Seag­ulls set their sights on cup match

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NOW THAT Andy Myler’s first ever Bray Wan­der­ers goal has vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed the sea­side club safety, Bray Wan­der­ers at­ten­tion must be fully turned to Fri­day week’s clash against Jeff Kenna’s Gal­way United in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the F.A.I. Ford Cup, writes Daniel Gor­man.

With no league game to dis­tract them this week due to Thurs­day’s pro­posed clash with Sham­rock Rovers post­poned due to in­ter­na­tional callups, Bray can have no ex­cuses for not be­ing pre­pared. A friendly away Gle­navon on Satur­day should en­sure the play­ers are fo­cussed also.

Ig­nor­ing the next match and looking back to the clash against UCD, Bray’s Ed­die Gorm­ley was de­lighted with both the per­for­mance and the fact that Andy Myler grabbed his first Bray goal.

‘Yeah it was a good win, good per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly sec­ond-half. First-half I thought we dom­i­nated the game, had a lot of the ball but didn’t re­ally cre­ate much but we never looked like con­ced­ing ei­ther.

‘Ob­vi­ously sec­ond half we’re caught cold af­ter two min­utes, you know, it’s very dis­ap­point­ing but to the play­ers credit they kept play­ing the way we wanted them to play you know. They didn’t panic, ob­vi­ously the two sub­sti­tu­tions made a big im­pact on the game.

‘It was a huge goal for the club and it was nice for Andy to get on the score sheet at last you know. To be fair to Andy, he’s an ul­ti­mate pro, he hasn’t played a lot of foot­ball and he comes out train­ing ev­ery ses­sion, he’s never missed a ses­sion. He gives 100% ev­ery time so I was de­lighted for him he got his op­por­tu­nity and he took it.’

One thing Gorm­ley doesn’t want to dis­cuss is the ‘s’ word, (don’t worry it’s safety), as he prefers to wait un­til it is of­fi­cial.

‘No it’s not un­til it’s math­e­mat­i­cally safe that we can’t go down, we won’t be safe. There’s still a lot of foot­ball to be played ob­vi­ously it gives us a bit of day­light, a lot of day­light be­tween our- selves and fourth from bot­tom. It’ll be dif­fi­cult for them to catch us but ob­vi­ously we’re looking at try­ing to push fur­ther up the league, it just gives you that lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence that you don’t have to look be­hind you so much now. We can con­cen­trate more on the teams above us and see if we can catch them.’

Cast­ing his mind back to the Cup game, Gorm­ley wasn’t too dis­heart­ened by the draw his side was given.

‘When you look at the big four, and we avoided them then you’ve got to be happy you know. Ob­vi­ously it could’ve been bet­ter we could have pos­si­bly got a home draw against Gal­way but I think the one ev­ery­body was looking at was Way­side you know, two lo­cal clubs, it would’ve gen­er­ated a very good crowd-good at­mos­phere if we had drawn them but once you don’t draw the big four away from home you’ve got to be happy.

‘It’s a game we could very eas­ily win, it’ll be a tough place to go. They gave us the run around down there the last time we played them so hope­fully the play­ers will learn from that and we can go down with a bet­ter at­ti­tude and hope­fully get the win and get our­selves into a semi-fi­nal which would be great for the club and the town.’

One man Seag­ulls fans will be hop­ing to see in action for the Cup game is cen­tre half Kevin Do­herty, who has missed sev­eral weeks as of late due to in­jury but Gorm­ley won’t be throw­ing the tow­er­ing de­fender in at the deep end if he feels he’s not ready.

‘Hope­fully. Kevin, I’m not go­ing to rush back be­cause he’s a big player for the club and I just don’t want to take a chance on him com­ing back and break­ing down again. Un­til he’s 100%, I won’t be looking at bring­ing him in.’

The only cer­tain ab­sen­tee at the mo­ment is Mark Dug­gan, who will be sus­pended.

If you would like to watch the game but can’t make it to Gal­way, don’t worry as the match will be shown live on TG4.

David Blood, Pres­i­dent of the F.A.I., draws Bray Wan­der­ers away to Gal­way United in the re­cent draw for the quar­ter-fi­nals of the F.A.I. Ford Cup.

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