Team news and preview ahead of the Airtricity League tie between St Patrick’s Athletic v Monaghan United
Roddy Collin’s Monaghan United side travel to Richmond Park on Friday evening hoping to deny St Pat’s a third successive Airtricity league win.
St Pat’s head into the game on the back of convincing victories against Bray Wanderers and Dundalk in their opening league games.
Manager Liam Buckley told stpatsfc.com ahead of the match “We’re expecting a tough game from Monaghan. If you look at last week’s matches, Monaghan were leading in Tallaght against Shamrock Rovers at half-time 1-0 and led up till the hour mark. No doubt about it, Monaghan will be a very tricky side to play against as Roddy will have them well organised.”
“From our end of things, we’re looking to maintain our good start to the season and continue the little bit of momentum we’ve built up,” Buckley added.
Monaghan have themselves got off to a decent start in the league. A first day scoreless draw with Dundalk was followed by a strong performance in a 3-1 defeat in Tallaght to champions Shamrock Rovers.
Manager Collins said: “I was delighted with last week’s performance against Shamrock Rovers. We have another tough outing against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday. It’s a good learning curve to be meeting strong teams like Rovers and St Pats so early in the season and it gives us a good understanding of ourselves.
“I believe that St Pats will be one of the teams to watch this season but again like last week we will not be going to make up the numbers.”
St Pat’s: Aidan Price is the only player on Pat’s injury list, while Christy Fagan serves the final game of a three match ban. Jake Kelly returns to the squad having served a one match suspension.
Monaghan: Darragh Reynor is suspended for Friday’s match, while Aidan Collins, Gareth O’Connor, Shaun Maher and Willo McDonagh are all likely to be missing through injury.
Verdict: Monaghan are capable of picking up points against the top sides this season, but the strength in depth of St Pat’s is likely to see them make it three wins from three.