Saturday 3 December 2016

Bray dig deep to frustrate Bit O'Red

Sligo Rovers 0-0Bray Wanderers

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

On 47 minutes, Barry McNamee should have doubled the home side's lead, but the midfielder somehow sidefooted over the bar from 10 yards. (Stock photo)
On 47 minutes, Barry McNamee should have doubled the home side's lead, but the midfielder somehow sidefooted over the bar from 10 yards. (Stock photo)

Bray Wanderers narrowed the gap on third-from-bottom Wexford Youths with a hard-earned point at the Showgrounds.

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The visitors are unbeaten at home since the opening night of the season but were left frustrated after spurning a number of late chances.

The first half was full of effort and tough tackling, but lacked quality.

Bray were the better team and both Andrew Lewis and Ryan Brennan both spurned chances.

Mark Salmon did have the ball in the net on 21 minutes, but he was offside.

Jimmy Keohane had Rovers' best first half chance when he rose to meet John Russell's cross, but his header was wide.

The midfielder had an even better chance early in the second half, but Peter Cherrie did well to smoother his close-range effort.

At the other end, Ryan Brennan forced a good save from Micheal Schlingermann, and Lewis hit the side-netting from the rebound.

Craig Roddan was denied by Cherrie and substitute Phil Roberts could only drag his shot wide as the hosts created some late chances, but Bray claimed a point.

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy, Boylan, Donelon; Roddan, Keohane, Richards; Russell, Sadlier (Gordon 80), Martin (Roberts 69).

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, McNally, Harding; Brennan, Salmon, Moore, Connolly, McDonagh; Lewis (Kelly 78).

Ref - R Matthews.

Irish Independent

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