Bray Wanderers' narrow play-off hopes were boosted and dealt a blow in the same night as a helter-skelter clash with Cobh Ramblers ended all square. With Cabinteely dropping points, Bray had the perfect chance to close the gap and they did so; but o
Bray Wanderers' narrow play-off hopes were boosted and dealt a blow in the same night as a helter-skelter clash with Cobh Ramblers ended all square.
With Cabinteely dropping points, Bray had the perfect chance to close the gap and they did so; but only by a point. Cian Leonard opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 32 minutes before Wanderers drew level a minutes into the second half.
Cobh got their noses in front again before the hour only to be pegged back again by Dean Williams but the visitors immediately - less than 30 seconds later - had scored again to lead 3-2.
Bray would have the last laugh with a late leveller from Douglas but there wasn't much too laugh about on the night for the Seagulls.
Perhaps the Bray players were made aware of the Cabinteely-Galway score at the interval because they’d levelled before a minute of the second period had elapsed. McGlade’s heavy touch seemed to end the attack for Bray but they quickly won it back and McGlade got into the box and squirmed it across to Keegan but he let it run for Doyle who thumped it hard and low past Hunt.
Cobh retook the lead shortly before the hour mark when Greg Henry knocked over a cross from the right and wee Stephen O’Leary was left almost completely free to head home. Williams had a chance to draw Bray level on 74 from a Keegan corner but a combination of Hunt and the post kept it out.
Bray introduced 15-year old Andrew Moran and his pass found Derek Daly, whose scuffed shot rolled into the path of Williams who cleverly dinked to the net. But the celebration music for Williams’ goal had yet to fade away when Stephen O’Leary pierced Bray hopes with an outstanding, dipping 25-yard half volley that flew into the top corner.
The drama was not over yet though as Douglas -now playing up front - met a McGlade cross to power home an equaliser.