Bray Wanderers 1 (Waters 32)
Wolves 5 (Nouble 14, Fletcher 56, 87, Jarvis 60, Doherty 81)
After an evenly fought out opening 45 minutes, the second half was something of a stroll for Wolves as they beat Bray Wanderers 5-1 in what was manager Ståle Solbakken’s first game in charge.
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There seemed to be more away supporters than home for the pre-season friendly played at Bray’s Carlisle Grounds home.
Kieran Waters got in the first shot of the game with an effort from the edge of the box that was a yard too high.
Frank Nouble looked on to open his account for the club as he outstripped a defender but he was forced wide as he pushed the ball past the keeper. From the by-line he laid a pass into the path of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who fired narrowly over the far angle.
But Nouble made no mistake in the 14th minute as he gave Wolves the lead. He held off Dave Webster’s challenge and found the net with a cross-shot that went in off the far post.
Six minutes later, Karl Henry pumped a deep cross into the box to present Nouble with another opportunity but this time Lee Dixon cleared the danger at the expense of a corner.
Adam Hammill’s flag kick was deflected behind for a second and this time the ball was half cleared to Henry who drilled a low shot a couple of feet wide.
Hammill ran in from the left and hit a shot that drew a fine save from Bray keeper, Brian Kane. Then Ebanks-Blake wasn’t far away with a shot on the turn after he had been set up by Nouble.
A mistake by Carl Ikeme saw Bray drawing level in the 32nd minute. The keeper dithered as he went to clear Kevin Foley’s squared pass and Waters threw himself in to block. As the two collided the ball trickled over the line.
Both men were hurt in the clash and though Ikeme was able to resume after treatment, Waters was carried off on a stretcher and immediately replaced.
Four minutes before the break, Ebanks-Blake hit the bar with a bouncing shot following a cross from Hammill, then Ikeme turned over a 25 yard free-kick from Graham Kelly.
Half-Time: Bray 1 Wolves 1
The start of the new half saw the replacement Wolves team denied a penalty after Jonathan Kelty blatantly pushed Michael Kightly.
Then Steven Fletcher was way too high with a spectacular overhead kick following a Matt Jarvis centre. But Fletcher’s overhead in the 56th restored Wolves’s lead. Anthony Forde’s cross was headed back by Jarvis and the Scot executed a perfect bicycle kick.
From a Jarvis corner Fletcher had two digs at converting with his first effort bouncing back to him off a defender and the second being cleared off the line by Conor Butler.
On the hour mark Jarvis made it three after a clever bit of work from Kightly who flicked the ball over a defender leaving the winger to run in and score with a low shot from near the penalty spot.
Matt Doherty saw his full blooded shot parried by Kane and Nenad Miliaš’s follow up bounced clear off a defender as Wolves dominated the proceedings.
However, Bray weren’t far away in the 79th minute when Dorus de Vries made an excellent stop from Kelty who then headed the rebound onto the roof of the net.
In the 81st minute Doherty made it 4-1 with a cracking shot from 22 yards after the Bray defence had struggled to clear its lines.
Fletcher finished things off three minutes from the end when he beat the offside trap as he ran onto Kightly’s through ball and beat the keeper before casually finding the net.
Bray: Kane, Dooney (Moffatt 57), Butler (Knight 60), Webster, Seery, Doyle, Dixon (Earley 64), Kelly (Massey 70), Hurley (Kelty 45), Waters (Akinade 36), King (Tresson 70).
Unused subs: Quigley, McGuinness.
Wolves (first-half): Ikeme, Foley, Elokobi, Batth, Berra, Jonsson, Edwards, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Nouble, Hammill.
Wolves (second-half): De Vries, Zubar, Doherty, Stearman, Johnson, Forde,Kightly, Milijaš, Davis, Fletcher, Jarvis.
Unused sub: McCarey.
Referee: D. Tomney.
Attendance: 1,000 (estimated)