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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 5, 2019
Venue: Richmond Park
Att: 1,878

Daniel Cleary 45' + 1' -
OG: 45'



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

Thu, Apr 04 2019

Georgie Kelly scoring against St. Pat's in this week's EA Sports Cup game Credit: Paul Dolan

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

Having started the season brightly, St Pat's find themselves on a five game winless streak in the league.

Furthermore, they have scored only three goals in their seven league matches to date and all of those have been scored by just one man, Mikey Drennan, and he is suspended for Friday’s game against last season’s double winners Dundalk (kick off 7.45pm).

Manager Harry Kenny is also without striker Dean Clarke for the visit of the Lilywhites to Incichore. Clarke is recovering from concussion, so the striker’s jersey will fall to Gary Shaw on Friday night.

Kenny might also be without Brandon Miele for the game - he will face a late fitness test - and Kenny, speaking to www.stpatsfc.com, admitted that he expects to make four or five changes from the team that lost 2-1 to Dundalk in Monday night’s EA Sports Cup meeting in Richmond Park.

Despite that defeat Kenny was generally pleased with his team’s performance saying he was “delighted with the lads that came in; James [Doona], Cian [Coleman], Darragh [Markey] and big Ciaran [Kelly]. There was a good attitude from everyone.

“I thought we were very unlucky with the result. It’s the same old story that we’re making mistakes which are costing us and we always seem to be playing catch up. So if we can rule out those… we’ll be okay.”

Kenny’s defensive concerns are relatively new. Having kept clean sheets in all three of their opening league matches, the Saints have now conceded in each of their last four, not an ideal scenario when the current league champions are coming to town.

DUNDALK

Apart from securing Dundalk’s progress to the EA Sports cup quarter-finals, last Monday’s 2-1 win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park provided an encouraging dress rehearsal ahead of Friday night’s league encounter.

Goals from Georgie Kelly and Dean Jarvis sent the Lilywhites through and left Vinny Perth’s side with five wins from their last six league and cup matches.

In fact, Dundalk remain unbeaten in the league this year but they have dropped points thanks to three draws and find themselves seven points behind league leaders Shamrock Rovers, albeit with two games in hand.

Defensively Dundalk’s form in 2019 has been the exact opposite of St Pats’. They conceded goals in each of their three opening league matches but have kept four clean sheets since then, shutting out Shamrock Rovers, Waterford, Derry City and Cork City.

Dundalk are also in a position to boast that six different players have scored for them in the league this season, as opposed to one for St Pats. Pat Hoban and Sean Murray top their scoring charts with three apiece.

League of Ireland fans have watched Dundalk win four league titles in the last five seasons and the signs of growing momentum for yet another League crown are unmistakeable; a few early slips but no defeats, consistent goal-scoring from varied quarters and a remorseless ability to take points even from tight matches.

It would be a brave football fan who would bet against another three points going their way on Friday. 

Referee: Ray Matthews.

MATCH STATS

Dundalk have won only one of their away league games in 2019, a 2-0 win against Derry at the Brandywell, while St Pats have won only one of their three home league games, a 1-0 win over Cork City on the opening night of the season.

Dundalk won two of their four league games against St Pat’s last season, the other two ending in draws.

The last time St Pat’s beat Dundalk in the league was on 25 October 2016 when they ran out 5-2 winners. 

BETTING

St Pat’s  4/1; Draw 13/5; Dundalk 4/6.

PREDICTION

St Patrick’s Athletic 0-2 Dundalk

St Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: Dean Clarke (concussion).

Doubtful: Brandon Miele.

Suspended: Mikey Drennan.

Dundalk

Injured: Robbie Benson (broken leg), Patrick McEleney (broken foot).

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.  


St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Kevin Toner
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Ian Bermingham
Defender
David Webster
Defender
Rhys McCabe
28Booked: 28'
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon
Midfielder
Chris Forrester
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Midfielder
Lee Desmond
Midfielder
Conor Clifford
78Booked: 78'
Midfielder
Gary Shaw
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
Jake Walker
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Darragh Markey
Midfield
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
James Doona
Midfield
Cian Coleman
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Paul Cleary
Defender
Dundalk
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Dane Massey
Defender
40Booked: 40'
Brian Gartland
Defender 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Sean Gannon
Defender
Daniel Cleary
Defender
45OG: 45'
Sean Murray
Midfielder
Jamie McGrath
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Daniel Kelly
Midfielder 58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
Sean Hoare
Midfielder
Michael Duffy
Midfielder
Patrick Hoban
Forward

Substitutes
John Mountney
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Joe McKee
Defender
Aaron McCarey
Goalkeeper
Georgie Kelly
Forward
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Dean Jarvis
Defender
Jordan Flores
Midfield
58Subbed On: 58'
58'
Cameron Dummigan
Defender