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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gives his thoughts on our recent Cup win and tomorrow night’s home game v Waterford F.C.

On last Friday’s 4-0 win over Drogheda in the FAI Cup:

“It was a really good win. I felt we played well especially in the second half, got four goals and kept a clean sheet so it was a good night. It’s all about being in the hat for the next round and we did that with a good performance so I’m happy.
In the first half I thought we were just OK. There were patches when we were good but overall we moved the ball a bit slow and we were a bit sloppy in possession. I think that led to Drogheda’s only threat in the game, their only shot on goal. They came to stifle the game and sit in and we just had to move the ball with more aggression and we did that in the second half. Graham Burke had three really good efforts, he hit one off the crossbar and two just wide of the post. It’s only a matter of time he does score because since he’s come in he’s had some good efforts on goal.
It was a good header by Gary, he attacked the ball really well from a great delivery from Jack Byrne. The second goal was good from Aaron Greene. He didn’t just stand and watch the free kick. When it’s hit you could see he’s on his way and it’s a very calm finish. The most important thing is that you’re in there, you’re in those positions and Aaron has been. His all-around game has been excellent and he’s getting the goals so hopefully that continues between now and the end of the season.
In the second half we played much more like our tempo and our levels and we were much better and obviously we went on and got three and four goals then. Aaron McEneff made a really good run for his goal. Once he’s in and around the box he’s very dangerous and it was a good finish. The Sean Kavanagh goal started with Alan Mannus. We kept the ball for a long period of the time, moved it around and it ended up with Sean getting in at the back post. It was a really good goal.”
On Tuesday’s game with Waterford:
“It’s another good game to look forward to. We’re looking forward to getting out on the pitch again and we have good momentum going into it. Even though we won well out there recently we have to recognise that Waterford had some chances in that game and we need to make sure that we’re ready for the best Waterford there is. We’ll just concentrate on Waterford, our schedule has been like this for the last two months. The players have coped with it really well and I’m sure tomorrow night will be no different.”
Squad update:

“Joey O’Brien and Neil Farrugia are back training so hopefully Neil is going to be in contention fairly soon. Tomorrow is too early for him but he’s got the all clear. Other than that we’re fully fit. Ronan Finn is suspended.”

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