Hometown hero Hugh Douglas secured a late winner for Bray as they climbed to fifth in the table. It was the first time that the Seagulls had recovered from falling behind and they left it late. Galway took the lead in the first half but Wanderers l
Hometown hero Hugh Douglas secured a late winner for Bray as they climbed to fifth in the table.
It was the first time that the Seagulls had recovered from falling behind and they left it late. Galway took the lead in the first half but Wanderers levelled shortly after the interval and Douglas popped up with a vital winner with minutes remaining.
Galway players were appealing for a penalty on the quarter hour mark. Marc Ludden did brilliantly to flick the ball over the head of Luke Nolan and leave him for dead on the left flank.
He sent in a low cross to Vinny Faherty, who saw his drive deflected over. Faherty and co. wanted a penalty but all they got was a corner. Cantwell may have been slightly rattled after a coming together with Sava but he was rocked and rolled by Doherty in the 21st minute as the striker escaped his attention to latch onto a through ball and calmly slotted past Sava.
Bray started the second half immeasurably better than the first but they could also have found themselves chasing a 0-2 deficit just three minutes into the second period. Walshe whipped in a cross from the left and Vinny Faherty performed a gentle dive – more of a fall – to meet it and nod it inches wide.
The hosts gained parity in the 56th minute. Paul Keegan won his header from a throw-in but was adjudged to have been fouled in the process. Barnett’s free kick delivery initially appeared to be poor as it was floated into the danger zone as opposed to whipped in but Kevin Horgan came and failed to gather it and it was nodded in – possibly by a Galway player.
Wizardry from subsitute Jake Ellis crafted the winger. He seemed to be stuck in the corner until he dropped the shoulder and burned past Cian Murphy.
Far from getting carried away, Ellis then chipped in a delicate cross that Douglas flung himself at to bury into the bottom corner. McGlade almost added an insurance strike on 89 minutes after a scintillating counter-attack from Wanderers but he skied his effort.