Saturday 17th March 2007, 1:01 am
16th March 2007
Bray Wanderers 1
Paul Dunphy 28
New Bohemians boss Sean Connor suffered a major setback in Bray on Friday night as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bray Wanderers. To make matters worse, Paul Dunphy hit the winning goal.
Dunphy was released by Connor soon after he took charge at Dalymount Park and he nipped between the Bohs defence to score the only goal of the game on 28 minutes.
Bohs had started better and Thomas Heary saw an early effort flicked away. What proved to be the only goal in the game came after a long clearance from goalkeeper Steve Williams was flicked on by Paul Caffrey to Dunphy who controlled well before getting past Dessie Byrne and Jason McGuinness and slotting past Brian Murphy.
Williams did well before the break to avert the danger after Derek Tyrell almost played in Darren Mansaram with a sliced attempt at a clearance.
His opposite number Murphy had to be on top form as he used his body to block from Colm Tresson as the Bray man pounced on a weak header back from McGuinness.
Bray held firm in the second period but rode their luck on a number of occasions. One of those saw Glen Crowe about to pull the trigger until he got ball caught under his feet before Owen Heary hit a deflected free kick just off target.
The Seagulls held onto their lead for their first win of the season to leave Bohs with some work to do during their two week break from competitive action.
Bray Wanderers : Williams, Derek Tyrrell, Deans, Delaney, Cronin, Tresson, Gough, Caffrey (Hurley 89), Duggan; Fox (Georgescu 80), Dunphy.
Bohemians : Murphy, O Heary, Burns, McGuinness (Pooley 46), Byrne, Rossiter, Hunt, T Heary (Harkin 62), Kelly, Crowe, Mansaram.