We let Cooke down, admits Kenna
Bray Wanderers 1 St Patrick's Athletic 0
Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30
Conor Kenna accepts that he and his Bray team-mates let down former manager Mick Cooke.
Cooke lost his job last Thursday following on from the defeat at Finn Harps, a third loss on the spin that saw Bray drop to bottom of the table.
"When a manager gets the sack, it comes down to the players as well," said Bray captain Kenna.
"We did let him down in the end, but that's the way football goes. Mick will move on and we'll move on. He was unlucky the way things went."
Saturday's shock victory over St Pat's gave everyone at the Carlisle Grounds a lift in every sense as it moved Bray up two places to 10th.
Striker Ger Pender punished a defensive blunder to score a minute before the interval, pouncing to race through and slip the ball past Brendan Clarke.
As he did from Christy Fagan in the first half, Bray goalkeeper Peter Cherrie made two telling second-half saves from Jamie McGrath before St Pat's were inches from an 88th-minute equaliser.
Hugh Douglas was caught out by McGrath, whose lob came down off the underside of the bar before the Bray defender made amends for his mistake by getting back to bravely head off the line.
St Pat's night ended farcically when keeper Clarke was sent off in stoppage time for pulling down Andrew Lewis, leaving central defender Sean Hoare to go in goal as they had used all three substitutes.
Bray WDs - Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Kenna, Harding; Moore, Creevy, Brennan, Connolly (Marks, 86); Pender (McDonagh, 81), Lewis.
St Pat's Ath - Clarke; Barker, Hoare, Desmond, Bermingham; Kelly, Cawley; Byrne (McGlade, 72), Timlin (McGrath, 61), B Dennehy; Fagan (Corcoran, 52).
Ref - G Kelly (Cork).
Robertson relief after Sligo end long wait
Sligo Rovers 3 Longford Town 0
Dave Robertson hailed his players after finally delivering his first win as Sligo Rovers boss at the weekend.
Goals from youngster Jordan Richards and veteran Raffaele Cretaro spurred the Bit O'Red to a deserved defeat of Longford Town on Saturday.
A third goal, directed to his own net by the unfortunate Tristan Noack-Hoffman just before the break sealed a night of misery for Longford, who dropped to bottom of the table.
But it was nothing but relief for Rovers, who finally claimed a first victory in their tenth game of the season.
Robertson said: "Our movement, our energy, our pressing was really good in the first half. The sharpness of the football was really good. Our movement was good, our penetration in the final third was really good and that is what ultimately ended up in us getting the three goals."
Longford boss Tony Cousins admitted that the game was over by half-time, saying: "We never turned up for the first half. We were all over the place, not enough talking, not enough intensity and they opened us up all too easily."
Meanwhile, winger Kieran Sadlier has extended his contract with Sligo through to the end of the 2017 season.
The Ireland U-21 international signed in January from Peterborough United.
Sligo - Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Leahy (Clancy 63), Boylan, Donelon, Roddan, Richards, Russell, Keohane, Martin (Gordon 81), Cretaro (Sadlier 63).
Longford - Skinner, Mulhall, Flynn, Haverty, Noack-Hoffman, Cowan, O'Connor, McKeown (Gannon ht), McGlynn (O'Hanlon ht), Hughes (Duffy 75), O'Sullivan.
Ref - D McKeon.