ST PATRICK’S Athletic boss John McDonnell is delighted to see so many players hit the back of the net for the Saints in recent weeks.
McDonnell’s men followed up their 4-1 FAI Cup win over Longford Town with a 3-0 thrashing of eircom Premier Division high-flyers Drogheda United last week.
Not only have the goals finally started to flow for Pat’s, but they are coming from all different directions.
Keith Fahey, Colm Foley, Michael Foley and Mark Quigley have all given strikers Trevor Molloy and Paul Keegan a dig-out in recent weeks.
And McDonnell said: “The last two games have been very good to us — they have really given the lads some confidence.
“The goals are starting to come from all over the place and that’s great because it means we are not dependent on the front two.”
Keegan and Molloy have 19 goals between them this season in league and cup competition and McDonnell hopes they can help fire the Saints to a fine finish.
“At the start of the season we said we wanted to finish in the top-half of the table,” said the Richmond Park boss.
“We started well but the middle of the season did not go well for us.
“But we have come through a sticky period and we are sixth and in the FAI Cup semi-final — so that’s not the worst in the world.
“It has been good for us that we have come out of such a sticky patch in that position. Now we can look on building on that.
“I don’t think anyone wants to play us at the moment and we’ll be heading down to Dalymount Park [tonight] full of confidence.”
Managerless Bohemians provide the opposition tonight and Pat’s are nearly at full-strength, with a doubt hanging over full-back Stephen Quigley (foot).
Bohs welcome back John Paul Kelly and Stephen Rice from suspension — but that’s where the good news ends.
Midfielder Stephen Caffrey is ineligible as he is on loan from Pat’s. Jason McGuinness (suspended), Mark Leech (broken wrist), Des Byrne (thigh), Fergal Harkin (knee) and long-term absentees Vinny Arkins and Aidan Collins are all out.
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