Team News: Saints Vs Drogheda Utd (H)

  • Sun, Apr 19, 2015 @ 19:41

St Patrick's Athletic host Drogheda United tomorrow night in the SSE Airtricity League game as the Saints look to move up the league standings (Kick-Off 7.45pm).

The Saints will be looking to add another three points to their tally following last Friday's 1-0 victory against Bohemians, the win coming thanks to a first half goal from Ciaran Kilduff.

Drogheda United travel to Inchicore with a side packed full of former Supersaints.

The Boynesiders are managed by former Saints' league winning skipper Johnny McDonnell, his assistant is former Saints' manager (2009-11) Pete Mahon, and former Pat's players such as Daryl Kavanagh and Stephen Maher are in Drogheda's ranks.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of the game, Saints' manager believes his side will face another tough test so soon after the challenge of facing Bohemians last Friday. However the aim for the Saints will be to get another three points.

"I was pleased with our commitment the other night against Bohs, the lads didn't have it all go their way but they fought hard and dug deep to get the points.

Monday will be another difficult game as Drogheda have been going well and recorded some good results to date,"
Buckley admitted.

"Any team managed by Johnny will always be well prepared for the game and will be highly motivated to get a result."

In team news, Buckley welcomes back Lee Desmond into the fold after he served a one match suspension, while Christy Fagan and Cyril Guedjé could be back in contention should they pass late fitness tests.

Following his first league goal for the club on Friday, Saints' striker Ciaran Kilduff is looking forward to Monday night and hoping the Saints can record their second win in 72 hours and move up the table.

"Friday was a tough game, so to come through and get the three points, we were very happy.

We didn't play great, but we got the result and that was the main thing. With a few of the top teams ahead of us playing against each other, we knew if we won we'd make some ground up so it was good that we moved up the table,"

he told stpatsfc.com.

"We know that Drogheda will be tough. Drogheda have a lot of good players in their dressing room. If you pick out someone like Daryl Kavanagh, we all know very well at Pat's how good he is so we've got to play well Monday.

If we do, hopefully we can get another three points and start to go on a bit of a run."



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Derry City / April 28th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Maginn Park

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