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First Team News

Stephen Bradley update on the squad prior to Friday’s game in Inchicore:

“It was a good win [against Cork]. We played well and took our chances. I don’t think it was actually our best performance of the season, we’ve been good in other games, but it was pleasing to get the three goals on top of the performance. Graham Burke’s goal is a great strike. He obviously has that quality on his left or his right foot.

It was pleasing to score two from set pieces because we’ve been close a few times. I was happy with all aspects of how we played and we fully deserved the win. I thought it was coming, if you look at the Derry game as well. It was good to get the clean sheets in the last two games because we’ve been good defensively.
Ronan Finn and Joey O’Brien were excellent and both really shouldn’t have played. They had two bad knocks and couldn’t train the day before and even leading up to the game they were struggling. I was going to leave them out but both were adamant and when you have players like that who want to play, you play them. Aaron Bolger was excellent. I thought he showed a bit of everything in his game and showed a really mature performance.
We’re three games unbeaten and we need to go and put a run together now. We know tomorrow is going to be a tough game because St Pat’s have some good players but we’ll go there and look to win. Last season we didn’t do too well in Richmond Park but it’s gone now. It’s a different game and that doesn’t really come into it.

Whatever way Pat’s decide to play they always have a threat so we’ve got to make sure that we’re focused. We’ll go there full of coincidence obviously but we need to remember what makes us a good team. We can’t take our foot off, we need to keep pushing forward. Dan Carr is back from suspension and Sean Boyd (hamstring) is still a couple of weeks away.”