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First Team News

Stephen Bradley’s weekly update on the squad and team news ahead of the Good Friday match away at Derry City:

The 2-1 win over Waterford:

“Looking back I thought we played really well, better than what I actually felt after the game. I thought we were good and got the two goals.

On the first, it was a really good move for Sean’s [Kavanagh] goal. I think we had 13 or 14 passes leading up to it. We had other chances, Aaron Greene and Ronan Finn both feel they should have put theirs away. They had two great chances but the keeper’s made a save and it hits the defender on the line for the other one. The important thing is they took up really good positions to get those chances. Aaron’s all-round game has been brilliant and the goals will definitely come for him.

For the second one, it was a really good header by Pico. It’s a really good leap to get on the end of it. We were very disappointed with the goal we conceded. The back five were excellent all night and didn’t give up anything. You can see the reaction afterwards, how disappointed the players are with it because it took the gloss off their performance. It was a poor goal to give away.”

On our winning run:

“We’ve just been concentrating on the next game every time. We put the game and the result on Friday behind us. We put it to bed very quickly and concentrate on the next performance. That’ll be the case again going to Derry this week.”

Tomorrow’s game away to Derry:

“They’re having a really good season and Declan has them playing some good football. I watched them on Monday night against St Pat’s and I thought they were excellent. It could have been four or five at half time. It’s going to be a difficult game but it’s a game I believe we’re focused for and ready to go and get three points.

We did well up there last season. They’ll sell out the Brandywell on Friday. The pitch suits us and I don’t see it being any different on Friday, it’s a nice, big pitch that’s good for the way we play. This will be one of our toughest games of the season but the players at the moment feel like they can play anyone, home or away and go and get a result.” 


“Ethan Boyle and Greg Bolger are out.”