On Dalymount Park in Dublin this evening at 21:45 Bohemians and Shelbourne will meet in a match that is part of the 17th stage of the first Irish league football. They will find themselves face to face in game two of the worst three teams of the Premier League this season.
Bohemians are above ground leading to dam maintenance in the first league only because of goal difference, with all 14 points as UC Dublin but with a game less played than this. If we count the FAI Cup game Bohemians reached three games without scored. More than nine games (in all competitions) fails to achieve victory. In alternate four championship rounds internal failures draws away. The last success was achieved in the end of April, 3: 2 at home to Bray, winning four draws in seven games played since the Premier League. Five defeats and one victory is the balance of Lyons & Co had in the previous six games played in front of their fans.
Manager hosts, Aaron Callaghan, said that this game is like a final for both teams. He noted an improvement in game opponents after changing coach. Callaghan will captain Owen Heary the count tonight, back in the draw with Sligo Rovers last round and hope that in the second part of the season his team have better evolutions at home. Heary is uncertain hosts for this game, just like Luke Byrne, Keith Buckley respectively.
Shelbourne make a modest season at the end of which is likely to go in the second league. After 16 games has only six points and must win today to drop to just five points away what separates it from the following class. Over 400 minutes have passed since the last scored by Shelbourne in the Premier League. 0: 1 Shelbourne lost both matches played after installing John McDonnell on the bench. Eight trips was returned only two points and one goal scored.
Paul Crowley is injured hip and will miss tonight’s derby, while Rob Cornwall will miss this game due to an ankle injury. Robert Bayly was substituted at halftime of the game with Derry and is unlikely to return today. Newcomer Gareth O’Connor will be in the team when all documents will be in place in time.
Bohemians quickly opened the scoring in the first meeting this season with Shelbourne, took advantage and managed to defend for 85 minutes. Bohemians own arena failed to beat in two direct Shelbourne played the last 17 months. In previous confrontation with Bohemians in the position of host Shelbourne led twice, being equaled penalty in overtime.