Head Coach Ian Ryan on Friday’s game with Drogheda; pre-season build up and next week’s league opener with UCD

With pre-season now done and dusted, Bray Wanderers Head Coach Ian Ryan has insisted that all eyes are on UCD next Friday.

The Seasiders ended their build-up with a very competitive clash with Drogheda United which the Premier Division Boynesiders edged 2-1 in Blanchardstown on Friday.

“It was a really good game. There was intensity. It was a good performance. There’s still stuff to fine tune – which is normal at this time of year. I was really pleased.”

He added “There was minutes for everyone (17 players used). There only slight thing was that Shane (Griffin) came off with a knock. But hopefully that’s nothing serious.”

The mixture of returning players from 2023 plus the new signings for 2024 along with the promotion of underage players to the first team squad has seen a new-look Bray prepare for the upcoming campaign.

“The balance has gone well,” said Ryan. “Our numbers are tight squad wise; and everybody has got an equal amount of minutes (in pre-season) which is important. We have to make sure we hit the ground running next week against UCD.”

He continued “All we’ve done is build up to UCD. Everything else is kind of irrelevant. We’ve picked up good habits. And we’ve got an idea what we are going to do. But it is all about being prepared for next Friday.”

He revealed he was content with pre-season which saw six matches overall which included three competitive ties as the club topped Group C in the revamped of the Leinster Senior Cup to reach the Quarter Finals.

“It went really well. Fitness levels have been really good. We’ve had little or no injuries which is important. We’ve had good performances; three clean sheets in the Leinster Senior Cup. So, we head to the Carlisle (Grounds|) on Friday to face UCD in a positive manner.”