Preview: Bohs Vs SAINTS

  • Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 16:40

St Patrick's Athletic make the short trip across the river Liffey to Dalymount Park on Friday night for a Dublin derby against Bohemian FC in the SSE Airtricity League.

The Saints return to action following the cancellation of last week's league fixtures, with the last outing for Liam Buckley's side seeing them go down 2-0 away to Waterford United.

Pat's will be hoping to bounce back with a positive result and have been boosted by the return to training of defender Mick Leahy and Republic of Ireland U19 international Thomas Byrne.

The Saints however remain without the services of midfielder Killian Brennan.

Speaking to ahead of the Dublin derby, Saints' manager Liam Buckley outlined that he expects another tight game between the sides.

"Bohs got off to a great start with a win over Shamrock Rovers and a draw in Limerick. I saw them lose to Derry City last week and they were unlucky to be edged out. Keith Long has put together a good squad and we are expecting a tough game."

"We had a mix of results last year against Bohs so it just showed that it's all about producing on the day. We know we have to be at it from the off and if we can apply ourselves right and perform to a good level, we can hopefully come away with a result."

After scoring three times in the Saints' two visits to Dalymount Park last year, winger Conan Byrne will be hoping to score again against Bohemians.

With one of the goals being a goal of the season contender, Saints' fans will be urging the Dubliner to make a similar impact.

However as the 32 year old admitted to that his main aim is to see the team get a result.

"From a personal point of view, I did well against Bohs last year. Getting two goals in a 4-0 win was great, and obviously the first goal got a bit of traction and nice comments from people.

However when I look at it, we only took 3 points out of nine in our games against Bohs last year so we know we have to do better.

They have made a decent start to the season and are ahead of us so if we can get a positive result on Friday, it will stand to us ahead of a really busy period of games that is coming up."

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