Late goals from Dean Clarke and Bastien Héry gave Limerick the win in the Marketsfield on Friday night. New Limerick manager Neil McDonald tested out a new 5-3-2 system and it seemed to work early on.
Bray passed neatly around the midfield but a loose pass found Chiedozie Ogbene and he raced through the Bray defence and rocketed a low strike into the bottom corner. Ogbene then scored again 5 minutes later. Bastien Héry slipped a ball down the wing to Ogbene, the winger cut inside and then faked a shot past Kevin Lynch and then drilled a shot into the bottom-left corner.
45 seconds after this Bray pulled one back. Aaron Greene put a poor cross into the box however Robbie Williams failed to clear and Ryan Brennan smashed in from short range. 5 minutes after this Bray found an equaliser. A recycled cross found an unmarked Aaron Greene who headed in against his former club.
Limerick were forced to make an early change with Dean Clarke replacing Shaun Kelly due to injury. Clarke who was playing in an unfamiliar wing-back position found himself high up the pitch. He floated a cross into Rodrigo Tosi, and the Brazilian headed the ball into the bottom corner for his eighth goal of the season.
Brendan Clarke replaced Freddy Hall at the half due to injury and Tommy Robson was replaced by Shane Tracy in the 50th minute. Robson was playing his last home game for Limerick as he returns to parent club Sunderland
Bray went level for the second time in the 70th minute. Paul O’Conor gave away the ball easily in midfield. Goalscorer Ryan Brennan picked it up and dribbled across the box and went down under a trailing leg from Héry. The referee pointed to the spot and Gary McCabe stood up and placed the penalty down the middle past Brendan Clarke.
Bray should’ve had a fourth. A quick counter-attack from Bray. Aaron Greene slipped Dylan Connolly through but the striker could only put his shot wide under pressure from Dean Clarke. The Bray winger really should have scored and it proved costly 3 minutes later.
A corner from Lee-J Lynch was cleared to a lurking Bastien Héry on the edge of the box. The Frenchman hit a thunderous strike into the bottom corner for his first goal for the club and sent the home fans into chaos. Dean Clarke then sealed the game a minute later. Lynch shot and the ricochet fell kindly to Clarke who placed his shot past Peter Cherrie to secure a first home win for Neil McDonald.