Bray were sliced and diced on Leeside by a City side who answered their critics with six of the best. The win puts City into second.
The opening goal arrived on seven minutes. Admir Softic chipped a pass to Neale Fenn who headed back into Joe Gamble’s path. Gamble gave O’Donovan space and he curled a shot beyond Gary Rogers.
City then bagged their second when an in-swinging corner from Neal Fenn was met powerfully by the towering Dan Murray.
Bray despite being completely outplayed, had their moments.
Their best chance was on 27 minutes when James O’Shea dispossessed Murray and cut into the area before hitting a low drive that whistled wide.
A minute later, City’s third brought the biggest roar of the night.
Three players were involved in the build-up, which started with Neil Horgan playing to Fenn.
Colin O’Brien picked up the latter’s pass, Horgan continued his run into the box and swept the ball across the box where Billy Woods was on hand to rifle into the roof of the net.
It got better for City on 44 minutes when Dan Murray showed outrageous skills to knock in the fourth.
The centre back started the move with a run through midfield before finding O’Donovan, who played a delightful return pass. The big centre back slotted to the bottom corner.
The goal of the match made it 5-0 four minutes after the break. O’Donovan turned beautifully and set off on a dazzling run before scoring from a tight angle inside the six-yard box.
Bray had three chances in a five-minute period that should have resulted in at least a goal. Tyrell wasn’t far off with a free kick and Caffrey came close with a half-volley before Devine came off his line to deny Fox.
O’Donovan completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute. A long ball out of defence by Murphy landed behind the Bray back four and O’Donovan reacted quickest, rounding Rogers before rolling the ball into an empty net.
CORK CITY: Devine; Horgan, Bennett, Murray, Murphy; O’Brien (Behan 69), Softic, Gamble, Woods (B O’Callaghan 69); Fenn & O’Donovan (O’Sullivan 77).
BRAY WANDERERS: Rogers; Ivory, Tresson, Deans, Ryan (Roche 52); Georgescu, Caffrey, O’Shea, Tyrell; Fox & O’Shea (O’Brien 63).
Referee: D Hancock (Dublin)