- Thursday April 21st, 2022 @ 13:45
Preview: Saints Vs Finn Harps (22/04/22)
St Patrick's Athletic are back at Richmond Park tomorrow night as they welcome Finn Harps to Inchicore for the first time this season.
The game will kick off at 7.45pm, with home tickets available online HERE, the match will also be live on LOITV
It was a mixed bag of results on the road over the Bank Holiday weekend for The Saints.
They were narrowly beaten by Shamrock Rovers last Friday night in front of 7,500 fans at Tallaght Stadium before sealing a 2-1 win away to UCD on Monday.
Colm Whelan had put the students ahead when he pounced on the rebound. However, St Pat's hit back almost straight away through substitute Ben McCormack when he rifled home through a crowded penalty area after Eoin Doyle's penalty was saved.
McCormack then turned provider for the winner, when his injury-time corner was knocked into his own goal by Mark Dignam, under close attention from Joe Redmond.
The win sent them back up to 3rd place where they currently, with 17 points after the opening 11 games.
Opposition Watch and Recent Meetings
Finn Harps will travel to Inchicore in need of three points tomorrow as they look to work their way up the table.
They come into the game in 9th place, with just one win from their first 11 games.
They too were in action twice over the Bank Holiday.
Firstly, on Friday, spoils were shared at Dalymount Park after a resilient performance against Bohemians.
Filip Mihaljevic put Harps ahead from the penalty spot after just 20 minutes, Ollie Horgan's side had already seen Eric McWoods sent off in the opening minutes.
Bohs struck back after the half-time break through Dawson Devoy and Ali Coote to give them the lead.
Finn Harps were reduced to 9 men after Ryan Rainey saw red late on, but they somehow rescued a draw when Mark TImlin finished well in the 93rd minute.
They were not as fortunate on Monday against Sligo Rovers and a first half Karl O'Sullivan strike for the Bit O'Red was enough to ensure the visitors took all three points home from Ballybofey.
The sides met earlier in the season at Finn Park, and it was The Saints who claimed all three points thanks to second-half goals from Jack Scott and Eoin Doyle.
Tim Clancy's men will be hoping for more of the same on Friday night.
View From The Dugout
Manager Tim Clancy noted that picking up points at Richmond Park is vital to their chances this season:
"We need to pick up more points at home. We are sitting third in the league, it's very, very tight.
When we came into the club, it was late on in the off-season I suppose and there was only one senior player at the club in Jamie Lennon that was signed so we had a massive rebuild.
We tried to do as best we could in the window. We brought players in and we are hoping to bring some players in in the Summer that will give us a dig-out."
Ollie Horgan's men travel to Richmond on Friday evening searching for their second win this season and Clancy is expecting another tough game from the Ballybofey outfit:
"We know it's going to be a difficult game, there have been no easy games this season really throughout the league and it is going to be another very difficult one for us. We will be training this week, preparing for Friday and we are looking for a better performance firstly and hopefully the same result, a win and a better performance."
"De De De Tunde Owolabi"
Tunde Owolabi made his second start of the season in Monday evening's victory over UCD.
The 26-year-old, who has netted once so far this season, is looking forward to facing his old side Finn Hard tomorrow night:
"I respect Finn Harps, I have good friends there. I am forever grateful for my time there with some unbelievable players and that I will never forget. But I have signed for St Pat's, and I am a St Pat's player so I am trying to do everything I can to ensure that whenever I get the opportunity to come onto the pitch that I can have a positive impact for the team, and for the club."
Tunde actually scored a hat-trick for Finn Harps against St Pat's last season but is hoping to be on target in the other direction on Friday.
"I think with the ambition of the club, with the ambition of the team, we will go into every game trying to win every game, but obviously, we know that wonâ€™t be possible but in a way, you have that expectation and it's going to push you on to try and do something.
Monday was a big game, we got the three points and now we have to try and do the same on Friday."
Team-news: Jamie Lennon (foot) and Adam Murphy (hamstring) remain unavailable, Ben Curtis and Paddy Barrett have returned to the training and hope to be available for selection again soon.
Tickets: The game will kick off at 7.45pm, with home tickets available online HERE
LOITV: Jamie Moore and Ger O'Brien will be in the commentary box, the LOITV match pass costs 7 euro.
Updates: Alternatively, you can catch updates across all of our social media channels on Friday evening.
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