Bray fans stage pre-match protest but they can't complain after tonight's result

Three and easy! The hosts coasted to a massive win against relegation rivals Wexford.

Dean Kelly celebrates the opening goal.
Dean Kelly celebrates the opening goal.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Bray Wanderers 3
Wexford Youths 0

WEXFORD YOUTHS WERE on their knees as a resurgent Bray Wanderers side casually picked them off to move level on points with their neighbours.

Dean Kelly bagged the opener shortly after the half hour mark and two goals early in the second period from Andrew Lewis and Karl Moore made it four points from a possible six since Harry Kenny’s permanent appointment.

Seagulls fans staged a protest in relation to off-field matters prior to the match but they’ll have no complaints about moving four points clear of the foot of the table.

Both sides swapped jabs in the opening 30 minutes but Kelly landed a body blow in the 32nd minute.

Ryan Brennan’s corner was only cleared to the edge of the area and the striker slammed in a shot that whizzed in via the post.

Shane Keegan’s half-time planning all went up in smoke three minutes into the second period as Lewis was left unmarked to nod home Gareth McDonagh’s cross from the right.

Dylan Connolly on the attack Dylan Connolly on the attack. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

It is a cliché that 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline and it almost rang true for Bray but Peter Cherrie pulled off a truly world-class save to deny Gary Delaney from point-blank range.

Two minutes after that save, man of the match Connolly burst from inside his own half, leaving several defenders in his wake before his far post cross was nodded in by Moore despite Graham Doyle’s best efforts to claw it out.

Bray: Peter Cherrie; Gareth McDonagh, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Sean Harding; Karl Moore (Sean Noble, 86), Mark Salmon (Darragh Noone, 83), Ryan Brennan, Dylan Connolly; Andrew Lewis, Dean Kelly (Ger Pender, 72).

Wexford: Graham Doyle; Conor O’Keeffe, Gary Delaney, Ryan Delaney, Craig McCabe; Eric Molloy (Danny Ledwith, 90), Chris Kenny (Shane Dunne, 54), Jonny Bonner, Andy Mulligan (Aidan Friel, 90); Paul Murphy, Danny Furlong.

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