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Watch: Bray Wanderers’ Gary McCabe Scores Near-Perfect Free Kick Vs St Pat’s

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Bray Wanderers’ problems continued against St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night, but there was a brief moment of relief via Gary McCabe.

Harry Kenny’s side suffered their third defeat in a row against a backdrop of financial uncertainty and the resignation of chairman Denis O’Connor, but McCabe’s 36th-minute strike had looked like setting them on the path to some sort of respite.

With the home side on the ascendancy at Richmond Park, Bray were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position after a foul by Killian Brennan. Up stepped McCabe…

The former Shamrock Rovers midfielder curled a beautiful strike into the top corner of the Pat’s goal, giving opposition goalkeeper Conor O’Malley no chance and even hitting the underside of the crossbar for added aesthetic value.

The eir Sport panel at half time lauded the goal, insisting that even two goalkeepers would have struggled to keep it out.

Unfortunately for McCabe and Bray, his 14th league goal of the season was not enough to get the troubled side back to winning ways, as Pat’s asserted their dominance and newfound confidence in the second half. Goals from Conan Byrne, Christy Fagan and Josh O’Hanlon helped Liam Buckley’s side to roar back to a 3-1 win that lifts them out of the relegation zone.

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Richmond Park, Dublin 21/7/2017 St. Patrick's Athletic vs Bray Wanderers St. Pat's players celebrate their third goal scored by Josh O’Hanlon
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From where these two sides were a month ago to where they are now, the mental transformation in both has been seismic.


On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we discussed the latest rounds of domestic and European fixtures, and were joined on the line by Galway United captain Colm Horgan.

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