- Thursday June 23rd, 2022 @ 15:06
Preview: Saints Vs Finn Harps (24/06/22)
St Patrick's Athletic will make the long trip to Ballybofey tomorrow night to take on Finn Harps.
Kick-off at Finn Park is at 8pm.
AWAY TICKETS HERE while the game will also be live on LOITV for 7 Euro.
The Inchicore side returned to action after the summer break with a 2-1 win over UCD AFC at Richmond Park on Friday night.
An Eoin Doyle double, including one from the penalty spot, gave The Saints a two goal lead, and despite a late reply from Alex Nolan with three minutes remaining, St Pat's held on for all three points.
That win leaves St Pats in 4th place with 31 points after the opening 20 games, three points off third spot which is currently occupied by Derry City.
Opposition Watch and Recent Meetings
The hosts are currently in 9th place, the relegation / promotion play-off spot, with 11 points after their opening 20 games.
Ollie Horgan's men are two points off the foot of the table and 10 points behind 8th placed Drogheda United.
They were in action too last weekend when they travelled to The Showgrounds to take on Sligo Rovers on Saturday evening.
Two early goals from Aidan Keena and Karl O'Sullivan and another Keena goal condemned Harps to a 3-0 defeat.
The sides have met twice so far this season and they have both ended in 2-0 victories for The Saints.
The first time they met at Finn Park and a Jack Scott goal after a brilliant team move followed by clever Eoin Doyle header ensured the points came back to Inchicore.
In the return fixture at Richmond, an Eoin Doyle double was enough for maximum points in April.
View From The Dugout
Manager Tim Clancy is hoping his side can make it three wins in a row against Finn Harps tomorrow night:
"We are looking forward to the game, and as always, it will be a difficult one at Finn Harps.
We've beaten them 2-0 in both of the games so far and scored some really good goals in those wins. We were very pleased with our defending in those matches too, keeping clean sheets against Finn Harps is difficult so we'll be looking to be strong defensively again tomorrow night which will allow our attacking players to go and express themselves.
We know it's an important weekend with Shamrock Rovers to come at home on Monday night at a packed Richmond, but for now, we are all fully focused on trying to get three points up at Finn Harps and if we put in a good performance, hopefully we'll be able to do that."
We caught up with Chris Forrester at the FAI Cup draw during the week, you can watch the full interview on our YouTube channel above or listen on our Talking Saints Podcast.
The Super Saints will host Waterford in the first round as they begin the defence of their trophy, with the tie due to be played the week ending Sunday July 31st.
Chris is looking forward to two important games, tomorrow night at Harps and Monday's derby at home to Shamrock Rovers:
"They are two big games in terms of where we want to be at in the league. Going to Ballybofey to play Finn Harps is never easy but we will go up there and try our best and hopefully get the three points and then back home for Rovers on Monday. That's another massive game against a great team, so it is not a game we will be taking for granted, we will be looking to get all six points over the weekend."
Team news: Jamie Lennon (broken foot) has returned to training while Paddy Barrett's recovery from an operation continues to progress well. Adam Murphy and Ronan Coughlan (both hamstring) will miss the game.
Tickets: AWAY TICKETS HERE
LOITV: The game will also be live on LOITV for 7 Euro.
Updates: Alternatively, you can catch updates across all of our social media channels on Friday evening.
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