St Patrick's Athletic V Sligo Rovers

  • Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 11:32

Two of the in-form teams in the Airtricity Premier Division teams meet tonight when St Patrick's Athletic host Sligo Rovers in Richmond Park.

The Saints are unbeaten since their last meeting with the Bit o' Red, with four wins and three draws from the seven matches.

For Sligo, they made it three victories on the spin last weekend against Galway United as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

They amassed nine goals in those match, with seven of them coming from the now top scorer in the Premier Division, Eoin Doyle.

Tonight's match will provide a much biggest test of the credential of Paul Cook's men, with Galway and Drogheda United the week before providing little in terms of quality as opposition.

Pat's must cope without Conor Kenna once again because of knee problem. Shane McFaul made his return from injury against Bohemians last week. Dave Mulcahy is back after a hamstring injury and Danny North has also recovered from a muscle strain.

Rovers will have a fully fit squad with no injury or suspension worries and competition for places high after such good recent performances.

Joesph Ndo made a return to the starting line-up for the Galway match and featured for 90 minutes.

Saints manager Pete Mahon has praised Sligo ahead of the game: 'The style of football played by Paul Cook's side make Sligo everyone's favourite team to watch.

'They have quality all over the pitch, including top scorer Eoin Doyle. We are looking to continue our unbeaten run, and playing at home will be giving it a right go.'

Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook: 'St Patrick's Athletic are a very strong team and are very difficult to beat. But we're on a great run and we go there only looking for three points as we do in all games.

'We have a lot of players on form now and we look like we're starting to find our groove now, rather than much later in the season like last year.

'That doesn't mean we're going to go out and beat St Patrick's tomorrow and it doesn't mean we're going to lose.

'But we do have lads playing superbly well and working very hard for the team.'

Next Fixture

Bohemians / June 28th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
Team Pld Pts
Derry City2341
Shamrock Rovers2131
Waterford FC2131
Galway United FC2030
St Patrick's Athletic2327
Sligo Rovers2125
Bohemian FC1924
Drogheda United2116