Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Derry must show steel in Bray test

Derry City travel to Bray Wanderers tonight in a positive frame of mind with the start they have made to the new season.

There were fears that the new-look side which won promotion straight back from the First Division last year would struggle to hold their own amongst the big boys of the Premier Division.

On the face of it five points from four matches is not the greatest return, but those games have included a game against champions Shamrock Rovers last weekend which they pretty much dominated and one defeat on the opening day of the campaign to a strong Sligo side which only took the points in the closing minutes of a close encounter.

And Derry showed their character as they twice came from behind to beat Salthill 4-2 in extra-time in Monday's League Cup clash which has earned them a second round tie against Mervue United.

Although City had hammered the Galway side 7-1 during last year's league campaign, it was a very inexperienced side Stephen Kenny put out in midweek and, really, they should have won the tie much more easily. The opening two rounds of the EA Sports League Cup are zoned and the winners of the second round ties will go forward into an open draw for the quarter-finals.

Bray have opened their season strongly with two wins from their four matches and a visit to the Carlisle Grounds is not a trip Kenny will take lightly.

Although skipper Kevin Deery and fullback Eddie McCallion have both come through matches after returning from injury, centre back Stephen Greacen badly damaged a hand in last weekend's goalless draw with Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell and is highly unlikely to feature.

City will also be without Patrick McEleney (pictured) who is sitting out the third game of his three-match ban for failing to show up for a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international last week.

Kenny will be praying star midfielder Gareth McGlynn remains injury free for the majority of the campaign.

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