Shamrock Rovers leapfrogged champions Saint Patrick's Athletic and went into third place in the SSE Airtiricity Premier League thanks to a 3-0 win against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds.

Despite the eventual margin of victory, Rovers didn't have it all their own way, and had to wait until 12 minutes into the second half to open their account, with Dean Kelly the man to break the deadlock.

A Sean O'Connor corner was contested by Jason McGuinness and David Scully, and the ball broke to O'Connor who put it back into a similar area. This time, under pressure from McGuinness, Scully sent a header towards his own goal. It could have crept in, but came back off the the post to Kelly who couldn't miss from point-blank range.

It took the visitors just six minutes to double their advantage when a Gary McCabe corner from the left was headed home by McGuinness; any chance of Bray causing an upset receded.

The match ended as a contest when, again from close range, Shane Robinson bundled the ball over the line from a Simon Madden cross from the right with 19 minutes still remaining.

It was Bray who looked the more lively in the first half, and they certainly had the best of the chances before the break.

The best opportunity of the first half came three minutes before the interval, and Graham Kelly was there at the beginning and end of it.

It was from his free-kick 35 yards out and wide on the left that Bray forced a corner after good work from Adam Mitchell and Scully deep in Rovers territory. When David Cassidy sent the corner into the box it was met by Kelly, who saw his powerful first-time effort rifle just over the bar.

Jake Kelly also came close for Bray in the 25th minute. He broke down the left-hand side and got past Conor Kenna thanks to a neat one-two with Cassidy. Kenna recovered with a last-ditch tackle and Rovers survived.

The home side were left to rue those missed opportunities as they slumped to their fifth league defeat in a row to remain one place off bottom spot in the table.

Bray Wanderers: McGuinness, Mitchell, Gorman, Cassidy, Akinade, J Kelly (McDonagh 81), Shane O'Connor, Zambra, Scully, G Kelly (Hughes 67), Barker

Shamrock Rovers: Murphy, Madden, Kenna, McGuinness, Osam, Robinson, Finn, McCabe, Sean O'Connor (Sheppard 81), D Kelly (Zayed 78), Waters (Bayley 78)