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News and Match Preview - v Longford Town

Friday, April 14, 2017

Longford Town v Shelbourne

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

City Calling Stadium – April 15th – KO 7.30pm


Easter Saturday sees Shelbourne travel to the midlands to take on Longford Town on their home patch, in our first game of the second quarter of the SSE Airtricity League, First Division. Kick off at City Calling Stadium is scheduled for 7.45pm.


Last weekend saw Shelbourne overcome Cabinteely by the only goal of the game, scored by James English with just three minutes to go to full time, and so leap-frog the Stradbrook side, to lie in third place in the league table.  


Saturday’s opposition travelled to Ferrycarrig Park last week-end and played out a 0-0 draw with Wexford FC. In what was tight game between the bottom of the table sides, Longford will think themselves unlucky not to have taken all three points, when the best chance of the game fell to Enda Curran when the ball was parried by the keeper from a Cody Mulhall shot, only for the striker’s shot to come back off the crossbar. 


 Shelbourne manager Owen Heary said after the win against Cabinteely “I don't think we played particularly well. It was difficult, especially with the pitch. I was pleased with how we battled. There's been a lot of rugby played on the pitch, and we knew from the start that we couldn't get the ball down and play”. 

On the goal that won the tie for the Reds “We were trying to get in behind them, try and play – [James] English was getting frustrated but he got one chance and he managed to stick it away and in fairness to the rest of the lads, we kept a clean sheet.”  (quotes from interview with sseairtricityleague.ie’s Peter Branigan).


Shelbourne played Longford in the first game of the season at Tolka Park, the game ending in a 0-0 draw. Previous to that, the sides had not met in the league since 2014, when of the four games played, Shelbourne won two (0-1 & 3-2), Longford has one win (3-0) and their final game in that season ended in a no-score draw.


Of the 18 games played between the sides since 2007, Shelbourne won 11 (7 at Strokestown Road), Longford won 3  (2 at home) with the four maining games drawn (all at Tolka). Of the 57 goals scored [average 3.17 per game], Shelbourne scored 35 and Longford 22.  


Shelbourne have no suspensions for this game and manager Owen Heary’s absentee list remains as last week, with Aidan Collins, Dylan Kavanagh, Mikey Murphy  and Niall Lanigan  sitting this one out. 



Suspended:  None

Injured:   Aidan Collins, Dylan Kavanagh, Niall Lanigan, Mikey Murphy

Doubtful:   None


Goal Scorers (Competitive 2017) 

James English – 5 (3 LSC)

Derek Prendergast – 4

Adam Evans - 3

Dayle Rooney – 2 (1 LSC)


Form since start of the season

Shelbourne: D L D D W W W

Longford Town : D L W L L D D


Previous Meetings
Date: February 24, 2017  
Shelbourne 0-0 Longford Town
Shels Scorer/s:    
Date: August 29, 2014  
Shelbourne 0-0 Longford Town
Shels Scorer/s:    
Date: July 5, 2014
Longford Town 3-0 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s:  
Date: May 2, 2014
Shelbourne 3-2 Longford Town
Shels Scorer/s: Tinnelly, Coughlan, Connolly
Date: March 15, 2014
Longford Town 0-1 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s: Keegan  
Last Six Competitive  
Date: April 7, 2017
Cabinteely 0-1 Shelbourne  
Shels Scorer/s: English
Date: March 31, 2017
Shelbourne 2-0 Wexford FC  
Shels Scorer/s: Prendergast, Rooney
Date: March 25, 2017
Athlone Town 1-4 Shelbourne  
Shels Scorer/s: Prendergast 2
Date: March 17, 2017
Shelbourne 2-2 Waterford  
Shels Scorer/s: Prendergast 2
Date: March 11, 2017
Cobh Ramblers 1-1 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s: Evans
Date: March 3, 2017
UCD 4-0 Shelbourne    
Shels Scorer/s:  


Since 2007
Total Games 18 9 at Longford
Shels wins 12 7 at Longford
Longford Wins 3 2 at Longford
Draws 3 0 at Longford
Shels Goals 35 14 at Longford
Longford Goals 22 11 at Longford


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