Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Blues 1, Bray Wanderers 3 (4/2/17, RSC, Waterford)

Another useful pre-season run out for the Blues and despite the scoreline, Pat Fenlon will no doubt have been quite pleased with what he saw. For sure, during the first half, before each side made numerous changes, the Blues were comfortably a match for their Premier division opponents although it must be said that the changes disrupted the Blues much more than the visitors after the break....maybe an indication of squad strength. In fairness the Blues still have several faces to add.

Ger Pender headed Bray into the lead but an excellent move down the left flank saw the ball moved across the box and back for Mark O'Sullivan to steer home from close in - hopefully the first of many goals for the big man, whose hard working leading the Blue line, has impressed Blues fans. The score was level at the break 1-1.

Both managers made changes after the resumption (the Blues made eight!) and the quality of the game deteriorated as the clock ticked down. In the final quarter Bray found the net twice to seal the win.

Mark O'Sullivan was the eye catcher on the day and Garry Comerford, Dean Walsh and Dean O'Halloran also put in good shifts.

The attendance for the game was poor, a lot less than the Cork game. No doubt the Ireland rugby match accounted for a few missing bums and the poor weather conditions did not help.

The pitch is in excellent condition, maybe not as good as a few years ago but it is still on of the best in the country.

Next up come the Tribesmen next Wednesday again at the RSC. C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor (Trialist B 80'), Robin Dempsey (Anthony McAlavey 55'), Gary Delaney (Jack Lynch 72'), Patrick McClean, Shane O'Connor, Trialist A, Garry Comerford (Trialist C 72'), Dean O'Halloran (Conor Whittle 62'), Sander Puri (Tunmise Sobowale 72'), Kenny McEvoy (Owen Wall 72'), Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 72').


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