Wednesday 25 April 2018

Bray can take positives despite dour stalemate

Bohemians  0 Bray Wanderers 0

Tim Clancy and Keith Buckley of Bray Wanderers in action against Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bohemians and Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Tim Clancy and Keith Buckley of Bray Wanderers in action against Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bohemians and Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Bray Wanderers gave themselves a morale-boost as they put the brakes on Bohemians’ recent revival to end a run of four straight defeats in a dour game at Dalymount Park.

A fatigued-looking Bohs failed to conjure a shot on goal as Bray had the better of a desperately disappointing first half.

Belying their off-field issues, Bray passed the ball well from the off, troubling the home side on five minutes.

A cross from Ryan Brennan from the right wasn’t cut out and Fuad Sule did well to block the shot from Darragh Noone.

Bray midfielder Mark Salmon forced a clumsy save from Shane Supple with a low drive from distance before Rob Cornwall had to be alert to snuff out another Bray attack on the half hour with a superbly timed tackle on Noone.

Supple was worked again six minutes into the second half, saving to his right from Brennan on the turn after Keith Buckley and Salmon carved the opening.

Minutes later Bohs switched from their 4-4-2 formation with Keith Ward coming on to replace Dinny Corcoran, to playing behind Ismahil Akinade.

That did bring an improvement as Keith Long’s side enjoyed decent spells of possession, though still without troubling Lee Steacy in the visitors’ goal.

Dan Byrne might have won it for Bohs on 81 minutes.

The lively Sule picked him out with a well-weighted diagonal ball with the big defender flashing his powerful header wide across goal.

Bohs mustered another late chance. Substitute Paddy Kavanagh whipped a cross in from the right, but the out-of-sorts Akinade sent his header over the top.

Bohemians: Supple; Hayes, Cornwall, Byrne, Pender; Poynton (O’Connor, 78), Sule, Brennan, Fitzgerald (Kavanagh, 67); Akinade, Corcoran (Ward, 56).

Bray Wanderers: Steacy; Buckley, Clancy, Kenna, Moore; Sullivan (Lynch, 87); Brennan, Salmon, Noone (McCabe, 74), Marks (Pender, 78); Greene.

Referee: Graham Kelly (Cork).

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