Wednesday 15 August 2018

Shamrock Rovers fall to another defeat as Bray claim valuable home win

Bray Wanderers 1 Shamrock Rovers 0

16 April 2018; Ronan Coughlan of Bray Wanderers, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Shamrock Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
16 April 2018; Ronan Coughlan of Bray Wanderers, centre, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Shamrock Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

THE pressure has intensified on Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley after a 1-0 defeat to bottom side Bray Wanderers saw the Hoops lose for the third time in four games.

Bradley, in charge since 2016, admitted that Hoops supporters were right to boo the side after Friday's 3-1 home defeat to Bohemians, and Rovers fans in the crowd of 645 at the Carlisle Grounds tonight had more misery out in Bray, having seen their side now lose six of their 12 league games this season.

Rónán Coughlan scored the crucial goal for Bray against a ten-man Rovers side on 53 minutes to end a run of nine straight defeats.

Rovers came into the game on the back of that defeat to Bohemians last weekend and Bradley said he was looking for a reaction from his players away to Bray, a reaction that did not come.

A swirling wind made it difficult for either side to impose a tempo on the game, Rovers going close to scoring on 29 minutes when Brandon Miele saw his free kick saved by Aaron Dillon while just before half time Rovers defender Ethan Boyle got his head to Graham Burke's corner but the effort was off target.

But seven minutes into the second half, Limerick-born forward Coughlan pounced on a slack back pass from Rovers captain Ronan Finn and beat Kevin Horgan, more misery for Rovers on 63 minutes when Dan Carr was sent off for a second booking.

Graham Burke's 87th minute shot was the closest Rovers came to an equaliser as Bray held on for their first win of the season.

BRAY: Dillon; McKenna, Kenna, Douglas, Lynch; O'Conor, Gorman; Coughlan (Pender, 73), McCabe, Galvin (J Kelly, 88) ; Greene (D Kelly, 26).

ROVERS: Horgan; Boyle, Grace, Gilchrist, S Kavanagh (B Kavanagh, 73); Coustrain (Shaw, 55), Bolger, Finn, Miele; Burke; Carr.

REFEREE: Tomás Connolly

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