Bray will be looking to build on last week’s impressive 4-0 win over Galway when they make the trip to Louth to face Dundalk at Oriel Park. The Wicklow side have an impressive record against Ian Fosters men having only lost once in their last six meetings although many Bray fan’s will wish to forget the 5-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the Lilywhites in June.
Bray boss Pat Devlin is sweating on the services of captain Gary Dempsey coming into this game. The former Aberdeen man missed last week’s win over Galway after he suffered a back strain in training, a decision will be made as to his availability on Friday.
Meanwhile Kieran Marty Waters is also a doubt after the player suffered a groin strain in the Galway game and again a decision on his availability will not be made until Friday.
Speaking ahead of the game, Devlin was keen to focus more on their overall record against Dundalk as opposed to their most recent meeting, saying “It will be a tough assignment against Dundalk, they gave us a bit of a hiding the last time we met, but we have a good record in Oriel Park and we hope to keep that going”
Meanwhile Dundalk are currently on a five-match unbeaten run, however four of those games have ended in draws including the 2-2 derby draw with Drogheda last weekend, and Foster will be hoping that his side can find the killer instinct to turn 1 point into three.
The Liverpool born manager was keen to forget the 5-1 win, when the sides last met “We managed to beat Bray comfortably in the last game but that means nothing going into this Friday.
“We’ll prepare properly all week and hopefully we can get three points at home.
“It’s all to play for. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs between now and the end of the season. Hopefully, more ups.
“But one thing that my players are is totally committed, and they’ll give it everything they’ve got in the remaining games of the season.”
Dundalk will again be without the services of left-back Eoghan Osborne (fractured tibia), central midfielder Stephen McDonnell (knee) and centre-half Colin Hawkins (hamstring), while fellow defender Nathan Murphy remains a doubt.
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