Flying Saints look to maintain charge

They’re top of the table and now they’ve got the top man in the league.

St. Patrick's Athletic's Killian Brennan with the  player of the month award for May. Picture: Brian Lawless

The Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month award for May was presented to St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Killian Brennan, who confirmed the club’s current supremacy by beating team mates Christy Fagan and John Russell into second and third place.

“I’ve felt as if I’ve been playing well,” says the midfielder ahead of Pats’ trip to play Dundalk at Oriel Park this evening. “While chipping in with a few goals is always nice, our performances have been good and as a team we are flying at the moment.”

Six points behind Pats but with a game in hand, second-placed Derry City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to face a Bray Wanderers side for whom the evergreen Jason Byrne remains the obvious threat.

Still obliged to play catch-up in the Premier Division, Shamrock Rovers face Limerick at Tallaght Stadium with confidence high after a 1-2 win in Cork last Sunday (kick off 8pm).

Confidence is anything but high at Turner’s Cross where Cork City’s dismal run of home form is the most pressing concern going into tonight’s game at the venue against Drogheda United. A win would see Cork not only leapfrog one and possibly two teams in the table but, more importantly, restore some badly-needed self-belief before the mid-season break.

Goalkeeper Mark McNulty returns from suspension but City will be without Denis Behan, Kevin Murray, Colin Healy and Brian Lenihan.

Tonight’s remaining match in the Premier Division (all games 7.45pm unless stated) is a Dublin derby at Dalymount between Bohemians and Shelbourne while, in the First Division, it’s Athlone Town v Longford Town, Salthill Devon v Finn Harps and Wexford Youths v Mervue United (8pm).

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