First
Date: 8 p.m. March 30, 2018
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Att: 281
TV:

Scored: 65'
- Arran Molloy 65'



League Preview: Wexford -v- Shelbourne

Fri, Mar 30 2018

WEXFORD

Wexford opened the season with a spirited win away at Cabinteely, and since that game have been unable to pick up a point.

They lost on the road to Longford and Finn Harps but, most worryingly or indeed embarrassingly, was the 8-1 hammering they suffered at home to Drogheda United.

Damian’s Locke’s men can take something of a moral victory from last week’s narrow defeat in Ballybofey. They played good football and were right in the game to the end despite playing the majority of the second half with ten men.

As a result of that red card they will be without Owen McCormack, who will serve his suspension.

Locke took real positives from the game speaking to the Wexford club website.

"I was really happy with the Harps performance, it was a good response from the boys.

“Unfortunately we got nothing from the game. Shels on Friday night will bring a different threat but if we match the level of performance last week we will be well in the game.”

Goalkeeper Kealan Gaffney, who spent some time at Shelbourne’s underage teams, looks set to retain the number one jersey. Aaron Dobbs will be available for selection after returning from international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21s.

 

SHELBORUNE  

Shelbourne will play their second game in five days this evening, after dumping Premier Division side Bray Wanderers out of the EA Sports Cup on Monday night at the Carlisle Grounds.

Owen Heary’s men are unbeaten since their opening day loss away at UCD.

Since then they have drawn with Finn Harps, beaten Longford and Cobh Ramblers and dumped Bray Wanderers out of the league cup.

Again this week manager Owen Heary will be without a number of players through injury. Aidan Collins, Mark Hughes and Alan Byrne, who all missed Monday night’s game against Bray, are joined on the sidelines by Derek Prendergast.

Speaking to the club website ahead of the game, manager Owen Heary had this to say;

“Every game is difficult. There’s not much between a lot of teams in this league. I think that’s evident over the last couple of matches 3-2 against Longford, 1-0 against Cobh and I think it’s the same all around the league.

“So we’re hoping that we can go down there and get three points, or a point, from the game and come back and keep building.

“We’re trying to get a little run going where we’re not getting defeated, so if we can build on last week’s performance and get something from this game, then it’s a good start overall.”

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally

 

MATCH STATS

At the start of last season, Shelbourne had a 4-2 win over Wexford in the Leinster Senior Cup, as the Reds set out on the campaign which culminated with the winning of the trophy, defeating Dundalk 4-2 after extra time in the final.

The two sides met four times in the league last year’s league sharing the wins equally at two apiece.

There were eight goals scored over the four league meetings last year, or 12 goals in five games including the Leinster Senior Cup meeting.

Wexford are currently the league’s lowest scoring team with only two goals in four league games.

 

BETTING

Wexford 7/2; Shelbourne 4/6; Draw 12/5

PREDICTION

Wexford 0-2 Shelbourne  

 

Wexford  

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Owen McCormack

 

Shelbourne

Injured: Aidan Collins, Mark Hughes, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne.

Doubtful: None.  

Suspended: None.



Wexford
Kealan Gaffney
Goalkeeper
Ross Kenny
Defender
Aidan Lehane
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Defender
Chris Kenny
Midfielder
Sean Kelly
Midfielder
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
Mikey Byrne
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
Liam McCartan
Midfielder
Owen Wall
Midfielder
Danny Doyle
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Forward
John Morgan
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Kelly
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Midfield
Dean George
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Forward
Colum Feeney
Goalkeeper
Aaron Dobbs
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Forward
Shane Barnes
Forward
Ryan Nolan
Forward
Mark Slater
Midfield
Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Dave Mulcahy
Defender
90Booked: 90'
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
James Brown
Defender
Gavin Boyne
Defender
Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
James O'Brien
Midfielder
26Booked: 26'
Arran Molloy
Midfielder
65Scored: 65'
Adam Evans
Midfielder
James English
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Forward

Substitutes
James Woods
Midfield
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Reece McEnteer
Defender
Cian Kavanagh
Midfield
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
Shane Farrell
Forward
Jamie Doyle
Midfield


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