St Patrick's Athletic host Limerick FC TODAY in the SSE Airtricity League as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the 2014 season – kick-off in Richmond Park is at 3.15pm (Live on RTÉ Two).
Following their late 3-2 win last week against UCD thanks to Christy Fagan's strike, the Saints will be looking for their fifth successive home win of the season having already also beaten Dundalk (Leinster Senior Cup), Sligo Rovers (President's Cup) and Ballinamallard United (Setanta Sports Cup).
For their part, Limerick manager Stuart Taylor will be hoping his side can record their first win of the league after a draw with Bray Wanderers and a defeat away to Dundalk last week.
For Saints' manager Liam Buckley, the game will be a tough test of his side, however he revealed that his squad was boosted this week by the return of Killian Brennan and Sean Hoare to training.
“Limerick are a good side, and Stuart Taylor will have them well prepared. We were disappointed with our performance last week against UCD, but delighted with the result. We know we have to improve on last week, as Limerick will cause us problems otherwise,” Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
“We're happy this week as both Killian and Sean have returned to training, so having them back involved with the first team will be a great help to us.”
In other team news, Keith Fahey's knock which forced him off against UCD was not as bad as initially feared, and the Ireland international is in contention for the weekend.
For Saints' midfielder Lee Lynch, the clash against his home town club is one he is relishing as looks for the Saints to grab the three points, however he'll be hoping for no repeat experience of his last league against Limerick when in Thomond Park.
“It's always good to play against my home town – I experienced it three times last year with Sligo Rovers and all of them were good experiences – but down in Thomond Park, I was unlucky enough to tear my hamstring against them. I know a lot of the squad and Stuart Taylor is a great manager, so I'm really looking forward to playing against them,” Lynch told stpatsfc.com.
On a personal level, Lynch is already feeling settled in with the Saints having made the adjustment of moving to Dublin after his two year spell with Sligo. With competition for places in the Saints' midfield more competitive than ever, he is looking forward to the fight all year to getting into Liam Buckley's starting side.
“Yeah it has been good to settle in. I knew coming in here that with the squad here and the team that won the league that I'd have to impact it well. I'd just like to do well for the team and I thought I impacted it well enough,” the 22 year old midfielder said.
“With Killian being injured, I got my chance and I thought I took it well. But at the end of the day, whether I start or I am coming off the bench, I'm going to give my all for the team. Hopefully we can get the win on Saturday.”
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