REPORT: Bray Wanderers 2-1 Derry City

15th November 2023

Bray Wanderers ended their 10-match losing streak in style as John Sullivan headed home a 94th minute winner as Derry City's miserable march towards the end of the season continued. After eight games in charge, it was Gary Cronin's first positive re

Derry City's ten-match unbeaten run came to an end as a Ronan Coughlan brace saw Bray Wanderers collect their second league victory of the season.

Coughlan has now single-handedly earned the Seagulls six points as it was his goal that earned Bray a 1-0 success over Shamrock Rovers too. The Limerick native netted either side of a Nicky Low effort to earn his side a deserved three points. Wanderers should have taken the advantage after nine minutes.

Sean Heaney peeled off his man at the back post and Kevin Lynch's right-wing corner found him. The ball begged for a decisive volley but instead the centre-half sliced it towards the half-way line. Gary McCabe took the initiative minutes later when he picked possession up on the right flank.

His eyes lit up as he spotted space in front of him and he charged into it before sending a shot swooshing across the face of Doherty's goal. Bray's pressure finally told though as their seventh corner bore fruition on the hour mark. McCabe whipped in from the left and Coughlan beat his man to the ball to nod home from six yards.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Nicky Low spanked home into the bottom corner from 20 yards with deadly precision but Coughlan wouldn't be quietened. Gary McCabe's mazy run left a handful of Derry men in his wake before it was moved onto Dan McKenna.

The substitute chipped a sublime pass into Coughlan's path and he absorbed the ball with his first touch before tucking it past Doherty. City almost spoiled Bray's evening when John Cofie's touch to Low's corner took it past Moran but Rhys Gorman was on hand to clear it off the line.

Deep into stoppage time, Sean Heaney conceded a foul on the edge of the Bray area. Aaron McEneff, who had been anonymous throughout, eyed a chance for late heroics but his low drive was beaten away by Evan Moran.