0 - 1
FT
Agg. 0 - 1

Scored: 21'
- Brandon Kavanagh 21'


Playoff Preview: Galway United -v- Bray Wanderers

Sat, Nov 06 2021

Action from the first leg of the First Division playoff between Bray Wanderers and Galway United at the Carlisle Grounds on Wednesday, 3 November 2021. Credit: Muller Santos

GALWAY UNITED

After a drab scoreless draw midweek in the playoff semi-final first leg between Galway United and Bray Wanderers fans will be hoping for a bit more excitement on Sunday evening (kick-off 5pm).

Neither side gave a great account of themselves throughout the game although Galway’s passing and attacking left a lot to be desired in particular.

That being said John Caulfield’s men may feel like they are perfectly positioned to progress with Wanderers having to travel west for the second leg.

A big crowd is expected on the Dyke Road on Sunday and John Caulfield is looking for a big performance to keep the Tribesmen’s season going.

“We are hoping to have a massive crowd on Sunday. The crowds at the last few home games have been phenomenal so hopefully that support can make the difference,” Caulfield told the club’s media team.

“It would be great for the club to have a full house this weekend – the atmosphere has been fantastic over the last few home games. There is a bit of buzz about the club but we need a big performance on Sunday. The bigger the crowd the better.

“It is all to play for in the second-leg and I always expected that; we have a lot of work to do ahead of the weekend. It is the halfway mark, it is a new game and it is knockout football so we need a big improvement for Sunday.”

There are no additional injury worries for Galway going into Sunday’s game with long term absentees Ronan Manning and Francely Lomboto the only injury concerns for the Tribesmen.

BRAY WANDERERS

Given what happened at the tail end of last season the Wanderers will be hoping they can capitalize on the scoreless draw midweek and knock Galway United out of the playoffs

Galway Untied were the boogeyman for the Wicklow club this time last year when they ended Bray’s First Division title challenge and then knocked them out of the playoffs the following week.

Wanderers haven’t won in five games at this point however, and given United’s good home record of late it could be a mammoth task that awaits for Gary Cronin’s men on Sunday.

Aaron Barry is heading into the weekend hopeful of another good turnout of Bray fans when the side take to the Banks of the Corrib this weekend.

“We could hear the fans on Wednesday and it does mean a lot to us,” Aaron Barry said, speaking to the club’s media team.

“It makes the team talk easier when you have people behind you who really believe in you.

“ Bray has a great history in the League of Ireland and we’re down in the First Division for the last few years, so hopefully we can get over the line on Sunday and then we’ll have a great chance.”

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan

MATCH STATS

Last year Galway United ended Wanderers challenge for the First Division title and then knocked them out of the playoffs the following week.

The Tribesmen are on a five game unbeaten run at home coming into this weekend’s game.

BETTING

Galway United 19/20; Draw 9/4; Bray Wanderers 12/5.

PREDICTION

Galway United 1–0 Bray Wanderers

Galway United

Injured: Ronan Manning, Francely Lomboto.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Bray Wanderers

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.


Galway
WApril 29, 2022
Treaty United 2 - 3 Galway
WMay 2, 2022
Galway 2 - 0 Longford
WMay 6, 2022
Cobh 0 - 4 Galway
WMay 13, 2022
Wexford 0 - 4 Galway
WMay 20, 2022
Galway 3 - 0 Athlone
Conor Kearns 1
Goalkeeper
Joe Gorman
Defender
Killian Brouder 5
60'
60Subbed Off: Maurice Nugent 60'
Defender
Conor O'Keeffe 2
Defender
Stephen Walsh 3
Booked: 80'
84'
84Subbed Off: Alex Murphy 84'
Defender
Conor McCormack 22
Midfielder
Ruairi Keating 7
Midfielder
David Hurley 10
Midfielder
Gary Boylan 7
72'
72Subbed Off: Shane Doherty 72'
Midfielder
Mikie Rowe 8
84'
84Subbed Off: Padraic Cunningham 84'
Midfielder
Wilson Waweru 18
Forward

Substitutes
Christopher Horgan
Midfield
Shane Doherty 11
72'
72Subbed On: Gary Boylan 72'
Forward
Luke Denison*
Unknown
Padraic Cunningham 9
84'
84Subbed On: Mikie Rowe 84'
Forward
Alex Murphy 25
84'
84Subbed On: Stephen Walsh 84'
Defender
Maurice Nugent 6
60'
60Subbed On: Killian Brouder 60'
Midfield
Dean O'Shea 15
Defender
Mikey Place
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu 15
Midfield
Bray
LApril 22, 2022
Galway 2 - 0 Bray
DApril 29, 2022
Bray 1 - 1 Cobh
DMay 2, 2022
Wexford 1 - 1 Bray
LMay 6, 2022
Bray 1 - 4 Waterford
DMay 13, 2022
Treaty United 2 - 2 Bray
1 Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
3 Dylan Barnett
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: Daniel Jones 70'
5 Aaron Barry
Defender
14 Richie O'Farrell
Defender
4 Andrew Quinn
Defender
Booked: 50'
8 Mark Byrne
Midfielder
6 Conor Clifford
Midfielder
16 Darren Craven
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: Luka Lovic 67'
7 Ryan Graydon
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 80'
11 Brandon Kavanagh
Midfielder
Scored: 21'
9 Joe Doyle
Forward 70'
70Subbed Off: Gary Shaw 70'

Substitutes
Jamie Bowden
Unknown
25 Kian Clarke
Goalkeeper
Daniel Jones
Midfield 70'
70Subbed On: Dylan Barnett 70'
Booked: 75'
22 Steven Kinsella
Forward
17 Luka Lovic
Midfield 67'
67Subbed On: Darren Craven 67'
24 Darragh Lynch
Forward
10 Gary Shaw
Forward 70'
70Subbed On: Joe Doyle 70'
Callum Thompson
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Ryan Graydon 80'
Sam Verdon
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 Promotion/Relegation Play Off Semi Final

Date: 5 p.m. Nov. 7, 2021

Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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