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Villa FC's FAI Senior Cup journey comes to an end with defeat to Maynooth University Town

Villa FC's manager says they'll take last night's defeat and hope to build from it.

The Waterford side were defeated in their opening game of the FAI Cup, meaning they've bowed out of the competition.

Having held Maynooth University Town scoreless for the first half, they couldn't do it in the second half and the Kildare side netted two.

Villa's James Kennedy managed to get one goal back seven minutes from time.

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Speaking on WLR's 'On The Ball' today, Conor Coad said it was disappointing:

"It's not the way we wanted the result to go. It was a game we thought was winnable and achievable when the draw came out.

"Nonetheless, it was the first time the club has ever been in the first round proper of the FAI Senior Cup.

"So, yes it was a great experience for the group.

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"We had a young group up there last night - we're missing a couple of key players throughout the spine of the team who are away on holidays and different bits and pieces.

"We had a young group but that experience will really stand to them as a whole."

Villa qualified for the senior, having come away with the FAI Junior Cup in May.

They were also crowned Waterford Premier Division Champions this year.

Conor Coad says it was a big step-up for his young side and they'll look forward to trying again next year:

"As an overall, it was lovely as a club to be involved in the competition.

"We would have loved to have been able to get through and potentially got a home draw against one of the bigger League of Ireland teams.

"It would have been a great opportunity for the club.

"But I think, the lads last night, looking at the group in the dressing room after, they've got a little bit of a taste for that now and it's something that we'll again set sights on trying to replicate and go a step further next year."

You can listen back to Conor Coad's full interview with Jordan Norris this morning here.

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