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First Team News

Stephen Bradley’s pre match update ahead of tonight’s Cup second round game v Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium.

On Monday’s 2-0 win in Waterford

“I thought we were excellent. We played some really good football, we defended really well and we’re disappointed with the goal we gave away, even though it was a great strike. But all round we were very good considering we’d played Derry away on Friday. I trust every player in the group, there’s not a player in it that I don’t think could start tomorrow or Tuesday so when you believe in the squad it makes sense to use it like that.

Jack Byrne has been outstanding for four or five months. He’s obviously been providing a lot of assists but maybe the only thing that was missing was that goal for himself. On Monday he scored two great goals. He fully deserves the Ireland call up. The pleasing thing is how hard he’s working for the team and his teammates. His ability is there for everyone to see.

Aaron Greene’s performances have been really good all year. It’s just been a matter of time for the goals to come for him. August has been a good month and hopefully that continues tomorrow night. We started sloppy in the first 10 or 15 minutes in the second half and Waterford were good. The third goal came at a really good time because it just killed the momentum they had. I’m delighted for Thomas Oluwa to get his goal because he’s been a really good player for us in the academy in the last couple of years, he’s been working away really hard. He’s had to be patient and he’s been involved a few times so it’s been good to get him on the pitch the last month or two.

We spoke about it before we played Derry that it’s important that we get 6 points on the board and we’ve done that so you can’t ask for much more.”

On tonight’s FAI Cup tie with Drogheda:

“Drogheda will be a difficult game. They are a better team than what they were last year. They’re scoring more goals. They’ll enjoy coming to Tallaght and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that and respect them. But if we perform to our levels the result will look after itself. I think last year should be on everyone’s minds because we got beaten and it showed that if you’re not at your levels you can get beaten. It’s important that we remember that.

We have to focus on Drogheda and nothing else. The next game is the only one we speak about, like it was before Derry and Waterford.”

Injury News:

“Graham Cummins (shoulder) is OK. He tweaked his ligaments but we don’t think it’s anything too serious.

Joey O’Brien (ankle) will hopefully be back for Tuesday at home to Waterford. He’s been playing through it the last few weeks and it got too sore that he hasn’t been able to run on it.

Neil Farrugia (hamstring) is still a bit away. We felt he was closer a couple of weeks back and got him scanned but he wasn’t quite where we thought he was so we pulled back a bit on him. We need to be careful because it was a really bad injury that he got when he was at UCD. The type of player that Neil is, he’s powerful and a strong runner so we need to be careful.”

Match tickets here.