Saturday 16 December 2017

McCabe aims to 'kill off' former club's season

Gary McCabe. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Gary McCabe. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Revitalised Bray playmaker Gary McCabe believes that his team have a chance to 'kill off' the season of his former employers Shamrock Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

McCabe has thrived since moving to the Seagulls over the winter - the attacking midfielder is the league's top scorer, with nine goals.

He enjoyed good times at Rovers, including a role in their Europa League campaign in 2011, but feels like he needed the fresh start with the Wicklow club.

Bray's surprise win in Dundalk last week moved them joint second alongside the champions, nine points behind runaway leaders Cork City but five clear of fourth-placed Limerick.

Rovers are a further point back after five losses from nine matches and, while it's early days, McCabe views this fixture as an opportunity to make a statement about Bray's European ambitions - and strike a blow to Rovers.

It might also mark out Bray as outside title contenders.

"If we beat them, this could kill off their season a little bit," said McCabe, in an interview with the LOI Weekly podcast. "They're a bit out of the title race as it is.

"Another loss to us will probably knock them down a peg or two and hopefully that will send another message throughout the league that we're there for Europe by pushing Rovers back down the table.

"It (league tilt) is doable but that's not our goal at the minute. Further on down the line when you come to the third round of games, if we're thereabouts, we'll probably start thinking about winning the league. Europe is our main goal for the season."

You can listen to the LOI Weekly podcast - guest starring Kenny Cunningham - on or via iTunes or Soundcloud

Irish Independent

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