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Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 31, 2018
Venue: Richmond Park
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Achille Campion 54' -
Scored: 54'


Mick Leahy 68' -
Scored: 68'


Mick Leahy 83' -
Scored: 83'




League Preview: St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Waterford

Thu, Aug 30 2018

Noel Hunt and referee Neil Doyle Credit: Hugh de Paor

ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The topsy-turvy season for the Saints continues on Friday (kick-off 7.45 p.m.) when the Inchicore side play host to third placed Waterford in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.

The clubs experienced contrasting fortunes in last weekend’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup second round matches.

Liam Buckley’s men battled well in the tie of the round, against Derry City at the Brandywell, only to be undone by Adrian Delap’s 80th minute winner.

Ian Turner spurned a late chance to equalise from the penalty spot as Candystripes skipper Ger Doherty made a vital save. There was an ironic twist to Turner’s miss as the former Cork City and Limerick man has been introduced as a substitute for Conan Byrne, having been subbed off in the previous round against Inchicore Athletic to allow Byrne on to convert a penalty.

Pat’s are seeking a third unbeaten league game on the trot, having followed up a routine win over bottom club Bray Wanderers with a fine performance to earn a draw against reigning champions Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

"We have still got a lot to play for in the league so we have got to put last week's disappointment behind us and be ready for what will be a tough game against Waterford,” St. Pat’s manager Liam Buckley told the club’s media team.

“They have had a good season to date and have shown a lot over the course of the season.”  

Pat’s have lost on both visits to the RSC this season but a Ryan Brennan strike gave them victory in the previous clash at Richmond Park back in April.

"We had two tough games down there, but put in one of our best performances of the season against them in Inchicore and picked up a 1-0 win so we know we are capable of getting the points," was Buckley’s assessment.

WATERFORD
Waterford remain in third place in the table but their advantage over Shamrock Rovers is down to a single point after the Hoops’ dramatic late away win over the league leaders Dundalk on Tuesday night.

Waterford battled to a valuable 1-0 win at United Park against Drogheda in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup last week. Bastien Hery’s fourth minute long range shot was enough to send the Blues through against Drogheda, who are riding high in the SSE Airtricity League First Division and had lost just once before at home all season.

Speaking to club’s media team this week, Waterford boss Alan Reynolds expressed his satisfaction with the Drogheda result.

“(I was) very happy to progress to the quarter finals of the cup last weekend. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we scored early and did enough to see off a good Drogheda team.”

With a place in the last eight of the Cup secured, Reynolds and his charges now turn their attention again to their league position. “This week we’ve switched back the focus to the league and we know what we need to do. Liam (Buckley) will have his side ready for another tight game and we need to expect that – you won’t get much in Richmond Park.”

“We’ll have Sander (Puri) back and Courtney (Duffus) too so that’s a positive but we’ll be missing a few who are still injured. But we’ll go there to play our game. We’ve got ourselves in a great position in the league so we’ll be fighting to stay there.”

First half goals from Dessie Hutchinson and captain Gavan Holohan secured a 2-1 win for Waterford against Derry in the Blues’ last league outing. That was Waterford’s first in the league since June and ended a run of three successive defeats for Reynolds’ men.

Referee: Ben Connolly

MATCH STATS
The last meeting between the sides at Richmond Park in April produced two red cards. Both were shown to Waterford players in the second -half. Sandor Puri was first to walk and he was later followed by Gavan Holohan.

There was another penalty miss for Pat’s in that match. Jake Keegan firing just wide after a foul on Ryan Brennan.

Both encounters at the RSC this season produced 2-0 wins for the home side. Bastien Hery and Kenny Browne were on the mark for Waterford in February while Courtney Duffus and Ismahil Akinade netted in June.

There was another red card in the latter match. Pat’s Kevin Toner was dismissed after just fifteen minutes.

LAST FIVE LEAGUE MATCHES 

St. Patrick’s Athletic: LWLWD

Waterford: DLLLW

BETTING

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1/1; Draw 12/5; Waterford 11/5.

PREDICTION

St. Patrick’s Athletic 1 – 1 Waterford

St. Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: Christy Fagan (knee).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Waterford

Injured: Noel Hunt (groin), Cory Galvin (knee), Derek Daly (groin), John Martin (ankle), Stanley Aborah (knee).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Garry Comerford.

 



St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kevin Toner
Defender
Mick Leahy
68Scored: 68'
83Scored: 83'
Defender
Darragh Markey
41Booked: 41'
Midfielder
Simon Madden
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Conor Clifford
25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Midfielder
Ian Bermingham
Midfielder
Jake Keegan
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Forward
Achille Campion
54Scored: 54'
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Turner
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Midfield
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
James Doona
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Midfield
Dean Clarke
Forward
Conan Byrne
Midfield
Ryan Brennan
25'
25Subbed On: 25'
Midfield
Michael Barker
Defender
Waterford
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Dylan Barnett
Defender 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Kenny Browne
Defender
64Booked: 64'
Rory Feely
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
David Webster
Defender
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
15Booked: 15'
Gavan Holohan
Midfielder
Dessie Hutchinson
Midfielder
Sander Puri
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Ismahil Akinade
Forward
Courtney Duffus
Forward

Substitutes
Noe Baba
Defender
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
Paul Keegan
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Dean O'Halloran
Midfield
Renars Rode
Defender
Daryl Walsh
Midfield
Carlos Wilson
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'


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