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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave his views on last week’s win, the International call-ups and Friday’s game at Finn Park (8pm kick off).

Last Friday’s 3-0 home win v Sligo:

“It was a good win over Sligo. I thought we played really well for large periods and deserved to win. We played some good football at a really good tempo and energy. We created a lot of chances and kept the clean sheet, that was the pleasing thing for us. We took three of our chances last week and it could have been more. We just have to keep concentrating right in terms of defending, make sure that’s right and we will make chances. We have enough good players on the pitch to create them and then obviously it’s about putting them away.

Dan Carr has good feet, he showed that last year with a lot of his goals. He can make things happen out of nothing really and it was the same with the goal last Friday. It looked like it was past him and he moves his feet really well and it’s a good finish. It was good for him and Ronan Finn to get their first goals of the season, they both showed last year that they do score goals. It’s just about getting them up and running. It was a great run from Aaron Greene [for Finn’s goal] because we know Jack Byrne has the quality to see him and their understanding and timing is getting better.

Jack’s goal was a goal of real quality and his overall game was really good. He’s worked hard, created two goals and scored one. But I genuinely believe there’s more to come from Jack. You can see him getting fitter and stronger. I’ve seen him play in Holland against top teams like Ajax and PSV and get man of the match so I know there is more to come.”

Jack Byrne’s call up to Ireland International Senior Squad:
“His call-up is great news. It’s great that you have the Ireland manager and his staff showing interest in the league, I think they’ve been to watch everyone now. They were there on the night and Jack produced that performance. It’s brilliant and just shows the impression he made on them the way it’s happened so quickly. It’s well deserved and it’s great to have him part of that.”

International Call-Ups:
“The downside is missing Jack, Trevor Clarke and Brandon Kavanagh [both Ireland U21s] in Donegal but you can’t have it both ways. The players can’t perform at good levels, get into the international team and you still want to keep them for your own games. We just have to accept that it’s a positive that they’re doing well for us, they’re in the squads and we’re delighted for them.”

The game ahead v Finn Harps:
“Cork beat Harps with two wonder goals from Morrissey, Dundalk only drew with them up there.
They’ve shown that they’re a different team at home and it’s going to be a really difficult game.
We need to make sure that we’re focused and concentrated and ready to go and win the game. I believe we are.
Ethan Boyle is the only injury.”