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Shelbourne v Waterford United

SSE Airtricity League – First Division

Tolka Park – Mar 21st – KO 8.00pm

Shelbourne welcome Waterford United to Tolka Park on Friday night, for their Airtricity League, Div 1, Series 3 game. Kick-Off at Tolka Park is 8pm

Shelbourne go into this game as the only team in the SSE Airtricity League with a 100% record after two series of games – two games, two wins. It was especially pleasing to get a win from Longford last week-end, against a side that would be expected to be in contention for promotion come October. Johnny Mc Donnell gave his views on it by saying Longford away was already a table topper and with theadded pressure I thought this brought out the character of this group in the way we approached and played the game. We believe we can win home and away with our style of play also the way we closed the game showed maturity in this young group”.

Waterford have has two good draws in the league so far – the first against Finn Harps, (always a difficult place to get a result) and then at home to newcomers Galway FC, already being tipped for promotion. Waterford, like Shelbourne, come into the game without having conceded a goal in the competition.

Ahead of Friday’s game, manager McDonnell says We have utmost respect for a formidable Waterford team and if we are to get any return we must be at our highest standards. In saying that, that pressure comes from within this group of players and they set the standards required to get results and our last two outings have proved the mental approach is as important as the physical.”

Shelbourne have no suspensions for the game and are relatively free from injury, with John Sullivan, back in training after suffering a thigh strain against Wexford Youths and a possible to get a place in the match-day panel. Robbie Gaul has also in contention after returning to training following a shoulder injury.

Suspended: None

Injured: None

Doubtful: John Sullivan

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Darren Tinnelly 2 (EASC 2)

Philip Hand 1

Dylan Connolly 1

Jordan Keegan 1

Previous Meetings

Oct 08, 2011 Waterford United 1 – 0 Shelbourne

Jul 09, 2011 Shelbourne 2 – 1 Waterford United
(Shels Scorers – Cassidy, C.Byrne)

Apr 21, 2011 Waterford United 0 – 1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorer – Hughes )

Oct 30, 2010 Shelbourne 1 – 2 Waterford United
(Shels Scorer – Leech)

Aug 06, 2010 Waterford United 0 – 3 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorers – Corcoran, Cassidy, Gorman)

May 07, 2010 Shelbourne 0 – 1 Waterford United

Oct 27, 2009 Waterford United 0 -1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorer – Griffiths )

Jun 05, 2009 Shelbourne 1 – 0 Waterford United
(Shels Scorer – Flood )

Mar 20, 2009 Waterford United 0 – 1 Shelbourne
(Shels Scorer – Madden )

Pre-Season Games 2014

Feb 27, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 0 Shamrock Rovers ‘B’
(Shels Scorers – C.Murphy, Sullivan, Tinnelly )

Feb 21, 2014 Shelbourne 1 – 1 Bohemians
(Shels Scorer – Keegan)

Feb 11, 2014 Shelbourne 0 – 5 Shamrock Rovers (Prem)

Competitive Fixtures 2014

Mar 18, 2014 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 )