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Seagulls come crashing back down to earth as Galway run riot in Bray

Enda Curran struck a hat-trick as the Tribesmen secured a valuable away win.

Bray Wanderers 0

Galway United 5

AFTER A DREAM start to Maciej Tarnogrodzki’s interim tenure, Bray Wanderers’ woes have returned as they suffered a heavy defeat to Galway United at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday evening.

Following the acrimonious departure of Alan Mathews, the Seagulls collected seven points from three outings but the grey clouds have returned after two home losses in the space of six days.

Monday’s 3-0 reversal at the hands of Shamrock Rovers wasn’t a result to set the alarm bells ringing but an abject display against newly-promoted Galway here sees Bray return to the red zone.

Enda Curran struck a clinical hat-trick as the Tribesmen ran riot by the seaside to create some daylight between themselves and the bottom two. It was their third win of the campaign but they’re unlikely to enjoy an easier afternoon this season.

From the moment Curran fired past Stephen McGuinness in the first minute, Tommy Dunne’s side were in complete control as they bullied the hosts into submission.

Jake Keegan saw his free-kick sail agonisingly wide of the upright and Curran had a penalty claim turned down after Alan McNally’s clumsy challenge.

Despite their dominance, Galway’s second didn’t arrive until just before the interval when Gary Shanahan’s brilliant cross found the head of Curran who made no mistake from close range.

David Webster with Enda Curran Curran took his tally for the season to four Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Bray improved after the break – they could hardly have got any worse – but were caught on the counter as Curran’s third sealed the deal and ensured the points would be heading west.

Ryan Connolly added further gloss to the scoreline with a thumping long-range drive and Padraic Cunningham sealed the win with a fifth in the final quarter.

Galway move up to eight while Bray are floundering in 11th, one point off the foot of the table, with a daunting trip to Oriel Park up next.

BRAY WANDERERS: Stephen McGuinness; Daniel O’Reilly, Alan McNally, Hugh Douglas, Michael Barker; David Scully, Peter McGlynn, Ryan McEvoy, Graham Kelly, Adam Hanlon; David Cassidy.

GALWAY UNITED: Ger Hanley; Stephen Walsh, Sam Oji, Marc Ludden, Colm Horgan; Paul Sinnott, Gary Shanahan, Jake Keegan, Ryan Connolly; Enda Curran, Padraic Cunnigham.

Man-of-the-match: Enda Curran

Referee: Dave McKeon

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