Leacy con­fi­dent of big up­set for Cork

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE irony was not lost on Lee Steacy as he sum­marised his first League of Ire­land start in 27 months.

His one and only other out­ing to date came, co­in­ci­den­tally, at Da­ly­mount Park as he deputised for a banned goal­keeper and recorded a shutout for Bo­hemian against Bray Wan­der­ers. That was the 23rd of May, 2015.

Fast for­ward to the fourth of Au­gust, 2017 and Steacy is seiz­ing on Pe­ter Cher­rie’s sus­pen­sion to grab his se­cond league start and se­cond clean sheet but this time it’s against Bo­hemi­ans in the Phib­s­bor­ough venue.

The op­por­tu­nity for Steacy arose as Cher­rie, equalling a club record for con­sec­u­tive league ap­pear­ances, was dis­missed in the se­cond half against Finn Harps mean­ing that the record would not be bro­ken. Whilst not over­joyed to see a col­league and friend miss out a chance to make club his­tory, Steacy knows beg­gars can’t be choosers.

“I have waited over two years to make my se­cond league ap­pear­ance so hope­fully it’s not that long again, but yeah well worth it when you cap it off with a clean sheet.

“Bit­ter­sweet un­der the cir­cum­stances re­ally it would have been nice for him to beat the record but that’s a real achieve­ment to even equal it. An­thony But­timer must like me though be­cause he’s the one (ref­eree) who sent Dean De­lany off for me to make my de­but for Bohs v Bray.”

De­spite their ri­valry, Steacy and Scot Cher­rie en­joy a very healthy re­la­tion­ship. The pair have a new mem­ber of their clan now with Ryan Coul­ter sign­ing last week. The home­town boy, son of crooner Phil Coul­ter, has plans to em­i­grate to the USA next month but has signed on the dot­ted line un­til then.

“Pe­ter and I have a bril­liant re­la­tion­ship. We work re­ally hard to­gether and al­ways en­joy our­selves. He was re­ally happy for me last night and gave me some kind words and sup­port over the last cou­ple of days which I’m very grate­ful for.

“I was sur­prised (when Coul­ter signed). Ryan trained with us a lot in pre-sea­son and is off to the ‘States in Septem­ber, so I wasn’t sure if he was com­ing in to do a bit or po­ten­tially chal­lenge to play.

How­ever I did get a phone call be­fore it was due to hap­pen to see if I knew.

But it made no dif­fer­ence I just worked as hard as ever and knew I de­served my chance so I’m glad to have got it.”

Steacy doesn’t know whether he’ll be be­tween the posts or on the bench for Cork City’s visit to the Carlisle Grounds on Satur­day but ei­ther way, the 24-year old en­vis­ages a Cup up­set on the cards.

“Whether it’s Pe­ter or my­self in goal v Cork I’m fully con­vinced and con­fi­dent we can get the re­sult we want here. Both our games v Cork have been re­ally tight with Sean Maguire be­ing the real dif­fer­ence. Hope­fully there’s a big crowd with the match be­ing a Satur­day and please God we do the busi­ness!

“No doubt we can es­pe­cially if we de­fend like we did against Bohs”.

Bray’s Ryan Bren­nan wins this tus­sle with Dinny Cor­co­ran of Bo­hemi­ans.

Bray’s Lee Steacy in ac­tion against Bo­hemi­ans.

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