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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update on recent match and Friday’s game at Belfield:

On the 1-0 win over Finn Harps:

“We were happy to get the three points. I think if we had scored early it would have been a different game but Finn Harps obviously came with a game plan to sit deep and keep everyone behind the ball. When teams do that it can be difficult to break them down but it was good to get the win.
We had chances in both halves. We moved the ball OK in the first but maybe could have done it a bit quicker. It’s difficult when there’s ten men on the edge of the box. We gave up two or three chances in the game that wasn’t like us in terms of how we defended the situation. It doesn’t matter who you play, whether you’re dominant in possession or not, the other team will always get a chance.
Greg Bolger doesn’t seem to score the easy goals. It always seems to be a great strike from 25-30 yards and Friday was another great one. We want to hit our levels in our last few league games and if we do that against UCD and Cork then the FAI Cup final will look after itself. It’s just about maintaining what we’ve done all year.
I thought Neil Farrugia showed real glimpses of quality on his debut. He’s been out a long time with a serious injury so it was great to get him onto the pitch. He was supposed to play in Sligo but he got sick. Neil’s been frustrated for the last month or so because he was over the worst of the injury, all the rehab was done so it was just about making sure he was 100% right before he could play. He was delighted and it let out a lot of frustration for him.
It was great to get Brandon Kavanagh on the pitch as well. He’s been unlucky to be fair, sometimes he’s been down to play and he’s either picked up a knock, away with Ireland or one or two things have got in his way. I thought Brandon did well considering he hasn’t played in a while.”
On tomorrow’s game at UCD:
“I watched back their game against Cork and they should have won. They did really well down there so it’s not going to be an easy game for us. But we’ll go and try and impose ourselves on them and win all three points. Neil Farrugia and Gary O’Neill speak very fondly of their time at UCD and really enjoyed their time there. It was a big part of their development. I’m sure it’ll be strange for them going there and being in the opposition dressing room but I’ve no doubt that once the game kicks off their minds will be fully focused on winning it.”
Squad update:

“Jack Byrne is suspended and Sean Callan will miss the rest of the season with injury. It’s great to have Roberto Lopes back from Cape Verde. He played 45 minutes on Sunday and he played 90 last week so he really enjoyed it and it was a great experience for him. I’m delighted for him because it’s a just reward for his performances this year. Playing for your country is the pinnacle and he’s gone and done that.”