Derry fightback all for nothing as a late lapse proves costly
Bray Wanderers 3 Derry City 2
Tim Clancy once again did the damage to Derry City as Bray Wanderers struck late to beat the Candystripes for the second time this season.
Derry got off to the worst possible start by conceding after just six minutes, Anto Flood's cross snaking through the Candystripes' penalty area all the way to the back post where Darragh Noone turned the ball in.
Derry's response was impressive, however, as they levelled on 22 minutes.
The goal owed everything to the quality of Nicky Low, who brought the ball forward before playing a superb pass into the path of Ronan Curtis, who fired in a brilliant equaliser with his fourth goal of the season.
Derry were beginning to take control but just before the break they conceded again, Ryan Brennan rising highest to head past Gerard Doherty.
Whatever Kenny Shiels said to his players at half-time had an effect as Derry levelled shortly after the restart, Nathan Boyle firing in from close range for his fifth of the season.
The game drifted by without incident after that with a draw the most likely result until Derry gifted Bray a winner 10 minutes from time when they failed to defend from a corner and Clancy bundled home from close range, just as he did at Maginn Park back in March.
Aaron McEneff came close to rescuing a point for Derry when he connected brilliantly with Barry McNamee's cross, but Peter Cherrie denied him with a brilliant save and Derry fell to their first defeat in 11 games.
Bray Wanderers: Cherrie, Douglas, Kenna, Foran, Lynch, Greene, Noone (Clancy 56), Brennan (Moore 80), Salmon (Marks 66), Flood, McCabe.
Derry City: Doherty, McDermott, McEneff, Jarvis, Low, McNamee, Monaghan (Doherty 86), Curtis, Daniels (Timlin 82), Boyle, Barry.
Referee: Robert Hennessey.