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A week is a long time in football, just ask St Patrick’s Athletic, this time last week Pete Mahon’s side were preparing for a big Europa League qualifier against Karpaty Lviv, basking in the positive press their European run had garnered.
Fast forward to midweek and the proverbial egg on the face had been thrown as a player row threatened not only the fixture but the very existence of the club. Thankfully a resolution was reached however the damage was done and when the Pats player’s return to Richmond Park today they could face a tense reception from their own fans.
However fans are a fickle bunch and a win today would restore belief and help banish the memories of midweek not to mention move the Inchicore outfit back into Championship contention.
Mahon will be looking to refocus his side ahead of the encounter against his former charges telling the club official website, www.stpatsfc.com “Our attention is back on winning league games after the European campaign. We all got caught up on the hype and excitement, but we knew it would come to an end at some stage.
“The most important thing now is to focus on the league and keeping in touch with the league leaders.”
St Pats must plan without inspirational duo, Danny North and captain Stephen Bradley. Top scorer North is suspending while Bradley is struggling with a hamstring injury, however Sean O’Connor could feature on his return to the club.
For UCD today’s game is there first in almost a month and they will be hoping they can build that the break will have given the squad a fresh impetus to push on. Drogheda’s win over Bray mean’s that there is very little room for manoeuvre at the bottom with only a point separating the two sides although UCD do have two games in hand.
UCD’s only two win’s in their last 21 games have come against Galway and with the cloud hanging over Richmond Park at the moment Martin Russell will looking to capitalise and get a vital win. The last time these two sides met at the home of St Pats, UCD grabbed a point and with Darren Meenan and top scorer Graham Rusk from suspension, the students will be quietly confident ahead of the game.
St Pats DDLWWW
Danny North 11
Graham Rusk 6
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