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Preview: Saints Vs Dundalk FC (03/06/24)

St Patrick's Athletic will be looking to make it back-to-back home wins over the Bank Holiday Weekend, with Dundalk visiting Richmond Park tomorrow evening.

The Saints come into this game off the back of a 2-1 win at home to Galway United on Friday, in what was the first win under new Manager Stephen Kenny.

Mason Melia's header in the 35th minute put Pat's in front, after a cross from Brandon Kavanagh was assisted by Conor Keeley and Cian Kavanagh.

Galway equalised with just over twenty minutes left to play through Francely Lomboto.

Alex Nolan came up with the another big moment to win it at The Shed End, just as he did earlier in the season against Shamrock Rovers.

After some excellent footwork from Kian Leavy out wide from Chris Forrester's pass, the ball was cut back towards Nolan, Melia dummied for Nolan to strike past Brendan Clarke in the Galway net to secure the three points in front of just over 4,000 supporters.

That win moved the Inchicore side to 23 points, they currently sit in 7th position in the Premier Division table, five points off the top four.



OPPOSITION WATCH

Monday's fixture will be our 166th league meeting with Dundalk.

Of the 165 games so far, St Pat's have won 57, there have been 48 draws and Dundalk have been victorious 60 times.

The match will see Stephen Kenny come up against his former club Dundalk for the first time since leaving Oriel Park at the end of the 2018 season, while ex St Pat's Manager Jon Daly will return to Richmond Park in the away dug out, less than a month after leaving the club.

Dundalk's last outing was a 0-0 draw at home to Derry City as the Lilywhites kept a club record 7th consecutive home clean sheet.

The Louth outfit currently sit bottom of the Premier Division, with 13 points from their 18 games.

Ex Saints John Mountney and Robbie Benson, who were part of our 2021 FAI Cup winning squad, could face their former club tomorrow night.

The last time these sides faced off was a 0-0 draw at Oriel Park in April while the previous meeting with Dundalk at Richmond saw The Saints win 1-0 thanks to with Ruairi Keating's goal.



KENNY: "Our players need to show their ability to go again."

Stephen Kenny spent six seasons with Dundalk, winning four Premier Division titles, 2 FAI Cups and 2 League Cups during his tenure, while also qualifying for the Europa League group stages in 2016.

Kenny's 18-year-old son Eoin is a member for the current Dundalk squad and could feature against his dad's new team tomorrow night.

Stephen has been reflecting on his first four league games in charge and looking ahead to Monday:

"Having conceded late in the last 2 games (against Shelbourne and Bohemians), the three points we got against Galway United on Friday was more than overdue and the players deserved that.

The lads showed a real togetherness and resolute quality and that was evident in the previous game against Bohemians as well as against Galway.

The first 2 performances (vs Derry City and Shelbourne) from a technical point of view were good, but we had to show different qualities in our most recent matches.

We know there is room for improvement and we'll be aiming to do that.

Dundalk played very well in their game against Derry City and put in a good performance and kept another clean sheet.

Our players need to show their ability to go again and a determination to do that, we want to try and produce the level of the performance needed to win the game"




Goalkeeper Danny Rogers has been in fine form since breaking into the team, he's started the last 16 matches in a row and has been previewing tomorrow night:

"Dundalk don't concede many goals so it's down to us to try and break them down and score goals.

We've scored a few goals in the last number games so we're starting to get into a rhythm of it.

We know Jon Daly will have them set up well, and they'll be a threat at set pieces too, we need to be careful of that.

It's been tough for the players over the last while and I can only imagine what it's been like for the fans (results wise), you could see the delight on the faces of everyone when the final whistle went on Friday, so that'll give them and us a bit extra to get the buzz going and get us over the line in the next few games, starting on Monday."




TEAM NEWS

Ruairi Keating (concussion), Axel Sjoberg (hamstring) and Anto Breslin (hamstring) are all unavailable.



TICKETS / TV / UPDATES

St Patrick's Athletic supporters can purchase their tickets via our website HERE, with another big home crowd expected in Inchicore.

For those not heading to the game, it will be live on Virgin Media TV and the Virgin Media player, if you are outside the Island of Ireland, the match will also be on LOITV. Former St Pat's striker Eoin Doyle will be in the commentary box.

Our free Watch Party in the St Pat's App will be live from 5pm, with Oisin Langan providing audio commentary plus pre-match, half-time and full-time analysis.

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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Vaduz / July 25th @ 7:45pm
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Venue: Richmond Park
 
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