New signings available for Harps' trip to St Pat's

St Patrick's Athletic entertain Finn Harps in tonight's eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash at Richmond Park, kick-off 7pm.

St Patrick's Athletic entertain Finn Harps in tonight's eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash at Richmond Park, kick-off 7pm.

Harps manager Paul Hegarty will have new signings David Tyrell, Austin Friel and Sean McCafferty available for the trip to Richmond Park.

Friel and McCafferty put pen to paper for Harps on the opening day of the July transfer window earlier this week, while Tyrell joined from Shamrock Rovers during the week.

Hegarty will also be able to welcome the suspended duo of Shaun Holmes and Stuart Malcolm, however, central defender Marc Mukendi must sit out the trip to the capital as he serves a one-match ban.

Jonathan Minnock, nearing fitness again having missed almost all of this season, is still out as are Aaron Labonte, Cornelius Gallagher and Gary Beckett.

Joe Ndo, who is rumoured to be moving to Bohemians, is ruled out with a knee injury, while David Partridge (wrist), Michael Keane (thigh) and Joe O’Cearuill (ankle) are also out.

Gary O’Neill who missed the Derry game with a groin strain hopes to return to the squad.

Saints boss Johnny McDonnell said: "We need to keep picking up the points especially at home.

"A lot of teams come here now to defend but we have the players to deal with that and to open up defences. Even the recent 0-0 with Bray at Richmond Park, we still created plenty of chances – I’d be a lot more concerned if we weren’t creating those chances.

"We will have to be patient and have belief in our own game. We’ll also have to be careful. Finn Harps have some dangerous players, players like Conor Gethins are always likely to carve out a scoring chance or two for themselves over the game so we’ll have to be on our toes."

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