Date Time League Season
24 April 2021 7:00 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Lyons saves Rams v Seagulls

It was all even at St.Colman’s Park tonight, as a Charlie Lyons penalty in the 78th minute saved Cobh Ramblers from defeat, over what was a strong Bray performance.

The visitors dominated the majority of the possession and chances in the first half but were unable to make anything stick.

On the restart they capitalised through Shamrock Rovers loanee Brandon Kavanagh, getting on the end of goalkeeper Brian Maher’s long ball to score a beautiful lob in the 59th minute.

Bray were unable to find a late winner and will come away from this one feeling aggrieved. For Cobh they’ll certainly be happy to emerge with just a point and avoid the loss.

The first half was relatively quiet with both teams trying to find their footing.

From the start Cobh were extremely aggressive in closing down Bray’s defenders in order to stop Wanders distributing the ball short for their goal kicks.

When the Seagulls were able to get on the ball it was Kavanagh who pulled all the strings with his two early crosses finding Charlie Gallagher unmarked at the back post. However, the young midfielder was unable to make the most of his chances both times.

Bray continued their spell of form with Kavanagh allowed to roam all around the park; which led to him drifting onto the right side to collect the ball before cutting inside to flash an effort past the post.

The only real shot on target that happened all half came from a 25-yard strike from Richie O’Farrell was easily corralled by Sean Barron.

After the break Bray came out looking much more urgent with their play. Despite better interplay up front by Wanderers, it was a bit of opportunism that lead to their first goal in the 59th minute.

Bray keeper Brian Maher hit a speculative ball long effort, over the head of the Cobh defenders, which allowed Kavanagh to race in behind and take a touch.

The midfielder beautifully lofted the ball over the head of Sean Barron, from 18 yards out to give Wanderers the lead.

From there, the visitors were more than happy to keep the ball for long periods of the game. Cobh’s energy and pressing from the first half seemed to disappear as the game wore on.

It wasn’t until the 78th minute that a reckless challenge in the box from Bray midfielder Richie O’Farrell brought down the Ramblers John Kavanagh.

Referee David Dunne made no hesitation to point to the spot and award the penalty to Cobh. Lyons stepped up and sent Brian Maher the wrong way to knot the game up at one-all.

The Seagulls spent the last 10 minutes desperately searching for a winner with Connor Clifford and Luka Lovic both having chances on target, however, their efforts were in vein.

In the end Bray were unable to find a winner, and they end yet another week without a win while Cobh claim a valuable point to keep them off the bottom of the table.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME! Bray had a late flurry of activity but couldn't find the net and will feel like they should have come away with more than just a point tonight while Cobh will definitely feel like they got away with one here.

  • 89'

    Bray having two quick chances with Connor Clifford flashing a shot past the post before Luka Lovic muscles his way into the box before shooting straight at the keeper.

  • 87'

    Lee Devitt goes in a bit too aggressively on a challenge with Bray's Joe Doyle and get's given a yellow card for his troubles.

  • 84'

    Cian Maher coming off for Bray.

  • 84'

    Gary Shaw on for Bray.

  • 84'

    Dean O'Shea coming on for Bray.

  • 84'

    Dylan Barnett coming off for Bray.

  • 83'

    Bray have really responded with vigour. After dominating for the majority of the game they are now at risk of not coming away with all 3 points.

  • 78'

    GOAL! Charlie Lyons steps up and cooly slots it into the bottom right hand corner to bring the teams even.

  • 76'

    PENALTY! Richie O'Farrell brings down John Kavanagh and Cobh have been handed a gift here.

  • 75'

    Cobh's energy seems to have dipped in this second half. There isn't the impetus to close down Bray in the midfield like there was in the first half.

  • 70'

    Cobh are really struggling to maintain possession when they get it. Every time they get on the ball they lose it shortly afterwards with David O'Leary given a yellow card for some unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • 63'

    Ciaran Griffin off for Cobh.

  • 63'

    Jake Hagerty on for Cobh.

  • 62'

    Bray have continued with their forward pressure with Luka Lovic look dangerous when he's on the ball.

  • 59'

    GOAL FOR BRAY! Bray take the direct route to the net with Brian Maher's goal kick going over the head of the Cobh defense which allows Brandon Kavanagh to perfectly lob the ball over Sean Barron's head from outside the box to give Bray the lead.

  • 57'

    Nathan Coleman finds some space down the left side for Cobh before whipping in a cross for Chris O'Reilly at the back post. Much like Gallagher in the first half, O'Reilly struggles to bring his volley under control and sends it over the bar.

  • 51'

    Bray have come out of the dressing room looking the sharper of the two teams but Cobh yet to spend any meaningful time on the ball.

  • 45'

    We're off for the second half with Bray kicking us off and no changes in sight for either team.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME A quiet half for both teams with no real chances that stand out. Bray will definitely feel the better of the two teams but will rue that they weren't able to get anything out of their possession. At the break it's Cobh Ramblers 0 Bray Wanderers 0

  • 37'

    Cian Maher on for Bray.

  • 37'

    Charlie Gallagher off for Bray due to a hamstring injury.

  • 30'

    While they may not have had a lot of possession, Cobh are pressing hard and fast to deny Bray any time on the ball.

  • 26'

    Bray have continued this strong spell of control and Joe Doyle is able to get control just outside the box before turning smartly to create space. Doyle's shot isn't the best and Sean Barron watches it go harmlessly wide.

  • 19'

    Brandon Kavanagh is at the center of everything for Bray at the moment. He's popping up all over the park with a trip over to the right wing resulting in a shot that just scoots past the post.

  • The game seems to be settling early with Bray focussing their play down the left wing with Brandon Kavanagh again crossing for Charlie Gallagher, who can't get his header on goal.

  • 8'

    Brandon Kavanagh takes the ball from a throw in on the left side and is able to bring it under control before whipping in a dangerous cross to Charlie Gallagher at the back post but his volley goes sailing into the stands.

  • 2'

    Cobh setting the tempo early with a inswinging free kick from Ian Turner landing at the feet of Ciaran Griffin but his shot is promptly blocked by the scrambling Bray defense.

  • Killian Cooper kicks us off and we're underway between Cobh and Bray.

  • It's a lovely evening here at St.Colman's Park. Not a cloud in the sky and both teams will be looking to make the most out of the conditions and play some fast attacking football.

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh Defender
4Lee Devitt Midfielder 87'
6Charlie Lyons Defender 78'
9Killian Cooper Forward
12Naythan Coleman Defender
15David O’Leary Midfielder 70'
17Cian Murphy Defender
23Ciaran Griffin 10 Forward
24Chris O’Reilly Forward
13Gavin Ryan Goalkeeper
3Darryl Walsh Defender
5Ben O’Riordan Defender
10Jake Hegarty 23 Forward
11Conor Drinan Defender
19James McCarthy Defender
20Kevin Williams

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett 12 Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder 59'
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
20Charlie Gallagher 24 Defender
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
10Gary Shaw 24 Forward
12Dean O’Shea 3 Defender
16Darren Craven Midfielder
22Steven Kinsella Forward
24Cian Maher 10 Defender
30Jack Ross Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

1 - 5
eLOI Group D
Online Event

Cobh Ramblers v Bray Wanderers

(Series 13)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Bray Wanderers

(Series 4)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cobh Ramblers


St. Colman's Park
Saint Colman\'s Park, Norwood Park, Cobh Urban, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, P24 F252, Ireland