Drogheda score twice late on to see off Bray

Gary O’Neill scored the second for Drogheda United against Bray Wanderers.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Gary O’Neill scored the second for Drogheda United against Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 01:00

Drogheda United 2 Bray Wanderers 0
Drogheda scored twice in the closing minutes to keep their recent good run going as they saw off the Bray challenge.

Bray came into the game as the match unfolded early on, with Kevin O’Connor driving over and Conor Earley clipping a free just too high from a good position.

The home side created a good chance after 23 minutes as Cathal Brady raced clear but Quigley advanced smartly from his goal to block.

The visitors went close before the break as Kevin O’Connor drove into the side netting and Jason Byrne’s deflected shot saw Michael Schlingermann adjust his footing to make the save.

Schlingermann was in the thick of things at the start of the second half when he almost gifted Jason Byrne a goal when he fluffed an attempted clearance .

Byrne spurned a gilt-edged chance when he drove his shot into the turf with the ball spinning upwards for Alan Byrne to head clear.

The deadlock was broken at long last eight minutes from time when Gavin Brennan met a Shane Grimes cross to turn the ball past Quigley.

Bray were reduced to 10 men when Dave Webster was cautioned for a second time and Gary O’Neill made it 2-0 in the fifth minute of stoppage time when he poked home Eric Foley’s cross from the left at the near post.