News and Match Preview – v Cobh Ramblers

Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

Tolka Park – Friday, April 18th – KO 8.00pm

Shelbourne have Cobh Ramblers as visitors to Tolka Park on Friday night, for what will be the completion of the first round of games in the division – every side will then have played each other once. Kick-off at the Drumcondra venue is at 8.00pm.

Shelbourne came away from Eamonn Deacy Park in Galway, with the full three points, on Friday night last – courtesy of a late, late goal from Dylan Connolly. In a great game, that ebbed and flowed, the Reds stuck to their task right to the final whistle and came away with the prize – a precious three points, another clean sheet and still remain the only undefeated side in the division.

Friday’s visitors had a great result themselves last week-end, holding Waterford United to a scoreless draw at St. Coleman’s Park in the Munster Local Derby. While their visitors did the majority of the attacking, the Cobh defence held tight to get their first clean sheet of the season.

The two sides have not met since the 2007 season, when Cobh won two of the four games played, with the other two drawn, on their way to the First Division title and promotion.

When asked about Friday’s game manager Johnny McDonnell said “Cobh may not have started the season as well as they would have liked, but we all know that they have a very good young team and the draw against Waterford shows myself and my players that this will be a difficult game”.

Shelbourne go into Friday’s game with no suspensions, but with doubts about the fitness of John Sullivan, Jordan Keegan and Conor Murphy.

Suspended: None

Injured: None

Doubtful: John Sullivan, Jordan Keegan, Conor Murphy

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Dylan Connolly – 3

Darren Tinnelly – 2 (EASC 2)

Philip Hand – 1

Jordan Keegan -1

Conor Murphy -1

Stephen McDonnell -1

Gareth Coughlan – 1

Keith Quinn – 1

Previous Meetings

Oct 26, 2007 Shelbourne 1 – 2 Cobh Ramblers
(Shels Scorer – Flood )

Aug 25, 2007 Cobh Ramblers 1 – 1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorer – Flood )

Jun 26, 2007 Shelbourne 2 – 2 Cobh Ramblers
(Shels Scorers – Leech, Chambers )

Apr 21, 2007
Cobh Ramblers 1 – 0 Shelbourne

Competitive Fixtures 2014

Apr 11, 2014 Galway FC 0 – 1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorer – Connolly)

Apr 04, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Finn Harps
(Shels Scorers – Coughlan, Quinn )

Mar 30, 2014 Shelbourne 1 – 1 Shamrock Rovers ‘B’
(Shels Scorer – Gannon )

Mar 21, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 3 Waterford United
(Shels Scorers – C. Murphy, Connolly, S.McDonnell )

Mar 18, 2014 UCD 2-2 Shelbourne [UCD won 3-1 on Pens](LSC)
(Shels Scorers – Cashin, O’Connor – Gannon (shootout) )

Mar 15, 2014 Longford Town 0 – 1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorers – Keegan )

Mar 10, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 5 Bray Wanderers (aet) EASC
(Shels Scorers – Tinnelly 2 )

Mar 07, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Wexford Youths
(Shels Scorers – Hand , Connolly )

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