The home side were utterly dominant, but struggled to take any of the host of chances that fell their way until finally making the breakthrough just past the hour mark when Kevin Devaney worked space inside the box from a United throw to fire past Peter Cherrie at his near post.
The visitors suffered another blow before the game restarted as Sean Harding was forced off injured, and with Bray having already made all three substitutions - all enforced due to injury - they had to play the last third of the game with 10 men.
A measure of the pressure Bray were under was the fact they had to wait until the 82nd minute for their first effort on target, United ’keeper Conor Winn clawing away a Mark Sammon header, but the home side made the points safe with three goals in the space of four minutes in the dying stages of the game.
They extended their lead in the 84th minute when Colm Horgan’s cross from the right was turned into his own goal by the unfortunate Paul Finnegan; Vinny Faherty capitalised on a mistake by Cherrie to chip the stranded keeper from 25 yards a minute later; and substitute Ruairi Keating fired home two minutes from time after a 30 yard run by Ryan Connolly to complete the rout.
Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Folan, Walsh; Shanahan, Sullivan (Foley 90), Connolly, Devaney (Cantwell 86); Curran (Keating 74), Faherty.
Cherrie; Harding, McNally, Kenna (inj, Finnegan 20), Marks (inj Douglas 58); Connolly, Byrne, Salmon, Moore; Brennan; Kelly (inj, Lewis 34).
Anthony Buttimer (Cork).