James Doona claims St Patrick’s Athletic can’t afford to be good neighbours in Richmond Park tonight.
The Saints welcome an Inchicore Athletic side that have one ex St Pats player and a team full people who frequent the famous stadium as fans in the FAI Cup first round, but can’t afford to roll out the welcome mat according to the winger.
The 20 year old, who lives locally, will be up against old school friends and a team he has been down to watch a number of times last season, but as it’s a game the hosts have to win friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes.
“I watched them two or three times last year,” Doona told SunSport.
“And I’d also see a few of their players around the area — lads I was in school with — just down the shops and that.
“Most of them would watch Pat’s on a Friday. Their family members would be Saints fans as well as Inchicore fans.”
“I haven’t seen many of their players over the last few days — but I know I’ll be bumping into them if we don’t beat them!
“We know that we have to beat them, we have to go through and get a bit of silverware this season.”
The Inchicore derby between an LSL third tier side and the LOI outfit kicks off at 7:45 in Richmond tonight.
The other Friday night FAI Cup clash involving an amateur side is UCD versus Pike Rovers. The Limerick junior side, who reached the FAI Junior Cup final last season and beat Intermediate outfit Avondale United to reach the first round proper take on the First Division high flyers at the Bowl.