Lots of interest in play-off race
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.