An 8-0 win over Killester in the FAI Cup. Once we scored a couple of goals early on, we never looked back. Was it a perfect start?
It was and I think that’s what we were looking for. We didn’t want Killester to get a foothold in the game or get any kind of momentum. We just felt that the sooner we could get a goal or two, we could just put the game to bed and we were able to coast from there. Thankfully, we started well and we got the early goal.
The team was back after a 55-day break and had to play through very heavy rain especially in the first half. How did the fitness levels look?
Yeah, the fitness levels looked really, really good, obviously we do have the GPS trackers on them, so we do monitor all the speeds, the high-speed runs and how many kilometres they’re covering, so everything was well within a good green zone for us.
Four goals for Abbie Larkin upon her return from the World Cup and a player of the match performance. The third goal was probably the pick of the lot?
The one where she absolutely smashed it in, yeah, it was a really, really good hit. She’s had a lot of confidence since she’s come back. I think the World Cup has been the world of good. It’s great to see her playing with a smile on her face. She’s going to absolutely terrify every team that she plays against.
A goal for Joy Ralph on her debut and you brought your other new signing Scarlett Herron on in the second half. How did they do?
Joy did really well. I know Joy is an out and out goal scorer and I think once you’re a goal scorer, the most important thing that you try to put the bed as quickly as possible, is to get her first goal and it’s nice that it came in the first half. So, she could just relax and get on with actually playing football. But she’s going to add an extra dimension to us. Same with Scarlett. Scarlett is a complete box-to-box player and when you look at her GPS, she covers more ground than anybody else so she’s going to add another dimension to it, and I thought she had a really good start on Saturday.
Rovers fans will be familiar with Cork’s manager Danny Murphy and his side were quite decent in the first half in Tallaght a few months back. Will they be more difficult to beat on their own patch?
They will, in fairness. Danny’s an intelligent coach. We’ve done their analysis on Thursday in the lead up to the game. He has them well set up. Bradley up top will be dangerous. They are going to be difficult to break down and it’s going to be a very difficult game for us on Saturday.
Cork are struggling at the bottom of the table but have since made it to the All-Island semi-finals. Have they improved since our last meeting?
Without a doubt. We said the last time, there was no way that the game in Tallaght was a five-nil scoreline. It’s a scoreline didn’t truly reflect what had happened. I still do believe Cork should have been one, if not two up at half time. I think it was a game that we got away with so we’re going to have to be fully, fully at it now to make sure that we get something out of it on Saturday.
Did any new injuries coming out of the Killester game and is Maria Reynolds ready to play a part?
No, no new injuries and I’ve a full squad to pick from. The only one is Shauna Fox, she has a little bit of a flu at the moment, so we’ll just assess that one and see how she’s doing. Maria is not ready for selection just yet. We’re hoping to get her some game time with the Under 19s this weekend.