GARETH MAHER - Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ryan Guy and St. Patrick's Athletic will be aiming to take the three points from their encounter with Dundalk, while Chris Konopka hopes to feature for Waterford United in their First Division match with Limerick.
St. Patrick's Athletic - Dundalk
With only six league games left to play, Guy knows that St. Pat's need to win all of their remaining games if they are to secure a European berth for next season.
The San Diego native is back in superb shape and he is expected to spearhead the Saints attack for this Friday night game at Richmond Park against an inconsistent Dundalk team.
Pete Mahon was delighted with last week's FAI Ford Cup quarter-final win over Sporting Fingal, which saw Guy open the scoring, so he will be asking his players for a repeat performance in this fixture.
Guy, who has five league goals this year, is likely to start up front alongside Danny North, although the return to full fitness of Vinny Faherty offers Mahon with another option.
Shane Guthrie with a dead leg is a major doubt for the Saints, who are definitely without the injured duo of Gareth Coughlan due to a broken leg and Paul Byrne sidelined with an ankle injury.
Waterford United - Limerick
Konopka may not have played since June, although he remains hopeful of breaking back into the Waterford line-up and this game on Friday at the RSC presents him with another opportunity.
The Blues are sitting third in the First Division and trail both Derry City and Monaghan United by four points as they attempt to keep their promotion hopes alive.
Head coach Stephen Henderson has no injury concerns or suspensions, so he will be able to select from a full-strength roster for what is a crucial game.
Limerick are two places behind Waterford in the league and also still in the running for promotion, so they will be hoping to cause an upset.