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First Team News

Stephen Bradley shared his thoughts in the build up to friday’s home game v’s Sligo at Tallaght Stadium:

On Monday’s 2-0 win at St Pat’s:

“We thought it was a good win and we did well. It was a good move for Greg Bolger’s goal. He’s on two goals now so if he gets one more it’s his best season ever! But it was a great finish. It was a good time to score because we’d had a bit of pressure up to then and it changes their team talk for the second half.

Sean Kavanagh has that quality and when the free kick was given we were hoping that Sean would take it. It’s usually him, Jack Byrne or Dylan Watts that step up but we felt it was on Sean’s side and it was a great strike to put it in the keeper’s side. I thought we managed the game really well then. We sat in our half and kept the game in front of us and saw the game out. You obviously have to think about Friday in terms of what it took out of their legs and their minds.”

On tomorrow’s game against Sligo:

“Sligo have shown this year that they can beat anybody on their day. We’ve got to expect the best Sligo possible to show up in Tallaght tomorrow. We’ve got to be ready for that but impose our game on them. 

The players have responded to the fans’ support and you can see how much it means to them on the pitch. The fans have been unbelievable home and away, the players and the staff really appreciate it so hopefully we can get another big crowd on Friday night. There’s loads still to play for, we’re fighting on three fronts so there’s an exciting second part of the season to come.”

Transfers and Squad Update:

“Neil Farrugia is still a bit away and we’ll have to look at Aaron McEneff today to see if he can be involved against Sligo. There’s a few knocks from Monday night but nothing major. Neil is a bit frustrated because he can’t train. Gary O’Neill has been training away and getting to know how we play and Graham Cummins has been in since Saturday. They’re three good lads, they’re fitting in well and I’m looking forward to getting them on the pitch.”

“When we made the deal with Cork City we felt that Joel Coustrain needed to go and play. The game time wasn’t there for him here at this moment in time. Dean Dillon and Aaron Bolger are two really good people first of all and two different footballers and scenarios. Dean wants to go and pursue avenues in America. We obviously allowed him to do that and we wish him the best. Aaron is a player that I rate highly, I gave him his debut at 16. He’s played a lot of first team games for us for someone so young. He has a great attitude and I wish him nothing but the best in his career with Cardiff. He’s worked hard and he deserves this opportunity.

It’s been a frustrating year for Sam Bone with injury and when he’s been fit the chances haven’t been there for him to play. I knew Waterford liked him so we felt it was right for everybody.

We had Sean Callan, Sean Boyd and Dean Williams (all on loan to First Division clubs) watched a lot and we were getting reports every week. They did well and we’re delighted to have the two of them back. Dean’s gone and played men’s football, learned what it’s all about and scored goals at Athlone and now we feel Bray is the next step for him. They’re fighting for promotion and it’s going to be a great learning curve for him.”