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Match Preview: Bohs Vs Saints (24/05/24)

St Patrick's Athletic are ready for their third Dublin Derby in two weeks when they make the short trip to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians tomorrow night.

It's a second derby this week and a third game in seven days for new Manager Stephen Kenny.

The Saints come into this game after a last minute defeat at home to Shelbourne at Richmond Park on Monday.

Sean Boyd headed in the opener 14th minute but another Jake Mulraney worldie levelled things up.

With just under twenty minutes to play, Mulraney lined up a free kick from distance before finding the top corner with a stunning strike, leaving Shels 'keeper Conor Kearns with no chance.

Pat's looked like pushing on for the three points but were hit with a 96th minute winner from Evan Caffrey as Shels snatched all three points.

It was a second narrow home defeat over the weekend for The Saints, after Friday's 1-0 loss to Derry City.

The Inchicore side are in 7th position in the Premier Division table at the mid-way point of the season on 19 points, with five wins, four draws and nine defeats from their 18 matches, they'll be aiming to get back to winning ways at Dalymount Park.



OPPOSITION WATCH:

This Friday will see Pat's and Bohs meet in the League of Ireland for the 192nd time.

The Saints have been victorious in 74 of those, with Bohs winning 63 and the other 54 ending all square.

St Pat's have won 7 of the last 11 meetings in all competitions, including the 2021 (on penalties) and 2023 (3-1) FAI Cup finals.

The Gypsies are in 5th place, with 23 points from their 16 games, their last outing was a 3-0 victory at Sligo Rovers last Friday with Abouacar Keita, James Clarke and Dayle Rooney on target for Alan Reynolds' side.

Out of the five meetings between these teams last season, none will be as memorable for those from Inchicore as the 2023 Sports Direct FAI Cup Final in November.

The Final - which saw a record-breaking attendance at The Aviva Stadium - was a special one for The Saints, as they lifted the FAI Cup for the fifth time in the club's history, after a 3-1 win.



Having gone 1-0 down in the 9th minute through a Johnny Afolabi penalty, Pat's kept their cool.

Mark Doyle nodded home a Jake Mulraney cross from a free-kick out wide in the 33rd minute to level things up as the sides went in level at half-time.

The Saints scored their second just minutes into the second-half, with another Mulraney cross forcing defender Krystian Nowak to put the ball in the back of his own net. Joe Redmond had put pressure on Nowak at the back post, forcing the error from his counterpart.

A defensive mistake was taken advantage of by Tommy Lonergan, who made it 3-1 and all but ended the tie heading into the final minutes before Redmond lifted the famous trophy.

The last game between the teams and the only meeting of 2024 so far so was on just the second night of the season on February 23rd. A late Jordan Flores penalty so Bohs' go back to Dalymount with the three points.

These teams also met four times in the Premier Division in 2023. Pat's won two (both at Dalymount), drew one and lost one of their encounters against The Gypsies, the last clash in Phibsboro saw goals from Mark Doyle and Conor Carty contribute to a huge three points in the race for Europe.



Stephen Kenny was only named St Patrick's Athletic Manager this day last week (Thursday) and is already heading into his third game at the helm :

"I thought the players were tremendous against Shelbourne and we didn't deserve the lose the game in the way that we did with 20 seconds to go.

After Jake Mulraney's brilliant free-kick, and in the period after the goal, we looked like the team that would go on to win it, but we shouldn't concede the goal that we did, we should have defended it better, everyone is very disappointed but the players can learn from that.

The players have given everything in the two games so far and I'm pleased with them.

We've faced the top two teams in the league at the moment (Derry and Shelbourne) in my first two matches and there was very little in the games, both were very evenly contested.

I've been very encouraged by a lot of what I saw, and the players can take confidence from that.

I've only come in since last Thursday and we had two games in three days on Friday and Monday and we've got another big game on Friday, so the players have had some recovery time, and we had our training session on Thursday to get ready for the Bohs game."




Stephen Kenny has confirmed that Tom Grivosti will be in the matchday squad tomorrow night.

Grivosti's last senior appearance for the club was almost exactly one year ago against Dundalk on May 26th 2023 at Richmond Park.

The Liverpudlian had just returned from a torn hamstring and ruptured his ACL against Dundalk, missing the remainder of the 2023 campaign and the first 18 matches of this season.

The 24-year-old started and played 45 minutes for our U20s in a 5-3 win at home to Derry City last weekend.

Grivosti said:

"I'm delighted to be back in the squad.

I've worked so hard to get to this point and I'm looking forward to getting back out there.

I feel I can make a positive impact on the team, we've got half the season to go so there's still a lot still to play for."


Jake Mulraney added:

"Dublin derbies are always tough, we've played Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne over the last week and now we're going to Dalymount, they are great games to play in.

We haven't been in the best of form recently, but I'm hoping that we can change it tomorrow night.

We had two great wins at Dalymount last season, hopefully we can repeat that and get back to winning ways in front of a packed away end.”




TEAM NEWS:

Axel Sjoberg continues his recovery but tomorrow's game will come too soon, while Anto Breslin, who went off injured on Monday evening with a sore hamstring, will have a late fitness test.

Conor Keeley picked up his 5th yellow card of the campaign on Monday and will serve a one match suspension.

TICKETS / TV / UPDATES

Tomorrow's Dublin Derby is sold out, the game will be shown live on LOITV.

As always, updates, chat and our Official Watch Party are available on Official St Pat's FC App - download now for free from both the App Store and Play Store.

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

Next Fixture

Bohemians / June 28th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
 
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