- Sunday April 9th, 2023 @ 12:30
Preview: Drogheda Vs St Pat's (10/04/23)
St Patrick's Athletic will be back in action tomorrow night with a short trip up the M1 to face Drogheda United in the last game of the first series of the 2023 season.
This Easter Bank Holiday Monday fixture as Weavers Park will kick-off at 7.45pm, over 550 away tickets have already been sold of our 600 allocation, a small number remain available online HERE, no away tickets will be on sale at the ground, home tickets have totally sold out.
If you can't make it to Drogheda, you can watch the match live on LOITV, coverage begins at 7.30pm.
The Super Saints come into the game in their best run of form this season, having drawn 2-2 with Shamrock Rovers, they've returned from the international break with back-to-back home wins, they've scored seven goals and conceded none with 3-0 win against UCD and a 4-0 victory over Cork City.
Jake Mulraney grabbed his third goal in three games, with Jay McClelland, Jamie Lennon getting his first league goal for the club and Mark Doyle also on target at Richmond Park against The Rebels on Friday.
St Pat's are just a point off third spot and four points behind Derry City who are second.
Drogheda will begin tomorrow night one point ahead of The Saints, they are fourth, on 12 points from their opening eight matches.
Kevin Doherty's side won 1-0 in Derry on Friday, Elicha Ahui got the only goal at The Ryan McBride Brandywell.
Head To Head
St Pat's have had a good recent record away to Drogheda, winning there on their last three visits.
They won both games at Head In The Game Park last season, 2-0 in September thanks to goals from Mark Doyle and Chris Forrester and 4-0 in May with Darragh Burns and Eoin Doyle netting before half-time and Billy King and Kyle Robinson scoring in the second.-half.
The first game between the sides in 2022 ended 1-1 at Richmond Park with Dayle Rooney and Darragh Burns exchanging strikes, while Pat's won the other clash at Richmond 3-0 thanks to strikes from King, Eoin and Mark Doyle.
Saints fans will also fondly remember their October 2021 trip to United Park when Alfie Lewis grabbed a 94th minute winner but Drogheda picked up all the points in the other game there in 2021 thanks to a 3-1 victory, current Saint Mark Doyle was among the Drogheda scorers that night.
A number of former St Pat's players could line out against them tomorrow night with Luke Heeney, Darragh Markey, Ben Curtis and Ryan Brennan now plying their trade in Co. Louth.
There will also be a familiar face in the away dug out, Manager Tim Clancy is looking forward facing his old club, he spent four seasons in charge at Drogheda, leading them to the First Division title and promotion in 2020, Saints David Odumosu, Captain Joe Redmond and Mark Doyle are also formally Drogs.
You can watch Tim's full pre-match interview on our Youtube channel, he looked back on Friday's 4-0 win v Cork and ahead to facing Drogheda and his old friend Kevin Doherty.
"Drogheda have started the season well, the result they had away to Derry on Friday night was exceptional, it's going to be a difficult game. we had good results up there last season and got two good wins, we want to build on our wins over UCD and Cork City and we'll be hoping to go to Weavers Park tomorrow night and put in another positive performance."
Danny Rogers (thumb), Tom Grivosti (hamstring), Harry Brockbank (calf) continue to miss out through injury
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