Friday, July 1, 2011

Sligo out class poor Bray

Sligo squeezed past Shamrock Rovers into second place in the
Airtricity League Premier Division after putting on a footballing
masterclass at the Carlisle Grounds.

The Bit O'Red made it nine games unbeaten under blistering evening sunshine to move within a single point of leaders St. Patrick's Athletic.

Such was their dominance, Rovers goalkeeper Brendan Clarke was a spectator for the most part. He was first called into action in the 68th minute to easily deal with Irish U19 forward Conor Murphy's half volley on his way to a sixth successive clean sheet in the League.

Striker Matthew Blinkhorn ended his two-month drought by notching a double as Bray crashed to their fourth consecutive defeat in 12 days.

At times, Wanderers were left chasing shadows as Joseph N'Do and Richie Ryan controlled matters in the middle of the park.

Having failed to find the net in the top-flight since the end of
April, Blinkhorn bagged a quick fire double by the seaside.

Just three minutes had elapsed when Alan Keane drilled over a cross form the right. Having watched the flight of the ball, the Englishman controlled brilliantly with his chest and lashed a stunning 14-yard left footed volley that flew past Matt Gregg.

It could have been worse for the Wicklow side just four minutes later.

A mistake by Derek Prendergast allowed Alan Kirby to burst in on goal, but Gregg stood up strong to block with his legs.

However, the visitors did make it 2-0 by the ninth minute.

N'Do and Alan Keane combined on the right flank before the former Cameroon international whipped in a ball. Blinkhorn got there at the front post ahead of Adam Mitchell to steer in his third league goal of the campaign from eight yards.

The only surprise was that it took Sligo until the 83rd minute to add another goal to the tally.

N'Do was again the instigator. He tormented full back Dane Massey along the left touch-line before scooping the ball into the six-yard area were Eoin Doyle register his 13th league goal with a looping header.

Bray finally mustered a clear-cut opportunity in the 86th minute, but but Dean Zambra couldn't find a way past Clarke who saved well with his legs.