- Thursday June 30th, 2022 @ 14:15
Preview: Saints Vs Drogheda (01/07/22)
St Patrick's Athletic are in home action again on Friday night when they face Drogheda United at Richmond Park.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm with home tickets available HERE or from Richmond Park right up to kick-off, away tickets are available from Drogheda United directly on their social media pages.
This will be a third game in a week for St Pat's.
They faced Finn Harps last Friday night in Ballybofey. Billy King's brace in the 6th and 64th minute looked as if it was enough to secure all three points, but a late fight back ensued from Ollie Horgan's side with Ethan Boyle's equaliser coming in the 96th minute.
Then it was on to Dublin derby night on Monday in Inchicore as The Saints welcomed Shamrock Rovers.
The visitors left with all three points after second-half goals from Andy Lyons and Aaron Greene.
Eoin Doyle's injury-time penalty proved to be just a consolation.
Opposition Watch and Recent Meetings
Drogheda United come into the game in good form and are unbeaten in their last five outings.
They were in action last Friday when they welcomed Sligo Rovers to United Park.
It ended in stalemate with both sides unable to break the deadlock.
Kevin Doherty's men currently sit in 8th place with 22 points from their opening 20 games, they are 10 points clear of the relegation/promotion spot and still very much in touch with the likes of Shelbourne and Bohemians who are just above them in the table.
St Pat's and Drogheda have met twice in the league so far this season. The first was back in April and ended in a 1-1 draw after Darragh Burns 77th minute goal cancelled out Dayle Rooney's early opener.
It was more comprehensive when they met at Head In The Game Park in the return fixture.
Goals from Burns, Eoin Doyle, Billy King and Kyle Robinson on his league debut helped the Inchicore outfit to an emphatic 4-0 win.
View From The Dugout
Manager Tim Clancy said:
"It's a huge game for us after a couple of poor results, we'll be looking to get back to winning ways and put the last couple of results right. Every game in this league is tough and that is what we're expecting from Drogheda tomorrow night. We got an early goal up there last time from Darragh with Doyle adding a great second from Ben McCormack's pass, then Billy and Kyle added more in the second-half. We want to be aggressive again in the game, be on the front foot in and out of possession, we're aiming to dominate the game from the start, to create chances and take them and hopefully get three points."
Former Drogheda United man Joe Redmond added:
"Our performances since the break have been good, we just need to be a bit more resilient and try to grind out a win and make sure we defend well. We've given away some sloppy goals in the last couple of games so we'll be trying to put that right on Friday.
Drogheda are one of the form teams in the league, I think they are unbeaten in five and they've been doing well. Kevin Doherty has done a good job there in his recruitment and they are picked up a lot of good points recently, we know what type of game it's going to be and we've got to be right on it."
Team news: Sam Curtis (ankle), Adam Murphy and Ronan Coughlan (both hamstring) remain on the sidelines with Jamie Lennon (foot) and Paddy Barrett (operation) both progressing well in their respective recoveries, James Abankwah's loan spell has come to an end and we wish him well at Udinese.
Tickets: The game will kick off at 7.45pm at Richmond Park, with home tickets available online HERE or from Richmond Park up to kick-off, away tickets via Drogheda United directly.
LOITV: The match will also be live on LOITV for 7 Euro with former St Pat's and Drogheda United man Keith Treacy joining Jamie Moore on commentary duty.
Updates: Alternatively, you can catch updates across all of our social media channels on Friday evening.
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