Bray Wanderers Match Preview
League of Ireland First Division
Friday June 23, Carlisle Grounds
Bray begins the second phase of the 2023 season by hosting Kerry for the second time on Friday at the Carlisle Grounds.
Although unbeaten in their last three home starts, the Seagulls will attempt to bounce back after two defeats in the space of four days earlier this month just before the mid-season break.
“The break came at a good time for us all. Mentally and physically to let the bodies and minds recover. And to take a little breather from each other. We’ve been together since early January” explained Head Coach Ian Ryan.
“We’ve been back training since last weekend. There’s a great atmosphere within the group. Everybody is eager to get going again as we hit the important stages of the year.”
With two wins already in the campaign over Kerry, Ryan is mindful to get back on track with the Wicklow team having not won in their last four outings.
“They’ve improved as the season has gone on. They’ve picked up a few points. They’ve also changed the shape of how they play with changes to their system. We’ve got to be professional; do our own business right and look to start the new series in the right manner.”
Vice-captain Dane Massey and winger Ger Shortt are available after suspension.
Midfielder Guillermo Almirall is also back after injury. But defender Eoin Farrell is a doubt.
“We’re as strong as we’ve been in a long time. Nearly everyone trained this week. So, we’ve a near full squad available on Friday” revealed Ryan.
In the first ever meeting between the clubs last February, Bray won 3-1 at the Carlisle Grounds.
When the teams met back in May at Mounthawk Park for the very first time, Wanderers recorded a 2-0 victory.