St Patricks Athletic welcome Drogheda United to Richmond Park, at 7.45 on Friday night, as last seasons second and third meet, in the first round of matches in the 2013 Airtricity League of Ireland.
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The Inchicore based club will feel disappointed with their performance last season, despite finishing third in the table, and reaching the FAI Cup Final. At one point the double looked a distinct possibility but they finished the campaign without a trophy.
St Pats will be keen to claim some silverware in 2013 and having added some experienced players to the squad in the close season, the club will be serious contenders for the title. However, manager Liam Buckley did also lose some key players, and it is important that his new signings make an instant impact.
Drogheda went from relegation trouble to league runners up last season, and must again have prospects of challenging for the top prize. Manager Mick Cooke did wonders with the club and having had the time to work with the players during the break, he will be confident of a big season.
Players To Watch
Killian Brennan was a new signing by St Pat’s in the close season and he should be watched in the early weeks of the new campaign.
David Cassidy is also beginning life at a new club, and the Drogheda player has the ability to excite.