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News and Match Preview - v Derry City

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Derry City v Shelbourne

EA Sports – Quarter Finals
Brandywell Stadium – May 7th – KO 5.00pm  

Shelbourne travel north on Monday for the Quarter Final of the EA Sports Cup against Derry City at the Brandywell Stadium. Kick-off in the Maiden City is scheduled for 5.00pm.


Shelbourne played UCD on Friday night at Tolka Park, the visitors coming into the game holding a five-point lead at the head of the table over Shelbourne in third place.


The first half of the game was half of few chances as both sides cancelled out one another. The second half started in the same vein until James English latched onto a cross-field ball from James Brown, which he hammered to the roof of the Students’ net. After a number of chances for each side and with the clock running down, UCD’s Gary O’Neill had a shot from outside the area, which was deflected of the heel of a defender into the net. Ninety minutes up and the score 1-1, surely game over. No so, UCD’s leading scorer, Georgie Kelly received a second yellow card as he was adjudged to have dived in the Shelbourne area and was sent for an early(?) shower. The result was that UCD increased their lead. at the top of the table, over the chasing group.


While this was happening at Tolka Park, Derry City had travelled to the seaside town of Bray to play lowly Wanderers. The visitors came into the game on the back of a ten-match unbeaten run and would have been expected to deal with anything that Bray could throw at them, but Bray were having none of it. A Ronan Coughlan brace sandwiched a Nicky Low goal, midway through the second half, to give the home side all three points.


Shelbourne and Derry have not played competitively since 2013 when the Candystripes had a clean sweep of the three games played in the Premier Division that season.


For Monday’s game, it’s likely that Shelbourne manager Owen Heary will be without Aidan Collins (shoulder), while Dayle Rooney and Arran Molloy are doubtful.


Match Officials

Referee: Damien MacGraith

Assistants: Trevor Conlon & Benny McDaid

Fourth Official: Galvin Taggart


Suspended: None
Injured:   Aidan Collins
Doubtful:  Dayle Rooney, Arran Molloy


Goal Scorers (Competitive 2018)
Dave O’Sullivan – 10

James English – 4 (2 EA Cup)

Adam Evans – 3

Jamie Doyle – 3 (3 EA Cup)

Shane Farrell – 2 (1 EA Cup; 1 LSC)

Gavin Boyne – 1 (1 EA Cup)

Dave Mulcahy – 1 (1 EA Cup)

Dayle Rooney -1 (1 EA Cup)

Cian Kavanagh – 1 (1 EA Cup)

Arran Molloy – 1

Alan Byrne - 1


Previous Meetings


Last 6 Competitive Games

These sides have not met competively    Date 04-May-18  
since 2013  

Shelbourne 1-1 UCD

      Shels Scorer/s: James English  
        Date 30-Apr-18 Leinster  SC

Athlone Town 0-1 Shelbourne

      Shels Scorer/s: James English  
        Date 27-Apr-18  

Drogheda United 1-1 Shelbourne

          Shels Scorer/s: James English  
        Date 24-Apr-18 EA Sports Cup

Shelbourne 7-2 Drogheda United

      Shels Scorer/s: D.Mulcahy, D.Rooney, J.Doyle 3
        C.Kavanagh, S.Farrell
        Date 20-Apr-18  

Shelbourne 2-0 Galway United

      Shels Scorer/s: Alan Byrne, Dave O'Sullivan
          Date 13-Apr-18    

Cabinteely 2-0 Shelbourne

      Shels Scorer/s:      

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