- Thursday October 15th, 2015 @ 16:20
Team News: St Patrick's Athletic Vs Drogheda United (Friday, 7.45pm)
St Patrick's Athletic host Drogheda United this Friday in Richmond Park in the SSE Airtricity League as Liam Buckley's side look to go one step closer to securing European Football in Inchicore for next season (kick-off 7.45pm, LIVE on RTÉ 2).
The Saints could secure their place in next season's UEFA Europa League over the weekend if they can secure a win against the Boynesiders and should Bohemian FC fail to defeat Sligo Rovers on Saturday night.
Drogheda, the Saints' opponents on Friday, will be keen however to secure the points in their fight to retain their Premier Division status for next season as they currently lie second from bottom, just two points ahead of Limerick FC.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of Friday's game, Saints' manager Liam Buckley outlined that his side will be looking to bounce back from last week's 2-0 defeat away to fifth placed Bohemians.
"Last week was disappointing, a few things didn't go our way and we were disappointed with the goals we conceded. But we've got to pick ourselves up now for the Drogheda game. They're fighting for survival at the moment with a number of teams so we know it'll be a tough game."
"But we've only three games left at home now in Inchicore over the next week so we'll be looking to finish on a high in front of our supporters."
In team news, St Pat's welcome back Kenny Browne from suspension, while Lee Desmond is available having missed last week's game through injury. Killian Brennan returns to the matchday squad having missed last week's game, while Ger O'Brien faces a late fitness test.
Having been with the Republic of Ireland U21's last week, Sean Hoare serves his one match ban on Friday, while Greg Bolger serves the remaining game of a two match suspension. Jason McGuinness serves an automatic one match suspension having been sent off last week.
"We know we've to bounce back on last week's defeat. Drogheda will be difficult as we have had two tough games against them this season. They won't make it easy for us, and with Mark Kinsella now in charge, he'll know how to set-up against having taken over from Johnny [McDonnell]," Chambers told stpatsfc.com.
"But we've to concentrate on ourselves first. If we do that, we know we can win the game. If we don't play well, we could drop points so we've got to get back to focusing on ourselves and hopefully then the result will come."