Lots of in­ter­est in play-off race

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

EVEN though Bray Wan­der­ers’ in­ter­est in the First Di­vi­sion ti­tle/ play-off race is vir­tu­ally over, it doesn’t mean that Co. Wick­low should turn a blind eye – far from it.

The Seag­ulls would need to earn at least four points against Drogheda United (sec­ond) and Long­ford Town (third) whilst hop­ing that Cabin­teely drop points against both Athlone Town (sec­ond last) and Wex­ford (last). Even the most op­ti­mistic of Bray Wan­der­ers fans must surely be planning for an­other sea­son in the sec­ond tier.

So it looks highly likely that Cabo will en­ter the play-offs and Long­ford Town will cer­tainly be there. Cabo have an abun­dance of men from the Gar­den County with the likes of Stephen McGuin­ness, Daniel Black­byrne, Sean Hur­ley and Keith Dal­ton all fea­tur­ing heav­ily for Devo’s side this sea­son; McGuin­ness and Dal­ton have ap­peared in every league match thus far.

Long­ford Town is lit­tered with many ex-Seag­ulls – the most no­table of which being Dean Zam­bra. Zam­bra spent just shy of a decade at the Carlisle Grounds and is the other half of Shankill’s Re­pub­lic of Ire­land ace Stephanie Roche.

Should Cabo and Long­ford re­main in fourth and third, they will face each other in a two-legged home and away play-off for the right to take on the side that fin­ish sec­ond.

At present, that looks set to be Drogheda United but the Drogs have am­bi­tions to pip Shels to the ti­tle and with Bray’s Chris Lyons in sen­sa­tional goalscor­ing form, there’s no rea­son why they couldn’t. The Bray post­man has cer­tainly de­liv­ered for Tim Clancy this sea­son and despite an in­jury-dis­rupted sea­son, Lyons is sec­ond in the di­vi­sion’s goalscor­ing charts with 13 ef­forts.

Drogheda’s goal dif­fer­ence is +6 in com­par­i­son to Shels and the dif­fer­ence be­tween the pair is three points in Shels’ favour but the duo face a mouth­wa­ter­ing clash on Fri­day, Septem­ber 13 which could see Shels secure the ti­tle or Drogheda skip to the front of the queue with one game re­main­ing.

If vic­tory is se­cured by the hosts at Hunky Do­rys Park, they will head to the Carlisle Grounds to take on Bray need­ing just to match or bet­ter Shels’ re­sult at home to Lim­er­ick to take the ti­tle right at the fin­ish line.

Bray’s Derek Daly watches the ball as Ciarán Kil­duff closes in.

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