St Patrick's Athletic host leaders Shamrock Rovers in a re-arranged Dublin derby in Richmond Park tonight, with the Saints needing to lift themselves from a hammer blow last Friday.

While the champions and leaders were seeing out a 1-0 win over their arch-rivals Bohemians to extend their lead to seven points at the top, the Saints were on course to record three points of their own after a dominant performance in Finn Park.

However, a classic Finn Harps rally led to a goal back and then a 96th-minute equaliser, leaving Pat’s devastated.

It was particularly hurtful as Dundalk, Sligo Rovers, Bohs and Shelbourne all failed to win on the night.

Nevertheless, Tim Clancy’s side can at least cement their top-four position and close on Derry City if they can repeat their victory over the Hoops from early in the campaign when Chris Forrester struck a late winner.

Chris Forrester won the first meeting of the teams in Richmond Park in a high point in the St Pat's season so far, but they've struggled to build on that victory

Manager Tim Clancy has been reacting to Friday's late heartbreak at Finn Harps as attention quickly turns to the game in Richmond.

"The madness of the last eight minutes of Friday overshadows what was probably our best performance of the season in regards to the 88 minutes that went before. We were 2-0 ahead and created a number of other really good chances but conceded two late set pieces.

"It probably didn't help with the changes that we made at the time that we made them late in the game either. The two goals on Friday were the first two we've conceded from set pieces all year which is very frustrating.

"We have to try and focus on the positives from Friday night and we're hoping that in front of another big home crowd we can repeat the performance that saw us beat Shamrock Rovers 1-0 at Richmond the last time, we'll be aiming to get a positive result."

Shamrock Rovers are looking good for three league crowns in a row following Rory Gaffney’s winner against Bohs. Another victory in this encounter would open up their advantage to ten points.

European football is on the horizon as well – something which Stephen Bradley is likely to be conscious of with a trip to Ballybofey on Friday before their opening Champions League qualifier first leg with Hibernians four days later.

He is expecting a reaction from Pat’s after the heartache in Donegal last Friday.

"I expect another tough game. The games against them this year have all been tight and tough and I don’t expect anything different. They will feel that they should have won the game on Friday so they’ll be hurting and we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for that.

"Strangely enough I felt that (the defeat in Richmond Park) was one of our better performances of the year. We had a lot of chances; we just didn’t convert any of them.

"It’s about going there and putting in a similar performance and hopefully converting one or two of our chances."

Teenage Pat’s defender Sam Curtis will have a scan this week on the ankle injury that forced him to be stretchered off on Friday night and will miss this game, Adam Murphy and Ronan Coughlan (both hamstring) remain on the sidelines with Jamie Lennon (foot) and Paddy Barrett (operation) both progressing well in their respective recoveries but still out.

Ronan Finn returns from suspension for the visitors and Richie Towell is also available. Graham Burke is also able to feature but Jack Byrne and Neil Farrugia are out for this clash.

Kick-off in Dublin 8 is 7.45pm.

Elsewhere there are four matches in the First Division with Treaty United hosting Cork City in a Munster derby, while Galway United travel to take on Longford Town.