Bray Wanderers produced the shock of the weekend in the League of Ireland when they took home all three points from Oriel Park after defeating champions Dundalk 3-1 on Friday Night.
The win moves Harry Kenny’s side into joint-second place, alongside Dundalk, as the Seasiders go in search of at least a European spot come the end of the season.
Speaking to the players after the game they all mentioned that the ‘game-plan’ worked.
Two pretty controversial penalties by Gary McCabe, after Stephen Kenny bemoaned the lack of them, and a strike from Ryan Brennan had Bray supporters in raptures at the end of the game.
Keith Buckley said, “Yeah our game plan worked. We wanted to sit and frustrate them by holding a good shape and hitting them on the counter attack. We did the same up in Derry and it worked.”
When asked about the atmosphere at Oriel Park, he said, “To be honest the atmosphere, I couldn’t really tell during the game, but it’s the biggest away fans for Bray I’ve seen all year which is a good start. With Rovers also winning it makes next weeks match an important one for both teams.”
John ‘The Truck’ Sullivan said, “The win was amazing, especially as it happened in their home ground. We had a plan and we stuck to it.”
“Yes we got two penalties, but when chances come you take them and that’s what we did.”
“Gary has great composure and it’s a joy to watch him take penalties. Unfortunately for me Nico (Vemmelund) blocked my shot, but it fell to Ryan and again composure at it’s finest with his finish.”
“Defensively all over we felt comfortable and that’s hard to say against a team like Dundalk.”
“It’s given us a huge confidence boost, but it’s still only three points. We have two games next week so we are already back down to earth and focusing on them.”
He was also full of praise for the Bray supporters who travelled saying, “The atmosphere was brilliant as always in Oriel Park, but what amazed me most was the bray support. Could hear them a lot and it felt great.”
Dylan Connolly said, It was a tough game last night, Dundalk are a very strong side but we had a game plan and we stuck to it and got our rewards.”
Dylan praised the atmosphere but wants the locals in Bray to come out in force to support the size, “The atmosphere in Oriel Park was electric. It’s always nice to go there as the crowd is always good. Hopefully the people of Bray can get out in force to the Carlisle Grounds to support us as we climb the table. For such a big town it needs to get behind the football club during this exciting time.”
“We can only take each game as it comes and hopefully keep our winning habits and grow a mentallity of winning.”