Monday 26 September 2016

Bray end home hoodoo by blitzing sorry Sligo

Bray Wanderers 4 Sligo Rovers 0

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Stock photo: Sportsfile
Stock photo: Sportsfile

Bray earned their first Premier Division victory at the Carlisle Grounds since August 2015 as Sligo remain without a win under new manager Dave Robertson.

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The Seagulls fired in four second-half goals which enabled them to move up three places above their victims on Saturday, basement side Wexford and Longford Town (on goal difference).

The Bit O'Red handed a full league debut to goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent, but he was helpless to prevent Rovers suffering a third defeat in five games.

Alan McNally's lofted 49th-minute clearance from the halfway line found Andrew Lewis and he laid the ball off the breaking Ryan Brennan, who fired his shot past the American from 15 yards.

The Seasiders doubled that cushion on the hour mark. After Peter Cherrie's free evaded the visitors defence, the ball fell to Dean Kelly and he squared it to Karl Moore, who side-stepped a tackle before blasting his shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Bray the grabbed a third in the 66th minute. Jason Marks whipped a right wing corner left-footed which was deflected into the net off the head of Sligo's Regan Donelon at the front post.

The Wicklow outfit put the gloss on the success in the 85th minute. Marks' free from the left flank hit Lewis inside a crowded penalty area and the ball dropped kindly for the English striker who drilled it home from 12 yards.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, McNally, Murphy (McDonagh 84); Moore, Salmon (Byrne 6), Brennan, Marks; Kelly (Pender 80), Lewis.
Sligo Rovers - Nugent; Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Clancy (Leahy 45), Donelon; Richards (Russell 84), Roddan, Keohane, Sadlier; Lyons (Cretaro 63), Martin.
Ref - S Grant (Wexford)

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