News and Match Preview – v Galway FC (Play-Off 2)

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Shelbourne v Galway FC

SSE Airtricity League, Division One Playoff 2

Tolka Park – Friday, October 24th – KO 8.00pm

The Second Leg of the SSE First Division Play-off Second Leg takes place at Tolka Park on Friday night, when Shelbourne are at home to Galway FC. Kick-Off is at 8pm.

After last week’s First Leg, Galway lead by two goals to Nil courtesy of a Ryan Connelly penalty, in the 19th minute, and a late 84th minute goal from Gary Shanahan.

That play-off win for Galway brought the win/loss tally from the five games played between the side level, to two wins, two losses and a draw each.

Of last Friday’s game, Shelbourne manager Johnny McDonnell remarked “Galway probably deserved to win the game. I think they were better than us on the night. The players themselves feel disappointed from last week-end. It wasn’t one of our better performances away from home and I feel the players think that they have let themselves down.”

And his thoughts ahead of Friday’s game. “It’s only half-time. I know its 2-0 but we’re quite capable of bouncing back, but it’s definitely going to be a difficult task. We’ve obviously got to be very offensive in what we are trying to do, but in saying that you can’t go mad either because the first goal in this game is going to be really vital, so it’ll be a bit of a chess game for a while, but we’ve got to really have a go then and we’ve got to try and get the first goal. We can’t leave ourselves open at the back – we’ve got to stay in the tie as long as possible – and if we can get the first goal and push forward then – we could end up going to extratime . I’m very confident of us winning the game.”

Shelbourne have no suspensions this week, Brian Gannon and John Sullivan having missed out last week.

On the injury front manager McDonnell will be without long-term absentee Darren Tinnelly, as well as Willo McDonagh and Brian Gannon (who injured his knee at training on Wednesday night.)

Suspended: None

Injured: Darren Tinnelly, Willo McDonagh, Brian Gannon

Doubtful: None

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Dylan Connolly – 12

Gareth Coughlan – 7

Jordan Keegan -5 (FAI 1)

Conor Murphy – 3

Darren Tinnelly – 3 (EASC 2)

Lee Duffy – 3

Dylan Cashin – 2 (LSC 1)

Brian Gannon – 2 (1 LSC)

Willo McDonagh – 2

Alan O’Sullivan – 2

Sean Russell – 2

Lee Murtagh – 2

Philip Hand – 1

Adam O’Connor – 1 (LSC 1)

Stephen McDonnell -1

Keith Quinn – 1

Lee Desmond – 1

Jake Donnelly – 1

Adam McDonnell – 1

Gary Dempsey – 1

Previous Meetings

Oct 17, 2014. Galway FC 2 – 0 Shelbourne
Oct 03, 2014. Shelbourne 1 – 1 Galway FC (Shels Scorer – Connolly )
Aug 01, 2014. Galway FC 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Coughlan)
May 30, 2014. Shelbourne 2 – 4 Galway FC (Shels Scorer – Keegan, Coughlan)
April 11, 2014. Galway FC 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorer – Connolly)

Last 10 Competitive Fixtures 2014

Oct 17, 2014. Galway FC 2 – 0 Shelbourne
Oct 12, 2014. Cobh Ramblers 3 – 3 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – L.Duffy 2, Murtagh)
Oct 03, 2014. Shelbourne 1 – 1 Galway FC (Shels Scorer – Connolly )
Sep 26, 2014. Finn Harps 3 – 2 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Coughlan, Connolly)
Sep 19, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 2 Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ (Shels Scorers – Dempsey, Keegan, Connolly)
Sep 05, 2014 Waterford United 1 – 3 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Connolly 2, Russell)
Sep 01, 2014 St. Patricks Athletic 1 – 0 Shelbourne (FAI replay)
Aug 29, 2014 Shelbourne 0 – 0 Longford Town
Aug 22, 2014 St. Patricks Athletic 1 – 1 Shelbourne (FAI) (Shels Scorer – O’Sullivan)
Aug 22, 2014 Wexford Youths 1 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorer – O’Sullivan)