St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shelbourne: Game OFF

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Updated: March 19, 2013
Shelbourne FC

UPDATE 7:02pm
Referee Rob Rogers has reversed his earlier decision and the St Patrick’s Athletic ‏game is now off

Preview
St. Patrick’s Athletic host Shelbourne in the highlight of Tuesday night’s Airtricity league matches.

Form:

St Pats will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat to Shamrock Rovers, going down 3-0. New signing Conan Byrne spoke to stpatsfc.com ahead of the game.

“I had a great two years playing with Shels.  The first year there we reached the FAI cup final which was great, while last year unfortunately we couldn’t do as well.  I know I’ll see most of the lads before the game on Tuesday, but to be honest I won’t be thinking about anything other than getting the three points.”

Byrne added, “To be honest after the disappointing result last Friday against Rovers, I’m just looking forward to getting back playing so soon so we can get things right on the pitch after a disappointing performance.  We want to put things right after that game.”

Manger Liam Buckley is wary of the threat Shels pose and he knows that they possess former Pats players who can cause some damage in Pat Flynn, Dean Kelly, Philly Hughes and Mark Leech.

Buckley said, “Shels may have no points on the board to date, but only for one or two things going against them, they could be a bit further up the league.  They’ve got some good players who have good league experience as well so it should make for a good Dublin derby.  Alan Mathews’ sides are always well organised and you know you’ll always be given a tough test, so I’d expect no different on Tuesday.”

Shelbourne are one of only two sides (UCD) who have not got any points on the table thus far this season.

The game will mark the first Dublin Derby of the season for Shelbourne having played both Bray Wanderers and Dundalk already, and starts a difficult five game run where they play St Pats, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Derry and Sligo Rovers.

Team News:

St Pats have only one injury concern and will be without Dave Ryan ahead of the game. Shelbourne have four players out, with Glenn Cronin and Ger Hanley injured and Graham Gartland and Paul Crowley are both suspended for the game.

 

Players to watch:

New Pats signing Conan Byrne will be looking to make an impact whilst former Pats players Pat Flynn, Dean Kelly, Philly Hughes and Mark Leech will look to be the main men for Shelbourne.

Prediction:

Both sides are struggling for form, and I think Shels will register their first points of the season, So have a bet with Boylesports at 7/1 on 1-1.

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