1 - 0
FT

Sean Boyd 51' -
Scored: 51'



League Preview: Shelbourne -v- Drogheda United

Fri, May 13 2022

Shels are looking to make it back-to-back wins in Tolka Park with a victory over Drogheda United on Friday Credit: Paul Dolan

SHELBOURNE

It took the Reds 14 games before they recorded their first home win of the 2022 season but they finally picked up their first three points at Tolka Park when they defeated Sligo Rovers 2-1 last Friday.

Their other three victories were all achieved on the road and the win over Sligo Rovers leaves them in seventh place in the league table on 15 points, one place and two points above their opponents this weekend.

They fully deserved their win over the Bit O’ Red with two first half goals from Jack Moylan and Sean Boyd having them 2-0 ahead at the break.

Sligo did pull one back courtesy of an excellent Paddy Kirk strike in the 65th minute but Sean Boyd should have relieved the Shelbourne nerves in the 71st minute when he had two opportunities to score his second of the night only to see Rovers’ keeper Ed McGinty pull off a miraculous double save.

Shelbourne manager Damian Duff had to serve out the first of a three-game ban against Sligo Rovers but he was more than impressed with his charges as he watched from the stand with Joey O’Brien taking over dug out duties. 

Duff said: “I was over the moon. It’s what the boys deserved after a nervy last few mins and a poor goal from our point of view but we got over the hurdle.

“Now it’s about can we get two on the bounce. No one below us has done that. Positive results on top of each other can help you climb the table and it goes the other way too,” he added. 

“Look it’s against someone close to us in the league so it’s absolutely massive,” Duff said. 

Shels will be without Brian McManus and Daniel Hawkins through injury while doubts remain over Adam Thomas and Jordan McEneff who both missed last week. 

“It must be said our squad has coped brilliantly throughout the season because we’ve missed bodies during it,” Duff said. 

DROGHEDA UNITED

The Boynesiders have been beaten in their last three matches and now drop down to eighth place in the league table following their most recent defeat, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of St. Patrick’s Athletic last weekend.

The defensive component of his team will be the most concerning for manager Kevin Doherty, as they have conceded 11 goals in their last three games.

Two of the last three matches resulted in them conceding four goals on each occasion, with Dundalk as well as Pat’s both finding it relatively easy to break through their defensive structure.

They got off to the worst possible start against Pat’s, conceding their first goal to Billy King after only four minutes. It was 2-0 at half time after Eoin Doyle added a second and the second half was no better as Drogheda keeper Sam Long had to pick the ball out of the net again after two more goals from King and debutant Kyle Robinson.

Speaking to the media this week Doherty was well aware of their defensive facilities, he said: “We’ve lost our last three games and conceded way too many goals, so we have to get back to what we were doing. It’s only a couple of weeks ago that we were on a good run.

“Probably conceding the first goal so early against Pat’s was a bit of a knock to the confidence when we’d been working on a game plan all week, but in general I don’t think a lack of confidence is an issue.”

Striker Chris Lyons twisted his knee early in last week’s game and had to be substituted, but the injury isn’t as bad as first feared and it’s also hoped that Keith Cowan will be passed fit.

But the Shelbourne game comes a bit too soon for Darragh Markey and Adam Foley who are on their way back from injury.

Referee:  Rob Hennessy

MATCH STATS

Sean Boyd’s goal against Sligo Rovers makes him Shelbourne’s top scorer this season so far on four goals.

Chris Lyons and Ryan Brennan are joint leading scorers at Drogheda United, each on three goals apiece.

Shels beat United in their first encounter this season at the end of February in Drogheda with Dan Hawkins and Mark Coyle getting on the scoresheet

BETTING

Shelbourne Evens; Draw 21/10; Drogheda 13/5

PREDICTION

Shelbourne 2 - 0 Drogheda United

Shelbourne

Injured: Sean McSweeney, Brian McManus.

Doubtful: Adam Thomas, Jordan McEniff.

Suspended: Damian Duff (Manager)

Drogheda United

Injured: Darragh Markey, Adam Foley.

Doubtful: Chris Lyons, Keith Cowan

Suspended: None

 


Shelbourne
LApril 29, 2022
Harps 1 - 0 Shels
WMay 6, 2022
Shels 2 - 1 Sligo
WMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
St. Pats 1 - 2 Shels
WMay 23, 2022
Shels 2 - 0 UCD
Brendan Clarke 1
Goalkeeper
Luke Byrne 23
Defender
Shane Griffin 5
Defender
Conor Kane 3
Defender
Aaron O'Driscoll 4
Defender
John Ross Wilson 2
Defender
Mark Coyle 8
Midfielder
Shane Farrell 17
Midfielder
JJ Lunney 6
Midfielder
Jack Moylan 10
Midfielder
Sean Boyd 9
Scored: 51'
Forward

Substitutes
Stanley Anaebonam 19
Midfield
Gbemi Arubi
Defender
Daniel Carr 14
Forward
Colm Cox
Goalkeeper
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfield
Jad Hakiki 12
Forward
Kameron Ledwidge 32
Defender
Gavin Molloy
Defender
Lewis Webb 25
Goalkeeper
Drogheda
LApril 29, 2022
Dundalk 4 - 1 Drogheda
LMay 6, 2022
Drogheda 0 - 4 St. Pats
LMay 13, 2022
Shels 1 - 0 Drogheda
WMay 20, 2022
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
WMay 23, 2022
Drogheda 1 - 0 Shamrock R
31 Sam Long
Goalkeeper
5 Keith Cowan
Defender
14 Dane Massey
Defender
4 Andrew Quinn
Defender
2 Sean Roughan
Defender
3 Evan Weir
Defender
22 James Clarke
Midfielder
8 Gary Deegan
Midfielder
24 Darragh Nugent
Midfielder
16 Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
17 Dean Williams
Forward

Substitutes
Victor Arong
Unknown
Ryan Brennan
Midfield
28 Killian Cailloce
Midfield
10 Dylan Grimes
Midfield
21 Luke Heeney
Forward
9 Chris Lyons
Forward
1 Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
18 Charles Mutawe
Defender
26 George Poynton
Midfield

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2022 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. May 13, 2022

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Robert Hennessy

Attendance: Unknown

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