Match: St. Patrick's Athletic v Bray WanderersKick-off: 7.45pmGround: Richmond ParkCompetition: Premier Divison St. Patrick's Athletic start their 2017 Premier Division season at Richmond Park against Bray Wanderers. St. Patrick's Athletic manager
Match: St. Patrick's Athletic v Bray Wanderers
Ground: Richmond Park
Competition: Premier Divison
St. Patrick's Athletic start their 2017 Premier Division season at Richmond Park against Bray Wanderers.
St. Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley said: "We're all looking forward to getting up and running.
"The hard work throughout pre-season has all been for this game and the the league season ahead so naturally everyone is keen to play, prove a point and get off to a good start.
"We played Bray recently, however we cannot look into that game too much as circumstances and team selections will differ for Friday's game.
"We're expecting a tough start, but we're hoping to improve on our home form from last year as we felt we didn't perform to our best in Inchicore last year."
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Bray Wanderers' Harry Kenny said: "As a professional footballer based over in Shamrock Rovers historically I had a negative image of Bray.
"I saw them as potential relegation candidates. However, when I joined the club and moreover was promoted to Head Coach, I knew I wanted to change that.
"First of all I knew I had to deal with low morale. I needed to move the surviving mentality to a winning mentality. And I needed fresh blood."