Sunday 23 April 2017

Marshall sinks Bray with late strike for Sligo

Bray Wanderers 2 Sligo Rovers 3

DEAN MARSHALL grabbed an injury-time winner to decide a five-goal thriller against bottom of-the-table Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds last night.

Sligo were penalised for missing numerous chances when Bray got a bizarre opener in the 18th minute through a Richard Brush own-goal.

When the keeper dropped a throw-in, Shane O'Neill helped the ball goalwards, where defender Alan Keane tried to clear only to see his clearance ricochet off Brush and into the net.

Conor O'Grady grabbed the equaliser in the 37th minute when he got his head to a left-wing delivery by Gary McCabe to steer home from close range.

Padraig Amond raced onto a quick free-kick by McCabe to race through and slot under the advancing Kane to put Sligo in front in the 59th minute.

Bray got a controversial equaliser in the 91st minute when Jake Kelly converted a penalty.

Rovers were not finished, though. Substitute Marshall tapped home the winner from close range in the 93rd minute after Eoin Doyle helped on a long punt by sub keeper Ciaran Kelly.

BRAY WANDERERS -- Kane; D Doyle, O'Connor, Tresson, Massey, Mulroy, Kavanagh, Zambra, Baker (Brennan 79), R Doyle (Rodriguez 61), S O'Neill (J Kelly 38).

SLIGO ROVERS -- Brush (C Kelly 46); Ventre, Peers, Almeida, Keane, McCabe (Marshall 79), O'Grady, Ryan, Dillon (E Doyle 79), Amond, Blinkhorn.

Ref -- D McKeon (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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