Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 15, 2011
Venue:
Att: 994

Anto Murphy 44' -
Scored: 44'


Scored: 94'
- Graham Rusk 94'


St Patrick's Athletic -v- UCD

Thu, Apr 14 2011
St Patrick’s Athletic and UCD meet at Richmond Park on Friday night for an Airtricity League Premier Division encounter that features two teams who are struggling to find form in the early stages of the 2011 season. (Kick off, 7.45pm)

In the twelve league games played by these sides so far they have managed just three wins between them and, while St Pats have two to UCD’s one, both managers will feel that this game offers an opportunity to get some much needed points on the board.

Pete Mahon will know that his side must show more consistency if they are to come anywhere close to matching last season’s achievements but so far his squad have been as unpredictable as the spring weather, particularly at home.

Leading 2-0 at Richmond Park against Bray Wanderers they contrived to lose 3-2. Two weeks later at the same venue they were losing 2-0 to Dundalk before clawing their way back to win 3-2. And if these results hinted at a penchant for excitement they then turned even that expectation on it’s head with a thoroughly dull 0-0 draw against Bohemians.

That represented one of only two clean sheets for the Inchicore side this season so they will probably be relieved to be facing Martin Russell’s UCD this weekend. The students have had an even worse start to 2011, winning their opener away to Drogheda but losing four of their five league games since. More worryingly, they have scored only two goals in their six league outings to date, and conceded eight.

Even without injured defenders Conor Kenna and Brian Shortall Mahon will insist that his side prolong their visitors’ goal-scoring drought while Russell will be equally insistent that his goal shy strike force take advantage of a defence that has let in even more goals than they have.

All things considered this is a game that only the bravest of gamblers would stake money on. And while both managers will be keen to get a result they will also both be looking for the kinds of performances that might indicate the coming on of a certain amount of stability.

St Patrick’s Athletic
Injured: Conor Kenna (knee), Brian Shortall (ankle).
Doubtful: None.
Suspended: None.

UCD
Injured: None.
Doubtful: None.
Suspended: None.

Paddy Power Odds: St Pats 1/2 - Draw 27/10 - UCD 6/1.

Extratime prediction: A 1-0 win for St Pats.


St. Patrick's Athletic
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham 3
Defender
Evan McMillan
Defender
Derek Pender
Defender
Brian Shortall
32Booked: 32'
Defender
Derek Doyle
Midfielder
Shane McFaul
Midfielder
Dave Mulcahy
Midfielder
Anto Murphy
44Scored: 44'
75Booked: 75'
Midfielder
Ian Daly
Forward
Danny North
34Booked: 34'
Forward

Substitutes
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Stephen Bradley
Manager
Paul Crowley
Midfield
John Flood
Forward
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward
Jordan Keegan
Midfield
David McMillan
Forward
UCD
Ger Barron
Goalkeeper
Paul O'Conor
Defender
David O'Connor
Defender
Ciaran Nangle
Defender
Mick Leahy
Defender
Darren Meenan
Midfielder
Mark Langtry
Midfielder
Robbie Creevy
Midfielder
Paul Corry
Midfielder
Dean Marshall
Forward
Graham Rusk
Forward
94Scored: 94'

Substitutes
Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper
Daniel Ledwith
Defender
James Kavanagh
Midfield
Sean Harding
Defender
Stephen Doyle
Midfield
Robbie Benson
Midfield
Samir Belhout
Midfield