Sporting chance in cup semi
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 email@example.com or text to 0879968969 by 6pm on 5th October.
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.
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.
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.braywanderers.ie.
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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.