Pender on the mark again for in-form Bray
Published 19/09/2016 | 02:30
Ger Pender began a second 4-0 rout of Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds this season, scoring for the third match running to ensure Bray Wanderers are clear of automatic relegation.
Bray Wanderers 4 Sligo Rovers 0
A third successive victory means it's now just one defeat in 13 league games for Harry Kenny's in-form side.
Bottom of the table after eight matches, Bray are now up to eighth in the Premier Division.
"It's some turnaround, we keep trying to claw them in," said boss Kenny of his team's rise.
"We've a huge amount to play for. We'll certainly be trying to catch (teams) and try to finish as high as possible."
"I think we're clear," added Kenny on securing Premier Division football for next season.
"I looked at the table last year and 31 points was safe. We've got 33, so we'll be fine."
Skipper Conor Kenna nodded on Karl Moore's corner for striker Pender to poke home the first goal on 15 minutes.
Bray deservedly extended the lead three minutes before half-time. Moore floated a free-kick into the area, where midfielder Darragh Noone swept the ball to the net to score for the second successive match.
Any hopes Sligo harboured of getting back into the game were dashed on 72 minutes when left-back Regan Donelon received a second yellow card - again for a foul on Dylan Connolly - and was sent off.
A mistake by Sligo captain Gavin Peers was then punished as Bray sealed their win five minutes later, when Andrew Lewis lobbed to the net from the edge of the area.
Fellow sub Sean Harding added Bray's fourth goal on 89 minutes with a stunning strike from distance that flew in off a post.
Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Douglas (Harding 85), Kenna, Clancy, Lynch; Salmon; Marks (Kehoe, 79), Noone, Moore, Connolly; Pender (Lewis, 75).
Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Leahy (Boylan, 64), Donelon; Kearns, Keohane, Russell, Martin; Cretaro, Campion.
Ref: B Connolly (Dublin).