Great dis­play vir­tu­ally se­cures Premier sta­tus for Bray

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‘WE’RE NOT there yet, but we’re get­ting there.’ This slo­gan can most cer­tainly ap­ply to Bray Wan­der­ers’ bid to se­cure their Premier Divi­sion sta­tus for a club record fifth cam­paign in a row.

That bid was given a huge boost thanks to four points from their last two matches but as al­ways, Ed­die Gorm­ley re­fuses to count his eggs.

‘It makes it very dif­fi­cult for the teams be­low us to catch us now. Cobh have to come here and we still have Gal­way to play so there’s still foot­ball to be played but if you’d asked me at the start of the sea­son if we were to be in this po­si­tion, with what four/five games to go; of course you’d take it. We’re ten points clear of the drop zone still with four games to go. It means we’ve to lose four and the three teams be­low us have to win four.’

Three of those four points came last Fri­day, when Bray put on an in­spi­ra­tional de­fen­sive per­for­mance to beat Derry City and it was a win Gorm­ley felt his side de­served.

‘I’m al­ways happy with a win. It was a great per­for­mance and a big three points with one or two of the other re­sults tonight.

‘Without a doubt we de­served it. We had as many chances as they had. We caused them a lot of prob­lems; gifted them a start but the lads showed plenty of char­ac­ter to come back. It’s not easy to come back when you give away a goal like we did af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes.’

The scorer of the goal that proved to be the win­ner was Ger Rowe and af­ter say­ing last week that he hadn’t been fir­ing on all cylin­ders for him, Rowe came up with the goods to his man­ager’s de­light.

‘Yeah but Ger’s a good player. He’s prob­a­bly taken a lit­tle bit of stick that he de­served to take. But he’s worked hard, par­tic­u­larly over the last cou­ple of weeks on his game and he came up trumps for us tonight.’

Al­though it was Rowe’s goal that won it, it was the men at the op­po­site end of the pitch who took the plau­dits as the de­fence turned in a huge dis­play.

‘They worked hard, stuck to their guns, rode their luck which you’re go­ing to do against a team like Derry be­cause they’re a qual­ity side and they’re go­ing to have a lot of the ball at times. But they stood up to it and we cre­ated a few chances of our own near the end and we could have nicked it by an­other goal.’

All their hard work was nearly for noth­ing though when a penalty was awarded to Derry, a de­ci­sion the man­ager couldn’t be­lieve.

‘Not a chance; it wasn’t a penalty. But I’m not sur­prised he gave it, the only thing that sur­prised me was that they (the FAI) brought him out here af­ter what he did to us two weeks ago (awarded Finn Harps a con­tro­ver­sial penalty that won them the game).

The Bray man­ager will be hop­ing there will be no con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions in this Fri­day’s clash against Gal­way United and ad­mits Bray’s re­sults against Gal­way have been a mixed bag this sea­son.

‘Of course you’d go out to win ev­ery game. We were dis­ap­point­ing in the two cup games against them. We played them down their in the league and in the two league games we de­served to win both of them. We lost here 1-0, when re­ally we dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish and on an­other night we could’ve win by three or four.

‘We beat them down there 3-2 where we could’ve took our foot off the gas. Ob­vi­ously we drew the first game down there in the FAI Cup and pos­si­bly should’ve won that one but in the two cup games we were dread­ful and you just hope that the Bray Wan­der­ers that we seen here tonight shows up on Fri­day night,’ he said.

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