Waterford FC v Bray Wanderers Match Preview

Bray Wanderers Match Preview


League of Ireland First Division


Waterford FC


Friday June 9, Regional Sports Centre


Kick-off 7.45pm


In the last fixture before the mid-season break, Bray make their second trip to the RSC this season to take on second-placed Waterford.

The Seagulls five-match unbeaten run came to an end last Monday against Athlone Town. But Head Coach Ian Ryan is looking for as positive comeback by the Wicklow side.

“We don’t view them as superior to us although they are a really strong team. They’ve scored 13 goals in their last two games (against Kerry 6-0 and Treaty 7-0). That will tell you have strong they are.”

He went to say, “We’ll go there and look for a reaction from our lads – as we’ve seen throughout the season so far – that we can compete with the top teams.”

The Green and White’s have experienced the highs and lows of football in the past week – after an impressive draw at home to league leaders Galway. Which was followed by a disappointing away defeat to Athlone.

“It’s magic formula that we’ve been missing throughout the year. We were really good against Galway. That put us into a really good position going into Monday’s game. It was a missed opportunity after gaining a good point the previous Friday” stated Ryan.

He continued “The performance itself was really poor. But we know that – the players know that. And we can’t get too emotional about it. It’s one game – it’s gone. What we can do is rectify it by a proper performance on Friday.”


Winger Ger Shortt completes the final game of a three-match suspension.

Vice-captain Dane Massey is also banned after picking up five bookings.

Midfielder Guillermo Almirall misses out through injury although he is expected back after the break.



It ended 2-2 back in March at the RSC when Wanderers came from 2-0 down to earn a draw.

When the teams met back in April at Carlisle Grounds, the Munster side won 2-1.