Cork City v Limerick

Fresh from booking their place in the final of the FAI Cup after a replay semi-final victory over Bohemians, Cork's attentions return to the league.

Dundalk's 1-1 draw with St Pat's last weekend saw the Lilywhites replace Cork as Premier Division champions but they'll be hoping to put a decent run of results together to see out the league campaign and prepare for the cup final.

The visitors come into the game on the back of a 1-0 home defeat against Derry City, but they did win their last away fixture, securing a 2-0 win over bottom side Bray Wanderers.

Limerick are set for a promotion/relegation play-off and like Cork will be looking to build towards a crucial tie with a decent end to the league.

Team news

Cork: Alan Bennett, Steven Beattie, Colm Horgan, Karl Sheppard and Johnny Dunleavy are all ruled out, while Gearóid Morrissey and Garry Buckley are doubts ahead of the game.

On the plus side for City, Ronan Hurley, Cian Murphy, Pierce Phillips and Shane Daly-Bütz are all in contention to make their first home league starts for the club.

Limerick: To follow

Gaffer talk 

John Caulfield (Cork) "We do have a number of injuries, so it will be a combination of the lads who played on Monday and the lads who played last week against Rovers. Young Ronan Hurley did very well in that game and he will play tomorrow, with the likes of Pierce Phillips, Cian Murphy and Shane Daly-Bütz likely to be involved as well.

"We are at home, we are second in the table… obviously, the league is gone but we have our own goals to aim for between now and the end of the season. Being at home, we are hoping for another big crowd and we need to play well. The guys who are coming in will want to stake a claim for a place in the cup final."

St Patrick's Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

St Patrick's Athletic host Shamrock Rovers in Richmond Park on Friday night in the final Dublin derby of the season.

The Saints will be hoping for a repeat of their earlier 2-0 win in the season over the Hoops in Inchicore thanks to a penalty from Killian Brennan and an own goal from current Republic of Ireland international Graham Burke.

The Saints have drawn their last two games in all competitions, however they have not tasted victory since beating Sligo Rovers 2-1 at the Showgrounds in the league on 15 September.

Rovers meanwhile are still chasing a third place finish in the league and will hope to better Waterford's result against newly crowned champions Dundalk. 

Team news

St Pat's: The Saints have both Darragh Markey and Dean Clarke available for selection after the pair served their respective one match suspensions. Striker Christy Fagan remains out with a knee injury, while Achille Campion faces a late fitness ahead of the game.

Shamrock Rovers: Aaron Greene and Brandon Miele are facing a race against time in order to be fit for the game.

Gaffer talk

Ger O'Brien (St Pat's): "Friday is the last Dublin derby of the season and we know it is a game that the supporters on both sides are keen to win. 

"The players are no different. It doesn't matter whether it is the first game of the season or third last, the aim is always to win. In front of a bumper crowd in Inchicore on a Friday night, there is no extra motivation needed."

Shamrock Rovers:

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers): "I’m sure it’s going to be a tough game. St Pat’s did well up in Dundalk last week and were unlucky not to win the game.

"Obviously they’re in a bit of transition with Liam Buckley leaving. He’d been there so long and brought a lot of success to that club. There’ll be a bit of change now."

"We’ll go there looking to win the game, we’ll be focused. If we play like we did against Cork I’m sure we’ll be fine.

"You have to have eleven men on the pitch to give yourself the best chance of winning, that’s the same as any game, but our discipline has been excellent this season so I don’t think it [red cards in previous games at Richmond Park] will be an issue."

Waterford v Dundalk

Waterford welcome newly crowned Premier Division champions Dundalk having secured European football next season with Cork's passage to the FAI Cup final.

The Blues have been fighting it out with Shamrock Rovers for third place and a guaranteed European spot but Cork's semi-final victory over Bohemians means that both third and fourth place will be good enough.

Dundalk wrapped up the league title last Friday with a 1-1 draw at home to St Pat’s and the Blues will be hoping to catch the Lilywhites still in celebration mode.

The sides have met three times this season already with the Blues winning the meeting between the sides in the RSC, while Dundalk picked up the points in the two matches in Oriel Park this season.

Team news

Waterford: Alan Reynolds is sweating over the fitness of Cory Galvin, Stanley Aborah and Kenny Browne through illness while Sander Puri (international duty) and Noel Hunt (groin) are out. 

Dundalk: To follow

Gaffer talk

Alan Reynolds (Waterford) "We've had some really close games against Dundalk this season, beating them in the RSC and playing out two very competitive games in Oriel Park, and I think they're worthy League Champions.

"People might think that since Dundalk have the league won and we’ve secured a top 4 that both teams will be easing off, but we’ve prepared as we always do and we’ll be ready to have a go at Dundalk on Friday.

"It’s been a massive week for the club here. A big aim for this club was to get back to the glory days and make history for ourselves and to secure a Europa League spot for next season is a dream come true for so many people around this club including myself."

Drogheda United v Finn Harps

Drogheda United will be looking to build on their momentum when they host Finn Harps in the first leg of the First Division promotion play-off at United Park.

The Drogs advanced to the second round of the play-offs after they defeated Shelbourne on penalties at Tolka Park on Monday night after the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Meanwhile Harps come into the game on the back of a three-week break, having not played a competitive game since September 22.

Harps have played a friendly against the Defence Forces to try and keep themselves fresh but the game could be a battle between a rusty side and one who play their second match in four days.

Team news 

Drogheda: The home side will be without the injured pair of Hyland and Lee Duffy.

Finn Harps: Manager Ollie Horgan has injury concerns over Mark Timlin and Mark Coyle. Timlin missed the last two games of the regulation season due to a knee injury. Coyle has had on-going trouble with a knee injury.

Gaffer talk

Timmy Clancy (Drogheda)"There's definitely an advantage for Harps having had the break but there's nothing we can do about it now. 

"Ollie had put together a really experienced side with quality in every position but we're riding a wave of momentum after winning three in four, all intense, high-pressured games. 

"I said it last week and it proved through, nothing will be won or lost tomorrow night regardless of the result. 

"We don't want to be giving ourselves another mountain to climb next week in Ballybofey and hopefully our fans can spur us on Friday night."

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps): "They will have recovered from Monday night even though it did go to extra-time and penalties. That result will have given Drogheda a lot of confidence so our players after nearly three weeks without a competitive game must be ready for that challenge from the very start tomorrow night at United Park," he said.

"Drogheda have experience and quality. Their goalkeeper Paul Skinner knows the League of Ireland scene well. Then you have the likes of Richie Purdy, Sean Brennan, Jake Hyland, Mark Doyle and Chris Lyons who are good players" Horgan said.