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Shelbourne v Finn Harps

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

Tolka Park – Fri, April 4th – KO 8.00pm

The only two sides unbeaten in the First Division come head to head in the SSE Airtricity League at Tolka Park on Friday night. Kick-off at the Drumcondra venue is 8.00pm.

Shelbourne and Finn Harps are divided only by goal difference – both on eight points, but with Harps on +8 goals against Shelbourne’s +3. Both sides ended level in their games last week-end, Shelbourne coming from behind against a strong Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ at Tallaght on Sunday to finish 1-1, while Harps recovered from a 36th minute goal to finish 1-1 at home against Galway GC, who had Derek O’Brien dismissed after 26 minutes.

It is two and a half years since these two sides met in the league. On that occasion, Shelbourne came out on top 4-0, with goals from Ian Ryan, Philly Hughes, David Cassidy and Conan Byrne. That game confirmed Shelbourne’s promotion to the Premier Division for the 2012 season. That season, Shelbourne won all three games against Harps, with a combined score of eight goals to nil.

When asked about this week’s game against Finn Harp, Shelbourne manager Johnny McDonnell replied “with four games played, our two wins and two draws keeps us unbeaten in the league. The staff and players are disappointed not to have taken at least one other win from that sequence. Finn Harps are top of the league and will be very difficult opponents at Tolka Park on Friday night.

Shelbourne have no suspensions for the game and all players have a clean bill of health, which, once again, gives manager Johnny McDonnell a full squad to select from.

Suspended: None

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Darren Tinnelly – 2 (EASC 2)

Dylan Connolly – 2

Philip Hand – 1

Jordan Keegan -1

Conor Murphy -1

Stephen McDonnell -1

Brian Gannon – 1

Previous Meetings

Oct 25, 2011 Shelbourne 4 – 0 Finn Harps

(Shels Scorers – Ryan, Hughes, Cassidy, C.Byrne )

Jul 16, 2011 Finn Harps 0 – 3 Shelbourne

(Shels Scorers – C. Byrne, Hughes, Cassidy )

Apr 29, 2011 Shelbourne 1 – 0 Finn Harps

(Shels Scorer – Cassidy )

Competitive Fixtures 2014

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 )