REACTION: Dean George “Coming into this season, it was about playing as much as I can”

We caught up with Treaty United striker Dean George in the aftermath of the 0-0 draw with Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park on Friday night and the striker stated that his teammates were happy to pick up a share of the spoils against the title chasers.

“Against Athlone, we were happy with the result but the performance wasn’t there for the full 90 minutes. Against Galway, we knew it was going to be a tough game and it was all about the performance. To come away from here with a point, we have to say we are happy with that.”

18 March 2022; Jonas Häkkinen of Cork City in action against Dean George of Treaty United during the SSE Airtricity League First Division match between Treaty United and Cork City at Markets Field in Limerick. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

The former Athlone Town man praised the defensive work of his teammates on the night.

“I never felt like we were under too much pressure. We coped well when they had the ball and shifted it from side to side. In the first half we had a couple of chances and we could have caught them. Defensively we couldn’t have asked for more and maybe attacking wise, we could have shown a bit more composure but we are happy with the clean sheet and result.”

George reserved special praise for Callum McNamara who was switched the centre-back from his usual midfield role in the absence of Joe Gorman and starred next to Sean Guerins.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Callum at centre-back. For a player who is naturally a midfielder despite being a defensive one, playing at centre-back is completely different. He more than held his own in that position. Galway had very good attackers and Callum and Seanie (Guerins) along with all the back line kept them very quiet.”

George suffered a tough season in his first year with the club in 2021 when recurring injuries cost him a place in the squad for virtually the whole season. George is happy with his goal scoring from this season but is just as happy to be playing regularly and injury free.

“Coming into this season, it was about playing as much as I can. Last season, I think I played a total of 7 games. To be playing and to be injury free at the minute is the main thing. Scoring goals and picking up points is important but for me on a personal level, it was about playing as much as I can and I am over the moon with that.”

Treaty face Cork City on Monday night in a quick turnaround and George is under no illusions about the task in hand. The striker is hopeful that they can put in a better display than on previous encounters with Cork where Treaty suffered heavy defeats.

“If you look at the last couple of Cork games, all over the park we should have held ourselves to a higher esteem and we want to try to stay in it as long as we can. We know we are up against it playing the top two teams in the league on a Friday and Monday and whoever made the fixtures didn’t do us any favours but we will go into Monday’s game with no pressure and if we get a result then great.”

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