Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 4, 2017
Venue: Dalymount Park
Ref: Graham Kelly
Att: 1,718



League Preview: Bohemians -v- Bray Wanderers

Fri, Aug 04 2017

Bray's Hugh Douglas beats Jamie Doyle of Bohemians to a header. Credit: Martin Doherty

BOHEMIANS

Bohemians host Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park (kick-off 7.45pm) on the back of two big away wins in the past seven days.

 

Last Friday saw the Gypsies deservedly beat their cross-city rivals Shamrock Rovers 2-1 in the televised game at Tallaght Stadium.

 

Three days later, Keith Long's side travelled to Turner's Cross and became the first League of Ireland side to beat the Leesiders in 2017 thanks to Georgie Poynton's penalty.

 

“To get six points from those two games was massive for us,” Long told the club's official website.

 

“The players were excellent but our challenge all season has been trying to maintain consistency.

 

“Those wins were much-needed too after three defeats beforehand but it’s important that we keep our feet on the ground.

 

“We have to strive to maintain those performance levels. Those wins are in the past and we have a fresh challenge now.”

 

Long cautioned that Bray's poor run of form doesn't take away from the fact they've been one of the league's best teams this season.

 

“Bray have been in the top four or five all season. They’re there for a reason.

 

“They are an excellent side. They’ve had a difficult month off the field but now the transfer window is closed, they will be able to refocus on the rest of the season.

 

“But we just have to focus on our own performance first and make sure, collectively our performance is as good as it can be.”

 

Defenders Dan Casey and Warren O'Hora, who went off injured with concussion in Cork, are definitely out while Greg Murray and Eoin Wearen remain sidelined.

 

Captain Derek Pender and Paddy Kavanagh return from injury while Bohs have also been boosted by news Oscar Brennan, Fuad Sule and O'Hora have all signed new deals.

 

 

BRAY WANDERERS

Bray Wanderers have not provided any team news.

 

 

Referee: Graham Kelly.

 

 

MATCH STATS

The sides have met twice so far this season, with the Gypsies running out winners on both occasions.

 

On the first meeting in Richmond Park, Bray took a 2-0 lead soon after half-time only for a Dinny Corcoran brace and a Keith Ward goal to complete a remarkable turnaround.

 

In the return fixture at the Carlisle Grounds, Bohs again came from behind to win with another Corcoran brace more than cancelling out Tim Clancy's opener.

 

 

BETTING

Bohemians 6/5; Draw 12/5; Bray Wanderers 11/5.

 

PREDICTION

Bohemians 2 – 0 Bray Wanderers

 

 

Bohemians

Injured: Dan Casey (ankle), Greg Murray (hand), Warren O'Hora (concussion), Eoin Wearen (knee).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Bray Wanderers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Peter Cherrie.



Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Derek Pender
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Defender
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Daniel Byrne
Defender
Fuad Sule
Midfielder
George Poynton
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfielder
Dylan Hayes
Midfielder
Oscar Brennan
77Booked: 77'
Midfielder
Dinny Corcoran
55'
55Subbed Off: 55'
Forward
Ismahil Akinade
41Booked: 41'
Forward

Substitutes
Keith Ward
55'
55Subbed On: 55'
Midfield
Ciaran O'Connor
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Forward
Ian Morris
Midfield
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Paddy Kavanagh
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
73Booked: 73'
73Booked: 73'
Midfield
Philip Gannon
Midfield
Kian Clarke
Goalkeeper
Bray Wanderers
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Jason Marks
Defender 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Conor Kenna
Defender
Tim Clancy
Defender
Keith Buckley
Defender
John Sullivan
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
Darragh Noone
Midfielder 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
Forward

Substitutes
Ger Pender
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'
Gary McCabe
Midfield
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Kevin Lynch
Defender
87Subbed On: 87'
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
87'
Derek Foran
Defender
Anthony Flood
Forward
Jake Ellis
Forward
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper


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