- Thursday May 16th, 2013 @ 17:54
Another Dublin Derby For Pat's
Shelbourne are the next opponents for Liam Buckley’s Saints this Friday as the Inchicore side travel to Tolka Park in pursuit of another valuable three points.
For Pats, a win can bring them level with league leaders Sligo Rovers, while contrastly Alan Matthews’ side need the points to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.
In team news, Liam Buckley hopes to have a full squad to choose from, though Anto Flood is a doubt having been sick during the week.
“Friday’s another big Dublin derby for us,” Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
“Both sides know a positive result will be push them up the table from their respective positions so it will definitely be a very committed game.”
“Tolka Park though is a ground that our fans love going to as Pats and Shels has always been a great rivalry.
The games between the sides last year were always very tight so I don’t expect to be very different come kick-off time on Friday.”
While the Saints will be looking to record their sixth consecutive away league win, the Saints’ defence has also been impressive with eight clean sheets in 13 games between both Brendan Clarke and Dave Ryan.
For Clarke, the impressive defending has been down to a collective effort as opposed to any individual.
“We’re digging each other out of holes and playing for each other really well at the minute,” Clarke admitted to stpatsfc.com.
“From our end of things, if we don’t concede goals, we’ve always got a chance of winning the game.
If can chip in with a couple of goals, then we’ll win more than we lose.
That’s what we’re aiming to do, and hopefully we can do that against Shels.