For new Pats' keeper Rene Gilmartin, the thrill of making his Saints début was a bitter-sweet experience as the Saints' left Tallaght Stadium on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline against Shamrock Rovers.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com after the game, the goalkeeper spoke about his first competitive game with the Saints, while admitting his disappointment with the result as a second half extra time strike from Billy Dennehy proved the difference between the sides.
“Yeah obviously a very disappointing result, very good football played by two very good sides, you can see there was two good sides going really at it there. You could see that some of us, including myself, are just getting back in playing games.”
“When you haven't played games in a couple of months, you're in a high tempo match like that, it's a quarter-final of a cup, and it's all or nothing. I'd say it was a good game for the spectators as there was some good football played.”
Speaking about his time with the club to date, Gilmartin spoke of how impressed he was with his new teammates and the coaching team he was now working with, paying tribute to Saints' goalkeeping coach Pat Jennings Jr.
“Yeah great lads, great group, love the concept of how they play football. The set-up is fantastic, and the staff are outstanding, the goalkeeper coach PJ is outstanding – great group of lads.
“I've obviously got very high standards for myself and I keep them. So I can keep them in training, obviously keep training hard at the moment and obviously try and bring the performances from training into matches.”
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