EA Sports Cup Final Team News: SAINTS Vs Limerick (Markets Field, 5.30pm)
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 19:14
St Patrick's Athletic travel south on Saturday as they aim to defend their EA Sports Cup crown when they face Limerick in the 2016 EA Sports Cup Final (kick-off 5.30pm, LIVE on eir Sport 1).
The Saints won the 2015 final after they edged out Galway Uninted 4-3 on penalties (0-0 AET) with goalkeeper Conor O'Malley the hero that day with a Man of the Match performance.
Following a 2-0 win two weeks ago over the newly crowned SSE Airtricity League First Division Champions, the Saints will be familiar with what they can expect to face, however Saints' manager Liam Buckley is expecting to face a new challenge on Saturday evening in Markets Field, Limerick.
In team news, Buckley remains without the services of Republic of Ireland international Keith Treacy who is recovering from a hamstring injury, while David Cawley remains out with a collarbone injury but has returned to training. Otherwise the Saints' manager has a full squad to select from.
"We'd a good win against Limerick a few weeks ago, but Limerick showed they are a very good side that night and if things had gone their way, the result could have been different. We have been working hard all week in preparation for the game and the lads are up for this one," Buckley told stpatsfc.com
"Any time there is silverware up for grabs, you want to win. There's three domestic competitions in Irish football, and we're 90 minutes away from winning one of them. We're defending champions and not many sides can say they've won defended their crown so we're really motivated to win on Saturday."