Prem
Date: 7:05 p.m. April 6, 2012
Venue: Richmond Park

Chris Forrester 4' -
Scored: 4'


John Russell 26' -
Scored: 26'


Chris Forrester 40' -
Scored: 40'


Christy Fagan 70' -
Scored: 70'


Christy Fagan 86' -
Scored: 86'


Scored: 45'
- Ken Oman 45' + 1'


St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Shamrock Rovers

Thu, Apr 05 2012

 

ST PATRICK'S ATHLETIC

St Patrick's Athletic host Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening in front of the RTÉ cameras knowing that a win would bring them to within a point of their visitors. Pat's go into the match unbeaten but hoping to break a run of draws that has seen them slip behind the league leaders. The low-scoring Saints will be boosted by the return of front man and former Hoop, Dean Kelly meaning that another Rovers alumnus - Aidan Price - is the only absentee.

 

Pat's fullback Ian Bermingham, who transferred between the sides ahead of the 2010 season, told stpatsfc.com that he is relishing the encounter. “I think with Rovers having won the league last year, everybody wants to play them, give them a good game and beat them. We’ll be no different. We’ll be going out to win the game and we’re confident that we can win.”

 

Manager Liam Buckley, meanwhile, spoke with cautious optimism about the champions' visit. “You look at themselves and Sligo, they’ll be the top two to beat this year. If you mix it in with them, you have a chance. We need to turn our performances into results, so if we can start on Friday it’ll be great."

 

Despite hosting a side currently sitting top of the league and whose goal tally eclipses that of all other teams, the Saints defence has performed strongly in the opening five games, meaning that a tight match should be in store.

 

SHAMROCK ROVERS

Shamrock Rovers will go into the match high on confidence having easily overcome their other city rivals Bohemians and Shelbourne of late, scoring six goals without conceding any. Sitting pretty at the top of the table, Rovers have dropped just two points so far and are favourites to come out on top on Friday evening. Though this is their first away derby of the season, their record in Richmond Park has been good of late, unbeaten since 2009.

 

Despite leaving it late to break the deadlock against Bohs last week, Rovers have been in free-scoring form, and welcome the suspended Gary McCabe and Conor Powell back into the fold. However, a number of players remain out for the Hoops, fullback Kerrea Gilbert joining longer-term absentees due to a hamstring problem.

 

Rovers boss Stephen Kenny, anticipating an attacking encounter, talked up the match speaking to shamrockrovers.ie. "Pat’s will take the game to us, and I expect them to attack from the off, but we will do likewise. It has all the makings of a very good game." Despite speaking of his respect for the hosts, Kenny knows that his side will be the favourites. "We’ve shown we have a tremendous capacity to win games, especially late on, and that gives us confidence ahead of the game."

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

 

MATCH STATS

Rovers, at 14, have scored the most goals in the league so far. At two, St Pat's have conceded the joint fewest.

 

Both sides' most recent games have been against Bohemians and Shelbourne, Rovers winning both with six goals scored (both at home), Pat's drawing both with one goal scored (both away).

 

Pat's last beat Rovers in Inchicore on the last day of the 2009 season, current New England Revolution player Ryan Guy heading the goal that secured the home side's Premier Division status.

 

BETTING

St Patrick's Athletic 12/5; Draw 21/10; Shamrock Rovers 6/5.

 

PREDICTION

1-2

 

St Patrick's Athletic Injury News: Aidan Price.

St Patrick's Athletic Suspension News: None.

 

Shamrock Rovers Injury News: Ciaran Kilduff, Conor Winn, Stephen O’Donnell, Kerrea Gilbert.

Shamrock Rovers Suspension News: None.

 


St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Ger O'Brien
Defender
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
James Chambers
77Booked: 77'
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
4Scored: 4'
40Scored: 40'
47Booked: 47'
Midfielder
Jake Kelly
Midfielder
John Russell
26Scored: 26'
Midfielder
Christy Fagan
70Scored: 70'
86Scored: 86'
Forward

Substitutes
Jake Carroll
Defender
Pat Flynn
Defender
Dean Kelly
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Sean O'Connor
Midfield
Stephen O'Flynn
Forward
Mark Rossiter
Defender
Shamrock Rovers
Oscar Jannson
Goalkeeper
Craig Sives
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
45Scored: 45'
Sean Gannon
Defender
Killian Brennan
Defender
18Booked: 18'
Chris Turner
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Aaron Greene
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Billy Dennehy
Midfielder
Gary Twigg
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Powell
Defender
Reyaad Pieterse
Goalkeeper
Gary O'Neill
Forward
Conor McCormack
Midfield
Gary McCabe
Midfield
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Graham Gartland
Defender