- Thursday August 5th, 2010 @ 13:06
St Patrickâ€™s Athletic FC Vâ€™s Drogheda United
St Patrick's Athletic have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division when they take on Drogheda United at Richmond Park on Friday night as rival title challengers Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians face each other on Sunday.
However the Saints will have to overcome a Drogheda team that has proven to be a bogey side for St Pat's so far this season
Apart from long term injury absentee Gareth Coughlan (leg), Pete Mahon has a full squad to choose from.
All the St Pat's players involved in last night's game at the Aviva have come through unscathed.
A full friendly was also played against Tolka Rovers earlier in the week to involve more of the first team squad and the new additions to the club.
Management Quote - John Gill
â€śWe've just come through three very tough games. Admittedly the result against Boh's was better than the performance but we showed great character to earn a point at the end.
We haven't lost to a fulltime side in the league this season which says a lot about the fitness levels of the squad.
Tomorrow night is a chance for us to push on at home and perhaps put a little bit of pressure on Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers but we know from experience how tough Drogheda can be.
They've beaten us three times already this season and we don't want another situation like we had with Galway last year when we lost all four league encounters.
They've been very close games against Drogheda and on both occasions in the league I thought we were unlucky not to come away with a result.
We'll be at home tomorrow night and we'll need to take full advantage of that.
I was delighted to see Dave Mulcahy scoring again last night at the Aviva.
People might think he is on a lucky scoring streak but I'm a great believer in hard work paying off and no one at the club works harder than Dave Mulcahy â€“ he's a true professional and a credit to himself and his familyâ€ť
- John Gill , Assistant Manager