The superb victory Bray Wanderers achieved away to Derry City on Friday night was also a vital victory, for many reasons. The 5-0 scoreline tipped our goal difference from negative to positive, and with 51 league goals this term only Dundalk and Cork have scored more. We have gone over the 40-point barrier, and are now on a five game unbeaten league sequence. We are a team regaining our form, and at just the right point in the season. The run-in is upon us and we are ready for it.
The long layoff in league action – a month – didn’t help Bray. That the players were short of match practice was evident in the 5-0 friendly loss to Waterford United. However, that match gave some game-time to a squad that was able to build on the defeat, learn some lessons and register a draw with Limerick a week later. Now the lads have kicked on again and completed a league hat-trick over Derry for 2017, a suite of victories all the more sweet given that two of them were away from home.
We are breathing down Derry’s neck in the race for fourth spot. They have lost three on the trot so are there for the taking if we can keep our own unbeaten run going. Galway at home this week. It won’t be easy but we will be looking to win. We won’t stop at Derry, or fourth. Rovers in third aren’t out of sight, and we still have a home game against them to come. This could still turn out to be our best-ever season in the top-flight.
It hasn’t been an easy term for Bray Wanderers. There have been times when it has been hard to keep the faith, to continue circling the wagons around the club. But those who didn’t waver and stayed loyal will have got the most from Friday, and they deserve it.
Aaron Greene. Darragh Noone. Ryan Brennan. Three nil at half time. Gary McCabe and Greene again. 5-0 at full time. Five-star Wanderers. If Carlsberg did away wins, it would be one like this. A big winning margin, a clean sheet, and a long trip home. The long trip home is essential. The buzz from the win has a power of its own, an energy that autoglides the car or bus back home, no other fuel needed. Think of the pain of the long trip back to Mayo last weekend after another All Ireland loss. Well, Wanderers fans enjoyed the opposite of that last Friday.