Richmond Park plays host to the Airtricity League match between St Patrick's Athletic and Galway United tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7.30pm.
The Saints will be looking to extend an eighteen match unbeaten run in Richmond Park, having not lost since the opening home Airtricity League game (against Bray Wanderers), while Galway will be looking to put an end to their losing streak of twenty one games.
Ian Daly is the only absentee for the Saints having picked up a back injury in training two weeks ago. A scan this morning has revealed that the striker will be out for a further week or two.
On a positive note, Danny North, Dave McMillan and Shane McFaul trained last night and are available for selection.
Evan McMillan is also available having completed his exams.
“Galway restored some pride in their last match which saw them narrowly lose out to Shamrock Rovers almost two weeks ago.”
“Playing at home we are expected to win, but this expectation has caused us issues already this season, so we will have to approach the game correctly and with the right attitude if we are to get the result we are looking for.”
“We've had three games since Galway last played, so they will be very fresh entering this fixture. “
This will be the 70th League game between the sides. The current record after 69 games reads; Pat's wins 31, Galway win 21, draws 17. Pat's have scored 107 goals, compared to Galway's 73
Since Galway's promotion following the 2006 season the sides have played 17 times. Pat's have won 9, Galway have won 6, with only 2 draws. Pat's have scored 28 goals to Galway's 19. Pat's have won 6 of the last 7, and before that Galway won 5 in a row.
This season has seen 3 comfortable wins for Pat's, with wins of 3-0 and 2-0 in Terryland Park.
The earlier game in Richmond Park saw Galway take a 2-0 lead before Pat's rallied to win 5-2.
Amongst the goals scorers in the first game in Terryland was Derek Pender. His only goal in 71 games for Pat's.
In all 3 games one of the McMillan brothers have notched, with David scoring in the first game and Evan scoring in the next two.
Derek Doyle will be looking to score in the 3rd consecutive game against Galway in Richmond Park. Added to his goal in the 5-2 win, Derek also scored a hat trick in the 4-2 win in July last year.
Ties Between The Clubs
Several ex-players have scored for Galway against the Saints throughout the years; Johnny Glynn, Pat Dolan, Noel Mernagh, Ricky O'Flaherty, Bobby Ryan, Vinny Faherty, Derek O'Brien and Anto Flood. With only Bobby Ryan in the current Galway squad with experience of playing for Pat's, that list won't be added to.
Gary Rogers and Shane Guthrie are the 2 members of the Pat's squad who have also played for Galway (indeed both transferred from Galway to Pat's).
The 1996 championship winning Pat's side contained 4 Galway men with O'Flaherty, Mernagh and Glynn being joined by full back Peter Carpenter. In addition to Pat Dolan ‘s obvious connections, Paul Campbell, who scored the goal to clinch the title that year, had spent the 1990/91 season at loan at Galway United, winning the FAI Cup in the process.
Derek Pender played his 50th league game for Pat's at home to Bohemians on Monday 22nd August.
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