UCD AFC welcome Bray Wanderers to the Bowl this Friday with a 7.45 kick off.
Both clubs sit in mid table but both may have their eyes on their upcoming glamour games against Villareal and Liverpool respectively.
UCD’s results have picked up in recent weeks with a hard fought 2-2 draw with Derry City on the 24th of June coupled with a good win against Galway United at Terryland where the students knocked four past their hosts, with Graham Rusk grabbing a brace to bring his total haul to six for the season.
Bray Wanderers early season form has dipped over the last few weeks with the Wicklow outfit managing only one win from the last five games, with includes a run of four straight defeats.
Currently the Students sit in 8th position in the league on 18 points while the Seagulls sitting in 7th position have a formidable points difference of 12 after racking up 31 points so far this season.
This will be third meeting of the sides so far this season, with Bray getting the better of UCD on both previous occasions. The most recent game came on the 13th of May when Bray won 2-1 despite an under strength UCD dominating large periods of the game.
Speaking to www.ucdsoccer.ie before the game Martin Russell was optimistic ahead of the match stating that: “We are eager to get our first win over Bray this season. The previous games have been close and we looking to build on our away win against Galway United.”
In team new, UCD have a full squad to choose from with Robbie Creevy returning after a lengthy lay off with a leg injury.
Bray are without Danny O’Connor and Dane Massey through suspension. Stephen Last is carrying a hamstring injury. Long term injury victims Darren Quigley (arm), Stephen Brennan (calf), Gary Shaw (foot) and Jake Kelly (hamstring) are all still unavailable. Joe Kendrick has signed for Stockport County.
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