First
Date: 7:30 p.m. April 15, 2017
Venue: City Calling Stadium
Ref: Alan Carey
Att: 430

Enda Curran 16' -
Scored: 16'


Enda Curran 29' -
Peno Scored: 29'


Kevin O'Connor 62' -
Scored: 62'


Scored: 3'
- Dayle Rooney 3'



League Preview: Longford Town -v- Shelbourne

Sat, Apr 15 2017

Both Longford boss Alan Mathews and assistant Kevin Doherty (pictured) are former Shels bosses. Credit: Eoin Smith

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town continue their 18 month-long search for a home league victory with the visit of in-form Shelbourne to City Calling Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off 7.30pm).

 

It's the first of two meetings between the sides in the space of three days as Shels return the favour by hosting Longford in the EA Sports Cup on Monday evening at 7pm.

 

Alan Mathews' side have stemmed the loss of form that saw them lose four straight games, including a Leinster Senior Cup exit to non-league Firhouse Clover.

 

They're now unbeaten in three, including a draw with leaders Waterford and an EA Sports Cup win over rivals Athlone, and will see this as their best chance yet to break that duck.

 

Mathews will go up against his former side with four key absentees, including three strikers, as Noel Haverty continues to struggle with an ankle injury.

 

Top scorer Davy O'Sullivan is out with a groin problem, Don Cowan has a hamstring issue while Jake Kelly broke his nose in training during the week.

 

 

SHELBOURNE

Shelbourne are now unbeaten in five, since the 4-0 defeat at UCD in March, and travel to Longford on the back of three straight wins.

 

Owen Heary's side edged the Dublin Derby away at in-form Cabinteely last week thanks to James English's goal three minutes from time.

 

And the Drumcondra side finally seem to have hit a vein of form to match their pre-season record of five wins from five as confidence continues to grow on the banks of the Tolka.

 

Once again, Heary is without injured quartet Aidan Collins, Dylan Kavanagh, Niall Lanigan and Mikey Murphy, while there are no suspensions.

 

 

Referee: Alan Carey

 

 

MATCH STATS

The sides have already met once this season, on the opening day, when the game finished scoreless after Davy O'Sullivan missed a penalty for the visitors.

 

Previous to that, the teams hadn't faced in the league since 2014, when Shels won two games to Longford's one, while a fourth ended all square.

 

In the past ten years, Shels have the upper hand in meetings between the side with 11 wins to three, while four games have finished level. Shels have scored 35 to Longford's 22.

 

 

BETTING

Longford Town 11/8; Draw 9/4; Shelbourne 15/8.

 

PREDICTION

Longford Town 1 – 1 Shelbourne

 

 

Longford Town

Injured: Don Cowan, Jake Kelly, Noel Haverty, Davy O'Sullivan.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Shelbourne

Injured: Aidan Collins, Dylan Kavanagh, Niall Lanigan, Mikey Murphy.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Longford Town
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Aidan Friel
83Booked: 83'
Defender
Tristan Noack Hofman
Defender
Daniel O'Reilly
69Booked: 69'
Defender
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Cody Mulhall
Midfielder
Dylan McGlade
Midfielder
Gavin Boyne
Midfielder
Kevin O'Connor
62Scored: 62'
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Enda Curran
16Scored: 16'
29Peno: 29'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Mark Langtry
Defender
Rhys Gorman
Midfield
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
Aodh Dervin
Midfield
Karl Chambers
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Derek Prendergast
Defender
60Booked: 60'
Adam O'Connor
Defender
Reece McEnteer
Defender
Alan Byrne
Defender
Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
3Scored: 3'
James O'Brien
Midfielder
60Booked: 60'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
50Booked: 50'
Adam Evans
Midfielder
Aaron Ashe
Midfielder 63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
James English
Forward

Substitutes
Jack Tuite
Defender
Lorcan Shannon
Midfield
Jamie Quinn
Goalkeeper
David O'Leary
Midfield
Chris Lyons
Forward
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
James Brown
Defender
84Subbed On: 84'
84'


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