Bray Wanderers will be hoping to get their first points of the season as they make the short trip to Belfield to take on UCD, kick off 7.45pm.
Pat Devlin’s men have yet to register a point after suffering back to back defeats and have not even scored a goal this season but Monday’s Leinster Senior Cup win over Longford might be the kickstart they need. It’s completely the opposite for the Students and despite a last gasp goal last week at the Showgrounds, the College have started the season like they ended the last. They have won six out of their last seven games at home and have made the Bowl some what of a fortress.
Seagulls boss Devlin knows the importance of the game and realses the need for his side to begin picking up early points in order to avoid being dragged deep into a relegation battle. He might have to do without defenders Sean Houston and Colm Tresson who are both doubtful for Friday’s game while Pierce Sweeney is suspended. The FAI confirmed the defender would be the one who faced the punishment from last week’s case of mistaken identity. Referee Antony Buttimer sent ‘keeper Darren Quigley off instead of Sweeney but Quigley’s red card has since been resincded with the ban being placed on Sweeney.
As for UCD, Martin Russell will have to do midfielder Paul Corry again due to injury and he joins Mark Langtry, Samir Belhout, Tomas Boyle and Gary Burke on the sidelines.
It will be a tight game and with Bray edging the recent meetings between the sides it’s a difficult one to call but UCD’s current form and home record should see them through to claim all three points; 2-0 UCD
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