Despite dominating possession, Ian Baraclough’s side could not find a way through a stubborn Bray rearguard
Reigning champions Sligo Rovers missed their opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Airtricity League after being held to a goalless draw by Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.
The Premier Division leaders dominated the early exchanges with their high pressing causing Pat Devlin's side numerous problems. The Bit o'Red were inches away from opening the scoring after only six minutes. A quick throw-in found Aaron Greene who set up David Cawley, but the April Player of the Month just curled his shot wide of the far post.
On the quarter-hour mark, a rapid counter attack should have brought the visitors a breakthrough goal. Greene roamed through the centre of the Seagulls defence but a sloppy touch cost the striker an effort on goal. As half-time approached Bray were forced into making a substitution as Eoin Hyland went off with an suspected dislocated finger, with Sligo continuing to push for a goal.
Early in the second half, Lee Lynch saw his header go agonisingly wide of the goal after Ross Gaynor was afforded too much time and space to pick out his man. After the break, the momentum shifted to Bray as they searched to find a possible weakness in the champion's defence.
With 20 minutes to play, Bray looked to have the freedom of their opposition half. Ismahil Akinade stormed towards goal but the striker couldn't sort his feet out, leaving his partner Jason Byrne to curse his team-mate.
Aaron Greene should have sent the Bit o'Red travelling faithful into raptures with 15 minutes left to play. The pacy attacker had time to compose himself in the penalty area but a last-ditch block prevented the net from rippling.
With Derry City defeated by UCD, Ian Baraclough's side have only extended their league lead by a solitary point.
Sligo Rovers will hope to get their title defence back-on-track next weekend when they face Dundalk at The Showgrounds.
Meanwhile, Bray will travel to Cork City on the back of a morale-boosting point against the champions.