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First Team News

Head Coach Stephen Bradley gave this squad update in advance of Monday’s home league game against Finn Harps. 

We also got Stephen’s view of last Friday’s game against Dundalk:

“I thought it was two good teams that had a go at each other. We had really good spells and so did they. That’s the way it goes when two good teams play, if there’s loads of chances and goalmouth action then someone’s not doing their job right. That’s what you get, a tough competitive game.

The crowd was brilliant and there was a great atmosphere in the ground. We could definitely feel our fans there, it means so much to us before the game and during the game when you’re having tough periods and you can hear them. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t give them a goal. Rogers made a great save off Orhan in the first minute and if Trevor’s shot goes to the left or right it’s in but he saves it. We just couldn’t find that breakthrough.

Both Orhan and Joel (making their first starts) have had to wait. Orhan has had a knock the last while which hampered his preparation and Joel has been training away really hard. Both did well and they’ll only get fitter and stronger for that. Pico is a centre half and he went right back against one of the best wingers in the league (Michael Duffy) and restricted him to two crosses and no shots. I thought he was excellent all night.

We started really well for 20 minutes and were on top and then they took over for the last 20 of the first half. Defensively we were really good for that period. Second half I thought we upped the tempo and were the better team. I don’t think Alan had a save to make.

Missing Aaron Greene was a big blow so we’re delighted to have him back for Monday. He’s available for the Finn Harps and St Pat’s games and then it depends what comes down in terms of an additional suspension. Dylan Watts should be OK, the wound has healed up but Ethan Boyle (hamstring) is still out. Ronan Finn and Joey O’Brien got knocks against Dundalk but other than that we’re OK.

Finn Harps held Dundalk at home 1-1 and then went to St Pat’s and held them and by all accounts should have won that game, they had chances to win it. So we know tomorrow night is going to be a tough game. Ollie has them really well organised. They’re dangerous and they’ll fancy their chances coming to Tallaght. We need to make sure that we’re ready for that and respect how good they’ve been so far this year.

It’s a chance to get points on the board and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do. We’ve done OK in our start to the season. The fixtures have been four tough games, maybe we could have picked up one or two more points but we haven’t and we move on and try to win the game against Harps.”