Pete Mahon’s St Pats side will be hoping they can keep up their recent scoring run as they travel to the Carlisle Grounds to take on Bray Wanderers. The Saints have scored 20 goals in their previous 6 league and cup games.
Having picked up four yellow cards, St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder, Derek Doyle, will miss the trip to Bray due to suspension.
Seán O’Connor (bruised calf) and Evan McMillan (groin strain) are doubtful. Definitely out are David McMillan (hamstring) and Derek Doyle (calf) who both picked up knocks in the 6-1 league victory over Galway United. Derek Pender and Daryl Kavanagh appear to have successfully shaken off stomach bugs over the past few days and should be available for selection.
“If we can pick up three points in Bray it would set us up nicely going into the game with Shamrock Rovers on Monday in Richmond.”
Bray always make it difficult out there and they’re doing things the right way at the moment. They’re in a position where they’re not going to win the league and they’re not going to be relegated and in my opinion they’re right to blood good young players who I’ve no doubt will make it difficult for us Friday night.”
Danny O’Connor and Adam Mitchell will watch from the sidelines for Bray having received their marching orders against Limerick in the FAI Cup game while Stephen Last will also miss out due to suspension
Bray could also be without the services of influential midfielder Gary Dempsey who picked up a back injury in training and has missed the last three games. Chris Shields will have to wait until Friday morning fitness test to determine whether he has overcome an ankle injury.
Prediction: All the pressure will be on fourth placed Pats going into this game, which could lead to a nervy performance. In front of their home fans, Bray will want to come away with maximum points. Pats to just edge this one 2-1.