Bohs enjoy short trip to Bray to win on rain-soaked pitch

Bohemians fans made the short DART journey back to Dublin satisfied with a 2-0 win at Bray Wanderers on Saturday night in a game that was marred by poor conditions.

A pre-match downpour of hailstones meant that both teams had to cope with a slippery pitch on a sunny evening in Wicklow.

The first opportunity of the game fell for Bray straight from kick-off as former Bohs player Karl Moore crossed from the left for Andrew Lewis, who headed the ball just wide.

Bray goalkeeper Peter Cherrie watches on

Another opportunity for the home side came in the third minute but Dean Kelly was ruled offside before dragging the ball wide of Dean Delany’s goal.

As the first half wore on, The Gypsies began to assert their dominance. Lorcan Fitzgerald was a threat from set-pieces.

In the 22nd minute, Wanderers had another chance as Dylan Connolly played a pass to Kelly on the right side but the striker shot wide again.

Bohs were now playing a counter-attacking game and the impressive Ayman Ben Mohammed broke free on the half hour but his attempt was gathered up by Bray goalkeeper Peter Cherrie.

The opening goal finally came on the half-hour mark and it was the Bohs supporters who were celebrating as Daniel Byrne headed home a Fitzgerald corner.

On 32 minutes the home fans were left furious as Bohs defender Roberto Lopes fouled Lewis in the area but referee Derek Tomney waved away the penalty appeals.

The away side continued to dominate in the second half and Cherrie was lucky not to have been sent off after taking down Ben Mohammed outside the box. The Scotsman was the last man but escaped from the incident with just a yellow card.

The result was secured in the 69th minute  when another Fitzgerald set piece led to Ben Mohammed slotting home from six yards out.

2-0 was a just result for Bohemians who took the game to Bray after a slow start.

Manager Mick Cooke will need to address poor finishing from the Bray who now sit second-bottom of the table with just four points from their opening seven games. Next up is the long journey to Finn Harps on Friday.

Meanwhile, Bohs have secured a first away victory of the season and have notched up successive Premier Division victories for the first time this campaign.

They now lie in seventh place and will hope to continue their march up the table with victory against arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers who visit Dalymount Park on Friday night.

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James Fenton

James is media graduate from Dublin who has previously lived and worked in South Korea before covering the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Man on a mission to bring the League of Ireland to the masses.

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