Sligo Rovers 2 Bray Wanderers 1
Premier Division, The Showgrounds, 30 April 2018
Wanderers injury jinx struck again with Aaron Dillon, Paul O’Conor and Gary McCabe all added to the injury list. Wanderers substitutes bench featured five teenagers. Evan Moran and Dylan Hayes made their league debuts for the club.
Moran was called into action after just six minutes, saving well from a Pinceli free kick. On the half hour, Hugh Douglas connected with a Cory Galvin corner on the left but he was unable to keep his header on target. Wanderers had a great chance on 33 minutes. Dan Kelly broke free but he was unable to beat Beeney. Sligo broke immediately and Moorhouse headed ex-Wanderer Adam Wixted’s cross back across the goal for Keaney to head home. Wixted was also involved in Sligo’s second on 40 minutes as his cross was headed by Pinceli past Moran.
In the second half, Sean Heaney headed Greg Moorehouse’s shot off the line and Moran saved well from Morrison with ten minutes remaining. A minute later, Wanderers gave themselves some hope when Galvin found himself free on the right and he fired past Beeney.
Sligo Rovers: 16 Mitchell Beeney; 3 Regan Donelon, 21 John Mahon, 15 Patrick McClean, 18 Calum Waters; 19 Adam Wixted; 20 Jack Keaney; 7 Rhys McCabe (c), 4 Eduardo Pincelli , 10 Raffaele Cretaro; 11 Greg Moorhouse
Subs: 2 Gary Boylan, 6 Seamus Sharkey, 14 Alistair Roy (for Cretaro 85), 17 Caolan McAleer (for Wixted 67), 23 Liam Kerrigan, 27 Lewis Morrison (for Pincelli 75), 30 Edward McGinty (gk)
Bray Wanderers: 29 Evan Moran; 16 Daniel McKenna, 2 Hugh Douglas (2), 4 Conor Kenna, 3 Kevin Lynch; 5 Sean Heaney, 12 Dylan Hayes; 7 Cory Galvin, 17 Daniel Kelly, 14 Rhys Gorman; 9 Gerald Pender
Subs: 8 John Sullivan, 15 Darragh Gibbons, 18 Calvin Rogers, 19 Ronan Coughlan (for Pender 65), 20 Shane Flynn, 23 Andrew McGovern, 40 Adam Dempsey (gk)
Referee: Robert Hennessy
Match report: Michael Duffy