Dublin Derby Preview

  • Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 17:50

Tuesday evening is Dublin derby night in Richmond Park as SSE Airtricity League champions St Patrick's Athletic host rivals Bohemians (kick-off 7.45pm).

Tuesday's game against Bohemians is sponsored by SuperValu, while match ball sponsor is Saintsforum.net

The Saints will be looking to further strengthen their hopes of a top three spot and secure European football for next season, while their opponents will be looking to maintain their push for a fifth place finish in the league standings.

Saints' manager Liam Buckley confirmed to stpatsfc.com that he has no injury worries ahead of the game – Killian Brennan returning to contention following a groin injury and Ger O'Brien having shaken off a knock sustained in Friday's 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers.

The Saints are also boosted by the return to league action of Ken Oman and Greg Bolger who both served one match suspensions last Friday.

“We played Bohemians recently in Inchicore in the FAI Ford Cup so we know well what strengths they have. They gave us a really good game in that Quarter-Final so we know they'll give us another tough challenge on Tuesday night.

That being said though, we'll look to get our performance right and try and get the three points,”
Buckley commented.

For Saints' skipper Ger O'Brien, the game gives the Saints to go that one step closer to securing European football for next season – a target the whole of the team wish to secure before the season's final game, while O'Brien also expressed his desire to win the Saints' final league Dublin derby of the season.

“After the draw against Rovers on Friday, it would be great to sign off in our last Dublin derby in the league with a win against Bohs,” O'Brien told stpatsfc.com.

“Three points would nearly secure a top three finish and get the club back into Europe next year. That's a target we have as a group, to get back into Europe, as we know how much that means to the fans, and for us as players, it's what we want to be doing every year.”

“Bohemians will be coming to Richmond though with the aim of winning as they ran us very close recently. The lads know it won't be an easy game, but we're on a good unbeaten run at the moment so we'll be looking to maintain that momentum from now till the end of the season.”


Next Fixture

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

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