Bray Wanderers Match Preview
League of Ireland First Division
Friday Match 3, Finn Park
Bray make the long trek to Donegal for the first time since 2017 to take on Finn Harps on Friday.
Both teams have had differing starts to the 2023 First Division campaign with the Wicklow side claiming all six-points against Treaty United and Kerry FC while the Ballybofey outfit have succumbed to both Galway United and Athlone Town.
“It’s been brilliant. We can’t ask for more after two games. But we can’t get carried away,” said Wanderers Head Coach Ian Ryan.
“We’re only two games into our whole season. We’ll take a bit of confidence out of it. But we know we can get better. There’s still lots to work on.”
However, he is very mindful of the challenge that Harps will pose.
“It’s going to be hard. They haven’t started as well as they would have hoped or liked. That might go against us as they might have a big crowd backing them. They’ll be doing all they can to get their first points on the board. We’ll go up there with a plan. Hopefully, it will work.”
Ryan went on to stress “It’s hard to get a pattern of how teams are playing. Things might take shape after a series of games. Knowing (Finn Harps manager) Dave Rogers, he plays really good football. They are dynamic; quick, and aggressive. So, we have some idea what they will be like.”
Although team captain Dave Webster and winger Darren Craven are back training with the squad, both are not expected until back in action until later this month.
But left-back Len O’Sullivan is an injury worry after departing early in last week’s success over Kerry.
“We are more or less the same panel. Len is 50-50 with his hamstring. Everyone else is where they were last week” Ryan explained.