Saturday afternoon’s fixture in Dalymount kicks off at 1 pm. Tickets on the gate and the match will be streamed on LOITV
Another good win over Galway on Saturday. What did you think of the team’s performance?
I think we did really well for about 65 minutes. We probably thought the game was done once we got that second goal, we just stopped for a little bit and let Galway back into it. In fairness, it was a good goal by Galway but as you can see in this league, if you switch off for any number of minutes, teams will hurt you. So, there was a little lesson there to be learned but I thought for the majority of the game we were good and played well.
For Aine to score right on the stroke of half-time, was that a crucial moment in the game?
It was because we were pushing for a lot of that first half. Galway are a very hard side to break down, they work really hard so it was nice to finally get that breakthrough goal. It took that bit of pressure off us to go and relax in our play and try and force things. Then that’s the way we started off the second half, so that goal was important to settle us down a little bit.
The second was a good finish by Abbie after great work by Lia and Savannah, the player of the match, so was it a good move all around?
It was a good move. Lia has been very good and so has Sav since she’s come back. That’s the way it’s been the last couple of weeks. Any kind of change that I’ve made, with subs coming on, they’re all stepping up to the plate so there’s good competition there. Training has been good, week in, week out so they’re all pushing each other to get into that starting lineup, which is good for the team as a whole.
That made it four wins from four in the month of May. Is the team playing with a lot of confidence at the moment?
Yeah, they’re playing with confidence. Even though it’s four wins from four there are still extra levels to go, there’s still room for improvement and things we can be doing a little bit better. But overall, it’s been a good month.
Bohs have four wins and a draw since our last meeting and moved up to fourth place. Does that suggest their return meeting with Rovers won’t be as one-sided this time?
It won’t, and I don’t think the first game was one-sided even though the scoreline might suggest it. I thought Bohs played really well in that game. I don’t think it was a 4-0 scoreline and the game itself was a lot closer than that. Bohs have done really well over the last couple of weeks. They’ve improved since we played them so again, it’s going to be a really tough game for us. That’s the way it is, every team is capable of beating each other on their day.
What qualities do they have that Rovers should be weary of?
The pace of Sarah Rowe is one of their main threats. Erica Burke with her closing down and movement caused us problems last time but then there’s also Fiona Donnelly just sitting in front of that back four. She dictates a lot of the play from Bohs so they’ve good quality through the spine of their team.
It’s another derby and our first trip to Dalymount Park but the game at Tolka Park earlier this season is probably as hostile as it’ll get all year. So will you expect the girls to handle the occasion just as well as that again?
I don’t think they read too much into the Rovers-Bohs legacy. For us it’s still just another game, another team that we need to beat if we want to get three points and continue the good run that we’re on. So, it’s a case of just focusing on the game itself and not the occasion.
It was good to get Jaime back last week. Are there any new injury concerns?
No new concerns but Shauna Fox was back training this week, which is good. Jaime has got through another good week’s training. Steph is back on the pitch doing runs, which also a positive. Maria Reynolds had an operation and hopefully, that will clear up all her problems and she can start her rehab to get back onto the pitch. Thankfully things are looking good on the injury front at the moment.