Monday 5 December 2016

Dykes defiant as McNally strike lifts Bray

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Alan McNally (left) of Bray Wanderers in action v Cork City
Alan McNally (left) of Bray Wanderers in action v Cork City

Alan McNally's early goal at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday night lifted Bray out of the Premier Division relegation places and dumped Sligo Rovers right into the mire.

Bray Wanderers 1 Sligo Rovers 0

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It paints a sorry sight for the Bit o'Red but Gavin Dykes, a man steeped in his home-town club's tradition, believes that Sligo has what it takes, on and off the pitch, to gets things right and soon.

In a statement to RTE over the weekend, Sligo said that they had concluded an agreement with the legal representative of former manager Owen Heary.

For now, Dykes and Joseph Ndo remain in caretaker charge of the team as the club begins their search for Heary's successor.

"That was the story of our season. How we didn't come in at least two or three up at half-time is beyond me," said Dykes of Saturday's defeat.

"When you are down, you are down. The table doesn't lie. At this moment, we're the second worst team in the Premier Division.

"Things didn't work out with Owen. I'm hugely disappointed about that as he's a smashing fella. He's a winner and he will bounce back."

As for Sligo's future, Dykes added: "There are good people running this football club. We've a very hard-working board, a very hard-working chairman, who do it voluntarily, who get abuse for it.

"They've been hugely successful for this football club. We've a fantastic ground. We've a youth set-up that we never had before.

"There are a lot of positives going on. We just have to get ourselves out of where we are at the moment."

BRAY W - McGuinness; Douglas (Gallagher, 80), McNally, Cooney, Barker; McDonagh, Kelly, McEvoy, Sullivan, Cassidy; Lyons (Onwubiko, 86).

SLIGO R - Brush; Cretaro, Peers, Dykes, Ledwith; McManus (Corcoran, h-t); Cawley, Wearen; Nielsen (Ward, 55), Armstrong, Flatley (Keane, 65).

REF - R Matthews (Westmeath).

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