Ciarán Kilduff: League is far from over
Striker believes derby triumph can push Saints on in title race
ST PATRICK'S Athletic striker Ciarán Kilduff insists he has some unfinished business to take care of in tonight's Dublin derby clash with his former club Shamrock Rovers at Richmond Park, Inchicore.
Kilduff was in the Saints line-up that lost the opening day derby clash with Rovers in Tallaght Stadium - a spectacle destroyed by high winds.
The prolific frontman went close a number of times on the night and insists the disappointment at losing the match was palpable.
"It was really disppointing to lose that game. It was an awful night for football, and I hit the woodwork a couple of times, so hopefully I can make up for that tonight. We're definitely going for the win," he said.
Kilduff also acknowledges that the Saints can't afford any more slip-ups with leaders and reigning champions Dundalk in such stunning form of late.
"It's a big game for both clubs as Dundalk have been setting the standard at the top of the table and we're playing catch-up a little bit," he insists.
"Rovers are also still unbeaten, but we know with the form we've been in of late, we're not a million miles away from them."
Liam Buckley's side have put together an unbeaten nine-game run of their own since the defeat to Dundalk back in March.
During that period, an injury to last season's top goalscorer Christy Fagan means Kilduff has been first-choice striker in the side, but the 24-year-old feels there's room for both of them at Richmond Park.
"Liam tried to sign me a couple of times so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I did eventually sign for St Pat's," he said.
"But it was never going to be an easy task coming into a team with Christy Fagan in such great form.
"Christy achieved everything last season and deservedly so. But the competition is healthy and although Liam likes to play usually with one man up front, I think we've shown that we can play together as well."
Although he's on the red side of tonight's derby clash, Kilduff has nothing but fond memories of his time at Rovers - a club he grew up with as a teenager.
"I have a lot of good memories of Rovers. I was there for nine years from schoolboy level all the way to the first team," he says.
"I was there for the League wins and Europa League run and have some amazing memories of my time there.
"But I had to move on. It got a bit frustrating towards the end of my time there and sometimes you just have to move on.
"If I get any stick from the Rovers supporters tonight, I'll just take it in my stride and channel it in the right way.
"I'm a Pat's player now and I'm happy to be a Pat's player. Hopefully we can get the win."