Date Time League Season
2 July 2021 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Doyle double delivers Bray win

Two goals from Bray Wanderers top goal-scorer Joe Doyle ensured his side came away with all three points against Cobh Ramblers at the Carlisle Grounds this evening.

Wanderers held onto their 2-1 lead despite a late push from The Claret and Blue army as Ian Turner’s header was cancelled out by Doyle just before the interval and he bagged a second goal in the 58th minute.

The two additions bring Doyle’s total to six goals so far this year and Bray will be hoping he continues this excellent run of form as they now move into the top five.

Cobh struggled to get into the game in the opening stages but their less than impressive start was made redundant when they went 1-0 up just half an hour in.

Despite Bray’s objections to the officials to consider an offside flag, Ian Turner got on the end of a Darren Murphy cross to score and the goal stood to The Wanderers discontent.

Gary Cronin would have been delighted his intended half-time team talk was thrown out the window when Doyle nabbed one back in the 43rdminute to set things right and restore justice at 1-1.

Often linking up with Dylan Barnett and Luka Lovic throughout the game, he then went on to net his brace with 58 minutes gone and put Bray in the driving seat at 2-1.

Cobh then intensified their attacking pursuits as they threw men forward in an effort to bid for an equaliser and even though they came close in stints their goalkeeper Sean Barron is really the one who excelled for them as the full time whistle neared.

Coming up with two wonder saves in the 87th minute he protected the goals and ensured things didn’t get too out of hand in the closing stages.

There was a nervy four minutes of added time, but Bray managed to hold out in front of their home fans and secure the win to continue to progress up the First Division Table.

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Andrew Quinn Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder
8Mark Byrne Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward 44', 60'
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder 36'
16Darren Craven Midfielder
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
10Gary Shaw Forward
12Dean O’Shea Defender
18Sean Callan Defender
22Steven Kinsella Forward
23Glen Hollywood Midfielder
24Cian Maher Defender

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
4Lee Devitt Midfielder
5Ben O’Riordan Defender
6Charlie Lyons Defender
7Ian Turner 18 Midfielder 31'
8Pierce Phillips Midfielder 80'
9Killian Cooper 24 Forward
10Jake Hegarty 23 Forward
14Stephen O’Leary Midfielder
16Darren Murphy Forward
17Cian Murphy 3 Defender
22Corey Chambers Goalkeeper
3Darryl Walsh 17 Defender
12Naythan Coleman Defender
18Danny O’Connell 7 Midfielder
20Nathan O’Connell Midfielder
24Chris O’Reilly 9 Forward
23Ciaran Griffin 10 Forward 68'
26Fionn Duggan Midfielder
  • 92'

    With four minutes added time Doyle did all the work as he outpaced Cobh's defence and struck one towards goal but it just trails wide.

  • 92'

    With four minutes added time Doyle did all the work as he outpaced Cobh's defence and struck one towards goal but it just trails wide.

  • 87'

    Two great saves from Barron to keep Cobh within one goal late on in this one

  • 83'

    Killian Cooper comes off for O'Reilly

  • 80'

    Yellow card for Philips for a high footed tackle

  • 76'

    Into the last 15 minutes at The Carlisle Grounds and Cobh are continuously improving in attack in this one. No goal this half yet for them as Bray try to reconcile and keep the ball

  • 68'

    Cobh roll in the subs as they try to get back into this game. Danny O'Connell comes on for Turner to make his Ramblers debut and is joined on the pitch by Darryl Walsh and Ciaran Griffin for Cian Murphy and Jack Hegarty

  • 68'

    Cobh really applying the pressure in recent minutes as they try to claw their way back to an equaliser. Griffin picks up a yellow card for his words to the referee after he came on as a sub

  • 58'

    DOYLE with his second of the game to make it 2-1 to Bray at The Carlisle Grounds with half an hour to go!

  • 53'

    Eight minutes into this second half and not much to report on in recent minutes as both sides are struggling to break through. The game still rests at 1-1 at The Carlisle Grounds.

  • 45'

    Second half gets underway!

  • 45'

    Halftime sees the teams go into the dressing rooms at 1 goal a piece. Bray having dominated much of the opening stages would have been disappointed to go 1-0 down through Turner's header in the 31st minute, but managed to get one back and even things out with Joe Doyle's strike

  • 42'

    Approaching the interval Bray nab one back via Joe Doyle. The ball was squared to him by Barnett who was powering down that left hand side

  • 36'

    O'Farrell receives a yellow card for bringing down Sean Barron

  • 31'

    COBH GOAL! In their only real chance of the game the away side are first to strike on the scoresheet. Arguably against the run of play but Turner won\\\'t have minded that as he headed the ball into the back of the net at the end of Darren Murphy\'s cross. Bray were protesting to the linesman that it was offside but the officials stick with their original decision.

  • 29'

    Good break from Cobh see's Cooper chance his arm at goal but it sails well over to the right and wide.

  • 21'

    Real chance for Bray is fired wide of the post by Joe Doyle who opted to go near side of the keeper instead of across the face of goal.

  • 19'

    Cobh enjoy a stint in the opposition's half but it still remains 0-0 at The Carlisle Grounds with nearly 20 minutes gone

  • 15'

    Originating at the end of a quickly taken free kick on the edge of the box, Richard O'Farrell does well to get a shot on goal from an acute angle in the 6 yard box. Resulting corner led to nothing but it's good, progressive play from The Seagulls

  • 15'

    Quarter of an hour gone at The Carlisle Grounds. Bray pushing forward but no goal for their attempts as of yet, while Cobh are keen to press high on The Wanderers when they are in possession.

  • And we're underway at The Carlisle Grounds in this match between Bray and Cobh!

  • With under ten minutes to kick off the teams look ready to go and battle it out at The Carlisle Grounds for the three points. Bray have had a mixed bag of outings in recent weeks, accumulating two wins, two losses and most freshly a draw against Athlone town just seven days ago. Equally as hap-hazard in form lately The Rams are coming off the back of a 3-2 thriller with Wexford FC that saw them leapfrog table neighbours Cork into eighth place.

  • The premise of tonight's fixture is that The Seagulls are looking to edge closer to the ever elusive top four breakaway, while Cobh will have it in their ambition to go level with Athlone Town with a win tonight on Bray’s home turf.

  • The home side Bray have just announced their starting line up, with new signing Daniel Jones earning himself a spot on the bench. More team news to follow

  • Last time out the teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at St Colman’s Park where The Wanderers would have felt hard done by not to come away with the result, but both will be hoping to amass the three points in this second meeting of the season.

  • Thanks for joining me Alanna Cunnane for tonight's coverage! The Carlisle Grounds takes centre stage for Bray Wanderers and Cobh Ramblers’ melee which is just under an hour away in the League of Ireland First Division.

Past Meetings

(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


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

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.