Dundalk will be hoping to keep themselves in the Ireland Premier title race on Friday when they make the trip to Richmond Park in order to face St Patrick’s Athletic.
Despite that, the hosts have a chance to close the gap on their opponents themselves as only six points currently separate them in the table.
After two consecutive games without a win, St Patrick’s Athletic were able to change their fortunes at the weekend during their most recent outing against Drogheda United.
Goals from Billy King, Eoin Doyle, and Mark Doyle were enough to secure the result, ensuring that the Saints kept themselves in contention for a top-three finish this season.
Currently, Tim Clancy’s men are in fourth place, but there is just five points between them and Derry City, which is a gap they will be hoping to shrink this week.
St Patrick’s Athletic have not played since July 1st, which should have provided them with plenty of time in order to recover and get themselves prepared for this one.
The Saints will be aware of the fact that when they last met Dundalk they suffered a 1-0 defeat as Daniel Kelly scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
For the visitors, they will be looking for an immediate response on Friday after their eleven-match unbeaten run was brought to an end in their most recent outing at the hands of Drogheda United.
A goal in the first minute of the game from Dean Williams proved to be enough to separate the two teams on the day, giving the Lilywhites something to think about heading into this encounter.
Prior to that they had been on a spectacular run, which was made even more impressive by the fact that they kept five clean sheets in the six matches that led up to their recent loss.
Only the league leaders Shamrock Rovers have conceded fewer goals than them this season, and that is a record Dundalk will look to continue as they aim to keep the pressure on them.
Right now there is a 10-point difference between the two in the table, but with Stephen McDonnell’s men boasting a game in hand, they will still believe they have what it takes to close the gap.
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