Derry City vs St Patricks by Sunshine
Derry City was hosted by Cork few days ago in a 26th round of the champions, as the match had a lively start with both teams having their chances, but the game turned to be a one sided as the home side got 4:1 victory. Cork got the leading goal in thirteen minute, while the same player, Morrissey scored two more for a 3:0 lead for home side after a bit more than hour of football.
Few minutes later the home side scored fourth, while the visitors were only able to reduce the scoreline. With this defeat behind their backs, it must be said that the team is in kind of a free fall, having two consecutive defeats, but also overall quite a poor form in recent weeks. Having that in mind, it's natural that they have started losing the contact with the top of the standings, being currently fourth at the table, having still only four points less than Sligo. Still, they want a victory tonight, as the coach said he expects players to react and reverse the current flow of bad result, remaining optimistic. Left back Dean Jarvis is doubtful, while midfielder Deery (9/0) and defender Greacen (6/0) didn't recover from their injuries. Left midfielder Houston (15/1) and left back Crawley (10/1) are also not fully fit and will stay out of the game most likely.
St Patricks, on the other side, hosted Bohemians few days ago and were held to a 1:1 draw only although they were huge favorites to take all three points. As expected, hosts got much stronger into the game and got a lead in 20th minute, while the lost many good opportunities to clear the game and scored some more goals, paying the price with a conceded goal in 76th minute.
After the draw, St Patricks found themselves at the second position at the table for the first time after months. Great and in-form Dundalk overtook their position and there is no doubt that the club will have a hard time getting the first position at the end of the season. Despite the run of seven undefeated matches, they were with two draws at home out of last four matches and lost the lead. However, in case of a victory tonight, they will regain it, while the target understandably, is to gain all three points tonight. Guests are coming into this game without a single injury or suspension problem.
St Patricks performs much better away from home and should be rated at least as slight favorites against out of form Derry. However, hosts will try to be as aggressive as possible and there is no doubt that the game will be very open one, with both teams netting at least once.