Kerry FC faced Bray Wanderers in a home game at Mount Hawk Park, hoping to avenge their previous defeat. Bray sat in fourth place in the league and had won only one of their last six games. Kerry came into the match with newfound confidence after securing their first-ever win in the Senior League of Ireland first division against Athlone Town. The home crowd showed tremendous support, and Kerry aimed to deliver another victory.
The first half started cautiously, with both teams having equal possession but limited chances. Kerry began to settle into the game and created their first opportunity through a headed effort by Ryan Kelliher, which was comfortably saved by Bray’s goalkeeper. Both sides had their moments, but Bray’s defensive line caught Kerry offside multiple times.
Bray had their best chance of the half when Dane Massey’s shot was well saved by Kerry’s goalkeeper. Towards the end of the half, Kerry had a couple of opportunities, with Sean McGrath’s shot sailing just over the goal and Kevin Williams missing the target from a corner.
The second half saw Bray take the lead with a goal from Harry Groome, which deflated Kerry’s momentum. Kerry struggled to create chances and were outperformed in midfield. Despite their efforts, they couldn’t find an equalizer. Bray sealed the victory with a penalty, awarded for a handball by Ryan Kelliher. The decision was disputed, but Bray converted the penalty to secure a 2-0 win.
Although Kerry displayed confidence from their previous win, their second-half performance fell short. They will need to address their issues and aim for a victory in their upcoming home game against Wexford to get back on track.
photo credit to Adam Kowalczyk.