Date Time League Season
20 October 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Lyons Penalty Delivers Stalemate In Carlisle

Chris Lyons penalty was the last goal at the Carlisle this season as Bray came back to draw 1-1 with Finn Harps.

The number 9 for the Seagulls scored his tenth goal of the season after Makinson had put the away side ahead in the first half.

In awful conditions, it was hard for either side to get a grip of the game, but it was Finn Harps who managed to create more, and they took the lead in the 25th minute. A corner was taken short to Tony McNamee and the number 26 did well to wriggle free of his marker. He then played the ball back to the penalty spot to tee up Matthew Makinson who got his foot around the ball and curls into the near post and past the diving Connor.

It wasn’t to be the away side’s last chance of the half either. Set pieces were once again causing Bray havoc and they could not clear their lines, with the ball falling to Noe Baba who unleashed a powerful shot which Connor instinctively batted away to keep his side only a goal down going into half time.

Bray came out fighting in the second half and had the wind in their favour, which helped bring about the equaliser. A long ball fell into the path of Chris Lyons, who was about to take a touch when he was bundled down by Baba just inside the box. The Bray striker stepped up to the spot himself and sent Cooney the wrong way to put the game back on level terms.

Just after and Finn Harps almost re-took the lead. McNamee tried an audacious chip, and it went over the head of Connor but was cleared just before going in by Thompson. Another goal line clearance was to follow for Bray, this time even more spectacular. McLaughlin was played down the line and squared the ball across to Sean O’Donnell. Somehow, Max Murphy got in front of the Harps players finish and deflected the ball over for a corner from what looked to be a certain goal.

Late on in the game, history was made as 15-year-old Billy O’Neill came on to replace Chris Lyons, becoming the “Wanderers” youngest ever player, besting the record of now Blackburn winger Andrew Moran.

Bray Wanderers

45Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
18Max Murphy Midfielder
4Jack Hudson 5 Defender
12Cole Omorehiomwan Defender
8Harry Groome Midfielder
14Dane Massey Defender
16Callum Thompson Forward
17Darren Craven 42 Midfielder
20Conor Knight 43 Midfielder
21Guillermo Almirall 29 Midfielder 38'
9Chris Lyons 41 Forward 62'
43Alain Kizenga 20 Defender 55'
1Alex Moody Goalkeeper
5Dave Webster 4 Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
10Conor Davis Forward
29Daniel Chukwu 21 Forward
39Thomas Morgan Forward
42Philip Cooney 17 Forward
41Billy O’Neill 9 Forward

Finn Harps

25Oisin Cooney Goalkeeper
30Jamie Watson Defender
6Noe Baba Defender 61'
12Stephen Doherty Midfielder
15Kevin Jordan Defender
20Sean O’Donnell Forward
26Tony McNamee Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey 19 Midfielder 33'
28Aaron McLaughlin Forward
42Max Hutchison Midfielder
55Matty Makinson Defender 25'
10Dan Stokoe Midfielder
3Max Johnston Forward
11Seamas Keogh Midfielder
14Caoimhin Porter Defender
19BJ Banda 22 Forward
21Damian Duffy Midfielder
35Darragh Coyle Defender
40Antonio Tuta Goalkeeper
  • 95'

    Full time and that brings an end to the 2023 season, a draw probably a fair result in the end. Thank you for joining me throughout the year at the Carlisle, have a good night.

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on here.

  • 87'

    Makinson booked as he scythes down Chukwu out wide.

  • 84'

    History made as Billy O'Neill comes on as Bray's youngest ever player, replacing Chris Lyons.

  • 80'

    First Harps change as Banda replaces Rainey.

  • 79'

    Another Bray change, Cooney on for Craven.

  • 77'

    Cooney does well to get down low and tip a Craven free kick round the post.

  • 75'

    Massive chance for Finn Harps as McLaughlin races in behind and squares to O'Donnell but somehow Murphy gets in front of the ball and blocks a certain goal.

  • 71'

    Another big penalty shout for Bray as Cooney fells Lyons but the referee is having none of this appeal and it is a goal kick.

  • 65'

    Finn Harps go down the other end and almost re-take the lead. McNamee with a deft chip which sails over Connor but is cleared by Thompson.

  • 62'

    The Bray number nine cooly converts, sending Cooney the wrong way. 1-1!

  • 61'

    Penalty to Bray! A long ball finds Lyons, who is brought down in the box by Baba. The defender is booked and up steps Lyons...

  • 55'

    Kizenga another player for Bray into the book.

  • 54'

    Third Bray change, Webster on for Hudson.

  • 45'

    Back underway here, two changes for Bray, Chukwu and Kizenga on for Almirall and Knight.

  • 46'

    First half over and it is the away side who lead, and deservedly so. Bray have been a mess at the back at times, especially from set pieces. More to come in the second half.

  • 45'

    A minute added on at the end of the first half.

  • 39'

    Huge save from Connor to get the game at 1-0 as Baba gets off a powerful shot but the Bray keeper fists it away.

  • 38'

    Almirall booked now for Bray.

  • 33'

    Now Harps have their first booking, Rainey clips Almirall as he passes him.

  • 30'

    McNamee at the heart of everything for Harps as he scissor kicks a volley just over.

  • 28'

    First yellow of the game goes to the home side and Chris Lyons.

  • 25'

    Finn Harps deservedly take the lead! It's a well worked corner too, McNamee gets the ball and wriggles free, pulls it back to Makinson who finishes really well. 1-0 to the away side!

  • 19'

    A scramble just outside the Harps box results in a Craven effort which rolls into Cooney's hands.

  • 17'

    Some lovely footwork by McNamee sets himself up for a volley from just outside the box but it drifts just wide.

  • 13'

    Harps having a bit of joy down their left hand side but have not created much yet.

  • 6'

    First big chance of the game goes Bray's way as Chris Lyons is played through on goal but his effort is tame and straight at Cooney.

  • Underway here at the Carlisle.

  • Teams are coming out now as kick off approaches.

  • Good evening and welcome to a dreary Carlisle Grounds where the rain is hammering down. No changes for Bray tonight from last week while there have been three for Finn Harps, with a change in goal as Oisin Cooney replaces Tuta.

Past Meetings

(Round 22)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC 0-0 Bray Wanderers FC

(Round 14)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC 2-0 Finn Harps FC

(Round 3)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC 1-1 Bray Wanderers FC

7 - 5
eLOI Group D
Online Event

Finn Harps v Bray Wanderers

(2nd Round)
0 - 2
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps

2 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC v Finn Harps FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Bray Wanderers FC

5 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC v Finn Harps FC

2 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Bray Wanderers FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC v Finn Harps FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Finn Park

Finn Harps FC v Bray Wanderers FC


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

This second year journalism student in Dublin City University has an avid Soccer and League of Ireland fan since his first visit to the Carlisle Grounds over a decade ago.