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There are four games in the Premier Division today

Updated: Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 11:56 | Comments

Danny North is in the Sligo squad for today's home clash with Bohemians
Danny North is in the Sligo squad for today's home clash with Bohemians

After last night’s World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium, the focus today is on the domestic game with four games in the Airtricity League Premier Division.

In the Premier Division leaders St Patrick’s Athletic face Limerick at Richmond Park while second-place Sligo Rovers are at home to Bohemians and third place Derry City travel to Shelbourne.

UCD and Bray Wanderers, who have been in good form in recent weeks, meet at The UCD Bowl.

There is also one game in the FAI Ford Cup with College Corinthians facing Tolka Rovers in Cork.

Premier Division

St. Patrick's Athletic v Limerick, Richmond Park, 5pm

It’s 19 years since Limerick last visited Inchicore for a league game and on that occasion they were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

That was also the scoreline when the sides met earlier this season at Thomond Park, where Killian Brennan’s penalty was the difference between the sides.

Saints' John Russell (ankle) is a doubt but Shane McFaul returns, while Limerick have Axel Bossekota suspended while Patrick Nzuzi has just returned from the Toulon U21 Tournament, where he played four games in eight days for DR Congo.

Shaun Kelly, Brian O’Callaghan, Pat Purcell, Robbie Williams, Steven McGann and Craig Curran are all unlikely to feature as a result of injury, while Shane Costelloe, Barry Sheedy, Darragh Rainsford and James McGrath are all currently sitting their Leaving Certificate.

Sligo Rovers v Bohemians, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Sligo Rovers are six games unbeaten against Bohemians in all competitions, with five wins in that time.

Bohs' last win over the Bit o’ Red was in August 2011 when they came from behind to win 2-1 in Sligo.

Lee Lynch (hamstring), Evan McMillan (knee), Raffaele Cretaro (hamstring) and Danny Ventre (leg) are out for Rovers, while Anthony Elding is suspended for the next four matches following a red card against Dundalk. McMillan also serves a one-game suspension. Danny North and Seamus Conneely return. 

Bohs' Owen Heary (hip injury) faces a late fitness test but Derek Pender (illness) is likely to be out along with Andy Mulligan (family commitment), while there will also be late fitness tests for Luke Byrne and Keith Buckley, who came off in the last match with a hamstring strain.

UCD v Bray Wanderers, The UCD Bowl, 7.45pm

After a four-game unbeaten run, UCDS have now lost their last three games, losing twice to St Pat’s in league and FAI Cup games and also to Shelbourne in the Leinster Senior Cup.

They face a Bray side which also has 14 points, and the 2-2 draw earlier in the season indicates that there is little between the two.

Shane O'Neill and Eoin Hyland will be Bray's only absentees. Bray and UCD have not played out a scoreless draw in their last 32 meetings in all competitions so goals can be expected.

Shelbourne v Derry City, Tolka Park, 8pm

Derry won the earlier meeting 4-0 to extend their unbeaten run over Shelbourne to four games and will be looking to keep pace with St Pat’s and Sligo at the top of the table.

They will be without Thimas Crawley (hamstring), while Paul Crowley (hip) remains absent for Shelbourne and Rob Cornwall is doubtful.

Shelbourne have signed the experienced Gareth O'Connor and he could be available for the game while Mick Byrne has joined as Assistant to Manager Johnny McDonnell.

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