Derry’s Zayed Has Saints’ Back-up Keeper In Sight Read More: Ht

  • Fri, Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:10

DERRY CITY and Shamrock Rovers both have the opportunity to move to the top of the Airtricity Premier Division when they host St Patrick’s Athletic and UCD respectively in tonight’s clashes.

Currently Sligo Rovers are top of the pile on goal difference but will not be in action until tomorrow night when they meet Bohemians at the Showgrounds. Derry and Shamrock Rovers are level with Sligo on 48 points, although Michael O’Neill’s Hoops have a game in hand.

Derry will be without James McClean for their clash with St Pat’s — the player having moved on to Sunderland this week in a €400,000 deal — while fellow winger Gareth McGlynn is ruled out for another six weeks with an ankle injury.

Manager Stephen Kenny will stick as closely as possible to the side that beat Galway United 3-0 at Terryland Park in their last outing, with in-form Eamon Zayed again leading the attack.

St Pat’s will be minus goalkeeper Gary Rogers and midfielder Shane McFaul, both sent off in last week’s 2-2 draw with UCD at Richmond Park. Chris Bennion looks set to take over in goal from Rogers in a Pat’s side still weary after their European adventures.

Striker Danny North could be back for the Inchicore men but midfielder Stephen Bradley is doubtful.

Next Fixture

Finn Harps / August 18th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1Cork City2467
3Derry City2543
4Shamrock Rovers2538
5Bray Wanderers2635
6Bohemian FC2533
8St. Patrick's Athletic2527
9Finn Harps2427
10Galway United FC2525
11Sligo Rovers2625
12Drogheda United2518