Team News: Saints Vs Rovers

  • Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 15:32

It's third against fourth in the SSE Airtricity League as St Patrick's Athletic host Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening in Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

Friday's game is sponsored by Swedish side Hammarby IF, the game's Pub Sponsor is The Black Lion in Inchicore village, while the game's match ball sponsor is SaintsForum.net

The Saints, unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, will be looking to open up a 10 point gap over the Hoops, while also looking to maintain the pressure on the league's top two sides, Dundalk and Cork City.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Saints' manager Liam Buckley emphasised that his side were determined to finish as high up the table as possible with his side aiming to claim all three points on Friday night.

“We've five games to go in the league so we're looking to finish with as many points as possible. The only thing we can control is our own games so we'll be looking to get three points Friday and then take it on from there.”

Buckley, a former player and manager for both clubs, knows how much the derby means to both sides and he underlined that his side would be going all out for the win.

“This is our fourth meeting with Rovers this season, we've won two and lost one, but they've all been tight games to date. The team and I know what the game means to all our fans, so we'll be going all out for the win on Friday.”

In team news, the Saints are without the services of both Greg Bolger and Ken Oman through suspension, while they are boosted by the return from injury of Kenny Browne (back) and Ian Bermingham (ankle) – the defenders having missed last week's 4-2 away win against Bray Wanderers.

For midfielder Killian Brenann, another former Shamrock Rovers, Friday's league game gives the Saints an opportunity to going major step closer to securing European football for next season while also securing bragging rights in the Dublin derby.

“With the way things look in the league table, we know that if we can beat Rovers, we'd nearly have European football all wrapped up for next year. That's a big motivation for us, and as well as that, a win would keep us in touch with the teams ahead of us as we're looking to finish as high as we can,” the Drogheda native told stpatsfc.com.

“Rovers will be much different compared to Bray last week. The game out in Bray wasn't easy for us, but we dug out a result and got the points. We've managed to cope with a lot of injuries and suspensions lately, and we're on a good run of form. Whether we play well or not, the main thing is that we get the job done tomorrow night and get the win.”

Friday's game is sponsored by Swedish side Hammarby IF, the game's Pub Sponsor is The Black Lion in Inchicore village, while the game's match ball sponsor is SaintsForum.net


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Monaghan United-Cavan FP / August 20th @ 8:45pm
Competition: Under17
Venue: TBC

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2Dundalk2550
3Derry City2543
4Shamrock Rovers2538
5Bray Wanderers2635
6Bohemian FC2533
7Limerick2528
8St. Patrick's Athletic2527
9Finn Harps2427
10Galway United FC2525
11Sligo Rovers2625
12Drogheda United2518