Kelly wary of Wanderers return

Aidan Fitzmaurice

ST PATRICK'S Athletic star Jake Kelly admits it will be an odd experience to line out against his former club Bray Wanderers tonight.

Kelly quit Bray to join Pats at the start of this season, having made his name with the Co Wicklow club, though now he's part of a Pats side which is hoping to end an impressive three-game winning streak for Pat Devlin's men.

"It'll be a bit strange walking into the away dressing room on Friday, as I played over 100 games over four seasons for the club," said Kelly. "But I'm a Pats man now, though, and we know it'll be hard to go to Bray as they've been getting some good results lately, but we're going there to win."

Meanwhile, league leaders Sligo Rovers are predicting a hard battle when they host Shelbourne at The Showgrounds. Sligo are unbeaten this season, but they almost went down to a defeat on the opening day of the term as they needed an injury-time goal to force a draw away to Shels.

"I have seen Shelbourne a couple of times and it is probably the hardest test we could get after the win last week," said Sligo boss Ian Baraclough, who is without Joseph Ndo for at least two weeks due to injury. "They'll be organised, hard-working and they have match-winners in their team."