Sport­ing chance in cup semi

Bray People - - SPORTS -

IF BRAY WAN­DER­ERS want to ap­pear in the third FAI Cup fi­nal in their his­tory then they’ll have to over­come the chal­lenge of First Divi­sion side Sport­ing Fin­gal first.

Ed­die Gorm­ley’s side were drawn away to the Dublin side live on MNS on Mon­day night and the Seag­ulls now face a trip to Mor­ton Sta­dium on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 25 for a 3:05pm kick off.

The two sides have never met in a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture but have locked horns twice be­fore in pre-sea­son friendlies, the most re­cent be­ing a dull 0-0 draw while back in 2008 the Seag­ulls won it 2-1.

A home draw was the wish for Gorm­ley but a trip up the M50 to take on Liam Buck­ley’s side cer­tainly wasn’t the worst re­sult pos­si­ble for the Dubliner and his young side, some­thing his side­kick ‘Bo’ McKeever agreed with.

‘I’m happy enough,’ was the as­sis­tant man­ager’s re­ac­tion to the draw.

‘I sup­pose the worst draw would have been the coun­try draw away (in Water­ford or Sligo) so I sup­pose it’s not too far to travel for every­one but it gives us a chance any­way.’

And the for­mer Bray de­fender hopes the nearby venue will en­cour­age Seag­ulls fol­low­ers to get out and sup­port the side for the last-four clash. He also ac­knowl­edges that Fin­gal will be on a high af­ter dump­ing Sham­rock Rovers out of the Cup at the last stage, an­other rea­son Bray will need all the sup­port they can get.

‘We should get a good sup­port. There was a lot of in­ter­est in the Long­ford game so I think we should draw a good crowd to it.

‘They’ll be on a high from that so there’s no un­der­es­ti­mat­ing them. They’ll get the re­spect that they de­serve; it looks like they’ll prob­a­bly get pro­moted this sea­son as well so we know it’ll be a tough game.’

Any fans who do make the trip will be hop­ing that it is a dif­fer­ent Sport­ing side that show up for this round of the Cup but McKeever is well aware of the dan­ger some of the Dublin side’s play­ers pro­vide.

‘Alan Kirby’s an out­stand­ing player. Ea­monn Zayed as well even though he hasn’t been in the team and I sup­pose Rob­bie Doyle and that.’

And is the man well ac­quainted with Bray Wan­der­ers FAI Cup ad­ven­tures looking for­ward to the Oc­to­ber clash?

‘Ab­so­lutely. It’s a great chance. It should be a good oc­ca­sion. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the young lads in the team and hope­fully they’ll take it.There are one or two ex­pe­ri­enced heads in the team and they’ll re­alise how big the game is so hope­fully we can pull it off.’

The next meet­ing of the Sup­port­ers club will take place on Mon­day 5th Oc­to­ber at 8.00pm in the Strand Ho­tel, Bray seafront.

Vot­ing will take place at this meet­ing for the Au­gust and Septem­ber player of the months. Mem­bers un­able to at­tend can vote by e-mail to bwsc@eir­ or text to 0879968969 by 6pm on 5th Oc­to­ber.

Away fix­ture

The next away game is on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2 to Gal­way United. The Sup­port­ers Club will run a bus to this game sub­ject to de­mand. To book a seat on the bus ring 0879968969.

Liver­pool Leg­ends

Bray Wan­der­ers Leg­ends will be tak­ing on Liver­pool leg­ends on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17 at the Carlisle Grounds. Kick off will be at 3pm. Liver­pool leg­ends com­prise of fa­mous foot­balling stars of the past in­clud­ing Phil Babb, Steve Staunton, Ron­nie Whe­lan, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and many more. Bray Wan­der­ers leg­ends will com­prise of a team from the glory days of the past such as our FAI cup winning squads and will be man­aged by the leg­endary Pat Devlin. Tick­ets are now on sale from the Carlisle Grounds/Tick­et­mas­ter and Fin­nbee cof­fee shops priced at €15 for Adults and €8 for O.A.P/Child.

Lotto re­sults

There was no win­ner of the Bray Wan­der­ers Lotto on Sun­day 20th Septem­ber. The num­bers drawn were 6, 12, 20, 28. The five €30 win­ners were R. O’Toole, c/o Glen­view F.C, Lind­say O’Neill, c/o BW on line Lotto, James Alexan­der, c/o Sup­port­ers Club, Jack McEvoy, co Glen­view F.C. and May Brien, c/o De­clan Crin­ion.

Next week’s jack­pot is €10,000 (max level). A sec­ond jack­pot is now build­ing up and come into play when the cur­rent jack­pot is won. You can play the Bray Wan­der­ers Lotto on line and sup­port the club for as lit­tle as €2 per week. You can play by log­ging on to the club web site www.bray­wan­der­

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Ray Kenny of Long­ford in a race for pos­ses­sion with Bray’s Dane Massey dur­ing the FAI Cup quar­ter-fi­nal re­play.

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