Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 9, 2018
Venue: Markets Field
Ref: Anthony Buttimer
Att: 948
TV:

Danny Morrissey 81' -
Scored: 81'




League Preview: Limerick -v- Bray Wanderers

Thu, Mar 08 2018

Tony Whitehead of Limerick. Credit: Tom Beary

LIMERICK

Limerick host Bray Wanderers in a potentially explosive encounter in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division at the Market’s Field on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Despite being so early in the season, Limerick will be aiming for a home win over the Seagulls to pull further away from the drop zone and enhance their aspirations of European football next season.

The Super Blues welcomed the intervention of the Beast from the East last week in order to lick their wounds after a humiliating 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Dundalk at Oriel Park in their last league game.

It was a forgettable night for the Shannonsiders who never recovered from being 2-0 down after only 10 minutes.

They had made a solid start to the season with a hard fought 1-0 away win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds in their opening fixture and followed that up with a decent 1-1 draw against Bohemians at the Market’s Field the following week.

The Super Blues have been boosted by the signing of Irish-Dutch defensive midfielder Barry Maguire from Dutch local side TEC and is included in the squad for Friday night’s game.

28-year-old Maguire brings much needed steel in midfield and a wealth of experience having lined out for FC Utrecht, FC Den Bosch and VVV Venlo in the Dutch leagues.

 

BRAY WANDERERS

Bray Wanderers make the tough trip to the Mid-West trying to get their season back on track and avoid falling further adrift at the bottom of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

The Seagulls were shown no mercy in their last league outing by Shamrock Rovers who romped to a 6-0 hammering of the Wicklow side at Tallaght Stadium.

Bray have yet to register a win this season so far in their opening three league matches. The season begun promisingly with a well-earned 0-0 draw away to Dundalk at Oriel Park but the wheels have fallen off since with a 2-1 home defeat by St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Carlisle Grounds before being thrashed by Rovers.

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

 

MATCH FACTS

Limerick and Bray Wanderers played each other three times last season, with Limerick winning 1-0 in the first meeting at the Carlisle Grounds and then 5-3 at the Market’s Field with the final game ending in a 1-1 draw in Bray.

The Super Blues and The Seagulls have met each other 29 times in all competitions since 1997 with Bray enjoying the bragging rights with 13 wins to Limerick’s nine, and 7 draws.

Both Limerick and Bray Wanderers scored a total of 43 goals last season, averaging 1.48 per game.

 

BETTING

Limerick FC 11/10 Draw 12/5 Bray Wanderers 9/4

PREDICTION

Limerick 2-1 Bray Wanderers

 

Limerick

Injuries: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspensions: None.

Bray Wanderers

Injuries: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspensions: None.



Limerick
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Darren Dennehy
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Tony Whitehead
Defender
Cian Coleman
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Midfielder
Shane Duggan
Midfielder
William Fitzgerald
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Shane Tracy
Midfielder
Eoin Wearen
73Booked: 73'
Midfielder
Connor Ellis
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Forward
Daniel Kearns
Forward

Substitutes
Henry Cameron
Midfield
Killian Cantwell
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Defender
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Barry Maguire
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Unknown
Danny Morrissey
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
81Scored: 81'
Forward
Alan Murphy
Defender
Colm Walsh O'Loghlen
Forward
Bray Wanderers
Aaron Dillon
Goalkeeper
Hugh Douglas
Defender
57Booked: 57'
Conor Kenna
Defender
54Booked: 54'
Kevin Lynch
Defender
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Daniel McKenna
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
John Sullivan
Midfielder 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Rónán Coughlan
Forward 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Cory Galvin
Forward 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Aaron Greene
Forward

Substitutes
Dylan Hayes
Defender
Sean Heaney
Defender
Daniel Kelly
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Andrew McGovern
Defender
Evan Moran
Goalkeeper
Darragh Noone
Midfield
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Ger Pender
Forward
85Subbed On: 85'
85'


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