St Patrick's Athletic are back in action in Inchicore on Friday night as they host Galway United in Richmond Park in the SSE Airtricity League (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Saints will be looking to continue their recent good run of form with a win against the Tribesmen, while Tommy Dunne's side will hope they can record a victory which would see them move into sixth position in the league
The Saints were the victors in the game between the sides back in May when Liam Buckley's side left Eamon Deacy Park 4-1 victors through goals from Conan Byrne (2), Killian Brennan (pen) and Ciaran Kilduff.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of the game, Saints' manager Liam Buckley outlined that Galway will be tough opponents on Friday night and pointed to their impressive run so far this season. "A lot of people forget that Galway have come up from the First Division into the current season, so Tommy Dunne is doing a really good job there."
"They've picked up a few great results this season and are unlucky not to be a little higher in the table. We're expecting a difficult game on Friday so we have to ensure we perform to our best. We'd a good win last week and I was happy with how we played, but we still have things to work on so we know we have to concentrate on Friday and take it from there."
In team news, Pat's are without the services of Greg Bolger through suspension, while Christy Fagan misses out with a knee injury. Defender Sean Hoare (hamstring) and Jason McGuinness face late fitness tests; 32 year old McGuinness will be assessed before the game after he suffered a head injury in last week's 3-0 win against Sligo that required 10 stitches.
New signings Ian Morris and Shane McEleney are in line for their home debuts should like make an appearance, Morris made his first appearance as a first half substitute for McGuinness in Sligo, while McEleney is awaiting his registration to be confirmed having joined the club on Thursday from Derry City.
For goalkeeper Brendan Clarke, the challenge of facing Galway on Friday is one he is looking forward to and one he expects to test the Pat's squad when he reflected on the Saints' last meeting against Tommy Dunne's side.
"We'd a good win in Galway a while back, but it was far from easy," Clarke admitted to stpatsfc.com "Conor [O'Malley] was in goal that night and had a few saves to make, so we know they're a good side. When you have players in your ranks like Jake Keegan and a good few others breaking forward, you're going to cause problems for teams."
"But we're on a good run at the minute and training has been good lately. For us, we're just looking to focus in on each game that comes, take it on its merits and prepare as best we can. We'll do our homework on Galway and if we can also produce a good performance, we can hopefully take another three points."
Tickets for the game are available from the St Patrick's Athletic club office on 125 Emmet Road and will be available at Richmond Park on the night; tickets priced €15 for adults, €10 for students/OAPs and €5 for juveniles (under 12).
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