No absentees for St Pat's

St Patrick's Athletic welcome Drogheda United to Richmond Park for tonight’s Airtricity League Premier Division clash, kick-off 7.45pm.

St Patrick's Athletic welcome Drogheda United to Richmond Park for tonight’s Airtricity League Premier Division clash, kick-off 7.45pm.

Saints will be aiming to make amends for their Leinster Senior Cup defeat by Drogheda United. The Louth side includes a number of players who played for the Saints last season including Jamie Harris, Gareth O’Connor and Glen Fitzpatrick.

St Pat’s have no suspensions or injury worries and manager Pete Mahon has a full squad of players to choose from.

Mahon said: “All five of the Premier Division games played during the week ended in draws, which reaffirms my belief as to how difficult it is to win matches in this league.

“Drogheda became the first team in domestic competition to get the better of us this season (Pat’s lost 1-0 Drogheda in the Leinster Senior Cup).

“They have more strengths throughout their team than their current league placing may suggest. They have some experienced players well capable of turning a game – some of whom played here last year and we will have to be on our guard.”

For Drogheda, Paul Crowley, Brendan McGill and Corie Treacy are all doubts.

United boss Alan Mathews will also have to plan without defender Joe Kendrick who is suspended for the clash.

Looking ahead to the trip to Inchicore, Mathews said: “We are looking forward to it. If we play to our full potential we can certainly take something from the game.

“We look forward to every game we play. We played well against Sligo last Friday, we fought back well and then on Monday it was a game of two halves. We dominated the first while Bray had the second half.”

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