After a break of two weeks League of Ireland action returns to the Carlisle grounds as Bray welcome second from bottom Drogheda United. The Wicklow outfit will be looking to make it three wins on the trot against their visitors having beaten Mick Cooke’s side 2-0 at home and 1-0 away already this year.
Pat Devlin welcomed the break and feels that his squad will be rejuvenated because of it although he acknowledges Drogheda will pose a problem. Speaking to the clubs official site, the Bray boss said “They (Bray Squad) all had a good holiday and have returned refreshed, and now we need to kick on a little bit. It will be a tough game against Drogheda united who have had a couple of decent results recently. There are no easy games in the Premier Division. We now need to get on with it”.
Devlin will be missing five key men for the clash with defenders Derek Prendergast and Dave Webster, midfielder Chris Shields, striker Shane O’Neill all missing out due to suspension and Darren Quigley on the injured list.
However Bray have been boosted by the return of long term injury victims Stephen Brennan midfielder and Gary Shaw striker while Conor Murphy is also in the squad after returning from the U.E.F.A. under 19 Championship Finals in Romania.
Drogheda beat Galway in a crucial 6 pointer at Hunky Dorey Park last time out and with while they have won only once in their last five games the performances have improved however with 3 wins in their last 8 games Cooke’s team are a different proposition then they were earlier in the season.
A win for Drogheda would move them to within a point of UCD although despite their improvement in results goals remain a problem with just 15 for the season.
Bray meanwhile have been on a poor run of form of late with only one win in their last six games and they will looking to address that against Drogheda.
Prediction: Bray to end their recent run of form with a home win although both teams will be eager to get on the pitch after the recent break so expect a tough encounter.
Bray: Conor Murphy 7
Drogheda: Daniel Corcoran 3
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