Seagulls set their sights on cup match
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.