Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne must fight it out again in a replay at Tolka Park on Monday after the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils in last night’s FAI Ford Cup second round tie at the Carlisle Grounds.
A draw was probably the right result with last year’s beaten finalists Shelbourne dominating the opening 45 minutes. But it was a completely different Bray side in the second half, with the least Pat Devlin’s side deserved being a second bite of the cherry.
Shels took the lead on 35 minutes when a left-footed Barry Clancy free on the right from 30 yards sailed high into the net.
The Seagulls at last posed a challenge on 42 minutes when an Adam Hanlon cross from the left enabled winger Marty Waters to get in a shot from 12 yards, which was well saved at the second attempt by Dean Delaney.
A resurgent Bray grabbed a deserved equaliser 63 minutes when the dangerous Marty Waters skipped past Andy Boyle on the left to cut inside and take the ball around Delaney to shoot home from a difficult angle.
Waters went close to a winner on 77 minutes when, after accepting a pass from John Mulroy, he again cut in from the left, only this time to shoot into the sidenetting.
BRAY WANDERERS: Quigley; Webster, D. O’Connor, Sweeney, Knight; Hanlon, Zambra, Houston, Mulroy (Kelty 88), Waters; Byrne.
SHELBOURNE: — Delaney; Mathews (Murphy 73), Boyle, Shortall , Clancy; Cassidy, Cronin, Dawson, Kavanagh (McGill 86); Hughes (Ryan 73), Gorman.
Referee: Damien Hancock (Dublin).
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