First
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 6, 2018
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref: Damien MacGraith
Att:
TV:

David O'Sullivan 20' -
Scored: 20'


Adam Evans 28' -
Scored: 28'


Adam Evans 39' -
Scored: 39'


David O'Sullivan 48' -
Scored: 48'


Adam Evans 56' -
Scored: 56'


David O'Sullivan 68' -
Peno Scored: 68'


David O'Sullivan 90' + 3' -
Peno Scored: 90'




League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Athlone Town

Fri, Apr 06 2018

Shebourne completed a clean sweep of wins over Athlone last season. Credit: Laszlo Geczo

SHELBOURNE

Shebourne could potentially go top of the First Division, depending on results elsewhere, with victory over Athlone Town at Tolka Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Owen Heary's side moved level with second-placed Drogheda United with a1-0 win away to Wexford last Friday.

Arran Molloy scored the game's only goal with a shot through a sea of bodies midway through the second half.

But Heary isn't taking anything for granted against the division's bottom team and says his team will have to fight hard for three points.

“As I’ve said before, I believe that all teams in this league are capable of taking points off each other,” Heary told the club's official website.

“Just look at last week’s games, Cabinteely beating the league leaders Drogheda and Athlone sharing points with Harps. Every game is difficult.

“We’ve been doing well recently, with everyone working hard and we hope to continue in this vein.

“Our aim this season is to gain automatic promotion or at least make it to a playoff position, but there’s a long way to go until season’s end. “If we continue doing things as we are, there is no reason why we wouldn’t be in the mix.”

Shels will be without defender Derek Prendergast through injury, while the experienced Dave Mulcahy is also a doubt.

 

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town secured their first points of the season with a hard-earned 1-1 draw at home to Finn Harps last Friday.

Shane Stokes gave Athlone the lead early in the second half but Michael O'Connor struck with 12 minutes remaining to earn a share of the points for Harps.

Athlone have failed to provide any team news.

 

Referee: Damien McGraith.

 

MATCH STATS

Shelbourne completed a clean sweep of victories over Athlone Town in their four league fixtures last season.

4-1 wins in Lissywollen and Tolka Park bookended a 2-1 win at Tolka and 3-1 in Athlone.

 

BETTING

Shelbourne 1/18; Draw 17/2; Athlone Town 22/1.

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 3 – 1 Athlone Town

 

Shelbourne

Injured: Derek Prendergast.

Doubtful: Dave Mulcahy.

Suspended: None.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.



Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Arran Molloy
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Aidan Collins
51'
51Subbed Off: 51'
Defender
James Brown
Defender
Dayle Rooney
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Midfielder
James O'Brien
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Gavin Boyne
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
20Scored: 20'
48Scored: 48'
68Peno: 68'
90Peno: 90'
Forward
Adam Evans
28Scored: 28'
39Scored: 39'
56Scored: 56'
Forward
James English
Forward

Substitutes
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Cian Kavanagh
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Midfield
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
Shane Farrell
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Forward
Jamie Doyle
Midfield
Alan Byrne
51'
51Subbed On: 51'
Defender
James Woods
Midfield
Athlone Town
Nathan Murphy
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
Robert O'Leary
Defender
Craig Shortt
Defender
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
Josh Hogan
Midfielder
Jake O'Connor
Midfielder
Ger Smyth
Midfielder
Shane Stokes
Midfielder
Darren Kavanagh
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Martin Walshe
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'

Substitutes
Brian Cabraley
Unknown
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Steven Grogan
Midfield
Ollie Hamzat
Midfield
45Subbed On: 45'
45' 45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Rory McCullough
Unknown
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
George Mukete
Forward
Shaun O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Cormac Raftery
Defender


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