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.
Referee: Eoghan O’Shea, Assistants: Alan Sherlock and Declan Toland, Fourth Official: John McLoughlin.
Odds: H-11/4, D-12/5, A-4/5.
|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|
|Colin Kelly||Conan Byrne|
|Vinny Faherty||James English|
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.
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.
|8||Galway United FC||6||1||2||3||7||14||-7||5||WDLLDL|
|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|
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.