Bray Wanderers
Sligo Rovers

Saturday, 26 March, 2016
4 - 0
SSE Airtricity League
Ryan Brennan 47, 66
Karl Moore 60
Andrew Lewis 85

Sligo Rovers suffered defeat on Easter Saturday away to Bray Wanderers.

Following a scoreless first period all four goals for the hosts came in the second half giving them the points.

A bright start was made with Kieran Sadlier trying a shot in the opening minute that wasn’t far wide at the near post.

And minutes later Ragan Donelon struck a good, powerful effort which found the target only to be denied by a desperate push around his post by keeper Peter Cherrie.

The chances continued on 12 minutes as Sadlier smashed the ball across the face of the box, Cherrie was able to get hands to it but was left stranded as the ball continued to roll towards the net but centre-back Alan McNally was on hand to clear right of the line.

Possible the best chances was two minutes later on the end of a flowing passing move. Jimmy Keohane made the final ball square across the box for Liam Martin but he scooped his shot over the bar.

Chris Lyons came close against his former club with a low attempt from just inside the box but it was seen wide by the keeper.

A blow was dealt to Rovers with the loss of captain Tim Clancy just before the half-time interval through injury with Michael Leahy taking over in defence and Gavin Peers as captain.

There was one more chance in first half stoppage time when Tobi Adebayo-Rowling surged forward and his delivery to the penalty box was caught well by Sadlier but Cherrie made a solid save.

Three minutes into the second half Ryan Brennan gave the home team the lead when he got a touch on Jason Marks’ corner to divert the ball in.

Sadlier tried to respond going on a run deep into Bray’s penalty area on 57 minutes but the keeper claimed his ball across goal.

The second goal was on 60 minutes when Karl Moore hit in a strong shot after being found by Dean Kelly. Another corner on 66 minutes lead to the same result with Brennan scoring his second.

The final goal was five minutes from the end, striker Andrew Lewis go onto a long ball and finished nicely.

Rovers’ focus now moves to the next game which is the visit of Cork City to The Showgrounds this Saturday evening.

Bray Wanderers: Cherrie, Douglas, Murphy (McDonagh 83), Kenna, McNally, Brennan, Salmon (Byrne 3), Lewis, Marks, Moore, Kelly (Pender 81).

Subs: Shanahan, Noble, Harding, Finnegan.

Sligo Rovers: Nugent, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Clancy (c) (Leahy 44), Donelon, Keohane, Roddan, Richards (Russell 63), Sadlier, Lyons (Cretaro 63), Martin.

Subs: Schlingermann, Boylan, Gordon, Roberts.


Interview: Dave Robertson