Bohemians vs Bray by Luke
Bohemians comes from important narrow 1:0 victory away to Longford earned last Saturday evening. They have opened up the game in the best possible way, with a goal from Byrne already in second minute and had no problem keeping their sheet clean. Once the hosts stood playing with a man less, back in 73rd minute when their forward Cowan got red carded, their job was even easier.
Without much of attacking plans they played in the second halftime, as the side was completely satisfied with a narrow lead. This was their fifth consecutive match without defeat in all competitions, having four victories in progress. At the same time, it was fourth game without loss in Premier League, having previously won over St Patricks, Wexford and drawing to Galway. Without any doubt, the club is now in the best form since the start of the season, as they currently reside at seventh position with twenty-one point earned so far.
Their manager Keith Long has no fresh injury nor suspension worries. More of a long term absentees remain defensive midfielder/left midfielder Adam Evans (2/0) and forward Jake Kelly (11/2). Couple of players are returning for this game after missing previous one. Midfielder Ian Morris has signed for them few days ago, after being released from the previous contract with Glenavon.
Bray improved in previous round after way too many matches without a victory, coming from a 3:0 home win over Wexford last weekend. They looked much more fresh on the field, much more determined and active, simply being way more effective in attack. Hosts have opened up the lead in 32nd minute thanks to a goal from Kelly, while they showed even bigger improvement in the second half.
Victory was sealed with goals from Lewis and Moore in the first part of repetition. It was nice to see them back to winning ways after 0-2-5 record in the league and several really poor performances. They now hope that the victory can trigger a run of better results, since the team remains close to the relegation zone, being now tied up with play-out placed and second from the bottom Wexford, four points above rock bottom placed Longford.
Away from home they have been very poor during the whole season and having 0-2-6 record so far, with only one goal scored in eight matches on the road. Their manager continues to miss central defender Paul Finnegan (4/0), right full backs Michael Daly and Conoe Earley (both no performance till now anyway) and Tim Clancy (7/0), but most of them being long term absentees anyway.
Bray did improve in the previous round, but it was against and one of the worst teams in the league, however I doubt that they will change to significantly positive performance on the road. Bohemians is in just fine form at the moment and should be able to overcome the opponent easy or hard. I believe it will be easier than what the current odds suggest.