Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sligo Rovers in shock defeat to crisis-hit Bray Wanderers

Owen Heary, Sligo Rovers manager
Owen Heary, Sligo Rovers manager

Sligo ROVERS boss Owen Heary was left fuming after his side slumped to second from bottom with a shock defeat at home to crisis-hit Bray Wanderers.

A David Cassidy hat-trick secured a first win of the season for the Seagulls, and condemned the Bit O’Red to their third straight loss.

Heary said: “I’m disgusted with the performance. Again we concede a goal within six minutes of the start of the game. We get back into it and then give away another silly penalty.

“We had plenty of chances then to get back into the game again, and we give away another goal on a counter-attack – it is just not acceptable.”

Cassidy was gifted the opener as a rash challenge from goalkeeper Ryan Coulter on the midfielder gave him the opportunity to fire to the roof of the net from the penalty spot.

Steven Beattie responded for the Bit O’Red with a good finish from inside the area on 17 minutes, and the visitors looked in trouble when Adam Mitchell was shown a straight red card for hauling down Dinny Corcoran on the edge of the area.

But they re-grouped and went in ahead at the break through another Cassidy penalty, this time after Alan Keane held on to Ryan McEvoy in the area.

Rovers themselves were reduced to ten men in the second half as Keith Ward was shown a second yellow card on 52 minutes.

And Bray sealed the win when Cassidy headed home his third from close range with 20 minutes left.

SLIGO – Coulter, Keane (Nielsen 61), Peers, Folan, Dykes, Beattie, Cawley, Russell, Devaney (Puri 65), Ward, Corcoran.

BRAY – McGuinness, Barker, Mitchell, Douglas, O’Reilly, Gallagher (McNally 41), McEvoy, Cassidy, Hanlon (Onwubiko 90), McGlynn, McDonagh (Lyons 70).

REF – P Sutton

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