Longford Town v Bray Wanderers Match Preview

Bray Wanderers Match Preview

League of Ireland First Division

Longford Town

Saturday April 22, Bishopsgate

Kick-off 7.45pm

Ian Ryan has stressed that his is expecting a positive response and reaction from the Bray Wanderers players ahead of Saturday’s away encounter with Longford Town at Bishopsgate.

The Seagulls suffered two defeats in the space of four days against Galway United and Usher Celtic.

But the Wicklow side’s Head Coach is looking to get the second series of matches in the 2023 First Division off to a good start.

“They were a bad couple of days. We’re not going to dwell on them. Or overreact to them” stated Ryan.

“We’ve mentioned before about the character within the squad when we’ve won games. That does not change after a couple of bad days. We won’t be rolling over; we won’t be feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ll come out fighting. And back on the horse to go again.”

After the first series of nine games, Bray are currently third in the table. The Midlanders are eighth in the section – nine points behind the Green and White’s.

“There’s not much between the teams. Longford did really well against us at home. So, we know what we are up against. This is no disrespect to Longford or any of our other opposition, this week is about us because of the hurt that we’ve had over the couple of results.”

Ryan added “We’re going to have to show our character. Show what we are about. And come out fighting.”


Captain Dave Webster and midfielder Darren Craven are both expected to be involved after playing a part in the last two games against Galway and Usher.

Conor Crowley (foot) is side-lined. Harry Groome is doubtful while the match may come too soon for both Len O’Sullivan and Eoin Farrell.


The teams met back in March at the Carlisle Grounds with the game finishing score-less.