Cockhill Celtic v Bray Wanderers FAI Cup match preview


Bray Wanderers Match Preview

Sports Direct Men’s FAI Cup First Round

Cockhill Celtic

Saturday July 22, Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds

Kick-off 2.00pm

For the second time in three weeks, Bray make the long haul to Donegal.

A 600km round trip awaits Wanderers as they take on non-league Cockhill Celtic on Saturday in the first round of the FAI Cup

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us” viewed Head Coach Ian Ryan.

“I’ve watched them a couple of times. They are a good team. And are in the FAI Cup on merit. They have been there the last couple of years. We know what we are up against. And what to expect.”

He continued “For our own head, we’re clear in what we want to do. We’re clear as a group how we want to perform. If we do perform to our best, hopefully we’ll get through to the next round.”

Following from last week’s home league loss to Wexford, Ryan is looking for a positive response from the Seagulls squad.

“Last week was disappointing. We don’t want to get fixated on that. Last week was a bad day for us. But it was one day.”

He went on to say “the players have been brilliant all year. We all had an off night last week. Like everything in sport, you get an opportunity to get back on the horse. Thankfully, it comes on Saturday.”


Defender Jack Hudson is suspended after his dismissal last week against Wexford.

However, vice-Captain Dane Massey is available despite also seeing red in the same fixture.

Striker Jake Walker has resumed training after an ankle problem. But he is rated 50/50 to feature.

Attacker Conor Davis is side-lined for a period of time after surgery on a wrist injury.