DERRY CITY 0, BRAY WANDERERS 0
DERRY CITY skipper Ryan McBride was shown a straight red card late in the game against Bray Wanderers on a frustrating night for Peter Hutton’s men at Brandywell.
And his sending off will have major repercussions for Hutton who must reshuffle his defensive pack for the trip to Limerick on Monday night.
With McBride’s defensive partner Shane McEleney’s evening also cut short early in the second half through injury, Hutton will face a selection dilemma at Jackman Park.
It was McBride who had Derry’s best chance of the first half when he guided his free header into the hands of Stephen McGuinness while Philip Lowry’s close range header on 74 minutes was ruled offside.
But McBride’s dismissal summed up a dismal night for City who struggled to break down the Wicklow men’s stubborn defence.
A defensive-minded Bray were content on soaking up any pressure from the home lot but Derry offered no urgency in attack throughout a stuttering first half.
When Anthony Elding went down inside the box under the challenge of Hugh Douglas when he attempted to get on the end of Patrick McEleney’s cross a half hearted appeal for a penalty was dismissed by referee, Paul Tuite.
Patrick McEleney registered Derry’s first shot on target on 18 minutes following a neat exchange with Cillian Morrison but his left foot strike from 20 yards was saved by Stephen McGuinness.
Derry really should have scored on the half hour mark when Patrick McEleney whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left and McBride directed his free header safely into the arms of the Bray keeper.
Right on the stroke of half-time Bray came close to going in front from David Cassidy’s corner kick as Douglas rose highest at the back post but his powerful header went narrowly wide.
Bray keeper McGuinness came to claim McEleney’s inswinging corner 10 minutes after the break but fluffed his lines. The ball fell to Aaron Barry at the back post but the defender couldn’t turn it towards goal and the chance went begging.
Bray countered on 57 minutes as Cassidy played Adam Hanlon into space on the left and his well struck effort was palmed away by Gerard Doherty before Philip Lowry headed clear the danger.
Elding then played Cillian Morrison through on goal but the Letterkenny man’s first time shot was saved by the feet of McGuinness.
Philip Lowry stooped low to head the ball into the back of the net after Aaron Barry headed McEleney’s free-kick off the crossbar but the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside.
Derry skipper McBride was then shown a straight red card for that rash tackle on Lyons as the home lot had to see out the final five minutes with 10 men.
Derry City: G. Doherty: S. Sharkey, R. McBride, S. McEleney (D. Jarvis, 47), A. Barry; C. Morrison ( R. Curran, 65),, P. Lowry, B. McNamee, M. Timlin; P. McEleney, A. Elding ( S. Houston 90); Subs Not Used - S. Patton, S. Clucas, N. Boyle, R. Curtis.
Bray: S. McGuinness, M. Barker, A. McNally, H. Douglas, D. O’Reilly; A. Hanlon (G. McDonagh 83) G. Kelly, R. McEvoy, D. Cassidy, P. McElynn (D. Scully, 77); E. Onwubiko (C. Lyons 61); Subs Not Used - B. Kane, N. Cooney, A. Mitchell, L. Gallagher.
Referee - Paul Tuite (Dublin)