Date Time League Season
7 May 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Shaw delivers late for Bray

Bray Wanderers staged a smash and grab at Eamonn Deacy Park tonight as an injury time Gary Shaw header gave Bray their first win of the season as they beat Galway United 2-1.

The first half started with a bang as Bray came firing out of the gates with some beautiful slick passing. This bore fruit in the sixth minute.

Some excellent work in the midfield by Richie O’Farrell led to a perfect through ball by Brandon Kavanagh to Joe Doyle. Doyle’s first attempt on goal was saved, but he stuck with it and tapped home the rebound to put the visitors ahead.

Kavanagh continued to be a big part of the Seagulls attack, as he and Doyle continued to link up. The Wicklow team were unlucky to not go two up in the 16th minute, when a low cross found its way through to Luka Lovic; but the midfielders shot bounced off the post.  

It took the Tribesmen the best part of a half an hour to start showing signs of life, but they didn’t need much to equalise.

A 34th minute Carlton Ubaezuonu run down the left side, led to a perfect cross into the box, which Ruairi Keating poked home to bring United level. It didn’t take long for the home team to kick on with Ubaezuonu and Keating both having excellent chances before the half. 

After the break the game seemed to slow down with both teams happy to probe and keep control of possession without any real drive forward.

Galway had a few chances, with Shane Duggan’s long shot forcing a good save out of Brian Maher. Aside from that the majority of the second half was quiet, with either team struggling to take a hold of the game.

It wasn’t until late into injury time that the tie would be broken. Kavanagh whipped in a perfect corner from the right side and substitute Gary Shaw was able to get his head onto the ball to put it past Kearns and give Wanderers the lead. 

Galway made a last gasp attempt at getting the equaliser, but it was too little too late; as Bray held on to capture their first win of the season away from home.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME! Bray stage a smash and grab as that Gary Shaw header gives them their first win of the season. Final Score: Bray Wanderers 2 Galway United 1

  • 89'

    GOAL FOR BRAY! Gary Shaw gets on the end of a Brandon Kavanagh corner and Bray take the lead in injury time!

  • 84'

    Wilson Waweru On For Galway United.

  • 84'

    Carlton Ubaezuonu Off For Galway United.

  • 84'

    Connor McCormack Off For Galway United.

  • 84'

    Gary Boylan On For Galway United.

  • 82'

    Yellow Card for Richie O'Farrell.

  • 80'

    Yellow Card For Mikie Rowe

  • 77'

    The game has really settled into a lull with neither team really looking dangerous going foward. That being said Galway's goal came out of nowhere so it's entirely possible we're about to see a flurry of action.

  • 70'

    Yellow Card for Bray's Andrew Quinn.

  • 68'

    Mikie Rowe immediately in the action as he latches onto the end of a ball into the box but his shot is blocked by the Bray defence.

  • 66'

    David Hurley & Mikey Place Off For Galway United

  • 66'

    Padraic Cunningham & Mikie Rowe On For Galway United

  • 64'

    Bray are struggling to really move the ball forward with any intent. Outside of Brandon Kavanagh nobody seems to really be able to move the ball into the final third.

  • 57'

    Dean O'Shea Off For Bray Wanderers

  • 57'

    Gary Shaw On For Bray Wanderers

  • 55'

    Shane Duggan forces Brian Maher into action as he smashes a shot from outside the box but Maher is able to push the ball past the post for a corner.

  • 53'

    Quiet start here to the second half as both teams continue to feel each other out and try to get back into the game.

  • 45'

    SECOND HALF KICK OFF! No changes for either team as Galway will be hoping to continue their good run of play that they had to end the first half.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: The Seagulls will be glad to hear the half time whistle because Galway have really come on strong to end the half and will feel like they should be ahead.

  • 44'

    Galway have really perked up in the final portion of this first half. Carlton Ubaezuonu and Ruairi Keating have really posed problems for the Bray's defense with both having two chances both come dangerously close to putting the Tribesmen ahead.

  • 38'

    Galway again finding purchase down the left flank with Ruairi Keating getting in a great low cross that the Bray defenders miss as it falls to Shane Duggan who blasts the ball over the bar from 6 yards out.

  • 34'

    GOAL FOR GALWAY! Out of nothing a cross from Carlton Ubaezuonu lands right at the feet of Ruairi Keating who pokes the ball into the net to even up the score!

  • 31'

    Bray win the ball again in midfield and immediately counter attack before Brandon Kavanagh smashes a shot from 30 yards out and forces a tremendous save out of Kearns.

  • 28'

    Brandon Kavanagh sets Joe Doyle through with a wonderful ball over the top of Galway's defense but Doyle's shot is straight at Connor Kearns in the United net.

  • 24'

    Connor Clifford and Richie O'Farrell are proving to be quite the force in the middle of the park for Bray. Clifford in particular has already been responsible for winning the ball for Bray multiple times.

  • 22'

    Dylan Barnett looses the ball on the left side and gets a bit too eager to claim it back resulting in a yellow card.

  • 19'

    Brandon Kavanagh continues to pull the strings for Bray as he roams across the attacking third looking for spots where he can collect the ball and distribute.

  • 16'

    Bray hit the post! A beautiful sequence of passing from Bray down the left side leads to a Joe Doyle cross which somehow finds it's way to an outstretched Luka Lovic limb. Lovic's attempt only just misses landing in the net and Galway survive a scare.

  • 9'

    This has been a theme with Bray in most of their games this season. They start so strong and look to play attacking football and press the other team to give up possession.

  • 6'

    GOAL FOR BRAY! Excellent work by Richie O'Farrell to win the ball in midfield before Brandon Kavanagh threads a perfect ball through to Joe Doyle. Doyle's first attempt is saved but he sticks with it and dispatches the rebound into the net to give Bray the lead.

  • KICK OFF! We're off at Eamonn Deacy Park.

  • The weather tonight is looking nice and calm with no real breeze or rain to worry about so hopefully we'll see some attacking football between the two teams.

  • Welcome to Eamonn Deacy Park for Bray Wanderers vs Galway United. The Tribesmen will be hoping to continue their good form after last weeks 4-0 victory over Cobh while Bray will be looking for their first win of the season after a nil all draw against Cork City.

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
7Ruairi Keating Forward 34'
8Shane Duggan Midfielder
10David Hurley 9 Midfielder
15Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
20Mikey Place 14 Midfielder
21Christopher Horgan Defender
22Conor McCormack 4 Midfielder
1Kevin Horgan Goalkeeper
4Gary Boylan 22 Defender
9Padraic Cunningham 10 Forward
12Stephen Christopher Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe 20 Midfielder 80'
24Colin Kelly Forward
Wilson Waweru 15 Forward
Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender 22'
4Andrew Quinn Defender 70'
5Aaron Barry Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward 6'
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
12Dean O’Shea 10 Defender
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder 82'
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
30Jack Ross Goalkeeper
10Gary Shaw 12 Forward 90'
23Glen Hollywood Midfielder
24Cian Maher Defender
26R O’Brien Defender

Past Meetings

(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


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland