- Thursday June 3rd, 2010 @ 19:42
SAINTS FACE TOUGHEST OF TESTS
Oriel Park is set to host the FAI Ford Cup's tie of the round this Friday night, as St. Pat's travel to the wee county to face Airtricity League table-toppers Dundalk.
Pete Mahon's men go into the clash on the back of two defeats in a row- a narrow loss to Drogheda before Sligo Rovers put four past them on Tuesday night in the last eight of the EA Sports Cup.
The Saints will be eager to bounce back and to enter the mid-season break on a high by securing a place in the next round of the coveted FAI Ford Cup.
These sides last faced each other in a controversial game at Richmond Park in early May.
Following Paul Byrne's early goal, Dave McAllister was given a straight red card after an altercation with former Saint midfielder Stephen Maher.
St Pat's went on to play for almost an hour with only 10 men and to claim a memorable victory
For St Pat's Brian Cash returns having recovered from a thigh strain, Dave McAllister is suspended and Derek Pender remains out with a knee injury.
“We're disappointed with recent results especially with the defeat to Sligo.
We had a few injuries going into that game and we made some changes with the cup game in mind.
While we were poor in the first half I thought we were the better team in the second half and the final score was probably not a true reflection.
We've played 23 games now and only lost six but when you win expectations rise not just for supporters but also for the players and that is something we need to manage.
Dundalk is a real football club, it's always a great football ground to play in and this has the makings of a very good game.
Dundalk have been in the top two or three this season and full credit must go to Ian Foster.
Like ourselves Dundalk have been working hard with a limited budget and it's just a pity that one of the clubs will miss out at such an early stage of the competition, but that's football”- John Gill, Assistant Coach, St Patrick's Athletic
St Pats have won the FAI Cup on two occasions in '59 and '61 respectively with Saints legend Ronnie Whelan Sr. being an influential member of both teams.
The Saints face the toughest of tests tomorrow night at Oriel Park as they take their first step to recapture FAI cup glory.