UCD v Derry City, UCD Bowl, 7:45pm

UCD were somewhat unlucky to lose last time out against Waterford. It was a hammer blow to hopes of clawing some sides into the relegation battle and with Finn Harps winning, the night could not have been much worse for Collie O'Neill's men. 

Derry were comfortable winners over Alan Reynolds' side on Monday and have Bohemians in their sights. One concern for the Candystripes is their away form, with just four wins this season as they have relied on a strong record at the Brandywell. After losing in Ballybofey, this is a big opportunity. 

Team news

UCD: Keeper Conor Kearns is out for the next five matches after receiving a lengthy ban for his post-final whistle clash with Bohs' Derek Pender last month. 

Derry City: Eoghan Stokes has left the club and joined Cork City, while Patrick McClean has joined Irish League side, Glentoran. Otherwise, Declan Devine has a full squad to pick from. 

Gaffer talk

Declan Devine (Derry City manager): "Three points is all that matters and it doesn't matter if we’re playing UCD or Dundalk. That’s the mindset of the players, of the staff.

"There's no easy games, I keep saying it but we’re in a good place at the minute. We’re in a very positive frame of mind, playing some fantastic football. We’re creating lots of opportunities, especially away from home where we’ve scored the second most amount of goals in the league."

Cork will liik to make home advantage count against struggling St Pat's

Cork City v St Patrick's Athletic, Turner's Cross, 8pm.

St Patrick's Athletic are in danger of losing track of Derry City in fourth place in the league.

That position has been good enough for Europe for several seasons and there is pressure on Harry Kenny to finally produce some consistency and mainly goals. The signings of Glen McAuley and Ronan Hale have been a vote of confidence from Pat's.

Cork dropped back to eighth place last week and while it's unlikely they will get sucked into the relegation battle, they could do with some more points to guarantee that status. John Cotter remains under the spotlight with a view to the permanent role at the Cross and has a lot to prove. 

Team news

Cork City: Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary remain on the injured list. New signing Eoghan Stokes comes into contention, while Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley both return from suspension, having missed the Shamrock Rovers game.

St Patrick's Athletic: Pat’s will have new striker Glen McAuley available after his registration came through following his departure from Liverpool FC, while fellow new signing Ronan Hale awaits international clearance following his departure from Crusaders.  Elsewhere, Conor Clifford faces a late fitness test while striker Mikey Drennan is suspended.

Gaffer talk

John Cotter (Cork City manager): "St Pat's got late goals in the game down here and the last game in Richmond Park. It would be great to get a win, but we know we have to put in a performance like we did last Sunday and the previous week.

"We wouldn't be saying that we owe them one, but we just need to go and put in a performance and get the three points and try to get a bit of momentum."

Harry Kenny (St Patrick's Athletic): "It is always tough down in Turner's Cross and there’s the added element of the game being on live television too, but that is something that we are really looking forward to.  The new players we have brought in have brought in an added freshness so we will be looking to try get a result."


Finn Harps v Bohemians, Finn Park, 8pm

Three wins in five has lifted Finn Harps hugely with last week's derby victory over Derry City particularly sweet. Few could have predicted that the bottom two sides would take such scalps recently, with Bohemians suffering at the hand of UCD two weeks ago. That will be fresh in the mind as they travel north, knowing Derry are eyeing the third position occupied by Keith Long's men for such a long period. This is a big one for both sides. 

Team news

Finn Harps: Nathan Boyle, Michael Gallagher, Mark Coyle and Ciaran Gallagher are injured while Raffaele Cretaro and Caolan McAleer are suspended.

Bohemians: Derek Pender and Paddy Kirk (both suspended) are out, while Keith Long is sweating on the fitness of Keith Buckley, Ryan Swan and Rob Cornwall. 

Gaffer talk

Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps): "Bohs will be favourites to win but that is the challenge our lads must face up to on Friday night. It's like every other game, we always go to get a positive result and provided everyone works hard then we will have a decent cut at that.

"They are 16 points ahead of us in the table so it'll be some result if we get even a point against them on Friday night."