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Sunday 24 September 2017

Tough night for Bray on and off field

Robbie Benson of Dundalk. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Robbie Benson of Dundalk. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

A first-half brace from Robbie Benson and a stunning Patrick McEleney strike after the interval ensured it was a tough night on and off the pitch for Bray Wanderers.

Dundalk made it four league wins and as many clean sheets on the spin since their 3-0 loss to leaders Cork City last month, thanks to a 3-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds.

However, Dundalk's brilliance was overshadowed by Seagulls chairman Denis O'Connor's statement last night, which claimed: "it is just not viable to continue to run a club at the level expected by fans without proper support".

Benson opened the scoring for the Lilywhites with the game fewer than two minutes old, finishing off a Dundalk breakaway.

He doubled his tally on 27 minutes, finishing excellently after some superb build-up play from Jamie McGrath and Chris Shields.

McEleney completed the rout in typical fashion on 63 minutes with a sublime 30-yard lob, as Dundalk put 10 points between themselves and the third-placed Seagulls.

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