FRIDAY 12 APRIL

Cork City v St Pat's Athletic, Turner's Cross, 7.45pm

Cork City are back in Turner’s Cross for a second consecutive home game as they welcome St. Patrick’s Athletic to the Cross..

The Rebel Army come into the game after a disappointing home defeat at the hands of table toppers Shamrock Rovers, while the visitors ending a recent run of losses when defeating champions Dundalk in their last outing.

Team news

Cork City Daire O’Connor and Colm Horgan are ruled out, while James Tilley also misses out as he serves a one match suspension. Matty Gillam is back in training having suffered a hamstring injury in the warm up on the opening night of the season. 

St Pat's Athletic The Saints will be without Drennan who serves an additional two match suspension following his red card against Bohemians. Harry Kenny, however, is boosted by the return of winger Dean Clarke who has recovered from concussion, while Brandon Miele is back training following an injury and will face a late fitness test.

Gaffer talk

John Caufield "As a management team, we’ve suffered defeats before. We’ve been in situations where we’ve had a couple of weeks not go right. Ultimately, you have to get back and get players ready. The lads are disappointed, but now the most important game is Friday. 

"Pats had a tremendous win last weekend. They’re a very experienced team but they brought in a lot of new players this year - Forrester, Brennan, Shaw, Clifford, McCabe. They’re certainly looking to challenge for the league or to be in Europe, and they’re on track for that."

Harry Kenny "Cork were very difficult opponents for us earlier in the season.  Turner’s Cross is a hostile place and a difficult place to get a result. From our point of view, we need to replicate last week’s performance. 

"We need play with the same tempo that we did against Dundalk, play with the same composure and be up and at it. If we perform like we did last week though, I'd be confident we can come away with something."

Sligo Rovers v Dundalk, The Showgrounds, 7.45

These sides played out a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season at Oriel Park - a stuttering start for the defending champions, who last week suffered their first defeat of the season away to St Pat's.

Sligo, currently second from bottom, badly need to points to really kick start their season. 

Team news

Sligo Rovers Ronan Murray is suspended for this game and then three more matches following his red card last week against Bohs. Ed McGinty is doubtful with a finger injury. 

Dundalk Robbie Benson (broken leg) and Patrick McEleney (broken foot) are absentees, although the latter has resumed full training this week. Chris Shields has also resumed full training, however, the trip to Sligo comes too soon for him. 

Gaffer talk

Liam Buckley (Sligo Rovers) "I thought we were the better side for good periods against Bohs but the red card and the goal early in the second half were the big moments that changed it. 

"We fought well in the circumstances and had a couple of chances but in the end we lost the game and didn’t score on the night. We have to change that and we have to improve upon being decent in patches. 

"We’re trying to build something here over a period of time and it’s a hard, hard league so while we are building, it’s imperative we keep getting points on the board. 

Vinny Perth (Dundalk)

"We were disappointed not to pick up the three points last week. We possibly could have squeezed out a draw at the end but we weren’t able to. We didn’t get the rub of the green with a few things but we have no complaints. It was disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up.

"Sligo Rovers away is always a tough game. We are looking forward to the game and putting things right.

"We can only do that on the pitch and we want to get back to winning ways. It’s a tough game for us but we are confident we can go there and get the win."

UCD v Derry City, UCD Bowl, 7.45pm

The Students will be in good spirits after thumping Waterford at the Bowl, while two late goals from David Parkhouse saw Derry get the better of Finn Harps in a five-goal thriller the last time out  

Team news 

UCD Evan Osam (achilles) is out, as is Conor Davis who continues his recovery from a knee injury.   

Derry City Jamie McDonagh is suspended having received two late bookings against Harps last week.

Gaffer talk

Collie O'Brien (UCD) "Friday was a great win for us against Waterford. We played some brilliant football, created some great chances and then took them very well when they came. We will be looking to keep up our good form and start picking up some more good results and hopefully start moving further up the table."

Kevin Deery (Derry City assistant manager) "Paddy McCourt played against them as recently as last year and has spoken very highly of them. At the Brandywell we played really well against them and it needs to be that mentality again."

Finn Harps v Bohemians, Finn Park, 8pm

Harps remain rock bottom with just two points to show from their ten games played so far. For Keith Long and Bohs it's more or less a continuation of the form they showed at the back end of last season, with the side currently in second spot.   

Team news

Finn Harps Harry Ascroft, Mark Timlin, Sean Boyd, Gareth Harkin and Raffaele Cretaro stay on the injury list while Colm Deasy is suspended.

Bohemians Rob Cornwall is suspended having been sent off against Sligo Rovers last week. Scott Allardice (facial injury) returns to the fold. Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remains suspended. 

Gaffer talk

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps) "We haven’t won a game and that’s a fact that we cant get away from going into the Bohs match but the players still very much believe in themselves and will go out to win the game tonight. Now, being realistic about it, not many will give us a chance of doing that.

"We have moved on from the Derry defeat and the focus has been on the Bohemians game since Saturday. They are a very good side and kept their good form going against Sligo Rovers last Saturday night. Keith Long and Trevor Croly have an excellent pool of players." 

Aaron Barry (on loan from Cork City) "We’re going well at the moment and we are winning games but that can change quickly. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. There is a long season ahead and there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way."

Shamrock Rovers v Waterford FC, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

The league leaders are eight points ahead of second-place Bohs, albeit with two games in hand. And with a score difference of +14 there is much reasons for Hoops fans to be happy as they eye a first title since 2011.

They signalled with a 3-1 win away to Cork last Friday.  

Waterford sit in mid-table and will be looking to bounce back from last week's 4-1 defeating at UCD.  

Team news

Shamrock Rovers Greg Bolger picked up a knock in Cork, but should be ok, while Ethan Boyle is back available. 

Waterford FC Kenny Browne misses out through injury.

Gaffer talk

Stephen Bradley (Shamrock Rovers) "Waterford have players that can go anywhere and win a game, I think they’ve shown that this year when they travelled to Turner’s Cross and won well. There’s some really good players in their team.

"The result didn’t go their way last week but they’ll fancy their chances coming to Tallaght. It’s going to be a tough game and we saw that down there in the first game of the season. I thought we played well that night. It took us until the last kick of the game to win it but we maybe should have scored a couple more.

"We saw on that night that Waterford are a dangerous team and have good attacking players so we have to be ready tomorrow night. We’re ready to go and get more points on the board."

Alan Reynolds (Waterford) "We were well beaten last week and we were all disappointed with it. We got back into the game and came in at half time at 2-1 but then to concede the third goal like we did just killed any momentum we had. The players were disappointed but we have to get going again and we know we’ve got to be better than that this week.

"Rovers are top at the moment so that creates another massive challenge for us this week but it’s one that we relish. Waterford and Shamrock Rovers are big games and go back a long way so we’re looking forward to going to Tallaght."