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Mahon tells Saints to keep marching on

PETE MAHON wants his St Patrick's Athletic side to keep up their push for a European place when they take on an in-form UCD side tonight, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Any faint hopes of a title challenge for Pats ended on Friday night when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bohemians, and while Pats can still qualify for Europe via the FAI Cup, Mahon wants his players to keep their focus on the league.

"Friday was disappointing but we can't let our heads drop, we have to go to Belfield tonight and beat UCD and I know that won't be easy," said Mahon.

"UCD have been a bogey team for Pats over the years and they've had some good results in the last while.

"They beat Bohemians and Dundalk and are playing well so UCD away is a very tough game for us.

"With Rovers and Sligo both winning over the weekend it's very hard to see us being involved now in the league as we're five points off the pace.


"But my aim is to win every game between now and the end of the season and see where that takes us."

Meanwhile, Shelbourne will try to bounce back tonight following Friday's disappointing night in the league.

Shels take on Limerick in the FAI Cup quarter-final at Tolka Park as St Patrick's Athletic await the winners of that tie in the semi-final

But morale at Shels has taken a hammering after two defeats in the last three games and their lead at the top of the table is now down to four points, while second-placed Monaghan United have a game in hand.

Shels had shown some stunning form earlier in the season, winning 12 of their 13 games from May to September, but defeats to Limerick and Monaghan last month has seen their lead at the top reduced.

"We will take the game against Limerick on its merits and prepare in the right way," said Reds boss Alan Mathews.