Keane caps rout as Sligo continue climb
Sligo Rovers 3 Bray Wanderers 0
Sligo Rovers won at home for the first time in six games to go ahead of Shamrock Rovers and into second spot in the Premier Division on goal difference.
Two goals inside four minutes at the end of the first half set the Bit O' Red on their way, before Alan Keane wrapped it up with a third on 67 minutes.
Danny Ventre opened the scoring on 39 minutes, after some persistent pressure on the Bray defence -- the ball dropping for the midfielder to blast home.
John Russell's second goal in two games followed shortly after, as Bray failed to deal with a John Dillon ball into the area, and Russell raced in at the back to smash a left-foot shot to the net.
Rovers started brightly and Keane went close on eight minutes after Richie Ryan's quick free picked out Dillon, who fed Keane inside the area, but his effort flashed across the goal. On 27 minutes, Dillon crossed for Keane inside the box, but his header was straight at Darren Quigley.
Defensively Bray did well in the early stages, but the complexion of the game changed when Ventre and then Russell both rattled the net before the break.
Rovers were comfortable in the second half and should have had a third when Richie Ryan's superb ball released Eoin Doyle, but Quigley saved the striker's effort, and Dean Zambra headed Doyle's follow-up effort off the line.
But Rovers got their third when the excellent Keane finally found the net on 67 minutes. This time Iarfhlaith Davoren provided the cross for the full-back to head home at the back post and seal the points.
Sligo -- Clarke, Keane, Peers, McGuinness, Davoren, Dillon (Cretaro64), Ryan, Ventre (Kirby 65), Russell, Ndo (Powell 75), Doyle.
Bray -- Quigley, Webster, S O'Connor, Prendergast, Houston, Zambra,Doyle (Butler 77), Shields, Knight (Shaw 61), Kelly, O'Neill (Murphy 70).
Ref -- G Kelly.