St Patrick's Athletic V Shamrock Rovers

  • Tue, Oct 19, 2010 @ 8:22

St Patrick's Athletic and Shamrock Rovers will meet for the second time in three days tonight, with kick-off at Richmond Park set for 7.45pm.

Rovers appeared to have booked a date with Sligo Rovers in the FAI Ford Cup final until a last-minute own goal by Paddy Kavanagh at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday sent the game to a replay.

St Pat's midfielders Dave Mulcahy and David McAllister, who scored the Saints' first equaliser in Sunday's 2-2 draw, picked up knocks in the original fixture. The fitness of the pair was due to be assessed at a light training session last night.

Defender Damien Lynch will be available for selection after serving a suspension.

Pat's manager Pete Mahon is confident his side can take full advantage of their slice of fortune on Sunday and finish the job off at the second time of asking.

'As the home side there will now be a bit more expectation and pressure on ourselves,' Mahon said.

'I thought yesterday we played well especially after the first half hour and if we can play as we did in the second half then we've every chance of making it through,' he added.

Rovers boss Michael O'Neill believes his side should have held on at the weekend, and thinks that his men have what it takes to come out on top on the banks of the Camac.

'We're disappointed that the tie has gone to a replay, as we felt we should have won yesterday (Sunday),' O'Neill said.

'But that also gives me great faith in the lads I know they can get the win on Tuesday night.

'We also have a good record at Richmond Park. We won the two games we played there this season. It will be a tough game, but we will be going there confident that we can get the win.'

The Hoops have concerns over a quintet of players who picked up injuries on Sunday.

The fitness of Stephen Rice (knee), James Chambers (ankle), Tommy Stewart (ankle), Chris Turner (knee) and Pat Flynn (hamstring), will all be assessed before tonight's game.

Rovers still have Dan Murray, Sean O'Connor and Pat Sullivan on the treatment table with knee injuries.

The visitors will, however, welcome defenders Danny Murphy and Craig Sives back into the fold after suspension.

Next Fixture

Dundalk / November 1st @ 5:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
Team Pld Pts
Shamrock Rovers1438
Bohemian FC1734
Waterford FC1724
Sligo Rovers1722
Derry City1619
St Patrick's Athletic1519
Finn Harps1617
Cork City1710