Sammon's sore point
IRELAND cap Conor Sammon had mixed feelings after he ended his goal drought with Derby County.
Sammon, 25, scored his first goal in 11 games for the Rams against Cardiff City in midweek but it was not enough to give his side a win.
"I was delighted to get that. I just would have loved it to be the winner," says Sammon.
"When the goal went in, I saw there was 15 minutes to go and thought, 'Come on, let's hold on here'.
"Unfortunately, we weren't quite able to in the end but it's a good point against the team that is top of the league. We were disappointed we didn't win the game – and we've had that feeling quite a lot recently."
Dawson in race for City
DUBLINER Stephen Dawson could get a chance to face Manchester City in the FA Cup with Barnsley on Saturday if he can win his fitness battle.
Dawson, 27, has missed Barnsley's last nine games with an ankle injury but Tykes manager David Flitcroft says that the Irish midfielder is battling hard to get fit for Saturday's quarter-final.
"Daws is close. He wants to play and is gearing up to try and get this game in. We'll have a fitness check with him on Friday," said Flitcroft.
"I'd love Stephen Dawson to be a part of Saturday, but he might be a week short."
Dawson, capped twice at U21 level, joined Barnsley last year after spells with Leicester City, Mansfield Town, Bury and Orient.
Maher back with St Pat's
FORMER U21 cap Stephen Maher is a Saint once again after he agreed to rejoin St Patrick's Athletic.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who starred for Pats in their UEFA Cup run of 2009, had spent the second half of last season with Dundalk following the collapse of Monaghan United and he had been linked with a move to the USA.
But Saints boss Liam Buckley had strengthened his squad by signing Maher, along with veteran keeper Pat Jennings.
Maher and Jennings join the squad for tomorrow's season opener, where Pats entertain Drogheda United at Richmond Park.
– BY AIDAN FITZMAURICE