Dinny Corcoran’s late strike earns a point for ten-man Bohemians

Bray left to rue missed chances as battling home side hit back in the 89th minute to snatch a share of the spoils

 

Bohemians 1 Bray Wanderers 1

A late strike from Dinny Corcoran earned Bohemians a point at home to Bray Wanderers last night.

A penalty from Bray’s Graham Kelly after 28 minutes gave the visitors the lead for much of the game after goalkeeper Dean Delany crashed into Jake Kelly to concede the spot-kick.

Delany was shown a straight red card for the challenge. His replacement Lee Murphy guessed incorrectly as Kelly smashed in the opener.

Bohs boss Owen Heary had to rethink his tactics with Paddy Kavanagh brought off for Murphy and Corcoran left to toil alone up front.

Bray started to use their numerical advantage and press on. Alan Mathews clearly wanted his players to get service into striker Ismail Akinade, but the big striker missed a golden opportunity at the start of the second half. With former Leicester City trainee Shane Byrne impressing in midfield for Bray, Bohs were continually being pushed onto the back foot.

But Bohs fought back and they became the dominant side in the losing 25 minutes.

Steven Beattie had a great chance to pull the sides level but he was denied by Bray goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness.

However Corcoran did not make the same mistake as he squeezed in a shot for the equaliser on 89 minutes.

It may have only been a draw, but it felt like a win for Bohs who face struggling Athlone on Monday.
BOHEMIANS: Delany; Pender, Lopes, Price, Reynor (J Byrne 78); Beattie, Walsh, D Byrne, Moore (Devaney 70); Kavanagh (L Murphy 22), Corcoran.
BRAY WANDERERS: McGuinness; S O’Connor, Webster, Mitchell, Moloney (O’Neill 78); G Kelly, Zambra; Cassidy, S Byrne, J Kelly (Scully 27); Akinade.
Referee: S Grant (Wexford)