Stuart Taylor’s side have acquitted themselves well but have been plagued by disciplinary problems, with four sendings off already.
Goalkeeper Barry Ryan and Axel Bossekota miss out this evening because of suspension, with the former seeing red after full-time in last Saturday’s narrow defeat away to champions Sligo Rovers.
Dave O’Leary and Dom Foley remain absent because of injury, while Rory Gaffney is also likely to miss out, though he is back in full training. “He has come through a couple of training sessions and worked really well so he’s close to coming back into contention, though the St Pat’s game might come a little soon for him,” Taylor says.
Pat’s boss Liam Buckley has no injury worries and will welcome Stephen Maher back into contention for the first time this season. Former Limerick goalkeeper Dave Ryan also returns from a hand injury.
Buckley said: “They’ll be tough to beat. But we’re really keen to get back to action as we’ve had a full squad idle now for two weeks now.”
Meanwhile in the First Division, Cobh Ramblers host just their second game at St Colman’s Park since returning to the league, with Longford Town heading south in search of a third win from four. Ramblers won their first home game in convincing fashion hitting five past Wexford Youths, while they came away from Athlone Town with a creditable draw last weekend.