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Bray Wanderers 1-1 Shelbourne

Updated: Saturday, 26 May 2012 00:19 | Comments

Shelbourne players celebrate Barry Clancy's goal Clancy opened the scoring after 35 minutes
Shelbourne players celebrate Barry Clancy's goal Clancy opened the scoring after 35 minutes

Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne must replay their FAI Ford Cup tie after an exciting 1-1 draw in the Carlisle Grounds.

Shelbourne controlled the opening half and led through Barry Clancy’s 30-yard free-kick that sailed into the top corner.

Bray came out fighting in the second half and equalised after Kieran Marty Waters beat Andy Boyle to the ball, went past Dean Delany before slotting superbly into the empty net from a tight angle.

Waters had a great chance to win the game for Bray in the final minute but he couldn’t hit the target from Mulroy’s through ball.

Shelbourne had the brighter start to the game and had two chances to take the lead in the first ten minutes.

Glenn Cronin saw his 25-yard strike whistle over Darren Quigley's goal after a poor headed clearance from Danny O’Connor, before Brian Shortall saw his shot saved by Quigley after Paddy Kavanagh's corner from the right.

Shels continued to press for the opener and David Cassidy had a good chance after 16 minutes.

O’Connor waited for his goalkeeper to collect the ball but Cassidy nipped in to get the strike away, but couldn’t find the target. 

The away side continued their pressure and almost scored on the half hour.

Philip Gorman found Kevin Dawson on the right and he returned the ball for midfielder but Gorman’s header saved by the  outstretched leg of Quigley.

Jason Byrne had a shot in anger for Bray two minutes later but he dragged it just wide of the target.

The deadlock was finally broken with ten minutes to go to half time.

Barry Clancy whipped in a 30-yard free-kick from the right wing which evaded the packed penalty area to nestle in the back of the net.

Wanderers had a great chance to level the score three minutes before the break.

Adam Hanlon crossed from the right, Jason Byrne flicked on but Kieran Marty Waters saw his chance superbly blocked by Dean Delany to preserve the half-time lead for Shels.

The Seasiders came out for the second half in a fighting mood and could have been level six minutes in. Kevin Knight crossed from the left and Sean Houston saw his header hit the bar and go over.

The deserved equaliser came 18 minutes into the second period and it was a goal of real quality.

Kieran Marty Waters skipped around the half-hearted challenge of Andy Boyle before going past the advanced Delany to fire a brilliant strike into the back of the net from ten-yards from an acute angle.

Waters had another chance shortly afterwards when a superb flick by John Mulroy saw the striker race through but he fired his effort into the side netting of Delany’s goal.

The Reds goalkeeper was again called upon to make a crucial save with ten minutes to go from a low Hanlon strike before Jason Byrne fired the rebound over.

The home side had a great chance to win the game in the final minute.

Mulroy played another great through ball for Waters but, under pressure from three Shels defenders, he shot just wide of the post and the sides replay on Monday night in Tolka Park.

Bray Wanderers: Darren Quigley, David Webster, Danny O’Connor, Pierce Sweeney, Kevin Knight, Adam Hanlon, Sean Houston, John Mulroy (Jonathon Kelty 89), Dean Zambra, Kieran Marty Waters, Jason Byrne.

Shelbourne: Dean Delany, Gareth Mathews (Ian Ryan 74), Andy Boyle, Brian Shortall, Barry Clancy, Kevin Dawson, Paddy Kavanagh (Brendan McGill 86), Glenn Cronin, David Cassidy, Philip Gorman, Philip Hughes (Anto Murphy 74).

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