Dykes: "We were given a good game."


Gavin Dykes felt that Rovers were given a good run out in last night's game against Castlebar Celtic and was pleased for the likes of Dinny Corcoran, Morten Nielsen, Kevin Devaney and Sander Puri to be among the goals again.

The Bit o'Red made it four wins from four in pre-season by putting eight goals past the club from Mayo.

Dykes said after the game: "Another good workout for us tonight, we were given a good game of it to be fair. We scored eight out there tonight but we still didn’t keep a clean sheet and that’s very disappointing. We didn’t keep a clean sheet against Ballisodare and we didn’t keep a clean sheet against Shelbourne either. That’s something we need to work on.

“Their goalkeeper had a smashing game. He’s only a young lad and he was man of the match on the night. We should've scored more but he made a few brilliant saves on the night. But it’s not about what Castlebar did tonight, it’s about what we did. Pre-season is about us and not our opponents. But we were given a great run out and it was a really good work out for the lads"

New striker Dinny Corcoran, who has come from Bohemians has been in blistering form in pre-season with eight goals in toal including two hat-trick in three days: “It was great to see Dinny getting another hat-trick, he’s doing fantastically. On any other night Morten would have scored three or four but he was just a bit unlucky with some. Devaney and Puri also scored two so it’s good to keep the goals flying in, but we just need to work on some of our defending.

"The lads will be disappointed with the goal we conceded but it's something for us to work on. We can look forward to Harps on Saturday now and hopefully we'll improve again"

The Finn Harps game takes palce this Saturday at 7:30pm with just one more friendly afterwards, that is Saturday February 28th against Athlone Town in the Showgrounds.




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