Friday 23 June 2017

Fenlon fumes after Bray rally

Bray Wanderers 2 Shamrock Rovers 2

Bray Wanderers manager Mick Cooke believes his side could have claimed victory over Shamrock Rovers
Bray Wanderers manager Mick Cooke believes his side could have claimed victory over Shamrock Rovers
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Bray Wanderers manager Mick Cooke believes his side could have claimed victory over Shamrock Rovers, after John Sullivan's last-gasp goal secured a vital point for the Seasiders on Saturday.

The draw will be valued by a club in the relegation mix and who were facing the fourth straight defeat, until Sullivan headed home from a Ryan McEvoy cross, well into the final minute of stoppage-time.

"We needed a good performance after the last couple of weeks, as we lost our focus during the FAI Cup and they way we played, we deserved the three points," said Cooke.

"The pressure is on until you're mathematically sure of being safe. I believe if we can get a draw from the last two games, that will see us through."

Rovers boss Pat Fenlon admitted he was "bitterly disappointed" after his side failed to seize the opportunity to jump into second.

"We've got to be better than that. We should be able to defend and you don't give the referee an excuse to give free-kicks against you," said Fenlon.

"We should have got a third goal and then see the game out."

The Hoops drew first blood when Mikey Drennan curled in a free on 14 minutes.

Maxime Blanchard put Rovers two up, rising highest to meet a Brandon Miele corner on 36 minutes.

After the interval, Hugh Douglas got one back for the home side, heading in a McEvoy corner, on 71 minutes and left Sullivan to level it up in the nick of time.

BRAY WANDERERS - Cherrie; Barker, Douglas, Cooney, McNally; Cassidy (c), Sullivan, Kelly, Hanlon (Wixted 89) , McEvoy; Scully.

SHAMROCK ROVERS - Murphy; Blanchard, Madden, Webster; O'Connor, McCabe (c), Cregg, G Brennan (Duff 67), Miele; Drennan (R Brennan 90), North (Waters 78).

REF - R Rogers (Dublin)

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