Rovers dream of Europe as McCabe puts seal on victory
Bray Wanderers 1 Shamrock Rovers 3
FOURTH-PLACED Shamrock Rovers kept their slim hopes of a European place alive by defeating 10-man Bray at the Carlisle Grounds for their second win on the spin.
Goals by Killian Brennan, Ken Oman and a Gary McCabe penalty helped them to all three points.
A 17th-minute raid by Gary McCabe was halted 20 yards from goal by an Adam Mitchell foul. Brennan made the most of the chance, languidly clipping the free over the wall and high into the net.
That lead was doubled 15 minutes later from another set-piece, this time McCabe's corner from the right finding the unmarked Ken Oman 10 yards out and he powered his header beyond Darren Quigley.
As has been the trend of the champions this season, they failed to build on that start and allowed the Seagulls enough possession to cause damage. Two glorious chances fell to Bray's Sean Houston before the break, his first rebounding off the crossbar and soon after Oscar Jansson made a great save with his legs.
Kieran 'Marty' Waters wasn't so wasteful 11 minutes into the second half when afforded time just inside the box to tuck a low shot into the bottom corner.
It failed to ignite a late comeback, however, as the visitors extended their lead nine minutes from time.
Mitchell was penalised for pulling Gary Twigg's shirt inside the box, enough to receive a red card for a professional foul, and McCabe sent Quigley to wrong way from the spot. Bray's misery continued in stoppage-time when director of football Pat Devlin was sent from the dug-out by referee Padraig Sutton.
BRAY WANDERERS -- Quigley; Webster, D O'Connor (Marshall 90), Mitchell, Massey; Hanlon (Georgiev 69), K O'Connor, Zambra, Houston, Waters (Doyle 90); Byrne.
SHAMROCK ROVERS -- Jansson; Sullivan, Sives, Oman, Powell; McCabe, Finn, Rice, Brennan (Dennehy 36); Kilduff, Twigg (Green 83).
REF -- P Sutton (Clare).