Barry back in Bray with Candys­tripes

Bray People - - SPORT -

AARON BARRY is back in the bo­som of his na­tive coun­try and on Fri­day night, he was back in Co. Wick­low for Derry City’s 0-0 draw with Bray Wan­der­ers.

Barry was the Candys­tripes’ stand-out per­former on a for­get­table night for Roddy Collins’ men and de­spite the poor re­sult, Barry en­joyed the match and the chal­lenge of get­ting to grips with Seag­ulls striker Is­mahil Ak­i­nade.

“It was one of them games where we couldn’t re­ally get our pass­ing game go­ing. The pitch, al­though it was a good sur­face, it was quite sticky. The ball didn’t move a lot, you had to zip them in and when some of the more cre­ative play­ers were try­ing to at­tack it was get­ting stuck un­der their feet. But we got out of with a clean sheet, we were a bit for­tu­itous with the penalty but you take your luck. Bray were quite dan­ger­ous with some of the pacier play­ers that they have but I think we de­fended very well over­all and we got out of it with a point.

“Yeah the big man, he was a good chal­lenge. When he sets his body in front of you it’s hard to move him, he’s a big lump. I en­joyed it.”

His close at­ten­tion to the Nigeria na­tive could well be how Barry ended up with a few bruises on his face but the Ark­low na­tive has come to ex­pect such things in his pro­fes­sion.

“I got a few al­right! A few on my head but that’s part and par­cel of the game when you’re a cen­tre half.”

Bruises are small price to play for ex­pe­ri­ence and that is ex­actly what Barry is get­ting at the Brandy­well. Happy to play at cen­tre half or left back, the for­mer Sh­effield United star­let is hop­ing that his Derry side can turn a cor­ner now af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

“I’ve played in ev­ery game bar one and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it. I came back here to play games and it’s what I’m do­ing so I am en­joy­ing it so long may it con­tinue.

“I think I’m very com­fort­able at ei­ther. If he wants me to play left back and at­tack, I’ll at­tack. If he wants me to play cen­tre half, I’ll do a job there. As long as I’m on the teamsheet I don’t mind.

“If you look at our first six fix­tures, it was against what the book­ies said were the six best teams in the league bar our­selves and we came out of it with a cou­ple of wins, a cou­ple of losses and a cou­ple of draws. We’re look­ing to kick on now.”

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