Tuesday 20 February 2018

Keane caps Sligo recovery

Sligo Rovers 2
Bray Wanderers 1

ALAN KEANE converted a 90th-minute penalty-kick as Sligo Rovers came from behind to beat Bray Wanderers at the Showgrounds.

Keane drilled home his second spot-kick in two games after substitute Eoin Doyle had been fouled inside the area in a dramatic finale.

Bray had taken the lead through Gary Dempsey's superb 69th-minute free-kick, before Matthew Blinkhorn deservedly levelled with a header on 76 minutes. Keane then won it from the spot, with Dave Webster sent off for arguing the penalty decision.

John Russell went close to breaking the deadlock in the 20th minute, when he turned his man and fired narrowly wide.

Bray then spurned a glorious chance to take the lead, when Dean Zambra's shot from inside the area came back off the post. Sligo's best opportunity of the half came shortly afterwards when Gary McCabe was put through one-on-one with Matt Gregg, but the netminder got an important touch to deny the former Bray winger.

Sligo enjoyed a bright start to the second half, with Romuald Boco forcing a decent save from Gregg with a skilful shot, after he flicked the ball up for himself at the edge of the area.

Joseph Ndo's resultant corner was only cleared as far as Richie Ryan outside the box, and his low shot narrowly missed the target.

But Bray took the lead through Dempsey's 69th-minute free-kick, before Blinkhorn headed home McCabe's cross for the leveller, and Keane kept his cool to win it from the spot.

Sligo -- Gibson, Keane, Peers, Lauchlan, Davoren, McCabe, Ryan, Russell, Ndo, Boco (Doyle 68), Blinkhorn.

Bray -- Gregg, Webster, Mitchell, Prendergast, Massey, Zambra, Dempsey, O'Connor, Doyle, Tuohy (O'Neill 87), Shields.

Ref -- D Tomney.

Irish Independent

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