4 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Bray Wanderers 1
Monaghan United 0

A well-taken header in the closing minutes by the impressive Jason Byrne did the damage on the scoreboard, but it was the recurrent curse of the red mist that proved a major factor in defeat for Monaghan United when they went down to Bray Wanderers in a largely uninspiring encounter at Gortakeegan on Friday.
United’s talented but combustible midfielder Keith Quinn once again failed to see out the ninety minutes when he mistimed a challenge on Bray’s David Webster, and his dismissal was compounded by a sanction for the Mons’ boss Roddy Collins, whose protests at the decisionsaw him exiled to the stands by referee Rob Rogers.
This clash of the sides propping up the Airtricity League Premier Division didn’t promise much on paper, and for the most part it lived up to its glum billing.
United did achieve sufficient passages of progressive passing play to suggest that they have the potential to prolong their stay in the top tier beyond a single season – but the need to solve their goal-famine is becoming an urgent one.
They looked on course to tough out a point from this one, and it was unfortunate that having defended robustly up until the 86th minute as Wanderers sought to capitalise on their superiority in numbers, their marking at a corner kick was disappointingly slack, allowing the predatory Byrne to put an emphatic header on Kevin Knight’s cross to beat Michael Schlingermann, who until then had proved a confident, authoritative deputy for the suspended Chris Bennion in the Mons goal.
United could trace the fault line for their defeat back to …

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