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First Team News
Stephen Bradley gives his thoughts on the recent win and Friday’s Cup game away v Galway United:

On last Friday’s 1-0 win over Bohemians:

“We were delighted to get the three points in the Dublin Derby. I felt that our performance overall deserved it. It was a good move for the goal. We worked it well down the right and then Aaron McEneff came out and played it across to Sean Kavanagh whose delivery was right on the spot for Graham Burke. It was a really good header, he’s brave and he gets in a really good area.

He’s a technically gifted player and a lot of his goals are from outside the area but he can score headers and all different types of goals. We completely dominated the first half and maybe could have been more goals ahead. We were excellent. In and out of possession we played at a really good tempo. When we lost the ball we won it back very quickly. We played with a high energy.

We had to show a different side then, we had a to defend and fight for it. I thought the players did that really well and that’s why the performance was so pleasing. In the first half we dominated the play and in the second half we had to dig in and defend as a team.

Gary O’Neill had never played in a derby or even seen one, it was all new to him but we just felt it was the right time to put him in and he just takes it in his stride.

The atmosphere was brilliant. It was great to see such a big crowd in Tallaght and it shows what this club can do. The fans were magnificent all night. We knew that the fans haven’t had much to shout about in derbies recently so it was up to us to change that and the players did that on Friday night. We sent the fans home happy and that was the aim before the game.”

On tomorrow’s FAI Cup tie in Galway:

“It’s our biggest game of the year so far. It’s the quarter-final of the Cup so we’re looking forward to it. They’re on a really good run of form, they beat Cork in the last round so we’ve got to respect that and be ready for it. We won’t approach the game differently to any other game. Galway away will be difficult but it’s a chance for us to get into the next round and that’s obviously our aim.” 

Squad update:

“Jack Byrne [international duty] and Joey O’Brien [foot injury] are out. Joey has had a slight tear in his plantar fascia. He’s been playing with it for a number of weeks and it just got too sore so he’ll be out for a couple of weeks. Dylan Watts is back.”

Tickets for the game are available online here and at the stadium in Galway. Kick off is at 7.45pm.