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First Team News
Brandon Miele celebrates opening the scoring against Bohemians.

We got the thoughts of Stephen Bradley on Tuesday’s win at Limerick and team news for the Galway United game on Friday:

On the 2-0 win in Limerick:

“I thought it was a good win and we deserved it. We started a bit slow in the first 15 or 20 minutes but after that I thought we were very good and especially in the second half. We looked at Limerick and knew they had pace in wide areas. It would have been a big risk to play three at the back again so we went to a four. Ryan Connolly did really well up higher but it didn’t surprise us because he’s played a lot there in his career. I thought James Doona did well and did some good stuff. He’s had to be patient and work hard. Cameron King (on his debut) did really well. He was really clever with his positioning and was always looking to play forward. He plays with his head up, he sees runs and he’s dangerous around the box. It was a great header from David McAllister, he’s very strong from set plays.

I think our deliveries from set plays have been really good. The ball is put into the box, whether it’s Brandon, Ryan or Graham it’s top class delivery so we just need to make sure that the timing of our runs are good so we can get on the end of them. It was a great finish by Ronan Finn as well, he made it look easier than it was. It was a great touch on his chest and then a side foot. He could have slashed at it or put power into it but he didn’t, he took control of it and slid it in with his right foot. We’re a different team than the one that played Limerick in Tallaght earlier in the season. We’re maturing and getting better. When we go 1-0 up like that the players look a lot more comfortable. It was good to see them go and take the game to Limerick.”


Galway United game:

“We’re playing well and winning games. We’ll go down and try and do that again tomorrow. We’re expecting a tough game, we know they’ll be up for it so we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to go and fight and match them for everything they have. We’ve obviously won the last few games against them but some of them have been tight and I’m sure it’ll be no different tomorrow. We’ve just got to go with the right attitude and hopefully come out on the right end of a result. We knew coming into this week we had a real chance to go and put some real pressure on Derry. We started that on Tuesday and now we need to go and finish it tomorrow by going and winning the game, and see where that takes us. Graham Burke is back from suspension. Sam Bone and Roberto Lopes are back in contention. If need be, Luke Byrne can play but we’ll need to have a look at that, we don’t want to rush him in and pull the hamstring and put him out for a long period of time. We’d rather do it right and make sure he’s back to fitness. Simon Madden is out.”