First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 10, 2019
Venue: Tolka Park
Att:
TV:

Ryan Brennan 56' -
Scored: 56'


Ciarán Kilduff 78' -
Scored: 78'


Lorcan Fitzgerald 81' -
Peno Miss: 81'


Scored: 26'
- Dean Williams 26'



League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Athlone Town

Fri, May 10 2019

Lorcan Fitzgerald missed a penalty during Shels' defeat to Cabinteely last week. Credit: Paul Dolan

SHELBOURNE

Shelbourne will look to return to winning ways at home to Athlone Town (kick-off 7.45pm) following last week’s extremely unlucky 1-0 loss to fellow promotion hopefuls Cabinteely.

Shels had been improving week on week, and getting the results you would expect from such a talented squad.

However last Friday’s loss puts them four points behind Cabinteely and five behind leaders Longford, who also have a game in hand.

They will be heavy favourites against struggling Athlone and, with Cabinteely and Longford facing off against each other, it looks likely they will gain points on at least one of their promotion rivals.

Midfielder Daniel McKenna spoke to the club’s website ahead of the game and discussed last week’s loss while praising the recent support from fans.

“If you weren’t at the match you wouldn’t have realised what happened in it, and the fans were there to cheer us off at the end which makes us feel that little bit better about it,” he said.

“We know we didn’t start off [the league campaign] too well, but we have dusted ourselves off and given the fans something to cheer about.

“It’s a two way thing I suppose, we need them and they us to deliver.”

Shels played a behind-closed-doors friendly with the Irish Defence Forces during the week and came through without any injuries, though John Ross Wilson remains an absentee.

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone are coming off a dissapointing run of results against their closest rivals, having drawn with Cobh and suffered heavy defeats to Wexford and Galway.

Any points at Tolka would be a good result for the midlands side against a Shels team who are hurting from a big loss.

With sixth-placed Bray Wanderers lying five points ahead of them, the feeling is already there that a mid-table finish might be starting to slip from their grasp.

Athlone Town have not provided any team news but Darren Meenan continues to miss out with a dislocated shoulder, while Terry Butler has no suspensions to deal with.

Referee: Paula Brady

MATCH STATS

Shels ran out 0-2 victors in the sides’ last league meeting, in Athlone back in March.

Ciaran Kilduff is the top league scorer for Shels with six goals so far in the campaign, while Dean Williams leads the way for Athlone with four.

BETTING

Shelbourne 4/11; Draw 54/13; Athlone Town 9/1.

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 3 – 0 Athlone Town

Shelbourne

Injured: John Ross Wilson.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Athlone Town

Injured: Darren Meenan (shoulder).

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.



Shelbourne
Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Aidan Friel
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
81Peno Miss: 81'
Defender
Luke Byrne
Defender
Daniel Byrne
4'
4Subbed Off: 4'
Defender
Oscar Brennan
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
56Scored: 56'
Midfielder
Daniel McKenna
54'
54Subbed Off: 54'
Midfielder
Alex O'Hanlon
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Ciarán Kilduff
78Scored: 78'
Forward
James English
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Conan Byrne
Midfield
Karl Moore
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Midfield
Darragh Noone
Midfield
Derek Prendergast
4'
4Subbed On: 4'
Defender
Dayle Rooney
Midfield
Athlone Town
Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
Gavin Kearney
Defender
Ciaran Grogan
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Kaleem Simon
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
Eoghan Morgan
Midfielder
Shane Dunne
Midfielder 51'
51Subbed Off: 51'
Dean Casey
Midfielder
John Morgan
Forward
18Booked: 18'
Dean Williams
Forward
26Scored: 26'

Substitutes
Gargar Ta-Uway
Goalkeeper
Evan Pierce
Forward
Darren Meenan
Midfield
80Booked: 80'
Kyle Hogan
Midfield
Dean George
Forward
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
51Subbed On: 51'
51'
88Booked: 88'
Lloyd Buckley
Defender


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