Despite suffering a 3-0 defeat in Sligo on Saturday evening, Pat Devlin will be quietly content at how his Bray Wanderers side have started the new season. Their performance at the Showgrounds perhaps merited at least a point while they showed grit and determination to overcome a resilient Shelbourne side in the opening game of the campaign.
Last year, Bray’s record on front of their own fans wasn’t ideal, one of the many reasons why they were dragged towards the lower regions of the table but after already bagging three points at home this season, the Seagulls will be hoping to make the Carlisle Grounds a fortress once again.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game, Bray boss Devlin was pleased with how his side performed against the Champions at the weekend.
“I was disappointed we didn't get something from Saturday's game. Although I was a little disappointed with our first half performance, we did very well in the second half, we certainly stepped it up a gear after the break and I felt we deserved at least a draw, the final scoreline doesn't tell the true story of the game”.
Devlin has called up Paul Moffatt and new signing Danny Joyce to the Seagulls squad for the clash with Cork. However, he is likely to select the same XI that started the opening two games with no injury worries to report but Ismahel Akinade, who left the pitch after a clash of heads on Saturday, has recovered and is expected to take his place on the bench once again.
The Rebels will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and build on two solid performances when they visit the Carlisle Grounds on Tuesday evening. Tommy Dunne’s side backed up the hard fought point in Limerick on the opening weekend by recording their first victory of the campaign at home to Bohemians last Friday thanks to goals from Danny Furlong and Daryl Horgan.
There is no real surprise that the Leesiders have come out of the traps in fine fashion given their form in the Setanta Sports Cup which began in early February. Cork have progressed to the semi-finals of that competition thanks to impressive two-legged tie victories of Cliftonville and Crusaders.
Cork have an excellent recent record against Tuesday’s opponents, having won four out of the last six league games between the sides including a comprehensive 3-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds last campaign. However, Tommy Dunne is expecting a hard fought game;
“Going to the Carlisle Grounds is always extremely tough. Bray started the season well with a win against Shelbourne, and although they were defeated by Sligo over the weekend, they were right in the tie until late on. We know it will be a tough match, but we have had a reasonably good start ourselves and we will be hoping to build on that by picking up the three points tomorrow night.”
Brian Lenihan remains side-lined with a groin injury, while work commitments will rule Dan Murray out of the trip. Neal Horgan is also a doubt with a knee injury.
Referee: Tom Connolly
The two sides have met fifty times in all competitions with Cork winning on 27 occasions while Bray have won just 8 times.
Cork City have been winning at both half time and full time in 7 of their last 9 matches against Bray Wanderers in all competitions.
In the last six league games between these two sides, there have been five red cards and eleven bookings.
Cork City are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches against Bray Wanderers in all competitions.
Bray Wanderers 5/2; Draw 9/4; Cork City 21/20
It will be a very close game but the visitors should just edge it; 2-1 Cork.
Injured: Brian Lenihan, Dan Murray, Neal Horgan.