Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 9, 2014
Venue:
Att: 450 (est)

Adam Hanlon 81' -
Scored: 81'



League Preview: Bray Wanderers -v- Limerick FC

Thu, May 08 2014

BRAY WANDERERS

Bray go into this weekend’s fixture with Limerick having suffered two disappointing results in their most recent games; a scoreless draw away to Athlone last Friday night which made them the first team to drop points to the Midlanders this season, and a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at home to Dundalk in the EA Sports Cup on Monday afternoon.

 

But Alan Mathews will not be too disheartened as his side have put in some decent performances this season, earning some vital points along the way. Three of their four league defeats in 2014 have come against front runners with Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic proving too strong for the Wicklow club, while wins against Dundalk and Sligo Rovers in particular have provided encouragement for the Carlisle faithful.

 

Defensively Bray have been fairly solid, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five league outings, a healthy development after that evening in early March when they conceded five times at home to UCD.

 

In that same five game period the Seagulls failed to score twice, against Derry City and Athlone Town, but both games yielded a point for Mathews’ men. While the Bray boss will no doubt be pleased that striker Dave Scully netted in each of the other three - wins against Drogheda and Dundalk along with a narrow defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

 

Mathews will be without the suspended Robert Maloney along with injured duo Shane O’Connor and Jake Kelly, though Danny O’Connor, Shane Byrne, Eric McGill and Adam Hanlon are all available having recovered from the problems that have kept them out in recent weeks.

 

Speaking to the club website, www.braywanderers.ie/ ahead of Friday’s game, Mathews praised the resilience of his players.

 

“It was very satisfying to have come home from Athlone with a point considering the difficult circumstances we found ourselves in towards the end. It was very pleasing that the lads managed to get the point, showing a lot of resilience in doing so"

 

LIMERICK FC

Limerick have had a tricky start to 2014 having had to wait until mid April for their first win, a 1-0 victory away to Bohemians. They followed that up with a second consecutive win, at home to Athlone Town, but these remain the Blues’ only victories this season and they have failed to win in their last three outings.

 

Stuart Taylor’s men came agonisingly close to collecting all three points against Shamrock Rovers last weekend, but a 97th minute equaliser from Jason McGuinness sent Limerick home with only a point to show for their endeavours at Tallaght Stadium.

 

It was Limerick’s fifth draw from their opening eleven league games, leaving them down among the dead men in tenth place after the first round of games. Had they held out for a win against the Hoops they would now be above Bray in seventh place, a sign of how tight the lower to mid section of the Premier Division table is.

 

And there are signs of improvement for the Shannonsiders. They have now lost just once in their last five league games although they will need to improve on a meagre return of just seven goals in twelve competitive matches if they are to move away from the bottom reaches of the table.

 

Referee: Graham Kelly

 

 

MATCH STATS

Bray’s top marksman this season is Dave Scully with four league goals to his name, while Limerick’s leading scorer is Roy Gaffney with just two after eleven league games.

 

The two sides played out a scoreless draw in their first meeting on the opening night of the season. So far Limerick have had two scoreless draws while Bray have been involved in three.

 

So far this season Limerick have managed to score more than one goal in a game on just one occasion - in a 2-1 win over bottom club Athlone Town. At the other end they have conceded more than one, just twice.

 

 

BETTING

Bray 8/5; Draw 11/5; Limerick 8/5.

 

PREDICTION

A draw, 1-1

 

 

Bray Wanderers

Injured: Shane O’Connor, Jake Kelly.
Doubtful: None.
Suspended: Robert Maloney.

 

Limerick FC

Injured: Unavailable.
Doubtful: Unavailable.
Suspended: Barry Ryan.

 

 


Bray Wanderers
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Jamie McGlynn
Defender
Niall Cooney
Defender
Adam Mitchell
Defender
David Webster
Defender
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
David Cassidy
Midfielder
Ismahil Akinade
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Shane O'Neill
59Booked: 59'
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Forward
David Scully
70Booked: 70'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Hanlon
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
81Scored: 81'
Midfield
Gary Curran
Midfield
Shane Byrne
Midfield
CiarĂ¡n Byrne
Forward
Michael Brown
Defender
Danny O'Connor
Defender
Shane Redmond
Goalkeeper
Limerick
Shane Cusack
Goalkeeper
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Stephen Folan
Defender
Patrick Nzuzi
Defender
Sam Oji
Defender
Jason Hughes
Midfielder
Danny Galbraith
Midfielder 81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
Prince Agyemang
Midfielder
Shane Tracy
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Tam McManus
Forward

Substitutes
James McGrath
Midfield
81Subbed On: 81'
81'
Ross Mann
Forward
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Mick Leahy
Defender
Ali Abass
Goalkeeper
Colm Murphy
Defender
Darragh Rainsford
Forward
Tony Whitehead
Defender