A second half brace from Shane O’Neill ended Derry City’s FAI Ford Cup hopes for this season, at Bray Wanderers last night.
A super Patrick McEleney cross on 30 minutes was flicked on by Vinny Sweeney and the alert Darren Cassidy nipped in to fire low past a flat footed Brian Kane.
Right on the stroke of half-time Tommy McBride was adjudged to have fouled Colm Tresson inside the area and referee Neil Doyle pointed to the spot and Jake Kelly fired home the resulting penalty.
A defensive mistake by Emmett Friars on 53 minutes saw his terrible header fall into O’Neill’s path and the striker gleefully raced clear, before blasting home past Doherty.
Bray were reduced to ten men on 63 minutes when Lloyd Massey, who was booked early in the second half, was sent-off for kicking the ball away.
The Candystripes levelled 15 minutes from time when Patrick McEleney, who was somewhat quiet compared to his usual high standard, made no mistake with his 30-yard free-kick, which clipped off the underside of Kane’s bar, before flying home.
Wanderers regained the lead a minute later when Barry Molloy lost possession to Colm Tresson, the defender played the ball into O’Neill who got away from Mark Scoltock, before firing low past Doherty.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]Right at the death a Cassidy free-kick found Scoltock, but the ex-Institute man couldn’t keep his header down.Bray Wanderers: Kane, Massey, S O’Connor, Tresson, Webster; Brennan, Kavanagh, Kelly, Mulroy, Shields; O’Neill. Subs: D Doyle for Webster (36); R Doyle for O’Neill (92).
Derry City: Doherty, McCallion, Scoltock, S McEleney, Friars; Cassidy, Molloy, McBride, McClean; P McEleney, Sweeney. Subs: Henry for McBride (71); Harkin for Friars (83).
Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).