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Match Press Kit: Dundalk v Bray Wanderers

First Team News
// 29 Apr 2011

dundalkfc.com has put together an extensive 20-page Match Press Kit previewing the 38th league meeting of Dundalk and Bray Wanderers, which takes place at Oriel Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm). The kit includes a statistical review of the clubs’ respective seasons to date, with all the necessary facts and figures, as the Lilywhites look for just their fifth win over the Seagulls in 22 encounters between league and cup competition.

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Dundalk v Bray Wanderers Match Press Kit

Bray bogey
And manager Ian Foster is all too aware of the problems Bray can cause having seen his side lose three of the four league meetings last season, while they were also knocked out of the Leinster Senior Cup. Dundalk’s late, late winner in the Carlisle Grounds on the opening day was as good as it got for the Louth club, who have defeated their Wicklow opponents just twice in eight league meetings since their return to the Premier Division in 2009. “We found it very difficult against Bray last season and I’m sure this Friday will be exactly the same,” Foster told dundalkfc.com. “Pat (Devlin) has got them playing lovely football. They are an enthusiastic, young bunch of players that are well organised and very difficult to break down.

Scouting reports
“We’ll look at the scouting reports and we’ll look at the DVDs,” the Liverpool-born boss added, “and see if we need to change the way that we approach the game. We always pay teams that kind of respect, and Bray are certainly no different to that. We’ll look and see if we need to do anything a little bit differently. One thing is we won’t underestimate their quality. Obviously, they have had a fantastic start to the season. But we always fancy ourselves at home. If we play in the manner that we can then the opposing teams might find it difficult to play against us too.”

Proud records
Sixth-place Dundalk go into the game with the only remaining unbeaten home record in the top flight, with two wins and two draws from four outings, while second-place Bray come to Oriel with a 100 percent away record, with three wins from three, while they are also unbeaten on their last three visits to the border venue. While neither side have any suspensions to contend with, Foster must again plan without long-term injured trio, central midfield pair Greg Bolger (thigh) and Stephen Maher (groin), and left-back Eoghan Osborne (broken leg). The fitness of central midfielder Dean Bennett (hamstring) continues to be assessed while centre-half Shane Guthrie (blurred vision & concussion) is again unlikely to feature.

Referee: Richie Winter (Dublin)
Assistants: T. Moyne / D. Carey
Fourth Official: Rob Daly