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Cherrie saves stoppage-time penalty to earn Bray a point in six-goal thriller

Galway snatched a late point at the Carlisle Grounds – but it could have been even better.

Greene, right: goal and an assist, but it wasn't enough to earn Bray all three points.
Greene, right: goal and an assist, but it wasn't enough to earn Bray all three points.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Bray Wanderers 3-3 Galway United

PETER CHERRIE DENIED Galway United three points at the death of this pulsating encounter that was overshadowed by the pending resignation of Bray manager Harry Kenny.

The Wanderers boss confirmed his decision via statement at the final whistle. His side went a goal down inside the opening quarter of an hour but Galway had to twice come from behind in the second half before letting all three points slip through their fingers as Ronan Murray failed to beat Cherrie from the spot in the 92nd minute.

Galway struck first blood on 14 minutes. Kevin Devaney collected the ball wide on the right and cut inside, drifting past a couple of Bray defenders as he did so before bending a low finish to Cherrie’s right.

Ryan Brennan created the leveller when he ignored the run of the offside Aaron Greene and instead put it on a plate for the unmarked Jason Marks to tap home.

Harry Kenny Kenny: announced his resignation at full time. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Just two minutes into the second period, the Tribesmen yet again left Marks to his own devices inside the area and he punished them by dispatching Greene’s cross from the right.

Bray captain Conor Kenna was left incensed in the 65th minute when Tomas Connolly awarded a penalty against him; Murray kept his cool from 12 yards to level for Galway.

Kenna will say that justice was done in the 72nd minute when Holohan was penalised for a handball, Greene stepping up to shift the tie back in his side’s favour with a cool spot kick.

The excitement wasn’t over yet and there was still enough time for Bray’s European ambitions to be severely dented. A stunning strike from Rory Hale left the crossbar rattling and bounced out to the penalty spot where Devaney thundered in to drill it home and land the visitors a massive point in their bid to beat the drop.

But it could have been so much more had Murray converted his penalty as stoppage time ran out.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Calvin Rogers (Derek Foran, 59), Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna (Shane Heffernan, 87), Karl Moore; John Sullivan, Mark Salmon (Ger Pender, 76); Ryan Brennan, Darragh Noone, Jason Marks; Aaron Greene.

Galway United: Conor Winn; Alex Byrne, Stephen Folan, Colm Horgan; Kevin Devaney (Gary Shanahan, 91), David Cawley, Rory Hale, Marc Ludden; Gavan Holohan (Conor Melody, 80), Ronan Murray; Eoin McCormack (Padraic Cunningham, 63)

Referee: Tomas Connolly.

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