LIMERICK FC boss Stuart Taylor has told his players to enjoy the occasion of playing against the reigning champions on live TV today.
After a tough start to the season, Limerick face another stiff test as they take on St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park (3.15pm, live on RTé 2 ).
"I think being on TV makes a difference because the players can express themselves and show everybody how good they are. I think it will be a good game for the spectators because you've got two teams who want to play football," said the Scottish native.
"I think it will be an open and enjoyable game. Hopefully, it's more enjoyable for our supporters and for us."
The Saints are boosted by the return from injury of last season's player of the year Killian Brennan, but despite Limerick's sluggish start to the season, Pats manager Liam Buckley is wary.
"Limerick are a good side and Stuart Taylor will have them well prepared. We were disappointed with our performance last week against UCD, but delighted with the result. We know we have to improve on last week, as Limerick will cause us problems otherwise," Buckley said.
Sligo Rovers, aiming to recover from last week's loss to Bray Wanderers, have suffered a blow ahead of tonight's home clash with Dundalk as veteran striker Raff Cretaro will be out for a number of months after he underwent surgery on a calf injury.
"Raff is a lively player and his absence will be a blow to us. He is a great character to have around and we'll have to make sure he is there on the sidelines to play that part he can," said manager Ian Baraclough.