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North urges pats to react

"MUST try harder" was the report card sent back to the St Patrick's Athletic dressing room after Friday's 1-1 draw away to Shelbourne in the FAI Ford Cup semi-final.

And Saints striker Danny North -- who was the Saints' goal-scoring hero on Friday -- has told his team-mates that they need to see a drastic improvement in tonight's replay at Richmond Park if the Inchicore club are to give their fans a day out in November in the final against Sligo Rovers.

Pats held all the aces away to Shels on Friday, as at the half-time break Pats were a goal up and Shels were a man down, but former Pats man Philly Hughes took advantage as Pats went to sleep for the second period and forced tonight's replay.

"We were poor on Friday, we have to be honest enough to admit that and we have to do a lot better in the replay tonight or else we won't make the final," Saints striker North told the Herald.

"Not one player from our side can come out with any credit from Friday night. We barely created anything on the night. Once Shels went down to 10 men we should have kicked on and put the game out of sight.


"But the opposite happened. Shels moved up a gear and got back into the game and they were the team who looked like winning the tie at the end.

"We know what Shels are about, they are a good side.

"If we turn up tonight and play like we did on Friday we'll get beaten, I have no doubt about that.

"We didn't get the ball down, we didn't pass it or try to do anything positive, we showed a lot of nerves and Shels were the side more likely to score.

"People talk all the time about the fact that it's 50 years since this club won the Cup and everyone is desperate to end that and win the trophy, but the players didn't show that desire on Friday. We should be doing better and we have to up our game," added North, who scored his 19th goal of the season on Friday.

Pats will have to send out a reshaped side for tonight as Derek Pender, Paul Crowley, Dave Mulcahy and Anthony Murphy are suspended while Shane Guthrie and Sean O'Connor are cup-tied, but Danny North and Derek Doyle hope to be fit.

Shels recall Gareth Matthews from suspension but Colm James serves an automatic ban following his red card on Friday and Conan Byrne faces a late fitness test.