Saints aiming for top spot

St Patrick's Athletic will return to the top of the table with victory over UCD at Richmond Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

St Patrick's Athletic will return to the top of the table with victory over UCD at Richmond Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

For Saints, Neill Harney was back training following an ankle injury, while Garett Coughlan remains on the long-term injury list.

Assistant boss John Gill said: “UCD have been a refreshing side to watch this season. They have plenty of youth and exuberance and show teams no fear.

“They have pace throughout their team, are well coached and play the ball with confidence so we will have to work extra hard to close them down.

“We have taken 22 points from our home games this season and we will want to keep that record going. UCD have lost two in a row so like ourselves, they will be looking to bounce back, which will make for quite a contest.”

Greg Bolger is missing for UCD after aggravating a groin strain, although Robbie Creevy returns from injury.

Manager Martin Russell said: “We have to focus on doing things our way. Keeping the ball on the deck and playing the quality of football we have established as our trademark this season. As always, it’s work in progress.”

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