Cobh record first clean sheet of season in nil all draw with Bray

Cobh record first clean sheet of season in nil all draw with Bray
Stuart Ashton, Cobh Ramblers manager was happy to keep a clean sheet against Bray. 

Bray Wanderers 0

Cobh Ramblers 0

THE points were shared evenly between Bray Wanderers and Cobh Ramblers on Friday night in what was an engaging League Of Ireland First Division affair that finished nil all.

Stuart Ashton’s side recorded their first clean sheet in the process and also had their opportunities to pick up all three points, including having a late goal ruled out for offside.

Following his re-signing for the club, Greg Henry was in the Cobh starting eleven, as was Conor Drinan for his first start.

While Darragh Crowley came on as a substitute , after making the move to Ramblers on loan from Cork City.

Bray, who had a bright opening to proceedings, went close in the opening stages, as Joe Doyle headed an effort off the bar after a corner kick from Dylan Barnett.

On the 23 minute mark, Cobh had their first serious opportunity, through a powerful effort by David Hurley which was saved by Brian Maher in the Bray goal. While just a few moments later, Pierce Phllips fired an effort over on the half volley.

Around the half hour mark, Ramblers had an effort from Henry cleared off the line from a Conor Drinan cross, while the visitors fired narrowly wide from a free kick by Cian Leonard, as the sides went in level at the break.

The second half saw both teams continue to search for a way to find the breakthrough. Bray went close through a Gary Shaw header and a Sean McEvoy shot.

Cobh also had opportunities late on to find a winner, including having a goal ruled out for offside from Cameron Harlson. In the end though, both sides had to be content with a share of the spoils.

Giving his reaction to the point in Bray, Ramblers boss Ashton said: “It was a hard fought battle. The draw, we are not happy with it, but we are. 

"A lot of teams will come here and won’t get anything out of this place.” 

 Next for Ramblers is a home clash against Galway United on Saturday night next at St Colman’s Park.

Galway will come into this clash off the back of a home defeat against Cabinteely, who maintained their impressive 100% winning start to the season by picking up the three points in the West Of Ireland.

Bray Wanderers: B Maher; J R Wilson, D Barnett, K Cantwell, A Barry, P Keegan, R Graydon, C Thompson, J Doyle, G Shaw, J Watson.

Subs: S McEvoy for Watson (56), D Daly for Graydon, L Lovic for Doyle (both 63).

Cobh Ramblers: P Hunt; J Kavanagh, B O’Riordan, C Lyons, I Turner, P Phillips, C Leonard, D Hurley, L Devitt, C Drinan, G Henry.

Subs: D Crowley for Leonard, C Harlson for Turner ( both 59).

Referee: G Colfer (Wicklow).

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