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Bray Wanderers vs Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricty League

Game 05 

Saturday March 26 7:30pm

Carlisle Grounds

 

Lowdown

Rovers will be looking to pick up a first win of the season when going to The Carlisle Grounds.

The home side, Bray Wanderers, will be looking to get their first point of the season at home after two defeats so far.

The Bit o’Red go into this on the back of two 1-1 draws with both Galway United and Finn Harps.

 

Opposition

Experienced manager Mick Cooke is in his first full season in charge of Bray Wanderers. He became their fourth manager of the season when he replaced Trevor Croly in July and led them to a relatively safe 8th place finish.

Many changes were made to the squad in advance of the season with players like Conor Kenna, Alan Byrne, Mick Daly, Ryan Brennan and Dean Kelly signed.

Things haven’t gone to plan to start with loses to start against Dundalk (3-1), Galway United (4-0) and Derry City (3-0) before getting a first point on Saturday with a tied game in Longford.

 

 

Last game

Sligo Rovers gave their hopes of survival a huge boost as they moved up to ninth in the table with a narrow 3-2 win over Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds. 

The game burst into life on 27 minutes with two goals in as many minutes. The Seagulls soared into the lead when David Cassidy's initial shot at goal from a McEvoy corner was blocked down by a group of Rovers defenders. But Chris Lyons was there to bundle the ball across the Sligo line to give Bray the lead. 

The Bit o'Red displayed great character to level the game within 60 seconds. Danish striker Nielsen assumed possession at the edge of the centre circle in the Bray half before slipping the ball into the path of Corcoran. The former Bohs man shrugged off the best intentions of the last Bray defender before placing the ball under Cherrie for his 13th goal of the season.

 

 

The second half was just two minutes old when the home side took the lead. Cherrie came to claim Jennison-Myrie Williams' cross from the right, only for the tenacious Puri to rush in in front of the net-minder, robbing the ball from his grasp before tapping into an empty net for his fourth goal of the campaign.  

Nielsen made it 3-1 on 64. The Dane latched on to the end of a through ball from the middle and from a relatively tight angle saw his shot squeeze under the body of the frustrated Cherrie who was unable get enough behind the striker's effort. 

Substitute Scully made the home side sweat on 92 as he halved the deficit. His neat turn brought him past a Keane challenge before spinning the ball around Brush and into the bottom corner.  

Rovers: Richard Brush; Gary Boylan, Alan Keane, Tim Clancy, Regan Donelon (Danny Ledwith ), Morten Nieslen (Ruairi Keating), David Cawley, Jason Hughes, Sander Puri, Jennison-Myrie Williams, Dinny Corcoran (Anthony Elding).

 

 

Team news

Rovers: No injuries or suspensions.

Bray Wanderers: Injured – Dylan Connolly, Sean Harding. Doubtful – Robbie Creevy.

 

 

Quotes

 

 

Head-to-head

Overall

Total

Last

Rovers wins

24

26/09/15

Bray wins

13

27/06/15

Draws

13

10/05/13

 

 

Carlisle Grounds

Total

Last

Rovers wins

8

15/08/14

Bray wins

8

27/06/15

Draws

9

10/05/13

 

 

Officials

Referee: Sean Grant

Assistant referees: Michelle O’Neill & Brian Fenlon

Fourth official: Paul Tuite

 

Coverage

Live radio updates on Ocean FM, also available worldwide on oceanfm.ie

Live updates of every kick on our Twitter account, @sligorovers

 

 

 

 

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