MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Shelbourne

Thu Mar 28th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town take on joint title favourites Shelbourne at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night with the big match getting underway at 7.30pm.

Longford are the only unbeaten team in the first division with wins at home to Drogheda and last week's crucial away victory over a vastly improved Athlone Town, while Neale Fenn's charges have also earned away draws with Limerick and Cabinteely.

Sam Verdon's match winning goal in last week's 'El Classico De Midlands' means that the Town are just one point behind the leading trio of Shelbourne, Bray and Athlone Town who all lost last weekend.

Bray were surprisingly beaten by bottom placed Wexford, while Shelbourne lost 2-1 away to Cobh.

Shelbourne also lost at home to Cabinteely but they have recorded three victories. They came back from two down to win three-two away to Galway, they impressively won two-nil away to Athlone Town, and also earned a three-nil home triumph over Wexford.

Last season, Shels won two of the three league meetings between the sides. The Dubliners won the opening encounter three-two at Tolka Park with Longford having two players dismissed late in the second-half. The second clash at the City Calling Stadium ended in a one-all draw, while Shels hammered Longford five-one in the final meeting at Tolka Park.

Shels have a lot of quality players in their ranks with Dean Delaney in goals, Derek Prendergast and Luke Byrne in defence, Ryan Brennan and Conan Byrne in midfield, and potent goalscoring threats in Karl Moore and the division's joint top goalscorer Ciaran Kilduff.

The visitors will be without the suspended Greg Moorhouse after his injury time dismissal in last week's defeat to Cobh, while Longford's only absentee is the injured Carlton Ubaezuono.

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