St Patrick's Athletic season preview: Liam Buckley's Saints to mount title challenge

Although deploying an impressive brand of football throughout the season, the Saints lost out on the league and FAI Cup in 2012 and will seek to redress that this year

Killian Brennan
Chris Forrester
Christy Fagan
By James McGlade

Despite ending the season with another heartbreaking FAI Cup final defeat, their sixth in succession, The Saints won a host of admirers last season with an attractive brand of football. However, such accolades are merely a consolation prize for a team that, despite their regular dominance in matches, can struggle to kill off games.

It is a problem that must be addressed this season if Liam Buckley's men are to build on their third place finish and it may have to come at the expense of an extended European run, something that appeared to take the wind out of the team's title challenge last year.

The departures of Barry Murphy, James Chambers and Sean O'Connor shouldn't be felt as replacements in the form of Killian Brennan and Shane McFaul, amongst others, will complement the exciting talents of Chris Forrester and company.

Current PFAI Young Player of the Year, Forrester, is the leading light in St Pat's' quest to end a league championship drought of more than 13 years. A young team, they should edge closer to the title but may just fall short.