Bray Wanderers rout bottom of the league Limerick
Caretaker boss Maciej Tarnogrodzki enjoys second successive win after second half blitz
David Cassidy scored twice as Bray routed Limerick 4-0. Photograph: Inpho
Caretaker manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki orchestrated a second successive win for Bray as they stunned Limerick with four second half goal at the Carlisle Grounds.
The victory lifts Bray to ninth in the Premier Division table and leaves Limerick, who remain without a win, bottom on goal difference.
Limerick shaded a lively first half in what looked a much improved surface.
Bray keeper Stephen McGuinness had to be at his best to make the first stop of the game on 18 minutes when parrying away a Sean Harding drive with the ball cleared for a fifth Limerick corner.
Bray then enjoyed a spell of pressure with Hugh Douglas heading off target from a Ryan McEvoy corner before Limerick spurned the chance of the half on 31 minutes.
Sean Russell’s ball into the home box dropped nicely for Dean Clarke, but the striker’s hurried volley blazed over the bar.
Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell then kept the sides level with his only save of the half on 35 minutes. Narrowing the angle well, O’Donnell got his body in the way to stop Bray skipper David Cassidy’s shot after Adam Hanlon and Gareth McDonagh worked the opening.
After a slow start, the second half half came alive to deliver the opening goal ten minutes in.
Limerick were caught short at the back on the counterattack. Cassidy and Hanlon broke with the latter finally shooting home after getting a fortunate ricochet.
Substitute Emeka Onwubkio added a fine solo second goal six minutes later. The striker nipped past Aidan Price before going round O’Donnell and confidently side-footing home from a tight angle.
Cassidy got the goal of the game to seal it on 71 minutes. Working a one-two with Onwubiko, Cassidy slalomed past two defenders to bring a parried save from O’Donnell. The ball came back to Cassidy, though, who followed up to shoot home.
Onwubiko then set up Graham Kelly to rifle home the fourth goal right on 90 minutes.
Bray Wanderers: McGuinness; Barker, McNally, Douglas, O’Reilly; Hanlon, Kelly, McIvor (Gallagher, 76), McGlynn; Cassidy (Lyons, 85); McDonough (Onwubiko, 53).
Limerick: O’Donnell; Harding, O’Connor, Price, Williams, Turner (Mann, 60), Duggan, O’Conor (Hughes, 90+1), Rains ford (Hanlon, 60); Russell; Clarke.
Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork).