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United v Shelbourne – Match Preview.

Galway United v. Shelbourne, 22/02/2019.

United ended capped off last season with a disapointing end to a disappointing season when they travelled to Drumcondra on the last day of the season. This time United will be hoping to get the season off to a promising start in the reversal fixture, as Shels come to Terryland.

Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park.

Kick-off: 7.45pm.

Referee: Eoghan O’Shea, Assistants: Alan Sherlock and Declan Toland, Fourth Official: John McLoughlin.

Odds: H-11/4, D-12/5, A-4/5.

Expected Line-ups.

                     Galway United                           Shelbourne
Kevin Horgan Dean Delany
Cristopher Horgan John Ross Wilson
Stephen Walsh Lorcan Fitzgerald
Cian Murphy Derek Prendergast
Marc Ludden Luke Byrne
Mark Hannon Daniel McKenna
Joe Collins Oscar Brennan
Shane Doherty Alex O’Hanlon
Conor Barry
Colin Kelly Conan Byrne
Ciarán Kilduff
Vinny Faherty James English

 

Team News.

Shels’ squad has been greatly bolstered over the off-season with a number of new signings. Meanwhile United’s squad has seen a massive rejuvenisation. United are missing Andrew Peters (ankle) and Conor Layng (cruciate) through injury, and Jeff McGowan (hamstring) is also a doubt. Marc Ludden, Iarflaith Davoren, and Cristopher Horgan all missed United’s friendly against the Galway District & League team last week.

Form.

Shels fared out a lot better than United, securing a play-off place finishing third. Shels lost out to Finn Harps, however, and will face United in the First Division once again.

R Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts Form
1 Finn Harps 6 5 1 0 17 3 +14 16 WWWWDW
2 Shelb ourne 6 4 2 0 17 6 +11 14 WWWDDW
3 UCD 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 WWDWDD
4 Longford Town 6 3 1 2 15 12 +3 10 LWWWLD
5 Drogheda United 6 2 3 1 8 8 0 9 DDDLWW
6 Wexford FC 6 1 2 3 5 8 -3 5 DLLLDW
7 Cobh Ramblers 6 1 2 3 5 9 -4 5 LLDDWL
8 Galway United FC 6 1 2 3 7 14 -7 5 WDLLDL
9 Athlone Town 6 0 2 4 3 11 -8 2 LLLDDL
10 Cabinteely 6 0 2 4 8 21 -13 2 LLDLDL

Head-to-head Record.

22/09/18, 20:45 Shelbourne – Galway United  FT               3-0
29/06/18, 20:45 Galway United – Shelbourne  FT               1-2
20/04/18, 20:45 Shelbourne – Galway United  FT               2-0
24/10/14, 21:00 Shelbourne – Galway United  FT               1-2
17/10/14, 20:45 Galway United – Shelbourne  FT               2-0
03/10/14, 21:00 Shelbourne – Galway United  FT               1-1
01/08/14, 20:45 Galway United – Shelbourne  FT                0-1
30/05/14, 21:00 Shelbourne – Galway United  FT                2-4
11/04/14, 20:45 Galway United – Shelbourne  FT                 0-1

Prediction.

It is quite difficult to assess where these teams will be at coming in from the off-season. United will be hoping to improve on last season with a largely inexperienced squad, whereas Shels have greatly bolstered their squad with new signings. Although it still remains to be seen how they will gel together as a squad, big signings doesn’t automatically equate to winning. For that reason, and with the positive atmosphere around the club at the moment, I’m going to stay positive. Galway United 2 Shelbourne 1.

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