Bray vs Finn Harps by Luke
Bray Wanderers entered poor form can be said now, as the team comes from third straight defeat in last round, coming from a 3:1 loss on the road against St Patricks last Friday evening. Even though the team didn't enter the game bad, they actually took the lead in 37th minute via McCabe, they couldn't hold onto it in the repetition.
Response of St Patricks was very strong, with the home team reverting the scoreline thanks to goals from Byrne in 52nd and Fagan in 57th minute, while O'Hanlon sealed completely deserved victory for the home team with a goal in first minute of additional time.
There is some serious problems to their club, but the administration states that they have the money to make the season. Generally, the new chairman announced that the club is financially stable for the foreseeable future, and reported a plan for economic restructuring, which includes renovation of the stadium, facilities and great attention to the academies.
Bray now stands at fifth position, having still just four points less than third placed Derry City, but they need to revert the atmosphere and improve as soon as possible in order to stay active in European positions battle.
Finn Harps, on the other side, failed to build up on their two previous victories, on the road to Drogheda and in front of own fans against Bohemians, as the team suffered 0:2 loss in front of own fans against Derry City last Monday evening. Must be said that the victory for the visiting team was deserved, but surely that the players of Finn Harps will be disappointed.
Mostly due the fact that they kept the clean sheet for most of the match, only being broken in 87th minute with a goal from Cole, while they tried risking a lot in next minutes and conceded second goal in third minute of additional time via McEneff. After this defeat the team stands at eight position at the table, having just two points more than relegating and tenth placed side Galway.
Forward Danny Morrissey (13/4) is out for this one, while goalkeeper Harry Doherty (1/0) left the club. Doubtful is midfielder Paddy McCourt, same as other midfielder Barry Molloy who will probably play in the end.
Bray needs to improve and respond here, so I see home team being an attacking one from the first minute. Visitors, on the other side, usually play quite openly away from home, probably trying to risk more with a bit less of pressure, so I can't see this match being a defensive and low scoring one. All the value is with over goals.