Tim Clancy’s 81st minute winner papered over the cracks for Bray Wanderers as they regained third spot at Derry City’s expense. Darragh Noone and Ryan Brennan had both given the Seagulls the lead on two separate occasions but the Candystripes recove
Tim Clancy’s 81st minute winner papered over the cracks for Bray Wanderers as they regained third spot at Derry City’s expense.
Darragh Noone and Ryan Brennan had both given the Seagulls the lead on two separate occasions but the Candystripes recovered on both occasions courtesy of Ronan Curtis and Nathan Boyle.
Harry Kenny’s side were staring at more points dropped from winning positions until Clancy scrambled home after Conor Kenna had flicked on Aaron Greene’s corner – just as he had in Donegal when this pair last met on a night where Bray also stole a late victory.
It offers fresh hope to Bray’s European ambitions as they now leapfrog City to reclaim third spot but Harry Kenny was coy in discussing the prospect of Europe.
“It’s another three points away from relegation and it keeps us up at the right end of the table!”
Kenny was forthcoming though in agreeing that the mid-season break was a welcome sight at the Carlisle Grounds.
“It was a week too late. We could’ve done without the Rovers fixture on that Tuesday and then we’d to go to Limerick. It’s shipping the goals that we’re shipping (that is costing us). We have to get back to basics again and keep working at it and see can we keep clean sheets.”
Kenny had rested Clancy initially on Friday as the defender spent his break in Scotland doing his coaching badges and therefore missed out on the match preparation. But Kenny sensed the time was right to call upon the Co. Meath man’s services and his thinking was wholly justified.
“I thought there was certainly 30-40 minutes in Tim so I thought it was - dare I say it – good management at the time. A masterstroke? I’ll let you say that!”.