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St Patrick's Athletic look to close gap on leaders with win over Shelbourne

Updated: Monday, 15 Apr 2013 19:38 | Comments

The match is a re-arranged fixture after the original game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
The match is a re-arranged fixture after the original game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

St Patrick’s Athletic can move into third place in the Airtricity League Premier Division if they beat 11th-placed Shelbourne tonight.

The Saints are currently fifth in the table on 12 points along with Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk and would close the gap on leaders Sligo Rover (24) and chasers Derry City (19) with a three-point haul at Richmond Park (7.45pm)

Tonight’s game is the first of a series of four home matches for the Inchicore side, with Sligo Rovers, Derry City and Bohemians all due to visit before the end of the month.

Shelbourne are still searching for their first league win of the season after losing to Drogheda United last Friday night despite taking the lead.

St Pat’s have won their last three games and last year’s win over Shels was their first over their northside rivals at Richmond Park since 2002.

Saints’ boss Liam Buckley reported no injuries following last Friday’s win against UCD but Shane McFaul (groin) is unlikely to return.

Shelbourne have several players carrying knocks but all are expected to report fit for duty with Glenn Cronin still out injured.

The match is a re-arranged fixture from Series 3 after the original game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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