Bray Wan­der­ers en­dure mixed week

Bray People - - Sport -

A MIXED week is per­haps the best way to de­scribe the last seven days in the his­tory of Bray Wan­der­ers Foot­ball Club.

Af­ter Tues­day night’s per­for­mance, which Ed­die Gorm­ley’s sec­ond in com­mand Keith Long de­scribed as ‘the worst I’ve ever seen in my foot­ball ca­reer’, the Wick­low side more than matched St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic at the Carlisle Grounds on Fri­day.

Cast­ing his mind back to eight days ago though, Long was scathingly hon­est in his as­sess­ment of the Seag­ull’s per­for­mance.

‘Ex­actly, it’s the per­for­mance more so than the re­sult that we’re dis­ap­pointed with. It wasn’t good enough. That’s the worst per­for­mance I’ve ever seen in my ca­reer.

‘I’ve ob­vi­ously been talk­ing to other mem­bers of staff and they were in the same po­si­tion, we can’t re­mem­ber any­thing like it, a quar­ter fi­nal of a cup com­pe­ti­tion to put in the per­for­mance that we have. It was an op­por­tu­nity for us to get into a semi-fi­nal and you never know what hap­pens af­ter that so to do the hard work, to bring them back home to Bray and then to play like that was dis­ap­point­ing in the ex­treme to say the least.’

It was cer­tainly a shadow of the dis­play Bray nor­mally put on, as al­though they may never play the likes of Bo­hemi­ans off the park, they al­ways give 100%. Un­for­tu­nately, that was not the case when Gal­way came to town.

‘Well the min­i­mum re­quired from any team that you put onto the park is work-rate and ef­fort. If you get beaten by a bet­ter team on the night you hold your hands up and say “Well, we’ve lost”, but we can’t even say that. On the night Gal­way were ob­vi­ously much bet­ter than us but to go out and show no ef­fort and show no pride in the jer­sey, that’s what hurts. To go out without a fight, it re­ally is a kick in the teeth for ev­ery­body in­volved in the club.’

As if the per­for­mance wasn’t enough to swal­low, Gorm­ley and co. were also dis­heart­ened by the minute crowd that had gath­ered for this huge game, with most seem­ingly opt­ing to watch the Cham­pi­ons League matches in­stead in the com­fort of their arm­chair.

‘There’s a lot of stuff that goes on that the club can’t ef­fect. There was Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball on, of course we’re dis­ap­pointed we would have liked to seen a greater turnout but Bray are fight­ing against all sorts of other things that go on. It’s just symp­to­matic of what’s go­ing on in the league, peo­ple aren’t get­ting good gates re­gard­less; up and down the coun­try the gates just aren’t there for what­ever rea­son. It’s hand­ier for peo­ple to stay at home and watch Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball on tele­vi­sion. And that’s what we’ve got to com­pete against. But hav­ing said that quar­ter fi­nals of the cup at home to Gal­way you would ex­pect a few more but that’s life, that’s the way it goes.’

Enough doom and gloom how­ever, onto the more pos­i­tive stuff and where bet­ter to start than Bray’s im­pres­sive dis­play against Pat’s where the de­fence lim­ited the Dublin­ers to very few chances.

‘The de­fence starts at the front. I thought ev­ery­body was much bet­ter. We were looking for a re­sponse and a re­ac­tion from the play­ers and I think we got that to a cer­tain ex­tent. We were play­ing against St. Pat’s, they’re one of the top sides in the Divi­sion so I thought we were maybe a lit­tle bit un­lucky not to get a point out of it. That’s the min­i­mum ef­fort that we re­quire from a Bray Wan­der­ers team and they’re the stan­dards that they set them­selves. The prob­lem we need to deal with is our con­sis­tency, we need to main­tain that week in, week out and any­thing short of that is un­ac­cept­able.’

‘I thought without a shadow of a doubt we de­served a point out of the game. I think Pat’s were a lit­tle lucky to come away with all three points. I’m not say­ing that we de­served to win the game or any­thing like that but I felt we cer­tainly de­served to get a draw out of it.’

‘I don’t re­ally know to be per­fectly hon­est. He was cap­tain on the night be­cause Alan Caw­ley wasn’t play­ing and Colm Tres­son is still car­ry­ing an in­jury so he was cap­tain on the night and that ob­vi­ously de­pends on per­son­nel for the next game.’

Next up for Long will be the chal­lenge of Done­gal side Finn Harps, who will surely come all guns blaz­ing in their bid to avoid rel­e­ga­tion. ‘Finn Harps will be looking to come down and play, they’ll prob­a­bly set their sights on try­ing to get three points.’

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