Ten-man Longford dig in to earn point by the seaside but stay bottom at mid-season break
Longford go into the mid-season break bottom of the Premier Division despite claiming a point with 10 men against fellow strugglers Bray at the Carlisle Grounds.
Wanderers ended their eight-game losing streak in all competitions as they remain ahead of their opponents on goal-difference.
The visitors were reduced to ten men just before the hour when right-back Jamie Mulhall picked up a second booking for upending Dylan Connolly after being yellow carded after just four minutes for a foul on the same player.
Longford nearly went ahead with 14 minutes remaining, when Kevin O’Connor squared inside for David O’Sullivan whose first time effort from the edge of the box was superbly turned out for a corner by Peter Cherrie’s acrobatic save.
In what was potentially Harry Kenny’s last match in charge of Bray, the Seagulls started brightly with Irish U21 cap Connolly curling narrowly over after nine minutes when he was put through by Ger Pender.
Yet Cherrie had to make an acrobatic save soon after to keep out Rhys Gorman’s back post effort from O’Connor’s corner.
Bray Wanderers – Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Kenna, Harding (Marks 73); Moore, Creevy, Brennan, Connolly; Pender (Kelly 73), Lewis.
Longford Town – Skinner; Mulhall, Rossiter (McGlynn 62), Flynn, Gorman, Powell; Gannon, Gannon; Simon; Duffy (O’Hanlon 74), O’Sullivan.
Ref – K O’Regan (Kerry).