Stephen Bradley pleased after comfortable win away to UCD

Sat, Oct 19 2019

Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Andrew Dempsey reports from the UCD Bowl

Shamrock Rovers Head Coach Stephen Bradley was pleased his side's professional 3-0 win away to UCD on Friday evening.

Goals from Joey O’Brien, Graham Cummins and Brandon Kavanagh set the Hoops on their way, with the Students inevitable relegation to the First Division finally being confirmed.

“I’m delighted. I thought we played really well and deserved the three points so I’m really happy,” Bradley told extratime.ie after the game.

“The set piece (for Joey O’Brien’s goal) worked well. It’s always nice when things like that come off so I’m delighted.

“It’s a clean sheet, three points and there’s a lot of positives to take from this evening for us.

“Neil is a quality player and you could see that tonight. We took him off the pitch in the last twenty minutes as a precaution when he was feeling a bit tight but he’s fine. I was delighted with him tonight.

“Brandon (Kavanagh) was excellent. He was good last week and I though he was really good this evening. His positions were clever, he moved the ball with good energy and tempo, and I thought he was very good.”

However, while Rovers fans may be concerned that both Dylan Watts and Neil Farrugia were both forced off injured, Bradley admits he is unsure as to the extent of Watts’ injury.

“We’ll need to check Dylan over the weekend, but it looks like he’s got a little bit of a hip issue. We’ll need to look at that and see where we are with that.

“Neil is ok, but we’ll need to check Dylan. We’re not sure if it’s a concern for the Cup Final yet – it’s bit early to say. We’ll need to have a look at it and see how it settles and we’ll know more then.”

With Shamrock Rovers continuing their unbeaten run since the defeat away to Dundalk last month, Bradley added; “I’m pleased with how things have gone all season to be honest. I think we’ve been excellent.

“The players have been excellent, and we’ve carried on our standards to the last game which will be Cork next week obviously.

“I think we’ve seen how professional the group are that they haven’t let their standards drop and they’ve been excellent.”