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Cherrie the hero as Bray frustrate Bohs on a night of missed chances

Ismahil Akinade will wonder how he didn’t find the net.

Ismahil Akinade clashes with Hugh Douglas.
Ismahil Akinade clashes with Hugh Douglas.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Bohemians 0
Bray Wanderers 0

THERE WERE NO goals at Dalymount tonight as Bohemians and Bray Wanderers played out a scoreless draw in game in which both teams lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

Peter Cherrie was the hero for Bray as he made a number of crucial saves to ensure a fourth clean sheet in a row for Bray but Bohs will be wondering how they didn’t take all three points in a match they controlled throughout.

Ismahil Akinade particularly will be perplexed as to how he didn’t find the net as he had a number of glaring misses.

Bohs’ made one change to the side which narrowly defeated Longford last week with Eoin Wearen coming into the side for Lorcan Fitzgerald.

New signings John Sullivan and Tim Clancy were two of three changes for Bray with Ger Pender also coming into the side.

Bohs looked the sharper of the two sides early on and were dominating the possession in the middle third but couldn’t break the deadlock when the chances fell their way.

The first clear cut opening of the game fell to Akinade on three minutes when he was played through by Keith Buckley but he was stretching to toe poke under Cherrie who got enough on the ball to prevent it crossing the line and allow his defence to hack clear.

The home side thought they had taken the lead just before the quarter hour mark as Buckley combined with Akinade again with a beautifully threaded ball in behind to find the Nigerian striker who found himself one-on- one with Cherrie but his effort went just wide of the post and into the side netting.

Bray didn’t manage their first meaningful effort on goal until five minutes before the break as an in swinging cross from Dylan Connolly was headed just over by Andrew Lewis.

The first sight on goal after the break fell to the hosts as a cross field ball into the box from Kurtis Byrne was miss controlled by Paddy Kavanagh but his touch found its way to Eoin Wearen who cut back onto his left foot to curl an effort just wide of the post.

The closest the Seagulls came in the second-half was a rasping 20 yard shot from substitute Mark Salmon which whistled just over the bar as the Wicklow side failed to hit the target in the 90 minutes.

Then with six minutes left Akinade had an opportunity to secure all three points for the Gypsies when he was found by Roberto Lopes down the inside right channel but he spurned a golden opportunity as Cherrie got down well to parry just wide of the post.

Aymen Ben Mohamed was introduced by Keith Long to try unlock the Bray defence but even the tricky winger couldn’t find a way past the Bray goalkeeper who saved with his feet to ensure a vital point for Harry Kenny’s side.

Bohemians: Dean Delaney; Dylan Hayes, Derek Prendergast, Dan Byrne, Derek Pender; Roberto Lopes, Keith Buckley, Paddy Kavanagh (Aymen Ben Mohamed, 66), Kurtis Byrne, Eoin Wearen (Mark Quigley, 74); Ismahil Akinade.
Bray Wanderers: Peter Cherrie; Hugh Douglas, Tim Clancy, Gareth McDonagh, Sean Harding (Kevin Lynch, 59); John Sullivan, Ryan Brennan, Karl Moore, Dylan Connolly, Ger Pender (Mark Salmon, 46); Andrew Lewis (Darragh Noone, 90).

Referee: Paul Tuite

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