Sunday 25 February 2018

Struggling Drogs step it up to stifle Seagulls

Drogheda United 0-0 Bray Wanderers

'Pete Mahon's side began the second half playing with a verve and urgency that eluded them before the break' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Pete Mahon's side began the second half playing with a verve and urgency that eluded them before the break' Stock photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Drogheda United remain six games without a win but Pete Mahon saw his side produce a much-improved display in a scoreless draw with Bray at United Park.

After Friday night's heavy loss in Cork, United came away from the visit of free-scoring Wanderers with a clean sheet. Bray's flying start to the season has stalled.

The first half was uneventful but Bray were the better team. Aaron Greene had a shot blocked by Luke Gallagher before he surged into the box and his run was ended by Stephen McGuinness.

Both Greene and Gary McCabe had shots from the edge of the area that cleared the Drogheda goal as the home side struggled to build up attacking momentum.

Pete Mahon's side began the second half playing with a verve and urgency that eluded them before the break.

However, Dylan Connolly's pace was, as ever, a constant threat and Bray always looked a danger when the ball was worked wide to the exciting winger.

Neither goalkeeper was forced into a save of any note until the 67th minute. Even then it was routine as McCabe curled a free kick right into the grateful arms of the United keeper.

The home team's best effort arrived when Killian Brennan's free kick fell to Gallagher but his shot was the wrong side of the post.

Drogheda finished strongly as sub Mark Doyle headed over and then he and Marc Griffin just failed to connect with Sean Brennan's centre.

DROGHEDA - McGuinness, Deasy, Gallagher, Farragher, Dunne, K Brennan, S Brennan (Hyland 90+1), McEvoy, Byrne (Doyle, 75), Wixted, Griffin (Elliott, 89)

BRAY - Cherrie, Buckley, Clancy, Kenna, Lynch, Salmon, Sullivan (Moore, 58), McCabe, Brennan (Pender, 74), Connolly, Greene

Ref - Rob Harvey (Dublin)

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