Saturday 21 October 2017

Wanderers seek first home win

SLIGO ROVERS roll into town on Friday evening as they look to remain on par with Shamrock Rovers at the top of the Premier Division table.

Bray Wanderers have no such thoughts of keeping the Hoops in check though; they instead are hoping to secure their first home points of the season when the Bit O'red visit the Carlisle Grounds.

The four points that the Seagulls have amassed so far this season have all come on the road and Pat Devlin will be keen to give his home supporters something to cheer about this week with a victory over the FAI Cup champions.

Adam Mitchell and Dane Massey will both miss out once again for the Wicklow club, while long-term injury victims Shane O'connor and Stephen Brennan remain sidelined although O'connor is believed to be on the road to recovery.

Three points on Good Friday would potentially lift Wanderers into seventh place, a point behind Shelbourne, whom they will face in EA Sports Cup action on Monday.

Bray visit Tolka Park for their second round clash and the match will have a 5pm kick off in the Dublin venue.

The last time the sides met was in the Leinster Senior Cup final in August, 2010, and on that day Alan Mathew's side cruised to a 0-4 success so Seagulls fans will be hoping to gain some revenge on Shels on Monday.

As the recent Fabrice Muamba case proved recently though sometimes football pales into insignificance and Wanderers were dealt their own off-field woes last week when long-term medical advisor Nicky Kavanagh suffered a serious and sudden illness.

Everyone's thoughts at the club are with Nicky and they hope to see him make a full and speedy recovery.