Re-start Club Preview: Bray Wanderers

Wed, Jul 29 2020

Club: Bray Wanderers.

Manager: Gary Cronin.

Highest league goalscorer: Gary Shaw (2).

Current position: 5th.


How we thought they would do for the 2020 season

The team predicted a 3rd placed league finish for the Seagulls and were acutely aware of their potential to mount a serious promotion charge.

How they did in the opening part of the season

Bray began their 2020 campaign in the worst possible way, losing 4-2 away to Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely on the opening night of the season.

The Seagulls went 4-0 down to their Green and White counterparts in a horrendous first-half which was dogged by even worse weather conditions.

However, Bray rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t to be as they could only claw back half of their first-half deficit.

Building on an improved second half display at Stradbrook, the Seagulls earned a hard-fought win over Wexford a week later to improve the mood at the Carlisle Grounds.

Moment of the season so far

It’s a case of either one or the other for Bray in terms of the moment of their season thus far – a win over Wexford or a loss against Cabinteely.

Obviously, it would have to be the opening home league win of the season over Brian O’Sullivan’s highly-fancied Slaneysiders.

Gary Shaw opened the scoring for the Seagulls just before the half-hour mark before now departed midfielder Andrew Moran made sure of the win late on with a 90th minute strike.

The attendance of over 1,000 spectators ensured it was a night to remember on the Quinsborough Road as Bray got their 2020 campaign up and running.

Stand out player so far this season

Already, it is proving evident that Gary Shaw will be pivotal in terms of whatever success Bray have this year or not.

The vastly experienced Shaw has already scored twice in as many games and will undoubtedly be looking to push on from his start to the season.

His experience will be key with the departures of both Dean Williams and Dylan McGlade, and his performances may prove crucial in their promotion push.

Although not always a prolific goalscorer he does provide as a good target for his teammates to hold up the ball and bring others into the game.

Transfers in/out prior to the restart

In: Callum Thompson, Sean McEvoy.

Out: Darragh Gibbons, Brandon McCann, Andrew Moran, Leigh Kavanagh.

What they need to do in the restart

Given that the Seagulls have only had two league games thus far, it is difficult to accurately gauge where exactly Gary Cronin’s side are.

They will of course be disappointed with the opening day defeat away to local rivals Cabinteely – however they will also be buoyed that they bounced back against Wexford the week after.

Bray have the potential to be the dark horse in a league title battle, and it would be far too early to discount them from that conversation altogether.

However, with just 16 games to go – Bray will need a fast start if they want to deliver the goals they set out to achieve at the start of the season.  

Where we see them finishing


Who will they face in the FAI Cup?

Received a bye into the second round.

First post-lockdown league fixture

Cobh Ramblers (Home).