Heary praises team's 'excellent' performance
Owen Heary’s team continued to impress in pre-season by putting Finn Harps to the sword at the Showgrounds with a 6-0 win.
Despite the team being without David Cawley, Gavin Peers and Steven Beattie who all fell ill on the morning of the game and the game having to be switched to the Sean Fallon Centre due to the main pitch at the Showgrounds being unplayable Heary was happy with how his team played.
“I thought the performance was excellent tonight. Especially as we were missing a few players who were sick so there was last minute changes, changing from the grass pitch to the astro. So mentally the players were well tuned in and put a good performance in. The first ten minutes there was a lot of tackles going in and Finn Harps were probably a little bit on top but we got control of it and scored a lot of goals again.
“The last pass tonight was pleasing. It took us about 15 minutes to get into the game and get the tempo of the game. But physically we matched them and then our football came out on top. We passed the ball well, created chances and then when the first goal came in the second half it was a free for all from then. The lads got their just rewards but we knew that if we worked hard enough Finn Harps would fade away.”
Morten Nielsen and Dinny Corcoran were both scorers in tonight’s game and Heary is pleased with their form: “Their confidence is sky-high at the minute. Morten was on the bench but then Dinny got a little bit tight in his hamstring so that’s why we took him off. But then Morten comes on and takes up the mantle from Dinny and goes and scores a goal. Ward gets a goal as well and Raff so there was a lot of positives throughout the game. Ryan McManus having to step into centre-half as Gavin Peers was sick so it was a good positive performance all round.”
With the season proper beginning in two weeks from today against Cork City in the Showgrounds he thinks his team are where they need to be fitness-wise: “I think the fitness levels are where we want them to be, they are getting there. We have one more game which is another test for us. Fitness levels are quite good but they need to be maintained so that they are 100% going into games. You can see that if you keep working teams we are getting to a level where we will be able to be consistent.”
Heary was also delighted that the game was able to go ahead despite the weather meaning it couldn’t be played on the main Showgrounds pitch: “It’s immense. It was changed from Harps ground to here and then from the main pitch to the astro from 12 o’clock today. It’s fantastic having that facility otherwise the game would have been called off and you don’t get a game under your belt. And the players would be disappointed that they didn’t play as well. By all means it’s appositive, and a lot of fans turned up tonight which is great to see and I’m sure that they were disappointed with the change of venue but happy in the end that they got to see a good performance.”
Listen to Heary’s post-game interview here: