Cork City v Bray Wanderers match Preview

Bray Wanderers Match Preview


League of Ireland First Division


Cork City


Friday March 15, Turner’s Cross


Kick-off 7.45pm

For the third First Division league match in a row, Bray head to Munster to take on joint-leaders Cork on Friday.

After trips to both Kerry and Treaty – which had yielded four points on the road – the Wicklow outfit travel to Turner’s Cross to face the unbeaten Rebels.

“That’s the way the fixtures had fallen. It makes no odds. Going to Cork is probably the toughest venue in the league that we can have. After Friday, we’ve got four out of our next five games at the Carlisle. So, it’s swings and roundabouts for us” remarked First team Head Coach Ian Ryan.

Wanderers have shown character to come from behind to secure vital results in their last two outings.

“We’ve seen the players character in abundance. It’s great to have. But we’d like to not have to put ourselves in that position anymore” conceded Ryan.

“We want to show a bit of character, and desire, from the first whistle. I think that’s what we are missing at the moment; to do it for 90 minutes.”

City have taken ten points from their four matches to date to jointly share top spot with Treaty.

“Cork are a fantastic side. They are worthy (league) favourites. I’ve seen them quite a bit already” Ryan pointed out.

“They have excellent individual players. They ware well coached. They’ve started the season really well. We’re going into the lion’s den. But it gives us the opportunity to test ourselves and see where we’re at.”


Vice-captain Darren Craven faces a spell on the side-lines after coming off injured last week against Treaty.

“It’s too early to say. But Darren is probably gone for a number of weeks. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as we thought” revealed Ryan.

He also said “Ben (Feeney) is not quite there yet. And we just need to manage Cristian (Magerusan)”.