Drogheda injury list grows ahead of St Pat's clash

St Patrick's Athletic can push further clear at the top of the table with victory over Drogheda United at Richmond Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

St Patrick's Athletic can push further clear at the top of the table with victory over Drogheda United at Richmond Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Apart from Gareth Coughlan (leg), Saints boss Pete Mahon has a full squad to choose from.

Saints assistant manager John Gill said: “We’ve just come through three very tough games. Admittedly the result against Bohs was better than the performance but we showed great character to earn a point at the end.

“Tonight is a chance for us to push on at home and perhaps put a little bit of pressure on Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers but we know from experience how tough Drogheda can be.

“They’ve beaten us three times already this season. They’ve been very close games. We’re at home and we’ll need to take full advantage of that.”

Drogheda manager Brian Donnelly faces a massive shortage of players for Friday night as Alan McNally, Corrie Treacy, Eric McGill and Paul Crowley are all suspended, while Brendan McGill is still out.

Darragh McNamara and Jamie Harris are unlikely to feature and Glen Fitzpatrick is still a 50/50. New signing Connor Sinnott will be go straight into the squad for tonight.

Joe Kendrick has also left the squad citing professional reasons for his departure.

Drogheda assistant manager Darius Kierans said: “Pat’s are a very capable team and they are full of experience. They were always going to challenge for the title and they could easily be there come the end of the season.

“Pete has done a great job with the budget that he has been given and they will give us a tough test.”

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