St Patrick’s Athletic planning hot reception for Dundalk
Aspiring champions can expect tough Premier Division test at Richmond Park
St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Killian Brennan has designs on stalling the progress of high-flying Dundalk in tonight’s League of Ireland Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Third in the table, 11 points behind the leaders with seven games to play, the current champions’ reign may be all but over. But having the champions-elect, who won 4-1 in Inchicore back in April, lording it over them would be tough to take.
“If they beat us tonight they would pretty much have the league won, I feel. So we don’t want that,” said St Patrick’s midfielder Killian Brennan.
Rovers welcome midfielder Gary McCabe back from suspension but remain without the injured David O’Connor and Ryan Brennan.
A back injury again sidelines striker Rory Patterson as Derry City meet Sligo Rovers at the Brandywell. Former captain Clifford Byrne has left the club by mutual consent while midfielder Danny Ventre is out having had surgery on a knee.
Suspension deprives Bray of Michael Barker, David Cassidy, Dave Scully and Ismahil Akinade as manager Alan Mathews also awaits the results of fitness checks on Adam Hanlon, Adam Mitchell, Eric McGill, Shane O’Neill and Philly Hughes.
Ciarán McGuigan and Gavin Brennan are suspended for Drogheda.