New season kicks off for Bray Wanderers on Friday night

For the opening game of the 2022 season, new-look Bray Wanderers welcome Cork City to the Carlisle Grounds.

MANAGEMENT TEAM VIEW

Back at the helm of the Seagulls for a remarkable sixth time, Head of Football Pat Devlin is relishing the challenge ahead.

“We’re all looking forward to it. I want to thank the staff for all the work they’ve done. It’s been incredible over the past few months. I’d like to thank (chairman) Tony Richardson for all his efforts to get us to where we are. And supporting myself and all the staff with all the signings of players,” said Devlin.

“We’re looking forward to the game. The gloves are off. It’s going to be a cracking game. Hopefully, there will be a big crowd for what we hope will be a fantastic occasion.”

TEAM NEWS

Both Kevin Knight and Conor Clifford are suspended with one-match bans carried over from the 2021 season.

REFEREE/OFFICIALS

Gavin Colfer will take charge of the fixture with Ciaran Delaney and Conor Fitzgibbon. The fourth official is Mark Moynihan.

TICKETING

We are delighted to confirm that there will tickets available for all to purchase at the gate.

Season Tickets are still on sale.

Order your season ticket here: https:// braywanderersfc.ie/tickets-info/

LOITV

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PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Cork City are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions (10 in league) against Bray Wanderers. Wanderers had lost eight successive games in all competitions to Cork City before last season (2021). 

All three league meetings last season ended in draws.

Both games at the Carlisle Grounds ended scoreless. The game in Turners Cross last July ended in a 2-2 draw after Wanderers staged a late recovery from two goals down to snatch a point. Cian Murphy scored both Cork City goals on four and 55 minutes. Darren Craven pulled one back for Wanderers on 83 minutes before Andrew Quinn netted a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time.

Bray Wanderers’ last victory over Cork City was on the final day of the 2016 season with a 4-1 Premier Division win at the Carlisle Grounds. Goal scorers that night was Jason Marks, Dylan Connolly, John Sullivan and Ger Pender.

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