Lying six points behind Sligo, St Pat’s know that nothing but a win will suffice and this top of the table clash promises to entertain. The teams hold the two best defensive records in the league so it could take some individual magic to unlock both defences.
St Pats come into the game after a morale boosting 3-0 victory over Dundalk in the FAI cup semi-final and manager Liam Buckley believes that confidence in the camp is high.
“Everyone is in good spirits following the win last weekend, and now we’re all fully focused on the match in Sligo on Saturday.
There’s no doubt about in my mind that it is a league defining game. We’ll be going out to do ourselves justice and see where the result will take us.”
“The games between the sides have been tight to date, and I’d imagine it’ll be similar this weekend. They’re unbeaten at home this season in the league so we know it’ll be tough.”
Buckley will have a near full squad to choose from. He will be without midfielder Ryan Coombes who is away on international duty with the Irelands U19s . Jake Kelly is also a doubt as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Iarfhlaith Davoren, Danny North and Alan Keane are all still on the long-term injury list for Sligo while Seamus Conneely looks like he will have sit out the match after picking up a hamstring injury in Cork last week.
Ones to watch
Christy Fagan: In fine form. Has got a great eye for goal and always dangerous from inside the box. Can be the difference between the two sides if he is fit enough to take part.
Josph N’do: The heartbeat of the team, everything tends to flow through the Cameroonian. One of the finest players Sligo have ever had.
Prediciton: Too close to call. St Pats are in need of maximum pointes from the match but whether they can break down the best defence in the league is open to question. Draw.
St Pats: Murphy O’Brien, Browne, Kenna, Bermingham Forrester, Russell, Chambers, O’Connor, Fagan, Kelly
Sligo: Rogers,Conneely, McGuinness, Peers, Gaynor Lynch, N’Do, Cawley, Ventre Cretaro, Quigley