• Wed, Jun 30, 2010 @ 16:58

With the second half of the Airtricity League in full swing, the Saints lead a pack of five teams within three points of each other at the top of the table.

St Pat's play host to the Tribesmen this Friday at Richmond Park, following a scoreless draw with their county neighbours Sligo Rovers last week,

The Tribesmen will travel to Richmond Park in good spirits, having secured a hard fought out a 1-0 win over Drogheda United last weekend.

Galway midfielder Stephen O' Donnell scored the only goal of the game, leaving Drogheda keeper Paul Murphy with no chance from a free kick.

St Pat's have already beaten Galway United twice this season recording a 2-0 score-line on both occasions.

This is quite a turnaround from last year for former Galway player and current Pat's defender Shane Guthrie “last season Pat's were beaten in all four League games by Galway but thankfully we have managed to reverse that this time around”.

According to the defender however the more you play a team the more difficult it is to come out on top “you definitely become more familiar with their system and how they play and it becomes a lot tougher for the teams to break each other down”.

Sligo last week was a good example of that, a real tough one to come back to after the break, it was our fifth time playing them but we battled well and managed another clean sheet”.

Guthrie who is set to miss Friday's game through suspension expects a similar tough challenge on Friday night from his former club, “they've had some good results this season and they won well last week away in Drogheda.

In Karl Sheppard they have a real danger man up front and with his pace he takes a lot of looking after”.

While he is disappointed to miss out Guthrie can at least look forward to plenty more crunch games in the league “it's so tight at the top now, there is no margin for error, if we slip up you can be sure another team will take our place at the top so every game now is a big game”.

St Patrick's Athletic take on Galway United who currently sit 8th in the Premier Division on Friday night at Richmond Park kick off 7.45pm.

Tickets are on sale from the club shop on Emmet Road.

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