Friday 18 August 2017

Leahy’s brace earns Sligo share of spoils

Bray 2 Sligo Rovers 2

Football pitch
Football pitch

Michael Leahy scored a brace as Sligo Rovers twice came from behind to earn a deserved point at the Carlisle Grounds.

Central defender Leahy had scored the equaliser against St Patrick’s Athletic a fortnight ago.And he used his head again, on the double, to salvage a draw in a rollercoaster game.

Though the point lifts Sligo up a place to 10th, they remain in the relegation zone while Bray remain third.

Bray were dealt a blow with top scorer Gary McCabe unavailable due to illness.

His replacement, Ger Pender, on his first league start of the season, was instrumental in their taking the lead with the first attack of the game on five minutes.

Pender weighted a ball through for the run of Aaron Greene, who finished confidently to the bottom corner of Micheal Schlingermann’s net.

Sligo delivered the perfect response to equalise five minutes later as Leahy rose unopposed to head home Liam Martin’s corner from the right.

Parity lasted just four minutes, though, as Bray regained the lead with their next attack. Ryan Brennan got free down the right to pick out the clever run to the near post of Dylan Connolly who side-footed home.

Sligo edged the second half and deservedly levelled again with the goal of the game on 63 minutes.

Mikey Place sent Kieran Sadlier away down the left. His deep cross was clipped back into the danger zone by Raff Cretaro for the again unmarked Leahy to nod home.

BRAY WANDERERS – Cherrie; Buckley, Kenna, Clancy, Lynch (Marks. 79); Sullivan, Salmon; Brennan, Greene, Connolly; Pender.

SLIGO ROVERS – Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Callan-McFadden, Leahy, Donelon; Boylan, Roddan; Ayunga, Martin (Place, 40), Sadlier; Cretaro.

REF – P McLaughlin (Donegal).

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