Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sligo fail to ease relegation worries with stalemate against Bray

Sligo Rovers 0 Bray Wanderers 0

Bray’s Gary McCabe
Bray’s Gary McCabe

Neither side had managed a win in their last six games ahead of tonight's tie at the Showgrounds, so a draw was a fairly predictable outcome.

But it leaves 2012 league champions Sligo Rovers facing an uphill battle to survive in the top-flight, with five of their seven remaining games on the road, where they have failed to win all season.

Rovers striker Greg Moorhouse should have had his first goal for the club inside the first two minutes, but he failed to connect with Tobi Adebayo-Rowling’s dangerous low ball into the box.

But that was as good as it got in a nervy first half, where the home side shaded things, but lacked any cutting edge in the final third.

The only real spark came at the end of the half, as Karl Moore’s tackle on John Russell earned him a booking, with Sligo’s Rhys McCabe and Bray’s Mark Salmon also seeing yellow for the pushing and shoving that ensued between players from both sides.

Rovers introduced Raffaele Cretaro on the hour-mark in a bid to liven things up, and both himself and Adebayo-Rowling saw long-range efforts miss the target.

Cretaro then won a free at the edge of the box, but McCabe’s effort was deflected over.

At the other end, Gary McCabe did manage to hit the target with a half-volley, but Micheal Schlingermann was again equal to it.

The netminder had to make another stop to deny McCabe soon after, as Rovers gave a debut to Omar Haughton and also introduced Vinny Faherty to try and force an opener.

But they were almost caught on the counter as Bray sub Kevin Lynch raced forward and flashed a stinging shot across the face of the goal.

SLIGO – Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, Donelon, McCabe, Roddan, Russell (Haughton 73), Kearns (Cretaro 60), Moorhouse, Igiehon (Faherty 73).

BRAY – Cherrie, Douglas, Kenna, Clancy, Moore (Lynch 73), Sullivan, Brennan (Noone 87), McCabe, Salmon, Greene, Pender (Marks 64).

REF – R Rogers.

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