St Patrickâ€™s Athletic welcome Galway United to Richmond Park on Friday night as both sides compete for a much needed three points in the SSE Airtricity League.
Following a 1-1 draw earlier in the season in Eamonn Deacy Park between the sides, the Saints will be hoping to pick up the win having been pegged back by a late goal from the penalty spot by Ronan Murray.
St Pat's picked up a well-earned point last weekend against Limerick as they battled back from a two goal deficit thanks to goals from skipper Ian Bermingham and winger Conan Byrne, and manager Liam Buckley has set his side the target of collecting a win on Friday against the Tribesmen.
"I was disappointed we didnâ€™t win last week. Even though we were two goals down, I thought we were the better team. We'd be disappointed with the two goals we gave away, but credit to the lads in that they rallied to get back into the game and were unlucky not to win it," Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
"We're heading into this game now on Friday against Galway knowing that the onus is on us to take the initiative in the game. Galway are a good side and have picked some good results this season, so weâ€™d expect them to come to Inchicore on Friday and really test us."
In team news, the Saints will give a late fitness test to Kurtis Byrne on a hamstring injury, while skipper Ian Bermingham missed out as he serves a one match suspension and Darren Dennehy remains out with an ankle injury.
For St Pat's midfielder Patrick Cregg, the goal on Friday is clear as three points for Liam Buckley's side would give them a boost in trying to move up the league table.
"We'll be trying our best to win. It's a massive game for both teams, and we'll both be going out to win. You can't dominate for the whole 90 minutes, so we want to try and play well for as long as possible in games," Cregg admitted to stpatsfc.com
"We need to start getting wins, and start putting two or three together. If we can start getting back to back wins together, hopefully we can start looking at the higher end of the table."
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