Date Time League Season
11 August 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Bray steal last minute point in Cobh thriller

Bray Wanderers snatched a draw in the dying seconds of the game against Cobh Ramblers, coming from behind twice to draw 3-3 in a pulsating encounter at St Coleman’s Park.

A fabulous Guillermo Almirall free kick in the 92nd minute gave Bray a vital point in Cork. This came after a double from Wilson Waweru and a Jack Doherty penalty had put Cobh 3-1 up with fifteen to go.

Bray have shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions this season and one of the worst of them all occurred within the first minute. A long ball up from Lee Steacy was allowed bounce and Jack Doherty managed to wriggle in behind makeshift centre half Seán Quinn who dragged the Cobh midfielder down and the referee pointed to the spot. Doherty dusted himself down and stepped up for the penalty, slotting past Matthew Connor to give Cobh a 1-0 lead within the first 90 seconds of the game. 

Cobh continued to play long balls over the Bray defence, and it caused nightmares for the Seagulls back-line, with Wilson Waweru missing not one, but two guilt edge chances as a result of the “Ramblers” clearly thought-out tactic. 

In the 30th minute however, the away side struck level through a stroke of genius. Bray worked the ball out wide left as Callum Thompson laid the ball off to Dane Massey. The experienced full back stepped onto the ball and his first touch was a sensational curling effort which looped over Steacy in the Cobh net and levelled the game, much to everyone’s surprise. 

Just over two minutes later though and Cobh were back in front. Same tactic to the first goal and the same result. It was Waweru in behind once more and unlike his previous two efforts, he made no mistake and rounded Connor to tap into an empty net and restore the home side’s lead going into half-time.

Bray started the second half well and kept much of the possession but could not find the killing edge. They were made to pay for this too when Waweru grabbed his second. A lovely, whipped cross from Mikey Rowe found the Cobh striker at the back post to volley into the roof of the net and put the home side 3-1 ahead and seemingly out of sight with fifteen minutes to go. 

Bray were undeterred and finally found the clinical dynamism they were lacking a few minutes later and pulled a goal back. Ben Feeney played a ball out wide which Darren Craven ran onto. He bested Lyons and smashed a ball across goal which Feeney, who had continued into the box after his pass, ran onto. His sliding effort snuck in at the near post and brought Bray once again back to just a goal apart.

In the 92nd minute, when Cobh had seemed like they had saw off the Bray threat, the away side won a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped Spaniard Almirall and his curling left footed effort stunned all and flew into the top corner, sending the Bray bench into raptures as the “Wanderers” came away with a draw after tethering on the verge of defeat all night.

Cobh Ramblers

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Michael McCarthy Defender
3Cian Browne Defender
5Breandan Frahill Defender
6Charlie Lyons Defender
7Wilson Waweru Forward 33', 73'
8Pierce Phillips 28 Midfielder
10Jack Doherty 17 Midfielder 2'
11Mikie Rowe Midfielder
29Tiernan O’Brien 4 Midfielder
39Jason Abbott Midfielder
4Justin Eguaibor 29 Defender
9Jake Hegarty Forward
16Luke Desmond Midfielder
17Dean Larkin 10 Midfielder
21Liam Kervick Midfielder
28Dale Holland 8 Midfielder
30Darragh Burke Goalkeeper
77Luke Casey Forward

Bray Wanderers

45Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
18Max Murphy Midfielder 25'
14Dane Massey 3 Defender 30'
12Cole Omorehiomwan Defender
21Guillermo Almirall Midfielder 92'
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
15Ben Feeney Forward 75'
17Darren Craven Midfielder
16Callum Thompson 19 Forward 74'
32Yoyo Mahdy Forward
33Sean Quinn Midfielder 2'
1Alex Moody Goalkeeper
3Len O’Sullivan 14 Defender 89'
4Jack Hudson Defender
8Harry Groome Midfielder
9Chris Lyons Forward
19Jake Walker 16 Forward
20Conor Knight Midfielder
23Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
30Zach Nolan Defender
  • 94'

    Full time and it has finished 3-3 with Bray grabbing a point right at the end. Thank you for joining me tonight.

