St Patrick's Athletic host SSE Airtricity League leaders Dundalk tomorrow evening in Richmond Park as the Saints look to close the gap on the Lilywhites (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Saints will be hoping for better luck against Stephen Kenny's side having lost twice to Dundalk in Oriel Park, back in February in the President's Cup final and the side's first league meeting back in March.
Speaking ahead of the game, Saints' manager Liam Buckley outlined to stpatsfc.com that his side will be facing a tough test against Kenny's side with Buckley quick to praise the Lilywhites for their impressive form to date.
"Dundalk have been excellent to date and have been very impressive in some matches. We know it'll be a tough game, but we'll prepare for the match as we would any other game and take it on it's merits. From our end of things, we're trying to take it a game at a time."
Following the Saints EA Sports Cup Quarter-Final win on Tuesday evening in Cork, Buckley had no injuries to report and confirmed that he has a full squad to select from other than skipper Ger O'Brien who misses out with a hamstring injury. Pat's are boosted with the news that Christy Fagan and Greg Bolger have returned to training following knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Wexford man Bolger knows the strengths of Dundalk having been involved in this season's games and having played with the Louth club for a spell before joining the Saints in 2012. The midfielder echoed the thoughts of his manager that the Saints would take the game on its merits and would be looking for a win.
"We've played Dundalk twice and hopefully can learn from those games and apply that on Friday night. They're a very good side so we know it'll be tough," Bolger told stpatsfc.com.
"But looking at the way the lads played on Tuesday in Cork, we're going into the game in good spirits and there's a lot of people after putting their hands up to get picked so hopefully that can have us all ready to go come kick-off on Friday."
**All kids' tickets are FREE when purchased with an adult ticket on Friday, with adult tickets priced at 15 euro - supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid any delays entering the ground.**
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