Heary pleased with opening win to pre-season
Owen Heary was happy with how the team performed in their first outing of pre-season last night.
Rovers beat Shelbourne 3-1 at the Showgrounds with goals from new strikers Dinny Corcoran and Morten Nielsen and fellow striker Ruairi Keating.
Speaking after the game Heary said he was pleased with his team’s performance: “I was happy with what I seen from the players but there is still a lot to work on. We scored three goals, conceded one which is disappointing, but I think the lads got a good workout. It was a heavy pitch but most of the players got 45 minutes work, some got 60 and some got a little bit less because they played during the week.
“But overall I was quite pleased with it. There is a fair bit to work on but we knew that going into the game and it was just important that the lads got a game under their belt.
“I’m quite happy with how the team are gelling together, we created a lot of chances. Dinny, Morten and Keating got their goals so it’s important for them to get off the mark just to give them a bit of confidence. Overall I was pleased but it’s the first game so we are not getting too carried away with it. It’s only pre-season and there is still another four weeks to go until the start of the season but I am pleased with how they applied themselves and how they got on with it.”
Heary was pleased to see the three striker in his squad Dinny Corcoran, Morten Nielsen and Ruairi Keating get on the scoresheet: “It’s vital, they want to hit the net like defenders want to keep clean sheets. For strikers it’s important for confidence getting their first goal, especially for Dinny and Morten being new to the club. I know it’s a friendly and it doesn’t really count for much but finding the net in front of the home fans is always a positive.”
Trialist Sander Puri played an hour of the game and Heary was impressed with how he played: “I thought he done very well, he put in some dangerous crosses. He didn’t know what to expect from the game and we didn’t know what to expect from him but he did very well. He was very positive when he got the ball, got down the line and crossed, came inside, kept the ball, good strength so he was decent overall.”
He said that Rovers are still in the early stages of pre-season and performances will improve over the coming weeks: “Performance levels will be increased by the time we play our next game. We will have the players in for the next two weeks working hard and you’ll see a different level of performance. More positive but definitely a better fitness level. We are getting there, you could see the fitness levels were decent from the lads but they need to keep working to get to a higher fitness level and once that happens we will work on shape and the rest of it.”
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Rovers next friendly is in two weeks time away to Waterford United on Friday February 13th at 5:30. There will be one more pre-season game in the Showgrounds when Athlone town visit on Saturday February 28th a week before the league season begins.