St Patrick's Athletic make the short trip to Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening as they face Shamrock Rovers in the weekend's Dublin derby (kick-off 7pm).
The Saints will be looking to replicate their wins from earlier in the season which saw them firstly claim the three points against the Hoops in a close fought league encounter - Killian Brennan's first half penalty proving to be the difference back in April. The Saints also secured a 1-0 win over Trevor Croly's side in the Leinster Senior Cup, Conan Byrne with the decisive goal that day to put the Saints into the final of the competition.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of this weekend's game, Saints' manager Liam Buckley outlined that his side would be heading to Tallaght Stadium in a positive frame of mind.
“Saturday is a big game for both sides. It's a Dublin derby so the players know how big it is for the fans. We'll be well supported by our own fans on the night so we'll be doing everything to get a result. Both sets of players will look to get the ball down and play football so it should make for a good game for any neutrals.”
Buckley is boosted by the return of Kenny Browne who returns from a one match ban, however Ken Oman must serve the second game of a two match suspension. Elsewhere Sean Hoare has continued to make progress from an ankle injury and he will face a late fitness test before the game.
For Pat's midfielder Greg Bolger, this Saturday's game is one to relish as he expects it to be a competitive game with both sides going for the three points.
“For the fans it is always a big game against Shamrock Rovers as they're one of our local rivals so we know how much it means for the fans. It'll be a tough game, but we're going to treat it normal just like we do for all our games.”
After suffering an injury in the previous meeting between the sides back in April, Bolger will be hoping to play more of an active role this time round.
“I only played about 13 minutes of the last league game, but I know what to expect from them,” he told stpatsfc.com. The three points would be great for us, but on a personal level and for the whole team, we'll just be concentrating on getting the performance right first and foremost. After that, we'll hopefully get a good result. Whoever plays on the night, we'll have that mindset.”
St Patrick's Athletic can confirm that the club's allocation for Saturday's game against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium is now sold out.
No more tickets for the away allocation will be made available to the club.
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