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First Team News
Stephen Bradley gave this update in advance of Saturday evening’s game at Sligo Rovers:

On Last Friday’s 2-0 win at Bohs in the FAI Cup:

It was a good night all round. We played well and controlled the game. We’re obviously happy we’ve won a Dublin derby and we’re in a Cup final. We knew what was at stake and I think you saw that with the players’ performance, they were excellent.

It’s a great header from Graham Burke the way he gets in at the front post. Another big goal in a big game from him and that’s what he does. I felt very comfortable then and managed the game really well. We were never in any real danger, I think Alan Mannus had only one shot in the whole game. The players controlled possession when we had it and when we didn’t have it we were calm. We had a game plan to win it but the players deserve all the credit for the way they came out and played.

It’s a really good move for our second goal that starts with Jack Byrne picking up the second ball and Ronan Finn overlaps on the right and plays a really good pass in. Aaron Greene puts it in. We had one disallowed before that as well so I felt it was coming. Any time we went forward we looked a threat.

The scenes at the end were great. It was a semi-final against your biggest rivals away from home. They’re special moments like that between the players, the staff and the fans. It was a special night.

On Saturday’s game in Sligo:

We need to be at our best to get a result tomorrow night. I think Sligo have shown that already this year when they beat us up there. We’ll be fully focused, we want to go and win the game. There’s four games left in the league and we want to win all four. That’s our aim.

Lee Grace and Greg Bolger are suspended but there’s no injuries. Neil Farrugia has been involved the last couple of games and it’s great to have him back in training with no issues. It’s just about getting him onto the pitch now and getting minutes into him.

On This Week’s International call ups:

Both were fully deserved and I’m delighted for Jack (Ireland) and Roberto Lopes (Cape Verde). It’s just reward for Roberto’s performances, he’s been excellent all year. We heard about the possible call up a few months back when they made contact and obviously they followed up and watched him.