Shels boss Morris pays tribute to Alan Keely

Shelbourne Manager Ian Morris sent his and his staff’s condolences to the Keely family in this week’s match preview after the “devastating” loss of Alan Keely this week.

“You can see it from the outpouring of people’s support across the game how much it is felt and how popular he was.

“We’re here for Dermot and the family for whatever they need whenever they need it,” he added. 

Shelbourne faces Athlone Town in a top of the table clash this week where he said “the reward is there for both teams.” 

“Athlone are a dangerous team. Anyone that has that raw pace is a serious threat. They can score goals but also concede so we’ll be looking for the three points ourselves,” Morris said. 

“We’ll be looking to get back to winning ways. It was sloppy and unlike us to concede in that manner at the end but we’ll take the positives from the character the players showed coming out for the second half, creating chances and getting two goals,” he added. 

“Cabinteely sat off against Athlone last week but this will be a different game definitely,” he added. 

Georgie Poynton returns to the Shels squad this week after a knock kept him out for the last couple of weeks.

However, Denzil Fernandes will be out again with a facial injury and Gerardo Bruna remains out long-term. 

Michael O’Connor will be out suspended next week after culminating a number of yellow cards but will be available for this week’s game at Tolka Park.

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