1 - 0
FT

George Poynton 74' -
Peno Scored: 74'



League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Treaty United

Fri, Oct 01 2021

Shels' Michael O'Connor with a diving header in the 2-2 draw with Treaty United in Tolka Park earlier this season Credit: Paul Dolan

SHELBOURNE

The Reds can wrap up the First Division title and secure a return to the top flight at the first time of asking if they defeat Treaty United at Tolka Park on Friday evening (kick off 7.45pm)

A superb start to the season saw the Reds go undefeated in their opening 16 league games, winning 12 and drawing four.

Their first defeat of the season against UCD in the FAI Cup was followed up by a run of four games without a win in the league, including a defeat to Galway United. That saw their lead at the top reduced to seven points but three wins on the trot have restored Shels’ ten point lead at the summit and leave them on the brink of winning the title with three games to spare.

Despite Shels’ impressive journey to this point, manager Ian Morris is taking nothing for granted against a resilient Treaty side.

“The lads know how big a game it is and that we have had two seriously tough battles against Treaty already,” said Morris. “We’re in for a really difficult game but we’ve been keeping clean sheets and scoring at the top end of the pitch which is firing so we’re in a good place.

“We’ll need to be tough at times tomorrow, we’ll need calmness and have the ability to finish at the top end. It’s set there for someone to be a hero.” 

Morris also highlighted the role that the returning Tolka Park crowd will have in spurring on their team.

“I’m sure every single Shels fan wants to be there tomorrow and we’ll need their noise – even before kick-off.”

TREATY UNITED

Shels won’t be the only side with something at stake on Friday evening as a win for Treaty would ensure their place in the First Division play-offs in their first ever season in the league.

The Limerick side have sat comfortably in the play-off positions for most of the league campaign and much of their success has come from their solidity at the back with Treaty boasting the league’s third best defensive record, behind only Shels and Galway United.

Treaty will be quietly confident that they can spoil the Shels party as they come into the match unbeaten in their last four, including a draw away to Galway with ten men on the field.

MATCH STATS

Both previous meetings of the sides have ended in draws.

Treaty have twice produced late equalisers to deny Shels with William Armshaw scoring in the 94th minute in July to secure a 1-1 draw in Limerick and Clyde O’Connell in the 97th minute at Tolka Park to make sure the game ended 2-2 in an epic encounter in April.

Shels went unbeaten in the first 18 games of their league campaign while Treaty were undefeated in their opening six.

BETTING

Shelbourne 1/5; Draw 4/1; Treaty United 9/1

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 2-0 Treaty United

Shelbourne

Injured:  Denzil Fernandes, Gerardo Bruna, JJ Lunney

Doubful: None

Suspended: None

Treaty United

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Shelbourne
LApril 18, 2022
Shels 1 - 4 Bohs
LApril 22, 2022
Dundalk 2 - 1 Shels
LApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
WMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
Brendan Clarke 1
Goalkeeper
John Ross Wilson 2
Defender
Kevin O'Connor 3
Defender
Kameron Ledwidge 32
66'
66Subbed Off: Brian McManus 66'
Defender
Ally Gilchrist 4
Defender
Luke Byrne 23
Defender
George Poynton 26
Peno Scored: 74'
Booked: 85'
Midfielder
Shane Farrell 17
Midfielder
Yassine En-Neyah
84'
84Subbed Off: Dayle Rooney 84'
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan 10
Booked: 81'
Midfielder
Michael O'Connor 9
Booked: 35'
Forward

Substitutes
Dayle Rooney 18
84'
84Subbed On: Yassine En-Neyah 84'
Midfield
Eric Molloy
Midfield
Gavin Molloy
Defender
Brian McManus 14
66'
66Subbed On: Kameron Ledwidge 66'
Midfield
Yoyo Mahdy 11
Forward
Maxim Kouogun 15
Defender
Jack Brady 25
Goalkeeper
Michael Barker 2
Defender
Stanley Anaebonam 19
Midfield
Treaty United
DApril 23, 2022
Longford 0 - 0 Treaty United
LApril 29, 2022
Treaty United 2 - 3 Galway
LMay 2, 2022
Cork 3 - 0 Treaty United
DMay 13, 2022
Treaty United 2 - 2 Bray
DMay 16, 2022
Treaty United 0 - 0 Longford
1 Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
25 Mark Walsh
Defender
6 Anthony O'Donnell
Defender
3 Marc Ludden
Defender
2 Charlie Fleming
Defender
5 Clyde O'Connell
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: Dean George 85'
7 Conor Melody
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: William Armshaw 80'
23 Callum McNamara
Midfielder
Booked: 56'
12 Matt Keane
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Joel Coustrain 80'
11 Stephen Christopher
Midfielder
10 Sean McSweeney
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Kieran Hanlon 46'

Substitutes
29 Josh Quinlivan
Forward
Sean Oyibo
Midfield
11 Alan Murphy
Defender
Sean McCormack
Goalkeeper
9 Kieran Hanlon
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Sean McSweeney 46'
24 Dean George
Forward 85'
85Subbed On: Clyde O'Connell 85'
17 Joel Coustrain
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Matt Keane 80'
16 William Armshaw
Midfield 80'
80Subbed On: Conor Melody 80'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 1, 2021

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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