The Hoops made hard work of claiming the points against a battling Bray Wanderers side. With two goals in the bag thanks to a penalty from Gary McCabe and a header from defender Sean Heaney, the Seasiders were handed a lifeline with a converted penalty from David Scully. The home fans endured a nervous finish as Rovers failed to take their chances to make the match safe.
[GOAL 1:0 - 6th min.]Rovers were given the perfect start when Ismahil Akinade bundled Sean Heaney over in the box following a Marty Waters corner and the Ref pointed to the spot. Gary McCabe stepped up to shoot past 'keeper McGuinness.
Good defending from Jason McGuinness denied Scully a header in front of goal following a David Cassidy free-kick on 16 minutes. Rovers almost grabbed a second when Ronan Finn played Marty Waters in on the left-hand side of the box and his well struck shot was pushed onto the post by the 'keeper.
On 24 minutes Marty Waters turned provider when he slipped the ball in for Ciaran Kilduff to run on goal but 'keeper McGuinness was quick off his line to smother his shot. Four minutes later KIlduff was sent in on goal again, this time by Stpehen McPhail, but once again the 'keeper was quick to see the danger and he cleared the ball just ahead of Kilduff.
On 40 minutes a McPhail free-kick to the back post was met by Jason McGuinness but he failed to guide his effort on target under pressure from defender Adam Mitchell. Gary McCabe had the last chance of the half when he picked up a poor clearance from the 'keeper but Niall Cooney got back to head his goalbound shot to safety.
[GOAL 2:0 - 57th min.]A Gary McCabe outswinging corner saw Sean Heaney rise highest to head the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Although the Hoops were dominating possession they failed to open up a stubborn Bray defence and their play lacked any real tempo.
[GOAL 2:1 - 76th min.]Bray were given an unlikely lifeline when sloppy defending by Simon Madden saw Ref. Twomet point to the spot when he clashed with Akinade following a cross into the box. David Scully blasted the penalty high into the net.
A good break from McCabe on 82 minutes saw him pick oput sub Karl Sheppard on the right-hand side of the box but his cross for Waters lacked power and his header was easily saved.
Robert Bayly then wasted an opportunity following a poor clearance from the Bray 'keeper. On 86 minutes a Sheppard cross found Waters on the edge of the box and his turn and low shot forced a good save from McGuinness.
Rovers were almost punished for not making the game safe when on 88 minutes a Cassidy ball into the box was knocked on to Niall Cooney and he found himself in front of goal but his header lacked power and Barry Murphy was able to save comfortably.
With Bray pushed forward in search of an equaliser there were two more good chances for Rovers to seal the game but Gary McCabe saw his shot saved by McGuinness and then in the dying seconds he broke down the right and into the box but his cross failed to pick out Sheppard or Zayed.