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Stephen Bradley gave his views on last Friday’s win, and the EA Sports Cup second round tie against Bray on Monday 1st April (7.45pm kick off).

Last Friday’s 3-1 win v UCD:

It was a good win. Overall I thought we were really good, we controlled the majority of the game. I felt the game should have been over in the first half. We missed one or two chances and when you do that there’s a chance they’ll get back into it. The longer UCD stay in the game the more dangerous they become and they took their chance.

We were disappointed to concede because we were in control of the ball before the goal and there were one or two ricochets in the build-up and they end up scoring from it. Sometimes that happens but we’ve only conceded three goals this season, one from open play and had around eight shots on target against us in nine games. So we’ve been good defensively.

I thought Jack Byrne played well and he got two good goals so it was a good evening all round for him. We had to wait until late for the second goal and it was relief more anything because we felt it should have been over at half time, and we’d one cleared off the line in the second half too. Our play fully deserved it. Obviously, they take a chance by putting their keeper up and we punished it but the three goals were deserved I felt.

Monday’s League Cup tie in Bray:

I’m not sure what to expect from Bray, I haven’t seen much of them. There was obviously our pre-season game but a lot of games have passed since then and their selection has probably changed, so we can’t read too much into that. They’re doing well in the First Division so it’ll still be a tough game. They’re up near the top, they’re at home and I’m sure they’ll want to win the game. We were disappointed to go out of the competition last year [in the second round to Longford]. We didn’t play well that day, I think we made 11 changes and it showed in our performance. It was disjointed. But that’s gone and it’s forgotten about. We’re just looking forward to Monday night.

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We’ll look at the squad and how we are in terms of bodies and pick the team that we feel will go and win the game. Ethan Boyle was back in full training on Sunday so we’ll have a look and see if he can play some part. Joey O’Brien and Dan Carr are still out.