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Flying start sees Bray return to winning ways against 10-man Drogheda

Early goals from Aaron Greene and Dylan Connolly secured the three points for the home side.

Bray's Dylan Connolly unleashes a strike on goal.
Bray's Dylan Connolly unleashes a strike on goal.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Bray Wanderers 2

Drogheda United 1

TWO EARLY FIRST-HALF goals ensured that Bray Wanderers bounced back from defeat to claim three points.

Wingers Aaron Greene and Dylan Connolly both displayed their danger to craft a 2-0 lead for the Seagulls by the 21st minute and Harry Kenny’s side never looked in danger of relinquishing it.

Greene struck his second Bray goal as early as the fourth minute. He picked up possession on the right flank, cut inside, headed for goal and drilled in a powerful shot past Stephen McGuinness.

Greene would turn provider for Wanderers’s second. He tossed a ball in behind the United defence for Connolly, who was competing for the ball with Colm Deasy. Deasy got a touch but it wasn’t enough to perturb Connolly who lobbed the advancing McGuinness from 22 yards.

However, a lifeline was snatched by Drogheda within two minutes. Marc Griffin whipped in a corner from the left and centre-half Ciaran McGuigan showed the finishing ability of a striker as his volley rocketed into the top corner.

Drogheda’s uphill battle became severely steeper in the 64th minute though when Luke Gallagher collected a second yellow card.

In the latter stages United failed to ask any probing questions of a defence that had conceded six goals in their previous two fixtures.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Ryan Robinson (Conor Earley, 65), Derek Foran, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch; John Sullivan, Keith Buckley (Mark Salmon, 69); Aaron Greene, Gary McCabe (Ryan Brennan, 78), Dylan Connolly; Anto Flood.

Drogheda United: Stephen McGuinness; Colm Deasy, Luke Gallagher, Ciaran McGuigan, Conor Kane; Gareth McCaffery (Thomas Byrne, 71), Jake Hyland, Ryan McEvoy, Adam Wixted (Lloyd Buckley, 65); Sean Brennan (Sean Thornton, 74); Marc Griffin.

Referee: Neil Doyle.

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