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'Devastated' Guy keen to hit UCD hard

ST PATRICK's Athletic star Ryan Guy admits that his penalty miss against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night has left him devastated.

But the American-born forward has vowed to make up for it when the Saints take on UCD this Friday, in a bid to reclaim top spot in the league.

Rovers moved ahead of Pats in the league table thanks to Monday's 2-1 win for the Hoops in Tallaght, but Pats would have remained on top if Ryan had converted an injury-time penalty, awarded after Rovers winger Billy Dennehy deliberately handled the ball to keep out a Paul Byrne effort.

Dennehy was sent off for his sins and will miss Rovers' game at home to Dundalk on Sunday through suspension, but Pats also suffered as Guy's kick was saved by Rovers goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

"I was devastated, it was as bad a feeling as you can possibly get. You feel you've let the supporters, the players and the club all down. You had the opportunity of glory or bust and, unfortunately, I ended up with the latter," said Guy.

"I was the nominated penalty taker for the day, I was feeling confident and had no hesitation in opting to step up. I probably hit it higher than I would have liked and their keeper made a decent save.

"Whatever fire I have inside me for the club, it's now burning stronger than ever. I desperately want to make up for that miss and the only way I know how to do that is to go out and play better than I ever have for St Pats. I suppose one good thing is that there are more matches coming up, starting with UCD on Friday and that is now my focus," he added.

Dennehy set to land gills deal

IRELAND U21 cap Darren Dennehy is poised to join Gillingham from Cardiff City.

The Kerry lad joined Cardiff City from Everton two years ago, but has yet to play a game for the Welsh side and spent last season on loan to Hereford and Gillingham. And now Gillingham want him back after the player secured his release from Cardiff.

"We have put a proposition to Darren and he is considering it," said Gills chairman Paul Scally.

"It was difficult for him to remove himself from Cardiff, but he has now done that and we are in discussions with him.

"We would like to think he will come here but he has other opportunities as well. He will obviously do what is right for him."

Darren's brother, Billy, is currently lining out for Shamrock Rovers.