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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update on the last fixture and squad preparation for Monday’s game away v Finn Harps:

The 1-0 win at UCD on Friday:

“It was a good win. I thought we played well and created a lot of chances so we’re happy with the three points. UCD did have one or two chances, they’re going to create some because they’re a decent side but we’d a lot of chances in the first half too. So I thought we did well.

It was a really good run by Dan Carr and he finished it so we were happy with that. I thought Dan was excellent, he looked back to himself. He looked sharp and strong, very aggressive in his play.

We just couldn’t score the second goal. We all thought Jack Byrne’s shot was in and Joel Coustrain hit the post as well. It was difficult from where we were standing to see it but a lot of people who were in line with it felt that Trevor Clarke’s disallowed goal was onside.

We’d a few close calls but we just couldn’t put the second one in. It would have been nice to get that and be more comfortable but it wasn’t to be, we got the one and that was enough. It was a great crowd, it was like a home game. It felt like that when you walked out and it’s brilliant to see us travel in such big numbers.”

Monday’s game away to Finn Harps:

“They’re on a great run. It’s going to be a tough game, like it was the last time we were out there. We saw their game against Waterford and they’ve gone and got three big points, which they deserved. Whatever way they approach the game, it won’t be easy but we’re ready to go and get points on the board. We got three on Friday night and now we need to follow that up on Monday.”

Squad update:

“We’ll have a look at the players and see where we are in terms of knocks after the UCD game. Aaron McEneff was touch and go before Friday. He felt he was fine to play but in the warm up he didn’t feel right so we didn’t want to take any chances and took him out. We’ll need to have a look at him and see if he’s improved. Sean Kavanagh and Sam Bone are still missing but it was great to get Ethan Boyle back. He’s been working hard really hard to get back on the pitch.”