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Bray Wanderers break club record with gutsy win against Harps

The Seagulls have now gone five games unbeaten and secured the three points tonight through Conor Kenna’s first-half strike.

Conor Kenna's goal proved the difference.
Conor Kenna's goal proved the difference.
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Bray Wanderers 1

Finn Harps 0

CAPTAIN CONOR KENNA guided Bray Wanderers to three more points and a new club record with this hard-fought victory over Finn Harps.

The Seagulls skipper powered home the winning header in the 32nd minute and formed part of a brick wall alongside Tim Clancy as the Co Wicklow club’s rise continued.

This victory marked five matches unbeaten and a fifth consecutive clean sheet in the league – a new club record for Harry Kenny’s charges.

Hosts Bray should have hit the front after 11 minutes. Darragh Noone split the Harps defence and picked out Dylan Connolly’s run but a heavy touch forced him to rush his shot and he steered it wide.

Harps fell behind on 32 minutes and would not recover as Kenna timed his leap to perfection to plant Karl Moore’s corner past Richard Brush.

Ollie Horgan reshuffled his pack numerous times in the second period as he tried to inspire a comeback but the Donegal men simply did not pack a punch and Peter Cherrie had only one routine save to make throughout the 90 minutes.

Wanderers now sit four points clear of the bottom and seven points drift of eighth placed Finn Harps.

Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Hugh Douglas, Tim Clancy, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch; John Sullivan; Karl Moore (Gareth McDonagh, 74), Darragh Noone (Ger Pender, 89), Ryan Brennan, Dylan Connolly; Andrew Lewis.

Finn Harps: Richard Brush; Damien McNulty (Mikey Funston, 63), Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan; Ethan Boyle, Adam Hanlon, Barry Molloy, Sean Houston, Josh Mailey; David Scully (Raymond Foy, 63), Kevin McHugh (Ruairi Keating, H/T).

Referee: Robert Hennessy.

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