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Preview: UCD AFC vs St Patrick's Athletic

Kick off: 7.45pm, Friday 23rd August, UCD Bowl55A55C0B-2909-4F83-B51B-2DD2D1305BC9

Friday night sees our return to Extra.ie FAI Cup action as we host St Patrick's Athletic in the second round (last 16). In the previous round, a brilliant second half performance saw us come from behind to beat Letterkenny Rovers 5-2, thanks to two goals from Liam Kerrigan, and a goal a piece from Jason McClelland, Yoyo Mahdy and Richie O'Farrell.

Maciej Tarnogrodzki will take charge of the side for the first time on Friday night, after his appointment as our new first team manager was last night confirmed.

Evan Osam has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks from the Achilles injury he picked up in pre-season, however no date has yet been set for his return but he is hopeful of returning before the end of the season. Paul Doyle is likely to miss the remainder of the season after being forced off in the first half of our defeat against Bohemians, with x-rays confirming he has fractured a metatarsal in his foot. Josh Collins and Sean McDonald will both continue to miss out also through injury. Meanwhile, there was better news for Liam Kerrigan after he also picked up a foot injury in the Bohemians game, however he has received the all clear and came through training last night and will be available for selection. Conor Kearns will be suspended for the game, with two games remaining on the six match suspension he received following our victory over Bohemians.

We will face Dundalk twice next week in the league, away in Oriel Park on Monday night, before Dundalk visit the UCD Bowl next Friday night. Our Leinster Senior Cup game against Crumlin United has also been confirmed for Monday 2nd September at 7.45pm in the UCD Bowl.

Injured: Evan Osam, Josh Collins, Sean McDonald, Paul Doyle
Doubtful: None
Suspended: Conor Kearns