GARETH MAHER - Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ryan Guy created the opening goal for St. Patrick's Athletic as they picked up a deserved home win over Bray Wanderers to keep their hopes of finishing third in the Airtricity League Premier Division alive.
St. Patrick's Athletic 2-0 Bray Wanderers
After narrowly losing in the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup in midweek, it would have been understandable if St. Pat's were not pumped up for this Friday night visit of Bray.
Yet, Pete Mahon's team started the game with an intent to attack at every opportunity as midfielder Garreth O'Connor forced keeper Matt Gregg into a fine early save.
Guy, playing up front, was instrumental in the majority of the Saints' attacks as he crossed for Danny North, who sliced an effort wide when he should have hit the target.
However, North did not miss his next chance when Guy rose highest to flick on a kick out from Gary Rogers to his strike partner who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
North then notched in his second of the evening when the former Grimsby Town forward supplied the perfect finish to David McAllister's cross as the Saints went 2-0 up.
Bray rarely threatened until Shane O'Neill brought the best out of Rogers with a well-struck volley, while North wasted two more chances to get his hat-trick.
Guy was replaced by Brian Cash on 88 minutes and he will be hoping to start next week's final game of the season against Sligo Rovers.
Chris Konopka was an un-used substitute for Waterford United in their 3-2 win over Athlone Town at the RSC.