Bray Wanderers Match Preview
League of Ireland First Division
Saturday October 14, Bishopsgate
With the play-offs for the 2023 season now virtually gone, Bray Wanderers Head Coach Ian Ryan has again backed up his call for the Seagulls to finish the season on a high.
The Green and White’s head to Bishopsgate on Saturday knowing victory against Longford may not be enough to keep their First Division campaign alive.
Athlone – who occupy the last play-off spot in fifth place – face Finn Harps in Donegal before Bray’s tie.
“We won’t be taking notice of any other games, or what’s going on. As I said previously over the past couple of weeks, it’s about us, and how we finish the season,” said Ryan.
“What’s going to happen play-off wise, we let that slip a few weeks ago. It’s still for us to finish the season as strong as we can. Times and other venues don’t really concern us.”
Ryan has targeted four wins from their remaining matches. They have already achieved six points after victories over Cobh and Athlone.
“Our motivation is to do that. We believe we can win for a third week in a row. We hope to do that. But Longford have performed really well against us. They are a good team. But we remember what happened in our last game against them (in August). We’ll look to right a few wrongs there.”
With top scorer Ben Feeney (ankle) again ruled out, both defender Seán Quinn (hamstring) along with striker Jake Walker (groin) are struggling to be match fit.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN 2023
Back in March at the Carlisle Grounds, it finished scoreless.
Then at Bishopsgate in April. Conor Davis grabbed an equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
At the Carlisle Grounds last August, goals by Chris Lyons and Dane Massey had Bray 2-0 ahead before Longford won 4-2.