Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020
Venue:

Scored: 50'
- James Akintunde 50'

Scored: 72'
- Conor McCormack 72'


League Preview: St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Derry City

Mon, Aug 03 2020

Robbie Benson celebrating scoring for the Saints against his former club Dundalk last Friday Credit: Michael P Ryan

SAINT PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The Saints are seeking a win against Derry City on Bank Holiday Monday to move into third place in the Premier Division table (kick off 7.45pm behind closed doors).

Stephen O'Donnell’s men earned a point in Oriel Park on Friday on the season re-start with an impressive performance in a 1-1 draw against Dundalk. They pressed the champions hard during the match and their manager is looking to build on that against the Candystripes.

“There's no time to dwell on our previous result,” said Stephen O’Donnell speaking to his club’s media team ahead of Monday’s match.

“We're looking for similar and more of the intensity and workrate. If you get that every week, you cannot have any complaints. Individuals are going to have off days and bad days, but one thing that is non-negotiable is commitment to the cause. 

“If you get that every week, you would like to think that you would be competitive most weeks. So that's all that we demand at the club, and if we get that every week, we'll be very happy."

The draw against Dundalk was watched by viewers on RTÉ and WatchLOI but with only 200 people allowed in total into Oriel Park. "Coming back to action in Oriel under strange circumstances, it was all part of something we have to get used to and become well versed in. It was up to us to create our own atmosphere, our own intensity and our own energy on the pitch and I thought we did that very well." 

O'Donnell can call on Georgie Kelly for this match after the striker had to sit out the game in Dundalk due to his loan deal with the Lilywhites.

"We've a very quick turnaround now and we welcome a very strong Derry City team, one of the strongest in the league. Again, we are dealing with a side that are three weeks to a month back training previous to ourselves so in situations like that they could stand to them."

DERRY CITY

It was a disappointing return to play for Declan Devine’s men on Friday when they allowed Sligo Rovers earn their first win of the season. The 2-0 defeat for Derry sees them move into Monday in seventh place in the Premier Division. 

Speaking to the Derry Journal, Declan Devine admitted that his players are “hurting” after the performance against the Sligo

"It was hard to take on Friday, but in this shortened season you can't afford to look back, whether that's a good performance or a bad performance.

"You have got to learn from what you have done from the previous game and you have to advance it and then move onto the next game.”

If they can bounce back and earn a victory by at least two clear goals they will jump above St. Patrick’s Athletic and into fifth place.

“We have spoken about St Pat's and their strengths and weaknesses. They had a good result and performance on Friday night at Dundalk and we have to make sure that we go down there, match them and do our jobs to the best of our capabilities."

Devine has James Akintunde available to him after he missed Friday’s game due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols but Ally Gilchrist is a doubt having been withdrawn due to injury at half time against Sligo. 

Referee: Rob Hennessy

MATCH STATS

Derry City did pick up a win in Inchicore last season beating the Saints 3-1 in April. Pat’s won 1-0 in Richmond Park later in the year. In the Brandywell, there was a 1-1 draw and a 3-1 away win for Pat’s when the teams last played.

The Candystripes have lost both of their games on the road so far this season and it is three straight defeats in the league for Derry.

BETTING

St. Pat’s 13/10; Draw 2/1; Derry City 2/1.

PREDICTION
2-1 home win

St. Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: None.

Suspended: None.

DERRY CITY

Injured: None. 

Doubtful: Ally Gilchrist

Suspended: None.

League Gallery: League Report: Dundalk 1 - 1 St Patrick's Athletic https://t.co/iER07pUip2@ryanmilestone pic.twitter.com/unXLUGTsWV


St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke 26
Goalkeeper
David Titov
21Booked: 21'
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Defender
Luke McNally 14
Defender
Shane Griffin 20
Defender
Lee Desmond 5
Defender
Jamie Lennon 6
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Midfielder
Jordan Gibson
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Midfielder
Rory Feely 2
67Booked: 67'
Midfielder
© Robbie Benson 7
Midfielder
Dan Ward 4
27Booked: 27'
52'
52Subbed Off: 52'
Midfielder
Georgie Kelly
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Martin Rennie 9
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Forward
Jason McClelland 16
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Midfield
Darragh Markey 8
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Midfield
Conor Kearns 25
Goalkeeper
Chris Forrester 19
52'
52Subbed On: 52'
Midfield
Darragh Burns 35
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Midfield
Ian Bermingham 3
Defender
Derry City
1 Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
3 Ciaran Coll
Defender
23 Ally Gilchrist
Defender
32Booked: 32'
2 Colm Horgan
Defender
6 Eoin Toal
Defender
8 Gerardo Bruna
Midfielder 66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
29 Jack Malone
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
22 Conor McCormack ©
Midfielder
72Scored: 72'
17 Joe Thomson
Midfielder
James Akintunde
Forward
50Scored: 50'
10 Walter Figueira
Forward 84'
84Subbed Off: 84'

Substitutes
15 Ronan Boyce
Defender
16 Conor Clifford
Midfield
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
20 Darren Cole
Defender
13 Nathan Gartside
Goalkeeper
4 Ciaron Harkin
Midfield
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
19 Stephen Mallon
Midfield
66Subbed On: 66'
66'
24 Mark McChrystal
Defender