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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Byrne strike saves Saints point

Bray Wanderers 1 St Pat's Ath 1

Curtis Byrne of St. Patrick's Athletic celebrates after scoring his side's first goal Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Curtis Byrne of St. Patrick's Athletic celebrates after scoring his side's first goal Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Kurtis Byrne scored a sublime second half equaliser as St Pat's frustrated Bray, who finished with 10 men, at the Carlisle Grounds.

The draw was enough to lift Bray up to second place in the Premier Division table as St Pat's remain in the bottom three.

Bray sparkled from the start in the bright seaside sun and were deservedly in front on 24 minutes.

Dylan Connolly headed wide from Aaron Greene's cross before Ryan Brennan should have done better than slice wide when put through from Gary McCabe's clever flick.

But midfielder Brennan made no mistake when using his head to plant a cross from Keith Buckley to the net after St Pat's failed to properly clear Aaron Greene's free kick.

Scarcely in it in the first half, Saints were back in the game 51 seconds into the second with a stunning goal.

Patrick Cregg set up Kurtis Byrne who found the top corner with a brilliant 20-yarder for his fourth goal of the season.

Greene then missed a sitter from Connolly's cross as Bray blew a chance to regain the lead four minutes later.

But St Pat's were a revitalised side since equalising and might have taken the lead just past the hour mark, Lee Desmond's header from skipper Ian Bermingham's corner flashing inches over the home crossbar.

Buckley then took the ball of sub Billy Dennehy's toe from Kurtis Byrne's cross to deprive Saints a 90 the minute winner.

Wanderers had left-back Jason Marks sent-off for a second booking in stoppage time.

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