St Patrick's Surprised But Focused On Staying Top

  • Fri, Aug 13, 2010 @ 9:49

A TRIFLE surprised they are still top of the league with just over a third of the campaign to go, David McAllister says St Patrick’s Athletic have no plans to loosen the grip on their title challenge.

“Everybody is expecting us to fade away, but we’re taking it one game at a time,” said midfielder McAllister, who expects to be rewarded for his goal in the 2-0 win over Drogheda United last week with another start at bottom-of-the-table Bray Wanderers tonight.

“If we win our next two or three games we’ll go into the last series top of the league – it’s huge.

“When I signed, I was talking to Pete (Mahon, the St Patrick’s manager) and he was saying what his goals were. I don’t think we were expecting to be right up there challenging where we are. It would be something else if we stay there.”

With Paul Byrne out with a twisted ankle and Ryan Guy suspended, Mahon has just two fit strikers in Vinny Faherty and Danny North. Damian Lynch should be fit following a slight hamstring strain.

Pat Devlin takes charge of Bray for the third time following Eddie Gormely’s resignation and is missing the injured Graham Kelly, Danny O’Connor, Adam Mitchell and the suspended Chris Shields along with long-time casualties Richie Baker and David Tyrrell.


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