Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 13, 2015
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,329
TV:

Killian Brennan 4' -
Peno Scored: 4'


Chris Forrester 5' -
Scored: 5'


Christy Fagan 60' -
Scored: 60'




League Preview: St Patrick's Athletic -v- Bray Wanderers

Thu, Mar 12 2015

Credit: Eddie Lennon

ST. PATRICK'S ATHLETIC

This fixture represents St. Patrick's Athletic's first home game of the new SSE Airtricity League campaign. After losing two consecutive games in a row, against Dundalk in the Presidents Cup and Shamrock Rovers in their league opener last Friday, Liam Buckley's men will be edging to fulfill the high expectations pinned on them for the forthcoming season in Friday's game in Inchicore.

 

Speaking about the loss to Pat Felon's Rovers last week, manager Liam Buckley said that weather conditions played a pivotal role in the 1-0 loss, with the heavy wind meaning that both sides couldn't play their preferred style of football.

 

“Last week was disappointing to lose, but the conditions had a huge influence on the game and both sides couldn’t play their game. We’ve moved on though in training this week and are fully focused on getting a result on Friday against Bray,” he told St.Patsfc.com

 

Pats will remain without injured captain Ger O'Brien as well as new signing Jason McGuinness for the game against Bray, but will welcome back Sean Hoare and Killian Brennan who were both serving one game suspensions.


 

BRAY WANDERERS

Bray go into Friday's game also on the back of two straight defeats. Alan Matthews' side will feel hard done by in their 1-0 loss away to Drogheda in their league opener, however their midweek away defeat to Crumlin United in the EA Sports Cup was a more concerning result with the visitors losing 4-2.

 

Although the Seagulls took the lead in the first-round tie against Crumlin, they ultimately crumbled in dramatic fashion against their Leinster Senior League opposition, conceding two goals in the final twenty-five minutes to lose the tie.

 

An optimistic outlook was adopted by Bray supporters only weeks ago as the new season lay on the horizon, however two defeats from two and being knocked out of the EA Sports Cup already may be worrying.

 

Hope may lie in Friday's fixture as any sort of result against Pats would likely be the kick-start that Alan Matthews' side needs to put their campaign back on track. However Bray's recent record against Pats does not look favourably on the visitors, Liam Buckley's side winning eight of the last 10 fixtures between the sides, with Bray conceding 23 goals and scoring 10.

 

Referee: Derek Tomney


 

MATCH STATS

This fixture a has tendency to bag goals in excess, with 159 goals scored between the sides in 59 games – an average of over 2.5 goals per game.

 

Pats have dominated this fixture in years of late, winning eight of the last ten games. However Bray may not be ruled out completely from getting a result in Friday's game if history is anything to go by. Bray recorded a shock 1-0 away win at Richmond Park in August 2012.

 

Saints striker Christy Fagan has a fantastic record playing against Bray, with the PFAI Player Of The Year scoring eight goals in his previous nine outings against the Seagulls.


 

BETTING

St. Patrick's 2/9, Bray 10/1, Draw 5/1

 

PREDICTION

St. Patrick's Athletic 3-0 Bray Wanderers


 

St. Patrick's Athletic

Injured: Ger O'Brien, Jason McGuinness

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 

Bray Wanderers

Injured: Unknown

Doubtful: Unknown

Suspended: None

 
 


St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kenny Browne
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Sean Hoare
Defender
Conor McCormack
Defender
Chris Forrester
5Scored: 5'
63Booked: 63'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Midfielder
James Chambers
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Midfielder
Killian Brennan
4Peno: 4'
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
27Booked: 27'
60Scored: 60'
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Greene
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
90Booked: 90'
Forward
Lee Desmond
Defender
Cyril Guedje
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Forward
CiarĂ¡n Kilduff
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Forward
Jamie McGrath
Midfield
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Sam Verdon
Forward
Bray Wanderers
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Jack Memery
Defender
Alan McNally
Defender
Michael Barker
Defender
87Booked: 87'
Peter McGlynn
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Ryan McEvoy
Midfielder
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Luke Gallagher
Midfielder
David Scully
Midfielder 68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Chris Lyons
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'

Substitutes
Emeka Onwubiko
Forward
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
Adam Mitchell
Defender
Gareth McDonagh
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Brian Kane
Goalkeeper
Peter Durrad
Forward
Hugh Douglas
Defender
68Subbed On: 68'
68'
Niall Cooney
Defender


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