Bohemians winger Moore eager for go at leaders St Patrick’s Athletic
Dave Mulcahy, left, the matchwinner for Bohemians in their recent league win over Shamrock Rovers, is suspended for tonight’s league game against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
Deprived of playing a part in the rousing win over Shamrock Rovers last time out due to suspension, Bohemians winger Karl Moore is all the more eager to face league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park tonight. That victory a fortnight ago gave Bohemians a massive lift in every sense as they jumped two places off the foot of the table.
“I was disappointed to miss the Rovers game, the atmosphere on the night, the pace of the game and what it means to play in it,” said Moore. “But I was naturally delighted to sit in the stand and see the lads get the three points.”
Moore believes all the pressure is on St Patrick’s, a point clear of Dundalk at the top.
“They’re the home side with all the expectation on them to win the game,” said 24-year-old Moore. “We know we’ll be up against it. We know that we’re going to have to be organised and show a good attitude and application and hopefully we can get a result.”
Dave Mulcahy, the matchwinner against Rovers, who also scored a late equaliser in Inchicore back in April, is suspended tonight, though fellow midfielder Ryan McEvoy, along with Moore and Ciarán Nangle, is fit to return.
Striker Dave Scully is injured. An ankle injury to midfielder John Russell is St. Patrick’s only concern.
UCD will be without suspended defender Hugh Douglas, though left back Mark Langtry and midfielder James Kavanagh return from bans, as they attempt to end Dundalk’s four-match winning league run at the UCD Bowl.
Visiting manager Stephen Kenny has defender Brian Gartland and winger John Dillon back in contention to start.
A suspension to captain Glenn Cronin hampers second-bottom Shelbourne’s preparations ahead of Shamrock Rovers’ trip to Tolka Park.
Fit again Robert Bayly is an optional replacement in central midfield as manager John McDonnell also has Brian Gannon back from suspension.
Though back in training following a shoulder injury, goalkeeper Richard Brush is not yet fit to return for Rovers. Left back Conor Powell, midfielder Ronan Finn and striker Mark Quigley must shake off slight injuries if they are to feature.
Central defender Garry Buckley, winger Daryl Horgan and striker Ciarán Kilduff all return for Cork City who will hope to make it a hat-trick of league wins with Derry City the visitors to Turner’s Cross.
Drogheda United will be without leading scorer Declan O’Brien, suspended, while fellow striker Graham Rusk is out injured as they entertain bottom side Bray Wanderers.