Two second half goals from Kieran 'Marty' Waters saw the Seagulls record their first victory at Turners Cross in nearly three decadesA John Mulroy goal and two superb strikes from Bray winger Kieran 'Marty' Waters ensured the Seagulls took all three points against Tommy Dunne’s struggling Cork City, who had equalised through Gearoid Morrissey.
Bray Wanderers started the match in scintillating form and deservedly took an early lead through John Mulroy. The Bray striker benefited hugely form some brilliant build up play from Ismahil Akinade, who’s powerful run through the heart of the city rearguard allowed him to force a decent save out of Mark McNulty before Mulroy tucked in the rebound.
The visitors ought to have had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot moments later but the referee waved away appeals after Jason Byrne's goalbound effort looked to have struck the arm of a City defender. The Leesiders almost snatched an equaliser on the 10 minute mark but, after a neatly taken set piece, Darren Morrissey had his header was saved before Denis Behan’s half volley was headed off the line.
As Cork continued to attack in search of a leveller they were left susceptible at the back to a counter attack. It was from such an attack that John Mulroy should have scored his second of the game but he scuffed his close range effort wide after a brilliant run and cross from Kieran Waters.
The host were playing the better football but lacked penetration despite Gearoid Morrissey coming close with two long range efforts late in the first half. It would prove to be third time lucky for Morrissey as he grabbed City’s equaliser just after the restart as expertly side footed Ian Turner’s low cross into the far left corner. Ian Turner came close to firing his side into the lead moments later but his close range free sailed narrowly past the far top right corner.
City’s revival would prove to be short lived as Bray winger Kieran Waters pounced on a mistake from Dan Murray before cutting onto his left foot and drilling the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the area. Daryl Kavanagh was introduced to try and add some spark to the City attack but it proved to be in vain as he fired their best opportunity of an equaliser wide late on. It got worse for City as in injury time Kieran Waters sealed the win with a great low effort that flew into the bottom right corner after being played in by John Mulroy.
Bray's victory is their second away from home this season and first at Turners Cross in 26 years and helps the Seagulls as they look to climb away from the foot of the table.