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Date: 7:45 p.m. May 12, 2017
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,191
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Ian Bermingham 8' -
Scored: 8'


Kurtis Byrne 47' -
Scored: 47'




League Preview: St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Drogheda United

Fri, May 12 2017

Can Liam Buckley's men get the better of Drogheda United on Friday night? Credit: Darragh Connolly

ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

Bottom of the table St. Patrick’s Athletic host Drogheda United at Richmond Park on Friday night as the Saints look for the first win in six games.

 

Pats’ only victories this season came at the end of March as they recorded back to back victories over Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians. Since then, Liam Buckley’s men have drawn three away games and lost two at home.

 

Kurtis Byrne’s early second half equalizer was enough to earn Pats’ a point against Bray last week but the Saints come into this game bottom of the table.

 

“Granted we have gifted teams some points, but we’ve just got to keep working and grafting away,” Buckley told extratime.ie after the game in the Carlisle Grounds.

 

“We are not targeting being ahead of anybody in particular, that will work its own way out. We just need to get our performances up to scratch where we can win matches. If we win matches hopefully we can chase a spot in Europe,” Buckley said.

 

In team news, Pats’ have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Darren Dennehy who remains out of action due to ankle injury.

 

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United went 2-1 up against Galway United last week in the 90th minute, only to concede seconds after the restart.

 

“The lads know that we missed out on two points last week. Watching the goal back, there were five players who made a mistake in that one phase of play. It was like a chain reaction but we need to draw a line under it now,” Mahon told www.droghedaunited.ie.

 

That result came just a week after Pete Mahon’s side drew 1-1 with Sligo, with Mahon feeling his side have now dropped four points in their last two games.

 

The Drogheda boss expected Pats’ to be higher than they currently are in the table but pointed out that his concern is on his own side and not the Saints.

 

“I think if we match the performances of recent week and are a little more clinical in either penalty area, we won’t be far off getting the three points,” Mahon said.

 

Mahon will again be without the injured Colm Deasy while Richie Purdy and Adam Wixted, who scored both goals against Galway last week are doubtful. Gavin Brennan is also suspended after picking up five yellow cards so far this season.

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer.

 

MATCH STATS

In their five home league games so far this season, St. Pats’ have lost four and won just one, a 2-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers.

 

Drogheda have lost three of their five away games, winning the other two, a 1-0 victory over Galway on the opening day of the season and a 2-0 win over Finn Harps in April.

 

Both of these sides have scored 13 goals in 12 games this season. Despite being bottom of the table, St. Pat’s have conceded one less goal (20) than Drogheda (21).

 

BETTING

St. Patrick’s Athletic 4/5; Draw 12/5; Drogheda United 7/2.

 

PREDICTION

St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-2 Drogheda United

 

St. Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: Darren Dennehy (ankle).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Drogheda United

Injured: Colm Deasy.

Doubtful: Adam Wixted (back), Richie Purdy (hamstring).

Suspended: Gavin Brennan.

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
Rory Feely
Defender
Ian Bermingham
8Scored: 8'
Defender
Michael Barker
Defender
Darragh Markey
Midfielder
Graham Kelly
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Midfielder
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
40'
40Subbed Off: 40'
Midfielder
Kurtis Byrne
47Scored: 47'
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
86'
86Subbed Off: 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Sam Verdon
Forward
Alex O'Hanlon
40'
40Subbed On: 40'
Midfield
Josh O'Hanlon
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
JJ Lunney
Midfield
Billy Dennehy
86'
86Subbed On: 86'
Midfield
Patrick Cregg
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Midfield
Drogheda United
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Luke Gallagher
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
CiarĂ¡n McGuigan
Defender
Killian Brennan
Midfielder 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Jake Hyland
Midfielder
Richie Purdy
Midfielder
Thomas Byrne
Forward 88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Marc Griffin
Forward
Gareth McCaffrey
Forward
68Booked: 68'

Substitutes
Sean Brennan
Midfield
69Subbed On: 69'
69'
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Mark Doyle
Forward
Stephen Dunne
Defender
88Subbed On: 88'
88'
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Ryan McEvoy
Midfield
Sean Thornton
Midfield


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