A Kevin O’Connor free kick on the stroke of half time was the difference between the Blues and Bray Wanderers this afternoon in the RSC.
O’Connor did well to punish the Seagulls after Darragh Gibbons fouled Sam Bone just outside the 18-yard box.
The first chance of the game fell to the home side, when Robbie McCourt whipped a well-worked cross into the box, but no Blues player was able to get on the end of it.
Ali Coote was next to create a chance for the home side. The midfielder played a wonderful ball through the heart of the Bray back four for Will Fitzgerald who was judged to be offside by the assistant referee.
Three minutes later Michael O’Connor could have opened the scoring. After doing well to create some space in the Bray box, the striker’s effort was deflected out for a corner kick.
Kevin O’Connor broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time with a well-hit freekick after Darragh Gibbons took down Sam Bone.
The visitors had a chance to draw the game level on 49 minutes when Gary Shaw got on the end of Brandon McCann’s cross, but he could only head the ball wide of Ryan’s upright.
Conor Behan should of leveled the game on 74 minutes. A great ball in from Paul Keegan flew across the Waterford six-yard box, but Behan was unable to touch it into the back of the net.
Matty Smith could have scored on his debut on 80 minutes; Dean Walsh feeding a ball through to the Scot, who couldn’t get the ball away from his feet.