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  • Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 19:53

St Pats travel south this Friday as Liam Buckley's side face Cork City in Turners Cross as they seek to get back to winning ways.

The Saints, unbeaten in their last six league games, will be hoping to bounce back with a win following two 1-1 draws with Derry City and Bohemians in Richmond Park in the last week.

However Buckley's side face a buoyant Cork City after their late 2-1 away victory last Monday against Bray Wanderers.

An 87th minute equaliser from Ian Turner and 93rd minute winner from Shane Duggan gave Tommy Dunne's side the points and saw his side jump into seventh position.

The Inchicore side though have a good record in league games in Turners Cross in recent years and are undefeated in their past five away league games, four wins and one draw.

The unbeaten run stretches back to the night of May 3rd 2007 when a Roy O'Donovan goal gave the Rebels a 1-0 win against John McDonnell's Saints.

Ahead of Friday's clash in the south, Liam Buckley revealed to that Killian Brennan is available for selection having recovered from a knock picked up in training last weekend.

The Saints' manager is also boosted by the return from suspension of Greg Bolger who could make his 50th appearance for the club in all competitions.

“Turner's Cross is always a really tough place to go to, but at the same time it is still one of the best places to play in the league,” Buckley admitted.

“Cork will be in good form after a good win against Bray the other night and have a good squad so we know it'll be a challenge down there.”

For Saints' midfielder Conan Byrne, the prospect of facing Cork will admittedly be a challenge, but as he told, the players are going into with the game full of belief as Pats look to put the pressure on the league's top two sides.

“We were very disappointed not to claim more points in our last two games.

From a personal point of view, it's being going well for me in front of goal lately so I wasn't happy to have seen one or two chances not find the back of the net against Bohs.”

“This game down in Cork is going to be a very tough one. But we're focused on the task ahead and know we're capable of getting a result down there so fingers crossed we do that.”

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