‘It’s ab­so­lutely soul-de­stroy­ing’

Bray People - - SPORT -

Derek Fo­ran, John Sul­li­van, Jamie Ah­erne, Ger Pen­der.

Finn Harps: 1. Ciaran Gal­lagher; 22. Ethan Boyle, 4. Kil­ian Cantwell, 5. Packie Mai­ley, 3. Ciaran Coll; 19. Barry Mol­loy; 11. Caolan McAleer, 20. Paddy McCourt, 20. Sean Hous­ton, 7. Mark Tim­lin; 99. Ed­die Dsane. Subs: Johnny Bon­ner for Tim­lin (73); Gareth Harkin for Mol­loy (79); Ibrahim Keita for Dsane (83). Not used: Tommy McBride, Tommy Lee McCar­ron, Damien McNulty, Pas­cal Mil­lien.

Ref­eree: An­thony But­timer. HARRY Kenny is a gen­tle­man and a scholar and also an ex­tremely good foot­ball man­ager. But he is also a man on the verge of heart­break as he strug­gles to hold it all to­gether.

The Bray Wan­der­ers boss felt his dis­tracted side got what they de­served from their tus­sle with Finn Harps on Fri­day but the up­set ex­pe­ri­enced at that loss is noth­ing com­pared to the feel­ing of watch­ing the sea­son slip away.

“No dis­re­spect to Harps but we’d be ex­pect­ing to beat Harps in the Carlisle. We’ve beaten them twice al­ready this sea­son but our first half per­for­mance wasn’t good enough. Sec­ond half, we ral­lied a lit­tle bit – bit un­lucky with the send­ing off – but still did rea­son­ably well with 10 men and the lads showed good char­ac­ter in the sec­ond half. I’m not so sure whether it de­served an ac­tual re­sult from the game but very pleased with the sec­ond half.

“I could use a few choice words but I won’t. It’s ab­so­lutely gut-wrench­ing and soul-de­stroy­ing. It re­ally is. You’re right, we put to­gether a fab­u­lous squad here, I can’t do any­thing about what’s go­ing on in the last three weeks with state­ment and money’s here, money’s not here. It’s very dif­fi­cult to man­age and it’s very dif­fi­cult to get the lads fo­cussed on the foot­ball. So be it. We’ll try to move on and pre­pare for the Bohs game.”

Go­ing through tur­moil or not, Kenny ex­pects to have his full squad at his dis­posal for their trip to Da­ly­mount Park. They’ll be there in body but get­ting them there in spirit is the chal­lenge.

“Fel­las did want to leave and I told them they were un­der con­tract and they’re be­ing paid and no­body has missed out on any sort of pay­ment so I’ve asked them to stay and they’re stay­ing. We just need to re­group and get our­selves right for the Bohs game. The (trans­fer) dead­line will have moved on and the guar­an­tee is there so noth­ing has changed.

“I don’t ex­pect any­one to leave. If they were go­ing to leave, they prob­a­bly would have left by now. They’re un­der con­tract and have been paid up to date. They’ll be here to pre­pare for Bohs.

“It’s a whore try­ing to mo­ti­vate them at this mo­ment and keep the fo­cus. There’s just way too many dis­trac­tions go­ing on. It makes my job tougher and harder and it makes the play­ers’ jobs harder. But we’re all pro­fes­sion­als and we all love our foot­ball and we’ll just try and keep the fo­cus.”

But be­fore Kenny can be­gin to plot Bo­hemi­ans’ down­fall, he has to plot his own fu­ture first. The 55-year old has, and con­tin­ues to, ques­tion his own fu­ture at the club but he does have rea­son to stay put.

“I’ve con­sid­ered it (my fu­ture) the last four weeks to be hon­est with ya. I’ve a lot of soul search­ing and think­ing to do over the next cou­ple of days.

“My love of foot­ball (has kept me here). The Bray peo­ple have given me a chance in man­age­ment. I’ve put a good group of play­ers to­gether and I’m try­ing to be loyal to them. We’ve had a fan­tas­tic start to the sea­son – it’s un­heard of for Bray to be chal­leng­ing around Europe. “

Ryan Bren­nan’s body lan­guage after a missed chance is prob­a­bly close to how all Bray Wan­der­ers sup­port­ers feel at the mo­ment.

Ryan Bren­nan fires home Bray’s sec­ond goal past Paddy McCourt.

Bray Wan­der­ers man­ager Harry Kenny (right) leaves the field after the de­feat to Finn Harps last Fri­day evening in the Carlisle Grounds. Pho­tos: Bar­bara Flynn.s

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