Bray Wanderers Match Preview
League of Ireland First Division
Friday July 7, Finn Park
For the fourth time in the last five SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division games, Bray are on the road again on Friday as they make the trip to Donegal for the second time this season to face Finn Harps.
“It just seems to be the norm” said Head Coach Ian Ryan ahead of the over 500-kilometre round trip.
“But we are looking forward it. It’s a good game for us to go up there. We are in OK form since we’ve come back from the break (four points picked up against Kerry and Treaty). It’s a challenge we look forward to. Hopefully, we can do the business.”
Still in the play-off positions, Wanderers are eight points clear of their opponents.
“We were probably disappointed not to get the win last week in Treaty. But you take the point. We have an important couple of weeks starting with Finn Harps. Not only do we want to climb the table ourselves, but it is important they we try and put a bit of distance with the clubs who are chasing us,” said Ryan.
He continued “Harps are a bit of an unknown quantity because they’ve signed five new players in the window to date. As much as we try to do our homework on them, it’s about what we produce as well. So, we have to concentrate on ourselves and doing things right.”
Striker Jake Walker shipped a knock to his ankle in training and is 50/50 to play.
Meanwhile, defender Eoin Farrell has departed the club after taking up an offer of a scholarship to the United States..
Back in March. Harry Groome’s equaliser cancelled out Ryan Rainey’s opener at Finn Park.
But in the reverse fixture at the Carlisle Grounds in May, goals by Dane Massey and Harry Groome secured Bray the three points in a 2-0 victory.