Sligo Rovers held but move five points clear

Sligo Rovers   1-1   Bray Wanderers

Bray Wanderers were pleased to hold on for a hard fought draw as league leaders Sligo moved five points clear atop the Airtricity League Premier Division, though it was also a precious point for struggling Bray.

The visitors took the lead inside the first five minutes of the second half.  A long ball was played out of the Bray defence and following a calamitous error in the home rearguard from a Iarfhlaith Davoren mis-kick on the edge of his penalty area, ruthless marksman Jason Byrne latched onto the loose ball to smash it in off the inside of the butt of  the far post.

Sligo boss Ian Baraclough then introduced Pascal Millien and Mark Quigley to his attack and this change bore fruit on 63 minutes when Quigley found Alan Keane down the right. The former Galway man shrugged off the attention of a Bray defender and squeezed the ball between the keeper and his front post to level the game.

Sligo pushed for a winner and despite the prolific Danny North losing his marker at the back post with two minutes left, the former Grimsby Town striker couldn’t get on the end of a low Millien cross.

The home side had a host of other chances, with North also having a goal disallowed, and Peers coming from the back always looking dangerous from set-pieces. Seagulls gladly held on for the point however, despite having to see the game out without centre-half Adam Mitchell who was sent off for a second bookable offence in the closing minutes.

Sligo Rovers  (4-4-2): Rogers; Keane, Peers, Ventre (C), Davoren; Boco, Ndo (Conneelly 79), Cawley, Gaynor (Millen); Cretaro (Quigley 60), North.

Bray Wanderers  (4-5-1): Quigley; Massey, Mitchell, O’Connor (C), Hanlon (Doyle 73); O’Connor, Waters (Knight 77), O’Connor, Zambra, Mulroy; Byrne.

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