St Pat's hoping to keep pressure on Sligo with win over Shels

Shelbourne will be hoping to put their recent derby defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers behind them when they travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick's Athletic in their second derby in a row.

St Pat's hoping to keep pressure on Sligo with win over Shels

Shelbourne will be hoping to put their recent derby defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers behind them when they travel to Richmond Park to face St Patrick's Athletic in their second derby in a row.

Shels were unlucky to lose to the Hoops so will have every incentive of getting back to winning ways against St Pat's.

Shels will want to reproduce the form that got them a win at Derry City almost a month ago but the Dublin side are without the suspended Anto Murphy while Glenn Cronin is a doubt with an ankle injury.

On the plus side, Lorcan Fitzgerald and Philly Gorman expect to return from injuries.

St Pat's will look to win their second derby game on the trot after last week’s thriller against Bohemians and maintain the pressure on league leaders Sligo Rovers.

They will have to operate without long-term absentee Mark Rossiter and perhaps Jake Kelly who is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley recognises the scoring threat of Shelbourne.

Buckley said: "Alan Mathews is again doing a very good job with Shels this season.

"He always has his side well prepared, he has his team well organised all the time, but at the same time they have a lot of players who pose a lot of problems in attacking areas.

"They always pose a threat so we’ll have to be 100 per cent concentrated at all times."

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