Finn Harps striker Ciaran O’Connor says that mistakes like the one made for the Shelbourne equaliser is just one of those things after his side's 1-1 draw on their opening fixture of the season. “We are very disappointed to concede, the boys made a
Finn Harps striker Ciaran O’Connor says that mistakes like the one made for the Shelbourne equaliser is just one of those things after his side's 1-1 draw on their opening fixture of the season.
“We are very disappointed to concede, the boys made a mistake at the back but that happens, it’s only our first game,” he said.
New teams need to gel together no matter what division or league a team is in and O’Connor stated that his side are still in a learning process.
“We are trying to learn how everyone plays, and everyone is trying to get confidence after this game and hopefully we will kick on from here," said O'Connor.
"It’s only the start, still 28 games to go, we learn from our mistakes and kick on next week against Cobh.”
Next up for Finn Harps is the EA SPORTS Cup fixture against Mayo League in the first round at Finn Park and O'Connor says that goals will breed confidence within the side.
“Every game is important, every game we can learn how to get better and we need to score goals. The front three, we need to get goals to get confidence and once we are all playing well, everyone else is going to build off us,” said the former Dundalk player.
O’Connor, who had a half-season loan spell at Finn Harps during the 2017 season, was not on the scoresheet against Shelbourne but insists there is plenty of time to find the net.
“I’d like between probably 10-15 goals this year. I don’t know if that’s a bit too much but that’s the way I’m thinking at the minute, it’s only the first game, look forward to next week," he added.
Granit and Taulant Xhaka, Jerome and Kevin Prince-Boateng, brothers playing against each other is nothing new in football and the same goes for brothers playing side by side such as Gary and Phil Neville or Rafael and Fabio, and O’Connor believes it’s only a matter of time before things come together with his sibling Michael also with Harps.
“I actually played against my brother last year and he scored the winner against us, so this year I’m playing with him, so it’s good for both of us," he said.
"We probably bounce off of each other and we get on well, good chemistry and we know what we are going to do all the time, I know what runs to make and I know what he is going to play.”