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News and Match Preview - v Finn Harps

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shelbourne v Finn Harps

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

Tolka Park – May 11th – KO 7.45 pm  



Following Shelbourne’s trip to the Brandywell Stadium on Monday last for their ill-fated EA Sports Cup Quarter Final with Derry City, attention is switched back to the Airtricity League First Division and Friday’s home tie against Finn Harps. Kick-off at the Drumcondra venue on Friday is scheduled for 7.45pm. 


Shelbourne’s last league game was against UCD at Tolka Park. The first half of the game was a 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 off the heel of a defender into the net. Ninety minutes up and the score 1-1, surely game over. Not 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, this Friday’s opponents, Finn Harps, had Drogheda United as visitors. Drogheda scored after 25 minutes and went into the half-time break ahead.  Harps came out a different team in the second half and within ten minutes were on level terms, Keith Cowan having scored. Ciaran O’Connor scored for the home side just ten minutes later; Final score Harps 2-1 Drogheda.    


Harps were at home again on Bank Holiday Monday, in a re-scheduled game against Galway United. In a game of little in the way of goalmouth action and the sides cancelling each other out, the game seemed to be heading for a scoreless draw, when in the dying minutes, Jesse Devers received a lobbed ball from Paddy McCourt and held off the defender before firing a looping half-volley at goal to win the game for his side.


These two wins for Harps have propelled them into second place in the league table on 20 points, with Shelbourne just behind them, sharing an 18 points total with Drogheda and Galway.


Shelbourne played Harps in Ballybofey at the start of the season and shared the points in what was a keen, competitive game on a difficult surface – David O’Sullivan’s goal just before half-time cancelling out Michael O’Connor’s score after just sixteen minutes.


The sides did not meet competitively last season


Shelbourne manager Owen Heary will have a full squad to select from for this game, with the exception of Aidan Collins (shoulder injury)



Suspended:  None
Injured:   Aidan Collins
Doubtful:   None


League Form

Shelbourne  L D W W W W L W D D

Finn Harps  D W W L D L W W W W



Goal Scorers (Competitive 2018)

Dave O’Sullivan – 12 (2 EA Cup)

James English – 5 (3 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

Date: March 9, 2018     Date 07-May-18 EA Sports Cup
Finn Harps 1-1 Shelbourne   Derry City 7-3 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s: Dave O'Sullivan   Shels Scorer/s: Dave O'Sullivan 2, James English
Date: August 14, 2015     Date 04-May-18  
Finn Harps 1-0 Shelbourne   Shelbourne 1-1 UCD
Shels Scorer/s:         Shels Scorer/s: James English  
Date: June 26, 2015     Date 30-Apr-18 Leinster  SC
Shelbourne 3-2 Finn Harps   Athlone Town 0-1 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s: Philly Hughes 3   Shels Scorer/s: James English  
Date: April 24, 2015     Date 27-Apr-18  
Finn Harps 1-0 Shelbourne   Drogheda United 1-1 Shelbourne
Shels Scorer/s:         Shels Scorer/s: James English  
Date: March 6, 2015   Date 24-Apr-18 EA Sports Cup
Shelbourne 0-0 Finn Harps   Shelbourne 7-2 Drogheda United
Shels Scorer/s:         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

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