Douglas winner gives Bray timely boost
Bray Wds 1 Drogheda Utd 0
Published 10/08/2015 | 02:30
Mick Cooke says Bray Wanderers' confidence is high ahead of their "big ask" at St Pat's on Friday night.
Hugh Douglas scored his first goal for Bray to give them a fifth 1-0 win from six games at the Carlisle Grounds.
The right-back capped a solid display when powering home Ryan McEvoy's free-kick with a bullet header on 88 minutes.
Bray fully deserved their victory and would have won by more but for Micheál Schlingermann.
The Drogheda goalkeeper made two terrific saves, both from Graham Kelly, while McEvoy rifled a shot against a post in first half stoppage-time.
"It's something we've been working on in training," said boss Cooke of Douglas's winner.
"He's a big, strong boy. He should probably be getting more goals from set-pieces.
"Hopefully, that will give him a bit of belief, that he can get on the end of things. It was nice for him to score his first goal."
Bray now face a St Pat's side looking for a record ninth league win on the spin.
"I was in Tallaght on Friday night and I thought it was an absolutely fantastic performance by St Pats," said Cooke of Saints' 2-0 win at Shamrock Rovers.
"It's going to be a big ask for us. But when you've only one defeat in six games, our confidence will be high as well.
"With the form we have and the form they're in, we'll look forward to a good game."
Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Cooney, Barker; Cassidy, Kelly, Sullivan, McEvoy, McGlynn (Onwubiko, 57); Lyons (Scully, 79).
Drogheda United: Schlingermann; Daly, Buckley, O'Reilly, Marks; Whelan (Pender, 69), Maher, Thornton (McKenna, 90+2), Mulenna; Brennan (Bayly, 74); Duffy.
REF: Ben Connolly (Dublin).