St Patrick's Athletic get their 2018 Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup campaign underway when they face local side Inchicore Athletic in Richmond Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
In what is a battle of two Inchicore sides, Saints' manager Liam Buckley will be hoping can advance to the second round of the competition, as the road to the final in the Aviva Stadium begins.
The Saints will be hoping to build on their recent 3-0 home win in the league against Bray Wanderer which saw Ryan Brennan, Ian Turner and Graham Kelly all score.
In team news, the Saints are without striker Christy Fagan through a knee injury, while Michael Barker is close to a return from an ankle injury. Pat's meanwhile are boosted by the return of skipper Ian Bermingham from suspension, however Tomas Byrne is still serving a ban.
"We are all looking forward to Friday's game against Inchicore Athletic. It's funny how the Cup draw works out sometimes as this tie is great for the local community of Inchicore to see the two sides meet. Hopefully a good crowd will be in attendance to support both sides," Saints' manager Liam Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
"We had a good win the last day out against Bray so we're hoping to build on that and put together a good run of results between the league and Cup over the next few weeks. However we've done our homework on Inchicore Athletic and know the had a great win over Crumlin United in the previous round so we know to expect a really tough game."
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