Con­fi­dence is high in Bray

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At Carlisle Grounds

AS A car­pen­ter, Dave Scully is well used to putting things to­gether. Goals, how­ever, are not some­thing he has been known for con­struct­ing.

His time at Bo­hemi­ans saw him man­age two league goals in 37 at­tempts. While at the Carlisle Grounds, he’s pro­duced four goals in just nine ap­pear­ances.

But it is not just him en­joy­ing a re­nais­sance. The en­tire Bray team are, and Scully is full of con­fi­dence about his team-mates and his own per­for­mances.

“It’s been com­ing. We’ve been play­ing well. Against Sham­rock Rovers we could have even got a draw. We’ve been play­ing well.

“We should’ve beaten Derry com­fort­ably, UCD we should’ve won as well and Bohs with the 10 men; we should’ve beaten them too so we should be well up there.

“Con­fi­dence brings goals. I was play­ing as a lone front­man at Bohs. When I was play­ing there, I was com­ing out of the house think­ing ‘am I even gonna get a shot?’ be­cause I was on my own up front but Alan has me play­ing right wing and I’ve taken to it com­fort­ably. You can go up front or you can go left wing, he just wants you to ex­press yourself.”

Scully’s time at Da­ly­mount Park was not a happy one over­all and he parted ways with the Gyp­sies at the end of last sea­son. He dropped out of League of Ire­land foot­ball briefly and since then his for­tunes have im­proved dras­ti­cally.

And since the start of the sea­son, the Seag­ulls for­tunes have im­proved also.

“I was re­leased and went to Bal­ly­mun (United) be­cause I’d bought an apart­ment up there with my wife.

“I didn’t play the last few games with Bo­hemi­ans so I just wanted to keep tick­ing over be­cause I knew Alan (Mathews) was onto me and I’d got a new job. Owen (Heary, Bo­hemi­ans man­ager) asked me to join back as well but it’s kind of full time up there and I couldn’t com­mit to it be­cause I’d got a full time job.

“Against Bohs in the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup we got beaten and we’d only been put to­gether but you can see as the games went on, we were im­prov­ing each game. Alan told us to keep our heads down and keep do­ing what you’re do­ing.”

With point­less Athlone Town next up, you’d think Scully would be relishing the op­por­tu­nity.

Al­though very wary of the chal­lenges Fri­day can bring, he shows a ruth­less side; some­thing needed by any de­cent goalscorer.

“We can’t be go­ing down think­ing we’re go­ing to win. If we go out with that at­ti­tude, they could turn us over.

“You feel sorry for the lads at Athlone that they haven’t got a point yet but we’ll go down and we’ll keep stand­ing on them be­cause that’s the way it is; foot­ball’s a cruel game.”

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