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Shelbourne v Longford Town

SSE Airtricity League – Division One

Tolka Park – Friday, August 29th – KO 5.45pm

Hard on the heels of Tuesday’s disappointment, with the FAI Third Round Replay against St. Patrick’s Athletic falling victim to a floodlights failure, league leaders Longford Town come to Tolka Park on Friday night, for this all-important 1st v 2nd clash. Kick-off is 8.00pm.

Shelbourne are currently three points behind Longford at the top of the league table, so if the Reds could manage to pull off a win on Friday night, both teams, would be on equal points facing into the final five games of the league campaign, though Longford have a much better ‘goal difference total.

Shelbourne are unbeaten since these sides last met on July 5th, when they were well and truly beaten 3-0 at Strokestown Road. Longford Town have lost their last two games – 2-1 to Galway FC and 3-0 to Shamrock Rovers in the FAI Cup, and may be feeling that history might repeat itself, with the ‘Midlanders’ faltering at the wrong time – just into the final series of games.

In the three games played between the side so far this season, Shelbourne won the first two, 1-0 at Longford, and 3-2 at Tolka, before being beaten in that last meeting at Longford.

Shelbourne manager Johnny McDonnell is looking forward to Friday’s encounter, commenting “Friday’s game is the fourth between the clubs this season and they have all been tough and physical, especially those played in Longford. Since then we have added well to our squad and this can only give us confidence coming into this game.

Our performance against St Pats, away in the Cup, tells me that this group of players can play at a higher level but that this calibre of performance must be carried right through to the end of the season – starting with the game on Friday”.

The manager reports that all players are fit and ready to go, apart from Darren Tinnelly, who has had surgery in the past week.

Shelbourne have no suspensions going into this week game.

Suspended: None

Injured: Darren Tinnelly

Doubtful: None

Goal Scorers (Competitive 2014)

Dylan Connolly – 7

Gareth Coughlan – 6

Jordan Keegan -4 (FAI 1)

Conor Murphy – 3

Darren Tinnelly – 3 (EASC 2)

Dylan Cashin – 2 (LSC 1)

Brian Gannon – 2 (1 LSC)

Willo McDonagh – 2

Alan O’Sullivan – 2

Philip Hand – 1

Adam O’Connor – 1 (LSC 1)

Stephen McDonnell -1

Keith Quinn – 1

Lee Murtagh – 1

Lee Desmond – 1

Jake Donnelly – 1

Adam McDonnell – 1

Lee Duffy – 1

Sean Russell – 1

Previous Meetings

Jul 05, 2014 Longford 3 – 0 Shelbourne
May 02, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 2 Longford (Shels Scorers – Tinnelly, Coughlan, Connolly)
Mar 15, 2014 Longford 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorer – Keegan)
Aug 13, 2011 Longford 1 – 3 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Cassidy, Hyland(og), C.Byrne)
May 20, 2011 Shelbourne 1 – 0 Longford Town (Shels Scorer – C.Byrne)
Mar 03, 2011 Longford Town 1 – 2 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – C.Byrne, Cassidy)
Sep 11, 2010 Longford Town 1 – 2 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Hughes, Leech )
Jun 08, 2010 Shelbourne 1 – 1 Longford Town (Shels Scorer – Hughes )
Mar 27, 2010 Longford Town 3 – 5 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Foley 2, Cassidy, McGill, Leech)

Last 10 Competitive Fixtures 2014

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)
Aug 08, 2014 Shelbourne 2 – 0 Cobh Ramblers (Shels Scorers – Russell, C.Murphy)
Aug 01, 2014 Galway FC 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Shels Scorer – Coughlan)
Jul 25, 2014 Shelbourne 1 – 1 Finn Harps (Shels Scorer – Coughlan)
Jul 20, 2014 Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ 0 – 2 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Connolly, L.Duffy)
Jul 11, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 1 Waterford United (Shels Scorers – Keegan, A.McDonnell, Coughlan)
Jul 05, 2014 Longford Town 3 – 0 Shelbourne
Jun 27, 2014 Shelbourne 3 – 0 Wexford Youths (Shels Scorers – Connolly, Donnelly, McDonagh)
Jun 13, 2014 Cobh Ramblers 2 – 2 Shelbourne (Shels Scorers – Murphy, Cashin)