- Thursday July 6th, 2023 @ 17:00
Preview: St Pat's Vs Cork City (07/07/23)
The Saints will be looking to get a sixth home win in a row as Liam Buckley's Cork City make the trip up to Inchicore on Friday evening.
Kick-off at Richmond Park is at 7.45pm with another big home turnout expected.
There are a limited number of home tickets available online via our website HERE
The match will also be live on LOITV, Oisin Langan and Keith Treacy will be in the commentary box with their live broadcast beginning at 7.30pm, including interviews with both managers.
St Pat's continued their impressive run of form against UCD last Friday at Richmond with a 7-0 victory.
An early Chris Forrester penalty put the Saints 1-0 up, before a Jake Mulraney cross was turned into the net by UCD's Michael Gallagher.
After the break, Pat's moved up the gears as, just two minutes into the second-half, Sam Curtis headed in from a pinpoint Mulraney corner.
A further four goals in ten minutes from Tommy Lonergan, who got his first league goals for the club, Jason McClelland with his first touch 30 seconds after coming on, and Mason Melia, who became the youngest ever league goal scorer for St Pat's and in the League of Ireland overall, in the process.
Jon Daly's men now come into this Friday's game in flying form, with 42 points from their 24 league games and are now just four points off the top.
Cork City hosted Drogheda United last Friday and drew the game 1-1 through an 82nd minute Joe O'Brien-Whitmarsh equaliser after Adam Foley had put Drogheda 1-0 up.
Head To Head
The Saints have beaten The Rebels twice this season and will be hoping to make it three out of three at Richmond this Friday.
The last meeting between the sides was at Turner's Cross in May as St Pat's ran out 3-2 winners with goals from Conor Carty, Jake Mulraney and Adam Murphy, who scored his first senior goal to grab the winner.
The first game between them this season saw St Pat's run out 4-0 winners.
A first-half Jake Mulraney finish started off the scoring before second-half goals from Jason McClelland, Jamie Lennon's first league goal for the club, and a late strike from Mark Doyle finished off an excellent performance.
"We know we need to play well to win" - Daly:
Last week's win against UCD was the 11th game with Jon Daly at the helm, he has overseen an exceptional run of form with eight wins, one draw and just two defeats.
St Pat's have won eight of their 12 home league games this season and the last six in a row, that's the best home record in the Premier Division, and Daly is hoping to keep that run going but he is in no doubt of the qualities that this Cork side possess:
"Cork are a good side who I'd imagine will have a few new signings in their group too, they have done well since Liam Buckley and the coaching team took over, they've had some good results and they are a threat, which we'll be fully aware of and we want to try to put in another positive performance.
I've said it before before, the support has been fantastic and it is a huge help to the players as they feel the energy, we are fully aware that we need to give them something to shout about and we'll be doing over very best to do that."
Watch Jon's full interview, including his thoughts on our five new recruits, on YouTube.
Jake Mulraney scored the June Goal of the Month as his brilliant free-kick helped The Saints to a 1-0 win against Shelbourne, he's been looking ahead to tonight's match:
"It was a great win last week against UCD, we played very well and got some excellent goals, but that's done now, we've turned our attention to facing Cork City and we'll be hoping to play well again and try to get another three points.
I'm looking forward to the next few weeks with the European experience, some important league games and the beginning of the FAI Cup too, bu for now our focus is on the Cork match."
Mulraney has scored in both of the wins against Cork this season and is hoping to keep up that record:
"I don't think there are any easy games in this league, they are all tricky. We'll be looking to start fast tomorrow night, we've managed to get some first-half goals in lots of our recent wins, which have given us a base to build on, so hopefully we can do that and come away with the three points."
Watch Jake's full chat on our Youtube.
Captain Joe Redmond (hamstring), Tom Grivosti (knee ACL) and Axel Sjoberg (hamstring) will all miss the match. Harry Brockbank is available again while new signings Matt Boylan, Jay McGrath, Alex Nolan and David Norman Junior could all be involved, Kian Leavy is a couple of weeks away from fitness. Goalkeeper David Odumosu joined Cliftonville on loan yesterday while Serge Atakayi has gone on loan to Waterford FC and Vladislav Kreida has returned to Estonia after his loan deal expired.
Image credit: Inpho Sports and Sportsfile
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