Drogheda United v Shelbourne
EA Sports Cup – Round One
United Park – Tuesday, March 10th – KO 7.45pm
Quickly following on from the opening game of the new season, against Finn Harps on Friday night, comes an away fixture to Drogheda United in Round One of the EA Sports Cup. Kick-off at United Park is 7.45pm.
In the weekend fixtures, Shelbourne were held to a 0-0 draw at Tolka Park, while Drogheda United took all three points away from the Carlisle Grounds, courtesy of a Daryl Kavanagh goal, score in the 25th minute.
Since Shelbourne last appeared in the final of the (EA) League Cup in 2006, [losing on penalties to Derry City after a 0-0 draw], their record in this competition has not been great.
2007: Lost in Round One to Bohemians 0-2
2008: Lost out [0-2] to Drogheda United in Round 2, having defeated Sporting Fingal on penalties in Round One.
2009: Again, bowed out in Round 2, this time 4-3 to Bohemians, after seeing-off Dundalk [3-0] in Round One.
2010: Lost out to Monaghan United [1-0] in Round One
2011: Progressed to the Quarter-Final before being defeated [1-2] by Sligo Rovers, having seen off FC Carlow [4-0] in Round One and Bohemians [4-2] in Round Two.
2012: Defeated [1-2] by Bray Wanderers in Round Two, having seen off Mervue United [1-0] in the first round
2013: Bowed out in Round One [1-0] to Dundalk
2014: Again, departed the competition, having been defeated [2-5] by Dundalk
Manager Kevin Doherty will be hoping that this trend can be reversed on Tuesday night.
Shelbourne and Drogheda United have not competed against each other since 2013, when Drogheda won the first of three league games [1-3], with the remaining two fixtures being drawn [2-2] and [0-0].
Following a crazy six minute period in the second half of the game with finn Harps on Friday night, when Shelbourne lost two players, Paul Andrews and Simon Dixon, both join Dylan McGlade (ankle) on the injured list – Paul with a broken nose and Simon having been concussed.
Ryan Robinson, having served a one game suspension in the Harps game should be returning for the Drogheda game, but he is one of three players reporting unwell over the weekend – Ryan Robinson, Adam O’Connor and Craig Walsh – and all three are rated as doubtful.
Injured: Dylan McGlade, Paul Andrews, Simon Dixon
Doubtful: Ryan Robinson, Adam O’Connor, Craig Walsh
Goal Scorers (Pre-Season 2015)
Philly Hughes – 1
Alan O’Sullivan – 1
Manuel Rodriguez -1
Ryan Robinson – 1
Mark Sandford – 1
|Jul 07, 2013||Shelbourne 2-2 Drogheda United||(Shels scorers – Derek Doyle, Paul Andrews)|
|Jul 07, 2013||Drogheda United 0-0 Shelbourne|
|Apr 12, 2013||Shelbourne 1-3 Drogheda United||(Shels scorer – Shortall)|
|Oct 01, 2012||Drogheda United 2-1 Shelbourne||(Shels scorer – Hughes)|
|Jul 20, 2012||Shelbourne 1-2 Drogheda United||(Shels scorer – C. Byrne)|
|Apr 20, 2012||Drogheda United 3-1 Shelbourne||(Shels scorer – Hughes)|
Competitive Games 2015
|Mar 06, 2015||Shelbourne 0-0 Finn Harps|
Pre-Season Games 2015
|Feb 27, 2015||Shelbourne 1-2 Shamrock Rovers||(Shels Scorer – Hughes [pen])|
|Feb 22, 2015||Shelbourne 0-1 Newtown United (Leinster SC)|
|Feb 20, 2015||Shelbourne 0-2 St. Patrick’s Ath|
|Feb 14, 2015||Bray Wanderers 2-1 Shelbourne||(Shels Scorer – Manuel Rodrieguez)|
|Feb 03, 2015||Shelbourne 2-2 Longford Town||(Shels Scorers – O’Sullivan, R.Robinson)|
|Jan 31, 2015||Sligo Rovers 3-1 Shelbourne||(Shels Scorer – Sandford)|