‘Lucky’ Conor Kenna goal gives Bray a boost

Bray Wanderers 1 Finn Harps 0: Conor Kenna conceded it was luck that led to his first goal for Bray that downed out of sorts Finn Harps.

The Seagulls skipper headed the vital score at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday to extend the Wicklow club’s five-match unbeaten run and ended their Donegal opponents’ undefeated streak in the process.

“It’s gas — I wasn’t supposed to go up for the corner” revealed the central defender who headed in Karl Moore’s 32nd-minute delivery.

“Myself and Tim Clancy were changing who’d go up as we went along during the game. That’s what I like to do, attack the front post. It worked out this time.

“I was good to get a goal to be honest” explained Kenna who ended his goal-drought having not scored in 12 months since netting for Shamrock Rovers in a 4-1 win over Limerick in July 2015.

It was also an historic night for Wanderers’ goalkeeper Peter Cherrie who set a club record of five successive Premier Division clean sheets and 520 minutes without conceding in the top-flight.

“I didn’t know about it. Somebody was actually shouting it to me behind the goals in the game” revealed the Scot.

“I wasn’t too concerned about. I was just concerned about the job in hand.”

Bray should have had the points wrapped up by the interval. But poor finishing and some good goalkeeping ensured only one goal decided the fixture.

Dylan Connolly slotted wide with just Richard Brush to beat while the custodian saved well from Andrew Lewis.

Cherrie was tested by a long-range effort from former Seagull Adam Hanlon in the opening period in what was the visitors’ only opportunity of note.

That saw Harps boss Ollie Horgan accept his side didn’t do enough — especially in the opening period — to take anything from the game as they conceded a first goal in 384 minutes of action.

“We were outplayed in the first half, Bray were excellent. They should have put the game to bed.

“We should have been dead and buried at half-time. We were much better in the second-half. But to be fair, the better side won, we’ve no complaints.”

BRAY WANDERERS:

Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch; Sullivan; Moore (McDonagh 74), Brennan, Noone (Pender 89), Connolly; Lewis.

FINN HARPS:

Brush; McNulty (Funston 63), Packie Mailey, Cowan; Boyle, Hanlon, Molloy, Houston, Josh Mailey, McHugh (Keating half time), Scully (Foy 63).

Referee:

Robert Hennessy (Clare).


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