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Miele breaks Bray hearts late on as Rovers end four game winless streak

A late free-kick saved the day after a forgettable game in Tallaght.

Miele's stunning strike stole the points.
Miele's stunning strike stole the points.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Shamrock Rovers 1

Bray Wanderers 0

BRANDON MIELE STRUCK a late free-kick to dig out a win for Shamrock Rovers tonight against Bray Wanderers in an otherwise forgettable night in Tallaght Stadium.

Bray were the better side in the opening half, especially when it came to chances created, and only for a timely interception from Conor Kenna after 13 minutes, Adam Hanlon could have had the Seasiders ahead.

John Sullivan in midfield, and both Chris Lyons and David Cassidy were lively from the off, and Rovers offered nothing in front of goal until Brandon Miele struck over after 25 minutes.

Sullivan’s ability to drive from midfield gave Bray an outlet every time they overturned a Rovers attack, which was often, and some wayward passing from Gavin Brennan in particular saw Wanderers break several times.

The best chance of the opening half fell to Lyons when he forced Barry Murphy to save well after Sullivan had robbed the ball in the centre circle.

Damien Duff did steer the ball past Peter Cherrie at the beginning of the second half to get the Tallaght faithful up off their seats, but Barker covered well as Brennan closed in, and the latter forced the Bray goalkeeper into a smart save with a fierce strike just after the hour mark.

It was all very laboured from Rovers, however, and Bray remained a threat thanks to the likes of Cassidy, Lyons and McEvoy.

Indeed, all three were involved in one of the moves of the game in the second period, and McEvoy came within inches of forcing Cassidy’s low cross from the right past Barry Murphy.

It certainly had not been a night for memorable moments, but Miele’s free kick, which he won after a jinking run towards the box, was a beauty, and handed Pat Fenlon his first win in five league games.

SHAMROCK ROVERS: Murphy, Madden, Kenna, Blanchard, D O’Connor, McPhail (Cregg, 72), McCabe (R Brennan, 90), Miele, Duff (North, 68) G Brennan, M Drennan.

BRAY WANDERERS: Cherrie, Barker, Cooney, McNally, Douglas, Hanlon (Wixted, 83), Cassidy, Kelly, McEvoy, Sullivan, Lyons (Scully, 80).

Referee: Paul Tuite

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