Preview: Saints Vs Lilywhites

  • Mon, Apr 01, 2013 @ 15:02

St. Pats go in search of their second league win in four days as they welcome Stephen Kenny's Dundalk side to Richmond Park with the game set for a 7.45pm kick-off.

The Saints will be looking to build on their 1-0 away win in Limerick last Saturday, Killian Brennan's 19th minute penalty enough to give Liam Buckley's side the three points and their first away win of the 2013 season.

However Tuesday's opponents have a strong record against the Saints in Inchicore in recent times, with two wins and a draw in their last four league games.

The Lilywhites' most recent success was in their sole visit to Richmond Park last year as two second half Mark Griffin goals secured a 2-1 victory.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Saints' defender Ger O'Brien spoke of the happiness within the Saints' camp after the weekend win against Limerick, pointing to the fact that the group were delighted to end their two week lay-off of no fixtures with a win.

“Saturday's win against Limerick was very good considering we had no game for 2 weeks after the defeat to Shamrock Rovers.

We knew we had to get a result to move up the table and we really wanted to put that last performance right so it was a great 3 points.

I thought it was a really professional performance as we played well when we had to, and then defended well and worked hard when the time came.”


Ahead of the game against his former Derry City boss, O'Brien believes that the Lilywhites will be a side challenging at the top of the table due to the impact Stephen Kenny has already had with the Oriel Park club.

“From having Stephen as a manager before, it's no surprise that Dundalk have improved on last year.

He has signed some good players and has looked to have really transformed the club.

They'll come to Inchicore looking to win, but if we can apply ourselves well, we can get a result.”


In team news, the only injury worry for Liam Buckley is Shane McFaul.

Having picked up a muscle strain in the 1-0 victory over Limerick, the midfielder will undergo a late fitness test to assess his condition. Otherwise, Buckley has a full squad to select from.

With Dundalk having recorded wins in their away fixtures to date against Shelbourne and UCD, Saints' manager Liam Buckley is expecting Stephen Kenny's side to travel to the capital full of belief.

“I saw the Louth derby last week and Dundalk showed great spirit to come back and draw 2-2, so we'll be expecting a difficult game on Tuesday,” he told stpatsfc.com.

“Stephen has put a quality group together that also have a huge amount of potential.

They've made a great start to the league, and results home and away have been really impressive. At this early stage they've already got a decent haul of points, so we'll have to be on our game.”


Next Fixture

Bohemians / March 31st @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Dalymount Park

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