Bray is right up there with the venues in the League of Ireland that I hate most! Crap area to stand, no decent flag space, no roof when it rains and coupled with all that we seem to have played shite there for the last few years!
We started off well dominating possession but when we got in decent positions to cross or shoot with failed to deliver. We almost got caught on the counter twice before Bray eventually scored and Kieran Marty Watters eventually punished us by firing across Jansson and putting Bray 1 up. Surely that would kick start us into action you think, well no it didn’t we got worse and found ourselves two down when Sives got too tight to Watters who spun and showed his right peg was as good as his left with a fine finish that gave Jansson no chance.
Just before the break we were given a lifeline after Twigg won a penalty which seemed a very harsh award but we weren’t complaining as it offered us a route back into a game we had never looked like getting back into. Unfortunately Twigg missed it and Dennehy slotted home the rebound but was correctly pulled up for encroachment and Bray got a free-kick as we trundled off 2-0 down at half-time the fans were not happy and demanded better.
To our credit second half we battled hard but still failed to really put Bray under pressure despite our dominance. The game was calling out for a change of system, with Bray only playing 1 up front, the largely immobile and ineffective Jason Byrne, I felt we could have switched to 3 at the back and pushed another man up front, 3-4-3 would have been my choice but Kenny kept faith with 4-4-2 and we got one back when Ronan Finn made a superb run to get on the end of Daryl Kavanaghs flick on from Conor McCormacks long ball. Finn took a great first touch and coolly slotted home to give us some hope.
It was Kavanagh who was making the difference and he was running at defenders and causing the Bray back four problems, something we hadn’t done all game. After a ridiculous change at left back Greene for Powell I felt we wouldn’t get the second by playing the same way but Kavanagh managed to wriggle his way through 5 players and slide a through ball to Twigg who took it in his stride and struck it past Quigley to rescue a point.
With 7 minutes left there was still time for a winner and Turner hit the post with a header but we couldn’t find a breakthrough and in truth we didn’t deserve to win. Fans becoming disgruntled with our performances but we still remain only 3 points off the top of the table.
Keep on Hooping!