SAINTS LOOK TO CONTINUE GOOD RUN
- Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 17:36
St Patrick's Athletic will be looking to continue their recent good form when they take on second placed Sligo Rovers in the Aitricity League Premier Division this Thursday, 26th May 2011 in Richmond Park (kick off: 7.45 p.m.)
The Saints are unbeaten in the league since going down to this week's opponents in The Showgrounds at the beginning of April, a run stretching to seven games.
Having struggled to keep clean sheets at the beginning of the campaign following the loss of captain Conor Kenna to injury, Pete Mahon's side have now kept three clean sheets in succession and four in their last five games.
At the other end of the pitch Tipperary native Daryl Kavanagh has scored four goals in his last five league games including the only goal of the game in the win against Bohemians last Friday night in Dalymount Park.
Fellow striker Danny North missed that game with a foot injury but he too has been in fine form recently also scoring four goals in his previous five league games.
The Saints continue to be without captain Conor Kenna with a knee injury but otherwise have a clean bill of health for tomorrow's game after training on Tuesday night.
Shane McFaul returned from injury to appear as a substitute against Bohemians last Thursday. He will be joined in the squad this week by David Mulcahy who returns after a long layoff with a hamstring injury. Danny North missed Friday's game with a muscle strain but took a full part in Tuesday's training.
“The style of football played by Paul Cook's side make Sligo everyone's favourite team to watch. They have quality all over the pitch, including top scorer Eoin Doyle.”
“Evan (McMillan) will be tasked with marking Eoin and I expect an interesting battle between them. Defensively we have been very good of late and we will be looking for another clean sheet tomorrow.”
“We are also looking to continue our unbeaten run, and playing at home will be giving it a right go. We didn't take our chances when we were on top in the Showgrounds (April 9th - Sligo 2 - St Pat's 0) and got punished for it.”
“Neil Harney will continue in defence. We are very pleased for him as he has bounced back from illness and injuries and shown great patience before finally breaking into the team.”