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Preview: Waterford Vs Saints (04/03/24)

The Saints will be embarking on their second away trip in four days as they make the trip to the Regional Sports Centre to face Waterford in the first Monday night football of 2024.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm, away tickets are available HERE.

With a strong support expected to travel from Inchicore, Jon Daly's men will be hoping to bounce back from Friday's late defeat to Derry City at The Ryan McBride Brandywell.

For those St Pat's fans who won't be able to make the journey to Waterford, the fixture will be shown live on LOITV.

The Saints come into this game off the back of a 2-1 loss to Derry City on Friday evening.

After a scoreless opening 45, Ruairí Keating opened his league account with a stunning strike to put Pat's in front, but a Patrick Hoban header from a corner and a late Danny Mullen goal was enough to give The Candystripes all three points at home.



OPPOSITION WATCH

Waterford earned promotion via the play-offs last season, Keith Long's side sit in 4th place in the 2024 Premier Division table, with four points from their opening three games after a draw, a win and a defeat on their return to the top flight.

Their last outing was a 2-1 loss against Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park on Friday, Padraig Amond got The Blues' goal.

The last meeting between these sides was in the 2022 Sports Direct FAI Cup when Waterford knocked out the Saints, who were reigning champions at the time, with a 3-2 win away at Richmond Park.

Waterford's previous spell in the Premier Division was the 2021 season, they came 9th and lost 2-1 to UCD in the Relegation/Promotion Play-Off Final, relegating them to the First Division.

Pat's and Waterford met four times that season, the Saints won two and drew two of those matches.

The first meeting came in April 2021 at Richmond Park, Darragh Burns got the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

In June, a first trip of the season to the RSC for Pat's resulted in a 1-1 draw. Matty Smith scored to bring a point back to Inchicore.

Smith was on the scoresheet again as the Saints won 2-1 at Richmond Park in August.

The final meeting between the two teams was in November 2021 just before the FAI Cup final, with a 0-0 draw being played out at the RSC to close out the league campaign.



DALY: "We're looking forward to it."

"We're looking forward the game, the lads were in for recovery on Saturday morning after the Derry match and we were back on the pitch on Sunday morning preparing for Waterford.

As we've seen across the first weeks of the new season, everyone is taking points off each other and every game in this league is competitive and presents different challenges, Waterford will be no different.

We had a hard fought win in Galway to start and we've had narrow defeats in our last two matches, we could have won against Bohemians and Derry but came out on the wrong side of the scorelines.

Overall, I've been happy with the performances, our aim tonight is to put in a positive display and come out with three points.

Waterford have started the season very well, drawing with Shelbourne and beating Drogheda before their defeat in Galway on Friday. Keith Long has built a good squad there and we're expecting a tough game.

We'll have another strong away support at the RSC and I'm sure they'll bring through a big crowd too, it should be a good game."


TEAM NEWS:

Tom Grivosti (knee and hamstring) continues to recover from his injury.

TICKETS / TV / UPDATES

Kick-off is at 7.45pm, away tickets are available HERE.

The game will be live on LOITV.

As always, updates can be found on the Official St Pat's FC App - available now on both the App Store and Play Store.

Updates will also be available across all the club's social media channels and our new Whatsapp channel.

Next Fixture

Waterford / April 19th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
 
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