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  • Thursday July 16th, 2015 @ 17:46

Team News: Drogheda Vs SAINTS (a) - Kick-off 7.45pm, Friday 17th July

St Patrick's Athletic return to SSE Airtricity League action on Friday evening as they travel up the M1 to face face Drogheda United in United Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Saints will be looking to put the disappointment of their exit from the UEFA Europa League to Skonto FC (Latvia) last week behind them and continue their domestic form which has seen them win their last five games.

Speaking to www.stpatsfc.com, Saints' manager Liam Buckley said that the players are motivated now on domestic issues, with the game against Drogheda their primary focus.

"Last week was very disappointing for everyone, but we know have to move on and look to bounce back," Buckley said.

"We travel to Drogheda now and will be looking to make sure we put in a performance. We had a tough game against Drogheda earlier in the season and Johnny [McDonnell] will have them set-up very well. United Park is always a tough place to go to so we're expecting no different on Friday."

In team news, the Saints' manager confirmed that the Inchicore side remain without the services of Sean Hoare with a hamstring injury, though Buckley is hopeful he will be back in action soon.

Elsewhere Christy Fagan faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock against Skonto FC.

Looking ahead to the game, Saints' skipper Ger O'Brien echoed Buckley's thought, re-emphasising that the players were looking ahead now and concentrating on their domestic form with crucial league, EA Sports Cup and Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup games ahead.

"It's important we re-focus on the league again. Last week was disappointing for everyone but we've got to look forward now. We need to find the league form we were producing from just before the Europa League campaign.

There's still a lot to play for from now till the end of the season."

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