Match report: Rovers 0-0 Bray
Sligo Rovers played out a scoreless draw with Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds on Friday evening. .
Both sides created goal-scoring chances throughout but failed to capitalise on what was the Bit O'Red's first outing following the two week summer break.
The point sees Rovers remain in seventh position in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Bray's Dylan Connolly out-muscled Tobi Adebayo-Rowling in a fifty-fifty challenge at the edge of the Rovers area with eight minutes played. However, the former Ipswich man's disappointing effort was easily dealt with by Micheál Schlingermann on his 150th career appearance.
Andrew Lewis saw his shot on the turn fizz past Schlingermann's far post following Rovers' efforts to clear Ryan Brennan's corner just past the half hour.
Jimmy Keohane miss-judged the flight of John Russell's chipped cross from the end-line three minutes later. His header floating wide of Peter Cherrie's goalmouth.
Seagulls captain Conor Kenna saw his nodded effort from a Brennan corner ghost across the front of the Sligo goal mouth during the early exchanges of the second half.
Both teams passed up decent goal-scoring opportunities soon after. Cherrie blocked down Keohane's tame effort from ten yards with his feet, after the former Wexford man was teed up by Liam Martin on 53. While Schlingermann was unable to keep hold of Brennan's curler from distance two minutes later. The ball falling to Lewis who could only find the side netting from two yards out.
Both teams continued in their efforts to break the deadlock on a greasy Showgrounds surface.
Schlingermann was forced to quickly adjust his feet as he kept out Connolly's swerving effort attempt 13 minutes from time.
Dave Robertson introduced strikers Phil Roberts and Jaanai Gordon to the mix as Rovers pushed for an opener. The former's shot from the angle flashing across Cherrie's goal on 79.
Sligo Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Mick Leahy, Gary Boylan, Regan Donelon; Jimmy Keohane, Craig Roddan, Jordan Richards, John Russell, Kieran Sadlier (Jaanai Gordon 80); Liam Martin (Phil Roberts 69).
Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Alan McNally, Sean Harding; Ryan Brennan, Mark Salmon, Karl Moore, Dylan Connolly, Gareth McDonagh; Andrew Lewis (Dean Kelly 78).
Referee: Ray Matthews.