Prem
Date: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 2016
Venue: Carlisle Grounds
Att: 781

Dylan Connolly 17' -
Scored: 17'


Dylan Connolly 70' -
Scored: 70'


Scored: 32'
- Rory Patterson 32'

Peno Scored: 55'
- Aaron McEneff 55'


League Preview: Bray Wanderers -v- Derry City

Sat, Aug 27 2016

Credit: Eddie Lennon

Two of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division’s in-form sides will go head-to-head at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday evening, when Bray Wanderers welcome Derry City to the seaside.

 

BRAY WANDERERS

Something will have to give at the Carlisle when two of the leagues’ most impressive unbeaten records will be risked against one another. Bray, who are unbeaten in their last eight games - since last facing off against the Candystripes on May 29 – will be hoping to preserve their run at the expense of Derry’s own seven game streak.

 

What is more impressive than their consecutive matches without defeat is the improvements shown in the Seagulls’ defensive quarters, where the arrival of Tim Clancy from Sligo Rovers earlier this summer has helped Peter Cherrie and Conor Kenna to complete a near watertight back-line.

 

During this aforementioned hot-streak, the Wanderers have only conceded on two occasions, with just one of these – Daryl Horgan’s opener in the victory over Dundalk - being from open play, while the other came courtesy of a Gary McCabe penalty.

 

Goals, at times, have proven to be a concern for Harry Kenny’s side this year, but the returning Chris Lyons got off the mark in his second spell at his hometown club in last week’s win at Galway United, which will provide Ger Pender with some competition for a place in the starting XI.

 

There was good news in the Seagulls camp this week as Dylan Connolly received a call-up to Noel King’s Ireland Under-21 squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro U21 Championship qualifiers, and will no doubt be looking to justify his selection with an impressive performance on Saturday.

 

DERRY CITY

Third-placed Derry have surprised many with their impressive 2016 campaign to date, and will be keen to add to their 43 points to keep the pressure on both Cork City and Dundalk who lead the way in the Premier Division.

 

Rory Patterson, as ever, has been among the goals this calendar year (10) and is also the third most prolific striker in the division, behind just David Macmillan (13) and Vinny Faherty (11).

 

Speaking ahead of the game, Candystripes boss Kenny Shiels spoke highly of their hosts, admitting their recent form has impressed him.

 

“The last eight games they have been really good. I have to say that,” Shiels said to DerryCityFC.net.

 

“They have good players and a big squad. They have beaten Dundalk at home 2-0 [sic] and they have travelled to beat Galway 2-0; those are fantastic results, they really are.

 

“It’s a tough game. You just have to look at their results to see how well they have done.”

 

Shiels will have two new signings to add to his matchday squad this week as Cristian Castells and Austrian defender Maximilian Karner join the team for competitive action after featuring in a friendly played behind closed doors against Coleraine earlier in the week.

 

Referee: Sean Grant.

 

MATCH STATS

On May 29, the last time the two sides met, Derry inflicted a 2-0 defeat upon Bray, who have since gone on a remarkable unbeaten streak of eight games.

 

Saturday’s visitors also came out on top in their most recent visit to County Wicklow; when they secured a 3-0 away win at the Carlisle in March.

 

In their three meetings last season, both sides claimed one win each while the other game ended scoreless, with Bray picking up the three points when they hosted Derry in July 2015.

 

BETTING

Bray Wanderers 9/4; Draw 2/1; Derry City 13/10.

 

PREDICTION

Both sides’ runs to cancel one another out. Score draw.

 

Bray Wanderers

Injured: Unknown

Suspended: Unknown

Doubtful: Unknown

 

Derry City

Injured: Aaron Barry, Ryan McBride

Suspended: Unknown

Doubtful: Unknown


Bray Wanderers
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Jason Marks
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Defender
Kevin Lynch
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Sean Harding
Defender
Hugh Douglas
Defender
Dylan Connolly
17Scored: 17'
70Scored: 70'
Midfielder
Karl Moore
30Booked: 30'
Midfielder
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
John Sullivan
82Booked: 82'
Midfielder
Ger Pender
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward

Substitutes
Gareth McDonagh
39'
39Subbed On: 39'
81Booked: 81'
Forward
Chris Lyons
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
86Booked: 86'
Forward
Alan Kehoe
Defender
Paul Finnegan
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Darragh Noone
39'
39Subbed Off: 39'
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Midfield
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Dean Jarvis
Defender
Maximilian Karner
Defender 48'
48Subbed Off: 48'
Aaron McEneff
Defender
55Peno Miss: 55'
Niclas Vemmelund
Defender
Conor McCormack
Midfielder
Conor McDermott
Midfielder
78Booked: 78'
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Nathan Boyle
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Ronan Curtis
Forward
Rory Patterson
Forward
32Scored: 32'

Substitutes
Cristian Castells
Defender
Joshua Daniels
Midfield
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Ben Doherty
Defender
48Subbed On: 48'
48'
Rory Holden
Forward
Harry Monaghan
Midfield
Shaun Patton
Goalkeeper
Keith Ward
Midfield