Bray Wanderers v Waterford FC Match Preview

Bray Wanderers Match Preview


League of Ireland First Division


Waterford FC


Friday April 28, Carlisle Grounds


Kick-off 7.45pm


It is third against second as Bray play host to Waterford on Friday at the Carlisle Grounds.

It is the first of two home matches in the space of just four days for the Wicklow club who also entertain Treaty United at the same venue next (Bank Holiday) Monday.

“It’s a brilliant week. It’s two matches that come quickly at us. On Friday, we’re up against a really strong team in Waterford. It’s second v third, so that’s a big game.” remarked Bray’s Head Coach Ian Ryan.

The Blues have won all five games since former Wanderers boss Keith Long was appointed last month.

But the Green and Whites are unbeaten so far this season in four home league fixtures.

“They are going really well under Keith. He’s an impressive manager to go with an impressive team. We’ll be up against it. But as we seen last month when we met down there, we’re more than capable of matching them” Ryan stated.


Striker Jake Walker has been added to the injured list after hurting his ankle in last week’s draw with Longford Town.

“It’s still swollen. So, we don’t know how long he will be out” confirmed Ryan.

He joins midfielder Conor Crowley (foot) on the side-lines.

Defenders Eoin Farrell and Len O’Sullivan have resumed training. But are not expected to feature.

Midfielder Harry Groome is touch and go with a lower back issue.


It finished 2-2 when the teams met back in March at the RSC.

A brace by former Seagull Ronan Coughlan had the Munster side 2-0 ahead in the first half before they were reduced to ten players.

Ben Feeney pulled one back before half time while Max Murphy’s wonder shot in the second period earned the visitors a point.