FRIDAY 13 AUGUST
St Patrick's Athletic v Waterford FC, 7.45pm
A four-goal win would see St Pat’s move to the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division table – temporarily at least – and the fact that they have managed 11 goals in their last three games suggests that it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
It also helps that Waterford have the worst defensive record in the top division, although Marc Bircham’s side are on a really good run of form ahead of their visit to Richmond Park.
Bircham signed a new two-year contract with the club last wwek having taken the side from the foot of the table to eighth position. They have won their last four league games, conceding just one goal in the process, while there was also a FAI Senior Cup win over Athlone Town mixed in there too.
St Pat’s went to Oriel Park last weekend and recorded an excellent 4-1 win against Dundalk with Scottish striker Matty Smith grabbing a double. Nahum Melvin-Lambert and Chris Forrester, from a penalty, were also on target.
Waterford, meanwhile, defeated Bohemians 1-0 last time out with Phoenix Patterson grabbing the only goal of the game.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Adam Murphy will miss the game through injury with John Mountney, Robbie Benson and Darragh Burns undergoing checks. Shane Griffin continues to recover from his shoulder problem.
Waterford FC: Anthony Wordsworth is still suspended while Kyle Ferguson will likely get more minutes after coming on late on against Bohemians having recovered from injury.
What they said
Stephen O’Donnell (St Patrick’s Athletic head coach): "Waterford have won four in-a-row in the league and obviously advanced in the cup too. I was down at their game against Bohemians on Saturday and they fully deserved their win. They could have won by a couple more, so we know what we are going to encounter.
"Marc Bircham has added strength in the summer window that has improved them and the form since he has come in has been every good. We will have to be at our best or somewhere close to our best to get anything from the game because Waterford are the form team in the league coming into this game."
Meanwhile, there is a big match in the First Division as second-placed Galway United host leaders Shelbourne (7.45pm).
United find themselves 10 points behind Shelbourne currently so they are badly in need of all three points.
Basement club Wexford are at home to Cabinteely, there is a derby match as Cork City host Cobh Ramblers, UCD meet Athlone Town (all 7.45pm) and Bray Wanderers and Treaty United meet in the earlier kick-off (7.30pm).
In the Women’s FAI Cup, Bohemains WFC will face DLR Waves (7.45pm) in the only first round game. Athlone Town, Galway WFC and Treaty United received byes to the quarter-finals.
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