PREMIER DIVISION LEADERS Sligo Rovers were left frustrated tonight after only managing a 0-0 draw away to Bray Wanderers.
The Bit O’Red, who top the table with five fixtures remaining, began the game well as Mark Quigley continued his excellent form during the first half.
Referee Anthony Buttimer waved away two Sligo penalty shouts before the break and while one looked a good call, Rafael Cretaro was clearly fouled inside the box.
When the sides re-emerged after the interval, it was Bray who brought the game to their opponents and Shane O’Connor wasn’t far away after linking up brilliantly with Jason Byrne.
Both Gary Rodgers and Darren Quigley were called into action in the latter stages but commanded their line confidently to deny a series of goalbound efforts.
At the final whistle, it remained scoreless meaning Sligo open up a seven-point gap on Drogheda while Bray put eight between themselves and bottom-placed Dundalk.
UCD came away from the Brandywell with an important 2-1 win over Derry City to go ahead of Bray.
Midfielder Barry McCabe opened the scoring on 37 minutes and Martin Russell’s side doubled their lead through David McMillan a minute into the second half.
Kevin Deery did pull one back after diverting Marc Brolly’s corner home on 52 minutes but the Students held on to seal the win.
Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough looks on tonight. Credit: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Bohemians came from behind to earn a point at home to Cork City.
Vinny Sullivan’s volley 15 minutes into the match at Dalymount looked like a contender for goal of the night. The striker played the ball out to Daryl Horgan before receiving it back and finishing clinically past Grey Murray.
On 54 minutes, however, Evan McMillan popped up with an even better strike – curling the ball into the top corner from 30 yards out.
At Oriel Park, Paddy Kavanagh’s goal proved the difference for travelling Shelbourne.
The former Shamrock Rovers and Bray winger fired low to beat Peter Cherrie on 39 minutes. Dundalk had a man sent off with three minutes remaining when Mark Griffin was given his marching orders after catching Brian Shorthall while challenging for a header.
In the First Division, there was a win for leaders Limerick, who beat SD Galway 1-0 away from home. Waterford United go ahead of Longford Town in second place, meanwhile, after coming from a goal down to win 4-2 at the RSC.
Athlone Town went down 3-0 to Mervue United, while Wexford Youths and Finn Harps played out a 2-2 draw.
- Bray Wanderers 0-0 Sligo Rovers
- Bohemians 1-1 Cork City
- Derry City 1-2 UCD
- Dundalk 0-1 Shelbourne
- Athlone Town 0-3 Mervue United
- SD Galway 0-1 Limerick
- Waterford United 4-2 Longford town
- Wexford Youths 2-2 Finn Harps