First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 21, 2019
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref:
Att: 1,647
TV:

Jaze Kabia 32' -
Scored: 32'


Conan Byrne 43' -
Scored: 43'


Shane Farrell 49' -
Peno Scored: 49'


Jaze Kabia 51' -
Scored: 51'


Oscar Brennan 59' -
Scored: 59'


Aidan Friel 69' -
Scored: 69'


Jaze Kabia 73' -
Scored: 73'



League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Limerick

Sat, Sep 21 2019

SHELBOURNE

First Division Champions Shelbourne will look to make it an occasion to remember at Tolka Park on Saturday evening when they host struggling Limerick on the final night of the season (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Reds secured their first ever First Division crown last week with a dramatic 3-1 win away to nearest challengers Drogheda United.

Full-back Aidan Friel gave Shels the lead before the Boynesiders levelled through defender Luke McNally. However, Oscar Brennan soon struck to put Shels back into the lead minutes later.

Shelbourne made sure of the victory with seconds to go in injury time, with Lorcan Fitzgerald poking home on the counter-attack to put the gloss on a historic night for the Drumcondra club.

With all the excitement of last week still fresh in the memory, Shels boss Ian Morris is calling on the Reds support to make it an occasion to remember on Saturday night.

“The genuine thank yous you get and the tears along with the raw emotion showed what everyone felt and what this club means to people,” Morris told his club’s media team.  

“It’s all about the connection with the fans and players with everyone pulling in the same direction. It’s been a fantastic season.

Saturday’s game with Limerick also sees the last of Dean Delany, who has the fourth-highest number of appearances for Shels after 11 years of total service with the Richmond Road outfit.

“He was the last person off the training pitch every day and his condition was unbelievable for a player of 39 years.

“His professionalism and the way he manages the changing room is incredible and I cannot speak highly enough of him. 

“With his family and kids, he can celebrate his achievements on Saturday after an amazing 23 year career,” he concluded. 

Daniel Byrne and John Ross Wilson remain out injured for Shelbourne ahead of the visit of Limerick to Tolka Park.

LIMERICK

Tommy Barrett’s Blues will be looking to put a wretched final two months of the season behind them when they visit First Division Champions Shelbourne on Saturday.

Limerick have seen their recent form nosedive in recent weeks – a result of the consistent negativity shrouding the club during the season.

The Shannonsiders have since fallen to sixth position in the First Division table, 11 points behind fourth placed Cabinteely.

Barrett has been forced to use a large number of youngsters in recent weeks – emphasised by the fact that he could only name four players on his bench during the recent defeat away to Galway United.

To compound their recent woes on the road, Limerick have conceded a costly 12 goals in their previous five outings.

Goalkeeper Jack Brady, one of the few who has impressed at Markets Field this year, has played every minute of every league game for the Blues – racking up an impressive eight clean sheets inn very difficult circumstances for the young goalkeeper.  

Jason Hughes remains Limerick’s only absentee through suspension after he was sent off for an altercation with a steward during the Blues heavy 6-2 defeat away to Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup.  

Referee: David Dunne.

 

MATCH STATS

Shelbourne have won the previous two league games between the sides this season, winning one-nil at Markets Field last time out and securing a two-nil win at Tolka Park back in April.

The Reds have only fallen to defeat once in the league at home this season, and that came on their opening home game of the season against Cabinteely.

Ian Morris’ side have the best defensive record in the First Division, with only 19 goals conceded from 26 games.   

BETTING

Shelbourne 1/3; Draw 4/1; Limerick 8/1.

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 3 - 0 Limerick

 

Shelbourne

Injured: John Ross Wilson, Daniel Byrne.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Limerick

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: Jason Hughes.


Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Aidan Friel
69Scored: 69'
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Luke Byrne
Defender
Dayle Rooney
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Midfielder
Shane Farrell
49Peno: 49'
Midfielder
Conan Byrne
43Scored: 43'
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Oscar Brennan
59Scored: 59'
Midfielder
Jaze Kabia
32Scored: 32'
51Scored: 51'
73Scored: 73'
Forward

Substitutes
Sean Quinn
Midfield
Alex O'Hanlon
Midfield
Darragh Noone
Midfield
Daniel McKenna
Midfield
Colin McCabe
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Goalkeeper
CiarĂ¡n Kilduff
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Forward
Denzil Fernandes
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
Midfield
Limerick
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Robbie Williams
Defender
87Booked: 87'
Shane Tracy
Defender
83Booked: 83'
Andy Quaid
Defender
Aaron Fitzgerald
Defender
Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Edmond O'Dwyer
Midfielder
Clyde O'Connell
Midfielder
54Subbed On: 54'
Lee Devitt Molloy
Midfielder
Sean McSweeney
Forward
Kieran Hanlon
Forward 54'
54Subbed Off: 54'

Substitutes
Callan Scully
Goalkeeper
Ciaran O'Reilly
Midfield
Alan Murphy
Defender 54'
54Subbed Off: 54'
71Booked: 71'
Sean Madigan
Defender
75Subbed On: 75'
75'
Adam Foley
Forward
54Subbed On: 54'
54'