First
Date: 8 p.m. Aug. 17, 2018
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Att:
TV:

Aaron Dobbs 37' -
Scored: 37'


Scored: 52'
- Greg Moorhouse 52'

Scored: 59'
- Greg Moorhouse 59'



League Preview: Wexford -v- Shelbourne

Fri, Aug 17 2018

Shelbourne defender Derek Prendergast beats Wexford's Aaron Dobbs to a header. Credit: Eoin Smith

WEXFORD

Ninth plays third in the SSE Airtricity League First Division as Wexford welcome Shelbourne to Ferrycarrig Park on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

The teams experienced conflicting fortunes in the FAI Cup last weekend with Wexford suffering a chastening home defeat to Premier Division Bohemians.

Wexford have gone four league games without a win, although they will take some positives from their last home league game when they drew 0-0 against Drogheda United.

Down to ten men after Sean Kelly’s red card, Wexford more than held their own and might have beaten the Drogs at the death.

There were few plusses during last Friday’s 7-0 pasting by Bohs, but Wexford were heartened by the late introduction as a substitute of top scorer Aaron Dobbs, who had missed Wexford’s previous five matches through injury.

Wexford have won just once in the league all season at Ferrycarrig Park.

Lack of goals has been a problem – Wexford have scored just ten at home and seven of those came in one match, the 7-0 romp against bottom club Athlone Town back in April.

It’s five games since Wexford found the target – Mark Slater and Dean Kelly netted in the 2-1 away win at Cabinteely six weeks ago.

John Morgan is in contention for a place in the team against Shels, having returned from suspension.

Ryan Nolan picked-up a knock in training during the week and is doubtful.

SHELBOURNE

Shelbourne are the middle of a good run, which has seen progress in three different competitions – the League, FAI Cup and Leinster Senior Cup.

Shels had a comfortable home win over First Division strugglers Athlone Town in the FAI Cup first round, while they also defeated Bluebell United to reach the Leinster Senior Cup final on Monday.

“Our league form has been good,” said an understandably delighted Shels boss Owen Heary.

“We’ve scored 13 goals in the last three games at home, so hopefully we can continue that going forward.”

“I think that, the addition of Greg Moorhouse, Karl Moore and Paddy Kavanagh has definitely given us more impetus going forward.

“[That's] something that we were probably lacking throughout the year – getting more goals and more creativity around the middle of the park, so having those players gives us that.

“We have a good decent squad. Young Shane [Farrell] came on and helped create a goal, Dayo [Dayle Rooney] came on and created chances for Paddy as well, so overall it’s going well.

“We’re in the next round of the Cup and it’s looking positive that going forward we can make the playoffs.”

After a 1-0 home defeat to Drogheda United in early July, Shels have taken ten points from their last four league matches, scoring eleven goals in the process.

The Reds’ away form has been good. They have lost just twice on their league travels this season, to south Dublin rivals Cabinteely and UCD.

 

Referee: Robert Dowling

 

MATCH STATS

The two meetings between the sides in the league this season have seen two wins for Shelbourne.

A goal from Arran Molloy gave Shels victory on the last occasion the sides met at Ferrycarrig Park. That was back in March.

The most recent encounter was at Tolka Park in June and Shels comprehensively claimed with the points after a 4-1 victory.

Derek Prendergast netted twice and Shane Farrell (who has just signed a professional contract with Shels) and Owen McCormack were on target that day.

Wexford will be seeking to win at Ferrycarrig Park in the league for the first time since April. The Wexford men did beat Shels twice in the league last season.

Wexford’s last home league victory over Shels came courtesy of an early Thomas Croke goal on 19th May 2017.

 

Form:

Wexford: WLLDL

Shelbourne: DLDWW

 

BETTING

Wexford 9/1; Draw 4/1; Shelbourne 1/5.

PREDICTION

Wexford 1 – 3 Shelbourne

 

Wexford

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Ryan Nolan.

Suspended: None.

Shelbourne

Injured: Aidan Collins, Dave Mulcahy, Mark Hughes.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: James English (eight yellow cards).



Wexford
Colum Feeney
Goalkeeper
Ross Kenny
Defender
Owen McCormack
Defender
John Morgan
Defender
Conor Sutton
Defender
Paddy Cahill
Midfielder
Danny Doyle
Midfielder
Mark Slater
Midfielder
Aaron Dobbs
37Scored: 37'
Forward
Dean George
Forward
Dean Walsh
Forward

Substitutes
Kealan Gaffney
Goalkeeper
Sean Kelly
Midfield
Aidan Lehane
Defender
Adham Masood
Midfield
Liam McCartan
Midfield
Ryan Nolan
Forward
Craig O'Reilly
Midfield
Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Reece McEnteer
Defender
Dave Mulcahy
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
John Ross Wilson
Defender
Alan Byrne
Midfielder
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Adam Evans
Forward
Paddy Kavanagh
Forward
Greg Moorhouse
Forward
52Scored: 52'
59Scored: 59'
David O'Sullivan
Forward

Substitutes
Gavin Boyne
Defender
Shane Farrell
Forward
Cian Kavanagh
Midfield
Arran Molloy
Defender
James O'Brien
Midfield
Dayle Rooney
Midfield
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper


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