First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 21, 2021
Venue: Tolka Park
3 - 1
FT

John Ross Wilson 22' -
Scored: 22'


Ryan Brennan 24' -
Scored: 24'


Ryan Brennan 44' -
Scored: 44'


Scored: 41'
- Harvey O'Brien 41'


League Preview: Shelbourne -v- UCD

Thu, May 20 2021

Credit: Steve Alfred

SHELBOURNE

Shelbourne will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table above UCD to five points as they welcome the Students to Tolka Park on Friday night (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Reds come into the game having seen past the stiff challenge of Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park last weekend.

Ian Morris’ side had to come from behind to earn three points, with Ryan Brennan heading home Kevin O’Connor’s cross with ten minutes to play.

The win saw them leapfrog UCD after the Students drew 0-0 with Cork City at the UCD Bowl.

“UCD always play a certain way and the way they operate with college and scholarships, they always attract that top young talent,” Morris told his club’s media team ahead of Friday night’s game. 

“I watched them last week there and they look good all over the pitch. They’ve had a little bit of disruption in their camp with Ian Ryan leaving and taking over at Wexford so that adds an extra angle to the game. 

“It’s going to be a fantastic game, but we need to keep pushing and pushing and play the way we want to play.

“There’s a chance here to put a bit of distance there at the top. This is why we play football, for games like this.”

In terms of team news, Shels welcome back Michael O’Connor after suspension, while Denzil Fernandes may return after a broken nose. Gerardo Bruna remains a long-term absentee.

UCD

After dropping points at home to Cork City last weekend, UCD make the trip to Tolka Park hoping to stay in touch with the league leaders after the first round of games.

The Students find themselves two points behind Shels in the table – but they are unbeaten so far this season, as are Shelbourne.

Ahead of their first visit to Tolka since April 2019, a game that they won thanks to a late Timmy Molloy winner in the EA Sports Cup, their manager Andy Myler is looking forward to the task on hand.

“We’ll go to Shels to try and win, as we do every other week. Shels are unbeaten as well, but we’ll just try and keep the good performances going.

“We’re comfortable with how we’re going and playing. There’s a good competition around the squad to get into the team at the moment.

“All of that is positive for us going forward – and if we get the performance again, we won’t mind too much about the result – that’s how we work.”

Referee: Gavin Colfer.

 

MATCH STATS

UCD’s Colm Whelan has been involved in 10 of UCD’s 21 goals so far this season, scoring 8 and assisting 2.

Ian Morris’ Shelbourne have only conceded one goal from play in their last three league outings, with Cobh Ramblers opener at home to the Reds being the only time Shels have been breached from play since their 3-1 win away to Cabinteely.

Both UCD and Shelbourne top the charts for goals scored and expected goals so far this season. UCD have netted 21 goals, while Shels have scored 15. In terms of Expected Goals, Shelbourne have 16.53 while UCD have 14.99.

BETTING

Shelbourne 20/23; Draw 21/10; UCD 3/1.

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 1 - 2 UCD

 

Shelbourne

Injured: Gerardo Bruna.

Doubtful: Denzil Fernandes.

Suspended: None

 

UCD

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.


Shelbourne
Brendan Clarke 1
Goalkeeper
Kevin O'Connor 3
Defender
Ally Gilchrist 4
Defender
© Luke Byrne 23
Defender
John Ross Wilson 16
Scored: 22'
Defender
Brian McManus 14
86'
86Subbed Off: Sean Quinn 86'
Midfielder
Yoyo Mahdy 11
78'
78Subbed Off: Dayle Rooney 78'
Midfielder
JJ Lunney 6
Midfielder
Shane Farrell 17
Booked: 5'
Midfielder
Michael O'Connor 9
61'
61Subbed Off: George Poynton 61'
Forward
Ryan Brennan 10
Scored: 24'
Scored: 44'
Forward

Substitutes
Dayle Rooney 18
78'
78Subbed On: Yoyo Mahdy 78'
Midfield
Sean Quinn 19
86'
86Subbed On: Brian McManus 86'
Midfield
George Poynton 26
61'
61Subbed On: Michael O'Connor 61'
Booked: 73'
Midfield
Kyle O'Connor 20
Midfield
Glen McAuley
Forward
Maxim Kouogun 15
Defender
Alex Cetiner 21
Midfield
Jack Brady 25
Goalkeeper
Michael Barker 2
Defender
UCD
1 Lorcan Healy
Goalkeeper
25 Evan Weir
Defender
Booked: 29'
22 Sam Todd ©
Defender
Booked: 52'
24 Harvey O'Brien
Defender
Scored: 41'
30 Michael McHugh
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: Adam Lennon 71'
17 Dara Keane
Midfielder
21 Paul Doyle
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Donal Higgins 80'
8 Mark Dignam
Midfielder
Booked: 45'
71'
71Subbed Off: Evan Osam 71'
27 Sean Brennan
Midfielder 74'
74Subbed Off: Adam Verdon 74'
10 Colm Whelan
Forward
7 Liam Kerrigan
Forward

Substitutes
16 Carl Williams
Goalkeeper
15 Adam Verdon
Midfield 74'
74Subbed On: Sean Brennan 74'
3 Evan Osam
Defender 71'
71Subbed On: Mark Dignam 71'
Booked: 75'
12 Adam Lennon
Midfield 71'
71Subbed On: Michael McHugh 71'
9 Danu Kinsella Bishop
Forward
18 Donal Higgins
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Paul Doyle 80'
2 Michael Gallagher
Defender
5 Luke Boore
Defender
11 Ciaran Behan
Defender