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Preview: Saints Vs Dundalk (08/04/22)

St Patrick's Athletic host Dundalk at Richmond Park on Friday night in the last game of the first series of the season.

Home tickets are available online, all home fans are advised to buy their tickets online in advance as this game is expected to sell-out. HOME TICKETS HERE

Away tickets are via Dundalk FC directly.

St Pat's come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Drogheda United at in Inchicore last Friday.

Dayle Rooney fired Drogs into the lead but a 77th minute Darragh Burns strike ensured the spoils were shared in front of another big crowd.

The Saints currently sit in 3rd place on 13 points after eight games played.

Opposition Watch and Recent Meetings

Dundalk have won two, drawn five and lost one of their opening eight games, meaning they come into Friday's match on 11 points.

They were also in action last Friday when they overcame UCD 2-0 at Oriel Park.

Daniel Kelly and Patrick Hoban were on the scoresheet against the students as the Lilywhites secured their second win of the season.

The sides met on five occasions in 2021, with The Saints winning three times, including that famous FAI Cup semi-final at a jam packed Richmond Park.

They first met in April at Oriel Park when Sam Bone looked to have given The Saints victory, but Dundalk attacker Junior struck back late on to rescue a point.

On the return to Richmond, Dundalk came out on top and goals from David McMillan and a Sam Bone OG helped the Lilywhites to a 2-0 victory.

The Saints avenged this defeat in August with a 4-1 win. Nahum Melvin-Lambert put St Pat's 1-0 up early on, but Patrick Hoban struck back 25 minutes in to level proceedings. However, two goals from Matty Smith and a Chris Forrester penalty powered the Saints to a 4-1 victory.

On the way to FAI Cup glory, St Pat's met Dundalk in the semi-finals and goals from Billy King and two wonder strikes from Matty Smith and Darragh Burns fired them into the final, which they won on penalties against Bohemians.

They last met competitively in October at Richmond and an early Billy King goal was enough to secure all three points on that occasion.

The Super Saints will be hoping for much of the same tomorrow night.

View From The Dugout

Assistant Manager Jon Daly is expecting another fantastic atmosphere at Richmond.

"Dundalk have good experience. You probably look at their side and it's probably a little different to ours. We are very youthful with a couple of senior proâ€Ã¢â€žÂ¢s in there and they've probably got the majority of senior pros and they are good, experienced ones that know and understand the game.

Defensively, they are quite solid, that's probably why they have drawn a lot of games. They have some good ball-playing midfielders and up front, they have an attacking threat that can score goals. We expect them to be well up for the game.

We need to make sure that we match that and bring an energy to the stadium as well and I'm sure the fans will be behind the players."

Player View

Defender Tom Grivosti has impressed so far this season and scored the St Pat's Goal of the Month in the 2-1 defeat at Derry a couple of weeks ago.

The 22-year-old Liverpudlian has formed a good partnership at centre-back alongside Joe Redmond and know he is in for another tough battle on Friday.

"Dundalk are a good team. I know a few of their lads who have played in Scotland, I played with Andy Boyle too. They are a good outfit, they've got decent players so I expect a tough game.

Looking ahead to playing in front of what will likely be another sold out home support, Grivosti can't wait for kick-off.

"The fans gave been brilliant, the atmospheres for all of the games have been really good. I didn't really know too much about the league before I came over but it's a very competitive league, the St Pat's supporters have been really good since I've been here.

Team-news: Jamie Lennon continues his recovery from foot surgery while Paddy Barrett will also miss out through injury.

Tickets: Home tickets are available online, all home fans are advised to buy their tickets online in advance as this game is expected to sell-out. HOME TICKETS HERE

TV: If you can't make the game, it will be live on RTE2 TV and the RTE Player Worldwide, coverage begins at 7.30 with kick-off at 7.45pm

Updates: Alternatively, you can catch updates across all of our social media channels on Friday evening.

Photo credit: Inpho Sports

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