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  • Saturday August 18th, 2018 @ 14:25

TEAM NEWS: Cork City Vs SAINTS (Sunday, 7pm)

St Patrick's Athletic make the trip south on Sunday as they face SSE Airtricity League champions Cork City in Turner's Cross (kick-off 7pm).

The Saints will hope for improved fortunes against John Caulfield's side having been edged out on three occasions this season to date by the Leesiders. However following a 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers in the league and a 5-0 win against Inchicore Athletic in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, Pat's will be hoping to maintain their goalscoring form.

"We had a good win last week over Inchicore Athletic and it is good to see the team back amongst the goals in the last two games. We have had a good build-up to this game as the players have had every opportunity to recharge the batteries and prepare for Cork with the extra few days," Saints' manager Liam Buckley told stpatsfc.com.

"I thought Cork played well on Thursday away to Rosenborg and I didn't think the scoreline reflected the game as Cork hit the bar and had a few other good chances. They are right up there competing for the league again with Dundalk and have a great home record this season. We know it will be a tough game, but we will travel to Turner's Cross in good spirits as it is a great venue for a match and the players are really motivated to go and get a result."

The Saints will be without the services of strikers Thomas Byrne (suspension) and Christy Fagan (injury), while Michael Barker is back in training as recovers from an ankle injury. St Pat's have been boosted by the addition Achille Campion to their ranks this week. The French born striker could feature for the Saints should he receive international clearance ahead of the game.

"I am delighted to be at St Pat's," Campion told stpatsfc.com after signing his contract following a recent spell at Linfield FC. "I have been in communication with Liam Buckley the last few weeks as I was supposed to go to Spain, but he convinced me to come here. I already knew about Liam's philosophy of play and everything and I think I will be the right fit for it. If I work hard, things will come my way. We have a few tough games coming up in the next few weeks so I am delighted to be onboard."

Campion, a former FAI Cup winner with Cork City, could make his debut against the league champions and he admitted that while he was relishing the prospect, he remains fully focused on giving his all for the Saints from the off.

"Yeah it will be interesting," Campion admitted ahead of Sunday's game. "Cork City are a fantastic club and I had great memories there, but now the page has been turned. It's time to move on and I play for St Pat's now. I believe I can get loads of chances to score goals here at Pat's from what I've seen in the past, and I just cannot wait to get going and put on the Pat's colours."

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