Shelbourne start the second half of the league campaign by hosting Longford Town at Tolka Park on Friday next, in the SSE Airtricity League, First Division. Kick off at the Drumcondra venue in 7.45pm
The most recent round in the league saw Shelbourne at home to Cabinteely, who were just two points ahead in the league. A win and Shelbourne would have leap-frogged them into fourth position in the league. It was not to happen. Shelbourne did all the early pressing until, following a quick clearance from a corner, Cabinteely’s Joe Doyle scored the opening goal after ten minutes. James English replied five minutes later with a fine headed goal. Cabo were once again ahead after ex-Shelbourne player Conor Keeley rose unopposed to head the visitors back in front after 25 minutes. Though Shelbourne had most of the possession in the first half, Cabo went in 2-1 ahead at the break.
The possession stakes changed somewhat in the second half, with Cabinteely making the most of theirs and scoring in the 79th minute – Evan Galvin’s effort ending in the net from Alan Byrne’s boot as he attempted to clear – and again in ‘lost’ time, courtesy of a Lotefa goal. Final score Shelbourne 1-4 Cabinteely – Cabo’s first ever win against the Reds.
Friday’s opposition, Longford Town, had a fine win over Wexford Youths, scoring five times without reply. The effect, after this result was, Longford leap-frogged Shelbourne into fifth place - Longford on 16 points, with Shelbourne one point behind them in sixth position. Longford’s goal stats are 15 for and 13 against, whereas Shelbourne have scored 14 and conceded 20.
The two games between the sides played so far this season ended in a win for Longford (3-1) in April and a 0-0 draw in Tolka Park on the opening day of the season.
There were no league games between the sides last season, as Longford were playing in the Premier Division.
Derek Prendergast returns from suspension this week, however Dylan Kavanagh remains on the injured list, with Aidan Collins and Chris Lyons both rated as doubtful.
Injured: Dylan Kavanagh,
Doubtful: Aidan Collins, Chris Lyons
Goal Scorers (Competitive 2017)
James English – 8 (5 LSC)
Derek Prendergast – 5
Dayle Rooney – 4 (2 LSC)
Adam Evans – 3
Aaron Ashe - 1
League Form since start of the season
Shelbourne: D L D D W W W L L L L W L L
Longford : D L W L L D D W L W D L L W
|Date:||April 15, 2017|
|Longford Town 3-1 Shelbourne|
|Date:||February 24, 2017|
|Shelbourne 0-0 Longford Town|
|Date:||August 29, 2014|
|Shelbourne 0-0 Longford Town|
|Date:||July 5, 2014|
|Longford Town 3-0 Shelbourne|
|Date:||May 2, 2014|
|Shelbourne 3-2 Longford Town|
|Shels Scorer/s:||Tinnelly, Coughlan, Connolly|
|Date:||March 15, 2014|
|Longford Town 0-1 Shelbourne|
|Last Six Competitive|
|Date:||May 26, 2017|
|Shelbourne 1-4 Cabinteely|
|Date:||May 19, 2017|
|Wexford 1-0 Shelbourne|
|Date:||May 12, 2017|
|Shelbourne 2-1 Athlone Town|
|Shels Scorer/s:||Prendergast, Ashe|
|Date:||May 5, 2017|
|Waterford 1-0 Shelbourne|
|Date:||April 28, 2017|
|Shelbourne 0-1 Cobh Ramblers|
|Date:||April 24, 2017|
|Bohemians 0-3 Shelbourne (Leinster Senior Cup)|
|Shels Scorer/s:||Rooney, English 2|