Bray manage to hold champions back
Mulroy misses chance to totally ruin Sligo’s night as Derry defeat to UCD cheers travelling fans at Carlisle Grounds
Bray’s Ismahil Akinade and Iarfhlaith Davoren of Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Bray Wanderers 0 Sligo Rovers 0: Sligo Rovers suffered an unexpected stumble as relegation candidates Bray Wanderers claimed a point off the champions.
Sligo named an unchanged starting line-up from their 3-0 crushing of Derry City – meaning leading goalscorer Anthony Elding started on the bench on his return from suspension.
But even his 56th minute introduction failed to produce any spark.
Joseph N’do’s mastery almost created the opener on 54 minutes. Ross Gaynor’s corner was nodded out N’do and the Cameroonian found Gaynor again with a magnificent pass. Gaynor’s in-swinging cross was flicked on by the head of Lee Lynch but finished on the roof of the net.
Lynch’s cross was then missed by Elding before deflecting back to Rafaele Creatro whose venomous drive was blocked by David Webster.
The Bray defender then almost suffered disaster. Keane crossed from the right and Webster looked to nod the ball back to Quigley who –unbeknownst to Webster – had come to claim the cross. Fortunately for Webster it bounced wide.
Webster made up for his faux pas six minutes later. Keane’s cross found Greene unmarked in the area but his left-footed effort was blocked by a combination of Webster and Daire Doyle.
John Mulroy could have really ruined Sligo’s evening when he and Kieran Waters countered late on but he fluffed his shot.
Sligo fans did find reason to celebrate at the final whistle though as news filtered through that Derry City had lost to UCD.