Life goes on for Saints as they square up to Cork
Talisman Forrester now a Posh boy
Low on confidence after some morale-sapping defeats, St Patrick's Athletic get used to life without their talisman Christopher Forrester as they face up to Cork City tonight and try to keep alive their European dream.
Former U21 cap Forrester finally got his yearned-for cross-channel move as he signed for League One side Peterborough United and could even make his debut against Millwall tomorrow night.
With 13 goals, Forrester was the Saints' leading scorer this season and as they head south tonight to play Cork City on the back of a home defeat to Derry City on Friday, Pats fans will wonder how they will replace Forrester in terms of a goal threat.
The Smithfield lad has been repeatedly linked with a move to England since he emerged with Bohemians in 2011 but the Posh have come up with a deal - reportedly worth €100,000 - to secure his signature.
"I am over the moon to have secured the services of Christopher Forrester. He is full of energy and scored 12 goals in 24 games for St Patrick's Athletic. He is an attacking midfielder and one that we have high hopes for," said Peterborough boss Dave Robertson.
On a run of three straight defeats, Pats can only hope for better away to Cork tonight in a key game in the race for Europe. Cork, who beat Galway United on Friday, feel they can cement a top-two finish here but they are wary of the Inchicore club.
"We could nearly box off Europe if we got the right result, but if Pat's win, they're right back in it. From that point of view, I'm not really concerned about anything other than can we get the three points," says Cork boss John Caulfield. "It's a huge game for us and a very tight turnaround from Friday."