Kyle Robinson's effort is deflected wide

  • 16'

    Sam Verdon will be disappointed not to have finished

  • 16'

    Jimmy Corcoran makes a wonderful one on one save

  • 15'

    Conor Clifford is booked for a late challenge on Moylan

  • 14'

    Jack Moylan with a great turn but his shot his well blocked

  • 12'

    A great period of play by Bray ends with the ball being passed out of play

  • 8'

    Darren Craven sees his effort sail over the bar

  • 6'

    The resulting free-kick sees the ball go wide

  • 5'

    Kevin McEvoy receives the first yellow card of the game

  • 1'

    Wexford get the game underway

  • The teams are on the pitch ahead of kick-off

  • There are just under 25 minutes to go until kick-off

  • The goal scorers from last week's win all start in an unchanged line-up

  • The Bray team news is in

  • Jack Doherty, Kyle Robinson and Karl Manahan are all back in the starting line-up while last week's goal scorer Jack Moylan also starts

  • The Wexford team news is in

  • The visitors' previous match ended in a 3-1 loss at home to Galway United

  • The hosts come into tonight following a 3-0 victory over Cabinteely last week with goals from Joe Doyle, Sam Verdon and Brandon Kavanagh

  • The Carlisle grounds is the venue for tonight's East Coast Derby

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's game between Bray Wanderers and Wexford in the SSE Airtricity League First Division

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
6Conor Clifford 17 Midfielder 15'
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh 10 Midfielder
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
15Daniel Jones
16Darren Craven 7 Midfielder 46'
28Sam Verdon 27 Forward
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
5Aaron Barry Defender
7Ryan Graydon 16 Forward 92'
10Gary Shaw 11 Forward
17Luka Lovic 6 Midfielder
18Sean Callan Defender
22Steven Kinsella Forward
27Callum Thompson 28 Midfielder 67'

Wexford FC

23Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
4Paul Cleary Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder 68'
8Karl Manahan 2 Forward 32'
9Karl Fitzsimons 21 Defender
10Jack Doherty Midfielder 60'
11Paul Fox 25 Midfielder
15Kevin McEvoy Defender 5'
16Jack Moylan Midfielder
17Kyle Robinson 26 Forward
29Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
24Sean Martin Goalkeeper
2Thomas Considine 8 Defender
19Evan Farrell Forward
20Daniel Dobbin Defender
21Harry Groome 9 Midfielder
25Anthony Dolan 11 Midfielder
26Ayman Yousif 17 Forward
27Kieran Murphy Forward
28Donal Porter Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 9)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Series 11)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Bray Wanderers

(Series 2)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Wexford FC


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

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