Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Seagulls Soar from Basement

Bray Wanderers are off the basement of the Airtricity Premier Division for the first time this season after holding Sporting Fingal at Morton Stadium.

Alan Kirby put the hosts ahead on two minutes following a swift break but the in-form Jake Kelly equalised with a shot from ten yards on 16.

Kelly added his second with a neat finish nine minutes before the
break to put Bray 2-1 up only for former Seagull Eamon Zayed to nick a point for Fingal by tapping home on 59 minutes.

Following two impressive back-to-back victories over Dundalk and
Galway United, Pat Devlin's young side were once again on form and had their chances to collect another three points.

However, they found themselves trailing after only two minutes to a superb Fingal opener. Gary O'Neill teed up Ronan Finn to burst through the centre and his pass to the left was dummied by Eamon Zayed, allowing Alan Kirby finish into the bottom corner with a first-time curler.

Bray hit back on 16 minutes when Jack Kelly, fresh from his brace
against Galway on Friday, evaded full-back Kevin Dawson inside the box and buried a low shot which squirmed through Darren Quigley's grasp.

Quigley was forced into terrific save to tip over David Webster's long
range free-kick on the half hour but Kelly delivered again after 34
minutes by latching onto Gay Dempsey's through ball in a crowded penalty area and stroking home.

That lead could have been extended three minutes after the break only for Kenny Browne to race back and deny Gary Shaw with a blocked tackle eight yards out.

Fingal got more of a grip on the game and Bray 'keeper Matt Gregg was on hand to foil a pair of Ronan Finn drives a minutes apart.

But the hosts drew level on 59 minutes when Conan Byrne nicked the ball past the onrushing Gregg in a chase and, despite only clipping the post with the goal gaping, Zayed spared his blushes by tapping home the rebound.


Picture Michael Tierney