SAINTS READY FOR ROAD TRIP

  • Sun, Jun 12, 2011 @ 13:28

St Patrick's Athletic travel to Oriel Park tomorrow night (Monday) for the first of three consecutive away games.

Following Friday's entertaining 1-1 draw against Derry City at Richmond Park, Pete Mahon's side will be looking to secure all three points tomorrow which could see St Pat's go second in the table.

St Pat's defeated Dundalk 3-2 earlier in the season, with Dave Mulcahy scoring a last minute winner to secure a dramatic win having trailed 2-0 with thirty minutes remaining.

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With Conor Kenna still absent the Saints may also have to do without fellow defender Derek Pender. Derek Pender is still recovering from an injury picked up in the FAI Cup match against Crumlin United.

PETE MAHON

“We have a couple of niggley injuries and due to the fact we are playing on a plastic surface tomorrow, we will have to give it some thought to whether we rest the players.”

“We have done well on their plastic surface, and we played Cliftonville (Setanta Cup) earlier in the season on one, so most of the players have experienced it.”

“The more games we play to the more tired the players become and the less recovery time they have. We have done a good job so far managing the players to ensure they get enough rest between games and that the training is right with such little recovery time.”

“We were disappointed with the League Cup defeat, but we are realistic and know that we won't win every game or every cup. We are concentrating on one or two (cups) to bring some long overdue success back to the Club.”

“There are no easy games. Drogheda are coming into form, they beat Dundalk on Friday and that was a great win for them. We are facing three away games (Dundalk, Drogheda Utd and Galway Utd), and we will be looking to get seven points from them to keep us near the top of the table.”



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Pos Team Pld Pts
1Cork City3376
2Dundalk3369
3Shamrock Rovers3354
4Derry City3351
5Bohemian FC3347
6Bray Wanderers3346
7Limerick3340
8St. Patrick's Athletic3339
9Sligo Rovers3339
10Galway United FC3335
11Finn Harps3330
12Drogheda United3322