- Sunday April 14th, 2013 @ 14:19
Preview: Saints V Shels
Richmond Park is set to host Monday's Dublin derby between St. Pats and Shelbourne as the Saints look to move into third place in the Airtricity League, kick-off 7.45pm.
Following their 1-0 win last Friday against UCD, the Saints return to action in Inchicore with the hope of notching their third consecutive league win in this rescheduled game against the Reds following the postponement in March.
Last season a Greg Bolger goal proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture in Inchicore between the sides. In 2012, the Saints claimed seven points from a possible nine against the Reds in the league.
However until last year's 1-0 defeat to Pats, Shels had previously boasted an unbeaten record in Richmond Park since August 2002 - a spell which began under the stewardship of former manager Pat Fenlon, was continued on by his successor Dermot Keely.
For Saints' striker Anto Flood, Friday's match winner in the 1-0 win over UCD, Monday's Dublin derby is the first time he could line out against Shels in the league since he left the Tolka Park club at the end of 2009.
“Yeah I still know a few of the lads at Shels. It's where I basically started off and where I got my chance to play under Dermot Keely at the time. I scored a lot of goals there and I couldn't have been happier with the chance they gave me,” Flood told stpatsfc.com.
“But I'm a Pats player now so I'm hoping to get off the mark again on Monday and hopefully keep the goal run going. Friday's win was massive, the first time we've put back to back wins together so that takes us nicely into the Shels game.”
Saints' boss Liam Buckley reports no injuries following last Friday's win against the Students, while he reports that Shane McFaul is a doubt as he continues to recover full fitness from a groin strain.
“We were pleased with the result on Friday as UCD are always a tricky side for us so it was great to get the three points,” stated Buckley when speaking to stpatsfc.com. “However Shels on Monday will be our second Dublin derby in four days so it'll be another test of the lads in a short space of time.”
“Dublin derbies against Shelbourne are always big games and I know it is a game the fans look forward to and will turn up in big numbers for. We'll try and focus on the game now as best as possible and hopefully get the result which will push us up the table.”