  • 92'

    Bray level at the death! It's Almirall with a fantastic free kick as he whips it back across and it flies past Steacy. 3-3!

  • 88'

    Third Cobh change, Larkin on for Doherty.

  • 85'

    Second Cobh sub, Holland on for Phillips.

  • 82'

    First Cobh change as Eguaibor replaces the booked O'Brien.

  • 79'

    First changes of them game very late here and they come for Bray, Walker and O'Sullivan on for Massey and Thompson.

  • 75'

    Or are they!? Bray pull one back and its Ben Feeney. He starts the ball as he slips it out wide to Darren Craven. The Bray midfielder does well and beats his man to flash a ball across the box to find a sliding Feeney who fires in at the near post. A big last ten minutes coming up here.

  • 73'

    Cobh make no mistake here though and they do make it three! A lovely whipped cross from Rowe finds Waweru at the back post to volley home his second. Cobh looking home and dry now.

  • 72'

    Cobh's first real chance of this half see's Connor make a huge save as Doherty races through and strikes.

  • 71'

    Yellow card for Cobh and it goes to Tiernan O'Brien for kicking the ball away for a Bray free kick.

  • 67'

    Bray the better side this half but haven't been able to produce much, a flash shot from Mahdy there one of only to note.

  • 67'

    Bray the better side this half but haven't been able to produce much, a flash shot from Mahdy there one of only to note.

  • 57'

    A quieter half so far must be said, Bray trying to find a way back into this as Cobh are starting to sit off, the wind has definitely been a factor this evening.

  • 48'

    Bray started this half well, Massey with a chance for his second from a corner as he heads wide.

  • 46'

    Back underway here.

  • 45'

    Half time and Cobh are 2-1 up, could have been much more, Bray lucky to still be in this. More to come in the second half.

  • 42'

    Almost a brilliantly worked goal for Cobh as a throw in is volleyed off to Doherty who strikes a volley himself which just flashes wide.

  • 33'

    Cobh retake the lead almost instantly! It is a long ball again and Waweru doesn't make a third mistake as he rounds Connor and taps into an empty net. 2-1

  • 30'

    Out of nothing, Bray level! A fantastic strike from Dane Massey on just the edge of the box as he whips it back across goal into the top corner, with Steacy getting a touch but not being able to do anything to stop it. 1-1.

  • 27'

    Almost an incredible goal Lee Steacy of all people as his free kick just touches the top of the goal and almost catches Connor out.

  • 25'

    Second Bray booking as Murphy brings down Doherty out wide.

  • 24'

    The chances are pilling up for the home side, this time its Rowe who fires over from a long throw, deflected out though.

  • 11'

    Waweru with another huge miss as he once again gets in behind but Connor is yet again his match and it is out for another corner.

  • 8'

    Bray being carved apart so easily as Waweru is played in behind but Connor makes himself big and the ball cannons off him and out for a corner. A huge miss for Cobh to double their lead.

  • 2'

    Up steps that man Doherty and he fires it past Connor into the bottom corner. 1-0 Cobh.

  • 1'

    Penalty for Cobh! A long ball by Steacy bounces over make-shift centre half Quinn and Doherty gets in across him. The Bray defender shoulders Doherty to the floor and the referee to the floor.

  • 1'

    Bray with the first half chance as Mahdy's looping header is wide.

  • Underway here at St Coleman's Park.

  • Both teams coming out now, kick off next.

  • Good evening and welcome to this First Division clash between Cobh Ramblers and Bray Wanderers. Four changes for Cobh and three for Bray tonight, two very different sides for both of these from their bank holiday Monday fixtures.

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers FC 2-2 Cobh Ramblers FC

(Round 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers FC 2-1 Bray Wanderers FC

(Round 35)
1 - 5
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers 1-5 Cobh Ramblers

(Round 26)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers 3-1 Bray Wanderers

(Round 13)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cobh Ramblers

(Round 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Bray Wanderers

(Series 23)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Bray Wanderers

(Series 14)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 5)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Bray Wanderers

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

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