Thursday 19 October 2017

Baraclough delight at Russell's 'special' goal

Sligo Rovers 3 Bray Wanderers 0

John Russell's volley for Sligo Rovers against Bray Wanderers has been hailed by manager Ian Baraclough
John Russell's volley for Sligo Rovers against Bray Wanderers has been hailed by manager Ian Baraclough

Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough hailed John Russell's 'special' strike in his side's 3-0 defeat of Bray Wanderers.

The midfielder met a half-cleared ball with a thunderous volley in the 56th minute of Saturday's tie at the Showgrounds, leaving in-form Bray 'keeper Stephen McGuinness with no chance.

Baraclough was full of praise for Russell's impressive technique.

"It was a very good goal, especially on his not-so-favoured left foot. To have the confidence to try that and to keep it under control was a sweet moment," he said.

The goal was the highlight of a good performance from the Bit O'Red, who extended their unbeaten league run to seven games with the win.

Eric Odhiambo rounded off the victory with the third goal in the closing stages –Paul O'Conor got the ball rolling with a 19th-minute opener.

It was a second goal in two games for O'Conor, who also netted the winner in last week's Setanta Cup final against Dundalk, and Baraclough was pleased to see his side avoid any hangover from that success.

He said: "Maybe the adrenaline rush of the cup final followed by the week of training affected us a little bit.

"When you have big results like last week, as a manager you are a bit wary of the next game. But it was a great night for a game and a super pitch to play on and we did enough."

Bray boss Alan Mathews said he felt the scoreline was not reflective of his side's display.

Sligo rovers: Rogers, Conneely, Henderson, McMillan, Gaynor, Cawley, O'Conor, Russell, Greene (Odhiambo 75), Ledwith (Donelon 90), North (Maguire 85).

Bray: McGuinness, Webster, D O'Connor, Zambra, McGlynn, Cassidy, G Kelly (S Byrne 67), Curran, O'Neill (Akinade 71), Scully, Hanlon (Browne 88).

Ref – A Buttimer.

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