Thursday 18 December 2014

Byrne eager to put a dent in Dundalk's title challenge

Cian Tracey

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

Conan Byrne knows tonights game against table toppers Dundalk is a must win if St Patrick's Athletic are to win back their league title. Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Conan Byrne knows tonights game against table toppers Dundalk is a must win if St Patrick's Athletic are to win back their league title. Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Conan Byrne hasn't given up hope of St Patrick's Athletic winning back their league title, and he knows that tonight's crunch game against table toppers Dundalk is a must win.

Pat's bounced back from a shock home defeat to Limerick to win in Derry last week, and they followed that up on Monday night by sealing their place in the last eight of the FAI Cup, courtesy of Byrne's first-half goal.

The attacker has been in outstanding form all season and he is hoping to heap the pressure on Dundalk by beating them in Richmond Park this evening.

"It's my second best season at this stage. It's going very well, I'm really enjoying it," the winger said. "The Cup is great, it signifies the holy grail for Pat's fans. We're looking to do well but it's back to the bread and butter of the league now.

"It would probably be the biggest surprise in Irish sport if we can come back from this, buit we haven't given up on anything yet. It would be down to eight points with a few games to go if we do win and that's what we're setting out to do.

"We'll approach it like any other game and if we do that, it could make for a very interesting season."

Pat's are yet to beat the Lilywhites in the league this season, having played out a 0-0 draw in Oriel Park and suffered a 4-1 defeat at home.

"I think we have a point to prove to ourselves, let alone the fans. We didn't perform well the last time they came to town.

"If we can perform the way we know we're capable of then we can get the win," he added.

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