Five missing for Bray's relegation play-off

Bray Wanderers and Monaghan United resume their battle for a place in next season’s Airtricity League Premier Division at the Carlisle Grounds tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Bray Wanderers and Monaghan United resume their battle for a place in next season’s Airtricity League Premier Division at the Carlisle Grounds tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

The first leg finished all square (0-0) so Wanderers will be hoping home advantage will see them through against Mick Cooke’s side.

Derek Prendergast (ankle), Sean Houston (cruciate) and John Mulroy (hamstring) will all be missing for the home side through injury.

Dave Webster is missing as he is serving a suspension, while keeper Matt Gregg is also banned after being sent off in the final minute of the first leg in Monaghan.

Central defender Adam Mitchell returns to the squad having served his suspension.

Bray’s Director of Football Pat Devlin said: "We are happy to be in the position we are in having survived Monaghan and now we are playing on our own pitch for Premier survival.”

Barry Clancy returns to the Monaghan squad after serving a suspension, however, manager Cooke has a few injury concerns from Friday’s first leg.

Karl Bermingham, Sean Brennan and Cathal O’Connor all had to be substituted on Friday and will face fitness tests ahead of the game.

Cooke said: “Our display on Friday night proved that we were at least a match for Bray Wanderers. We had the chances particularity in the first half that should have left this second leg academic. Unfortunately, we failed to convert any of them.

“Three of the players (Bermingham, Brennan and O’Connor) that were most likely to get us on the scoreboard had to leave the field injured and their availability for this game is still doubtful.

“I know we have strength in debt but even that is threatened with the absence of three such influential players, so hopefully some of them will be available.

“Bray will know what to expect from us and I have no doubt but they will also endeavour to improve on that performance at Gortakeegan.

“A good show from us and I would be confident of promotion. It’s our last chance and I know we will have a good support to cheer us on.”

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