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First Team News

Hoops’ Head Coach Stephen Bradley gave this update in advance of Monday’s big game at Tallaght Stadium v’s Saint Patrick’s Athletic:

On last Friday’s 2-1 defeat in Dundalk:

“I thought we played really well in patches. We had our spells but when we had them we needed to score and obviously we didn’t. When you look back at everything in the game I felt we did well. You’re up against a good side and we tried late on to get the equaliser but it just wasn’t to be.

In the last 15 minutes of the first half, Dundalk had a spell but if you look at the possession it was about 60% in our favour for the whole game. When they had their spells they scored and that was the difference. We switched off for their two goals and we were punished.

We were down four full-backs, a centre-half and a midfielder. Straight away you’re down five defenders and up against it in terms of bodes and numbers. It’s just unfortunate that the injuries and suspensions all seemed to be in one position. When you’re missing six players against Dundalk and almost nick at a point at the end there were definitely positives to take from it.”

On James Furlong’s debut:

“I thought he was brilliant. He showed a real maturity and his all-round game was excellent. At 16 years of age, to start in a game like that and perform like he did was a big positive for us. He showed us that he was ready to play. James had been around and in with us since pre-season. It was no surprise but you just don’t know until you put players into those situations how they’ll react.”

On Monday’s game game against St Pat’s:
“On their day St Pat’s have shown that they can beat anyone. Their results have been very mixed this year. They were beaten at home to Derry and then won their last few games. They have enough quality and ability to beat anyone so it will be a tough game but it’s one that we’ll be ready for..”

Injury News:

“Sean Kavanagh is out, we need to check on the others.

Tickets are available online now for the game, it is advisable to buy your ticket in advance as a big crowd is expected at Tallaght Stadium on Monday.