News and Match Preview – v Wexford Youths

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Wexford Youths v Shelbourne

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

Ferrycarrig Park – Fri, April 25th – KO 8.00pm

The second series of games in the SSE Airtricity League, Division One starts for Shelbourne on Friday, with a trip down the east coast for their game with Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park. Kick-Off is scheduled for 8.00pm.

Last Friday night saw the Reds defeat bottom club Cobh Ramblers 2-0 (Murtagh & Connolly) to remain unbeaten for the season so far and still top of the table. The score didn’t really reflect the possession and chances for Shelbourne, who might have scored a few more goals on another night.

By all accounts, Wexford Youths were unlucky to be on the end of a 0-1 score line last week-end, having had a fair share of possession, but had come up against a strong Galway rear guard and ‘keeper to keep them at bay – and the only goal of the game coming from Ryan Manning just after the hour mark.

Wexford remain in joint second place in the league, with Longford Town, on 10 points from three wins and a draw after the first seven games.

Speaking after the Cobh game, manager Johnny McDonnell gave this thoughts “We knew it was going to be a difficult game with Cobh coming off a good draw against Waterford and us being down a few players, but with the squad we have, it was important that we kept a clean sheet – and we got the victory. We could have gone one down before anything happened, but I think we could have got four or five in the end”

On the Wexford game and the second series of games generally, McDonnell continued It’s the start of a new set of games and we’ll start afresh again. We now know everyone and everyone knows us. We only play it one way – we’re not afraid to take it down and pass it. The pitches will be getting better coming into the good weather, so we’ll just keep going the way we’re going”.

Shelbourne go into Friday’s game with no suspensions.

John Sullivan has returned to training following his leg injury, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be named in the starting eleven. Jordan Keegan is also a worry as is Willo McDonagh (who left the pitch early last week with a slight knock to his knee).

Suspended: None

Injured: None

Doubtful: John Sullivan, Jordan Keegan, Willo McDonagh

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Dylan Connolly – 4

Darren Tinnelly – 2 (EASC 2)

Philip Hand – 1

Jordan Keegan -1

Conor Murphy -1

Stephen McDonnell -1

Brian Gannon – 1

Gareth Coughlan – 1

Keith Quinn – 1

Lee Murtagh – 1

Previous Meetings

Mar 07, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Wexford Youths (Shels Scorers – Hand, Connolly)
Feb 09, 2014 Shelbourne 4 – 1 Wexford Youths (LSC) (Shels Scorers – C.Byrne(3), Hughes)
Sep 03, 2011 Shelbourne 3 – 0 Wexford Youths (Shels Scorers – Hughes (2), S.Byrne )
Jun 13, 2011 Wexford Youths 0 – 6 Shelbourne (LSC) (Shels Scorers – D.McGill, Sullivan. Mulhall, C.Byrne(2), Paisley)
May 30, 2011 Wexford Youths 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorer – C.Byrne)
Mar 18, 2011 Shelbourne 4 – 2 Wexford Youths (Shels Scorers – Dawson, Hughes, Paisley, Cassidy)

Competitive Fixtures 2014

Apr 18, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Cobh Ramblers (Shels Scorers – Murtagh, Connolly )
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 )