3 - 1
FT

Shane Doherty 11' -
Scored: 11'


Killian Brouder 50' -
Scored: 50'


Ruairi Keating 89' -
Scored: 89'


Scored: 90'
- Brian McManus 90'


League Preview: Galway United -v- Shelbourne

Thu, Aug 12 2021

Galway United's RuairĂ­ Keating & Shelbourne's Maxim Kouogun in an aerial battle at Eamonn Deacy Park in March 2021. Credit: Paul Dolan

GALWAY UNITED

The Tribesmen will be looking to gain some ground on Shelbourne when they host the Reds at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Galway are ten points behind Shels coming into the final third of the season and a win on Friday is needed to give the side any shot at catching the Dublin side before the end of the season.

John Caulfield’s men are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Cork City last week when they lost 3-2 in front of 800 fans.

They came from behind twice courtesy of goals from Wilson Waweru and Killian Brouder but City grabbed a winner ten minutes from time to cost the home side ground in the title race.

United’s last time out against Shelbourne saw them beaten 4-0 at Tolka Park in one of the lowest moments of their season and their manager is hoping the side will have something to celebrate tomorrow night.

“It is another huge game, this league is always exciting and the playoff spots will go down to the wire,” Caulfield told the club’s media team.

“We have to try and bounce back after a disappointing result against Cork. It will be great having the home crowd again; hopefully we can give them something to celebrate on Friday night.

“All our focus and energy this week has gone into giving a performance against Shelbourne.”

Galway will assess Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh and Maurice Nugent before the game with the trio picking up knocks during last Friday night’s game.

SHELBOURNE

Ian Morris’ side are cruising at this stage of the First Division campaign having not lost a single game as they begin the final third of the season.

A win on Friday night would put them further out of reach of Galway and with a 4-0 win under their belts against the Tribesmen the Dublin side will feel they are capable of getting another three points this week.

Last week Shels drew with UCD, but with Galway’s loss they managed to increase the points difference between the sides slightly.

With a number of players returning Reds are in a strong position coming to the west on Friday.

“Everyone knows it’s a big game but we are preparing the same, keeping our routine going but I’ve been impressed by the intensity in training this week,” Morris said, speaking to the club’s media team.

“It’s good to have bodies back and it’s been fantastic to see players working together well.”

Michael O’Connor is suspended for the trip to Galway which will be a big blow to Ian Morris, while Gerardo Bruna remains absent due to a long term injury.

Referee: Alan Patchell

MATCH STATS

Shelbourne have a great record against Galway United in recent years having last suffered a loss to the Tribesmen in 2014. Since then the Reds have won seven and drawn once against Galway.

The Reds are unbeaten after 18 games in the First Division this season.

United are ten points behind Shelbourne in the race for the First Division title.

BETTING

Galway United 13/8; Draw 23/10; Shelbourne 7/5.

PREDICTION

Galway United 1–1 Shelbourne

Galway United

Injured: Francely Lomboto, Ronan Manning, Carlton Ubaezuonu.

Doubtful: Conor O’Keeffe, Maurice Nugent, Stephen Walsh.

Suspended: None.

Shelbourne

Injured: Gerardo Bruna.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Michael O’Connor.


Galway
WOct. 15, 2021
Galway 2 - 1 Wexford
WOct. 22, 2021
Galway 1 - 0 Bray
LOct. 29, 2021
Cork 3 - 0 Galway
DNov. 3, 2021
Bray 0 - 0 Galway
LNov. 7, 2021
Galway 0 - 1 Bray
Conor Kearns 16
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Booked: 68'
Defender
Conor O'Keeffe
Defender
Maurice Nugent 6
Booked: 61'
Defender
Killian Brouder 5
Scored: 50'
Defender
Gary Boylan 4
Defender
Conor McCormack 22
Booked: 59'
Midfielder
David Hurley
Midfielder
Shane Doherty 11
Scored: 11'
83'
83Subbed Off: Mikey Place 83'
Midfielder
Wilson Waweru
64'
64Subbed Off: Ruairi Keating 64'
Forward
Mikie Rowe
Booked: 43'
83'
83Subbed Off: Padraic Cunningham 83'
Forward

Substitutes
Mikey Place
83'
83Subbed On: Shane Doherty 83'
Midfield
Caoilfhionn O'Dea
Midfield
Alex Murphy
Unknown
Colin Kelly
Midfield
Ruairi Keating 7
64'
64Subbed On: Wilson Waweru 64'
Scored: 89'
Forward
Kevin Horgan
Goalkeeper
Christopher Horgan
Midfield
Joe Gorman
Defender
Luke Dennison 1
Goalkeeper
Padraic Cunningham 9
83'
83Subbed On: Mikie Rowe 83'
Forward
Shelbourne
WSept. 24, 2021
Cabinteely 0 - 2 Shels
WOct. 1, 2021
Shels 1 - 0 Treaty United
DOct. 8, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 Athlone
LOct. 15, 2021
Cobh 2 - 0 Shels
DOct. 29, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 UCD
1 Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Yassine En-Neyah
Defender 62'
62Subbed Off: Eric Molloy 62'
4 Ally Gilchrist
Defender
15 Maxim Kouogun
Defender
3 Kevin O'Connor
Defender
10 Ryan Brennan
Midfielder
Booked: 45'
17 Shane Farrell
Midfielder
Booked: 76'
6 JJ Lunney
Midfielder 22'
22Subbed Off: George Poynton 22'
14 Brian McManus
Midfielder
Scored: 90'
16 John Ross Wilson
Midfielder
18 Dayle Rooney
Forward

Substitutes
2 Michael Barker
Defender
25 Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
23 Luke Byrne
Defender
Kameron Ledwidge
Defender
11 Yoyo Mahdy
Forward
Gavin Molloy
Midfield
Eric Molloy
Midfield 62'
62Subbed On: Yassine En-Neyah 62'
Alex Nolan
Unknown
26 George Poynton
Midfield 22'
22Subbed On: JJ Lunney 22'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 13, 2021

Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park

Referee: Alan Patchell

Attendance: Unknown

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