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  • Thursday May 30th, 2024 @ 15:35

Match Preview: Saints Vs Galway United (31/05/24)

St Patrick's return to Inchicore this Bank Holiday Weekend for back-to-back home matches against Galway United and Dundalk.

Stephen Kenny's Saints come into another busy week after last Friday's 2-2 draw at Dalymount Park and Monday's 3-0 victory at Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup.

St Pat's went 1-0 up at Bohemians through a Chris Forrester penalty in the 28th minute, before a James Akintunde goal levelled things up for the home side.

Cian Kavanagh helped us regain the lead in added time in the first-half, with his first league goal for the club with an excellent finish, before Danny Grant's 92nd minute equaliser.

St Pat's have got 20 points from their opening 19 Premier Division games and currently sit in 7th position in the Premier Division table.



Tom Grivosti made his first start in a year on Monday as a Captained a young side to a 3-0 win at Bray, Alfie Taylor, Dan McHale and Jason Folarin were on target, that sets up a LSC semi-final meeting at home to Maynooth University Town.

It was a history making night at The Carlisle Grounds, 15-year-old Michael Noonan became our youngest ever senior starter, with Ivan Graminschii (17) & Billy Hayes 15) making their senior debuts.

Dan McHale (19) and Jason Folarin (18) scored their first senior goals for St Pat's while Rhys Bartley (18) captained the side for the second-half. Teenagers Anto Dodd, Adam Deans, Matty O'Hara and Jamie Gray also featured with Ruari Morgan among the substitutes.



OPPOSITION WATCH

Galway United currently sit in 4th place in the Premier Division table, with 27 points from 17 games, having won the 2023 First Division title, John Caulfield's side have had an excellent season so far.

These sides faced off on the opening night of the season in Galway, with an early Jamie Lennon goal securing a 1-0 win for The Saints at Eamonn Deacy Park.

The last time before this year that these sides met in the Premier Division was back in 2017, when a Billy Dennehy goal secured a point for the Saints.

Conan Byrne netted his 50th goal for the club the last time St Pat's hosted Galway United in the league, that was in June 2017.



KENNY: "We've got to look forward to going back to Richmond Park and playing at home in front of our fans on Friday and Monday."

After a hectic first ten days in charge, including four matches, Manager Stephen Kenny spoke to our website ahead of another busy weekend:

"We put in a strong performance at Dalymount Park against Bohemians and the concession of their equaliser in the 92nd minute deprived the players of the result their performance deserved.

We needed to use our squad with three games in a week, a number of players haven't featured at all so far this season. Romal Palmer, Cian Kavanagh and Jason McClelland all made positive contributions.

We scored some excellent goals last week, Jake Mulraney's free-kick against Shelbourne and Cian Kavanagh's goal at Bohemians were both brilliant finishes and we'll be looking to show more of that quality this weekend.

We've got to look forward to going back to Richmond Park and playing at home in front of our fans on Friday and Monday.

We'll have to earn the right to play, we want to pass the ball the way the players can and try to get control, we're looking forward to the games.

Galway United have had a fine season having got promoted last year, they've built on that, they are in very good form and deserve credit.

It's the first of another three matches in a matches, we'll have to be at our best to get a result and that's what we'll be aiming to do."




Defender Luke Turner added:

"We've been working hard with the Gaffer to implement his style of play into our performances lately and I think it's starting to show.

I believe it's only the beginning for what this group are capable of but we have to win games to prove that, at the end of the day you are judged on results.

The determination I've seen in the boys this week in training will hopefully transfer to the pitch tomorrow night and get us the three points."




TEAM NEWS

Conor Keeley is available again after suspension, but Ruairi Keating (concussion), Axel Sjoberg (hamstring) and Anto Breslin (hamstring) will all miss the match.

TICKETS / TV / UPDATES

Less than 100 home tickets remain for The Patron Stand with some availability on the Camac Terrace, St Patrick's Athletic supporters can purchase their tickets HERE

Oisin Langan and Keith Treacy will be on LOITV duty while we'll also have a free Watch Party in the St Pat's App, with former Saint Barry Murphy joining the guys.

As always, you can catch all the build up on Facebook, Instagram, X and our App across the day

Photo credit: Sportsfile

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