Bohemians 0 Bray Wanderers 1 (FAI Cup): Bohemians’ fans left Dalymount Park frustrated and angry with what they had just witnessed, a second defeat to Bray within five days.
It was a difficult night for them, with their team falling behind under bizarre circumstances with only four minutes on the clock. Chris Lyons did well to control the ball and spread it out to the right wing, where Peter McGlynn attempted to whip in a cross near the corner flag.
His cross spun unchallenged into the hands of Bohs goalkeeper Dean Delaney, who parried the ball onto the ground before collecting it at the second attempt. As Delaney turned to find a team mate, assistant referee Robert Clarke raised his flag to signal the ball had crossed the line.
To add to the Gypsies confusion, not even the Bray players had seemed to realise they had scored. Referee Graham Kelly was not a popular man, and things only got worse for him during a heated first-half in which he brandished four yellow cards.
The Seagulls seemed content to sit on their lead, weathering the flurry of Bohs’ attacks while creating few chances of their own.
Bray did all they could to disrupt Bohemians growing momentum as goalkeeper Peter Cherrie was warned about time wasting. Keith Long’s side continued to pile on the pressure following the restart, with Ismahil Akinade’s physicality causing Bray a host of problems. Keith Buckley and Derek Prendergast both came close to finding an equaliser and perhaps should have done better.
Long sprung Jason Byrne from the bench and less than a minute later the striker found himself one-on-one with Cherrie, yet could only manage a tame effort right into the goalkeeper’s chest. His team were running out of chances.
As the clock winded down Bohemians seemed to simply run out of energy, exhausted after chasing the game right from the off.
Delaney; Murphy, Best (Moore 88), Prendergast, Fitzgerald; Lopes, Buckley (Byrne 77), Mulcahy; Kavanagh, Evans; Akinade.
Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Cooney, Barker; McGlynn (McDonagh 72), Kelly, Cassidy, McEvoy, Scully (Fitzpatrick 88); Lyons.
Graham Kelly (Cork).
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