Limerick - ShelbourneAfter spending years in the division 1, Limerick won the division last season posing a (9-1-4) home performance and gained promotion to the Premier League where they've given a good account of themselves as they are currently at the 7th position and have no scare of going back to the league 1. Prior last match, their ability to amass 10 out of the last available 12 points soar the team high including a 2-0 home win over Shamrock and a 1-2 away win over Dundalk.
Due to injury and suspension, coupled with an already comfortable spot, team however will have to do without many starters and younger players will be given opportunities to impress today: Shane Tracy (Mf 22/6), Danny Galbraith (Mf 27/0) and Stephen McGann (Mf 3/0) remain out while Stephen Folan (Df 30/1) and Samuel Oji (Df 6/0) are suspended, but Stephen Bradley (Mf 24/0) returns. The line-up today will see 19-year-old Barry Sheedy (Att 7/0) who has played around 90 minutes over the last two games and 17-year-old centre-half Tony Whitehead (Mf 1/0) – who made his competitive first- team debut from the bench in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Bray Wanderers amidst some other young lads. Cork City weren't any way easy for the struggling guests (Shelbourne) last match and despite Shelbourne could repeat their highest no. of goals so far in the season, they could not match the firepowers of Cork City who were 5 goals better spearheaded by their in-form Ciaran Kilduff. Prior that match, Cork's coach in a respect tone wouldn't see Shelbourne been relegated, quoting the wealth of experience their managers (Mick Byrne was appointed as
Assistant manager to Johnny McDonnell in early June 2013) have as they know the league in-and out. Shelbourne still have five on the long term absentee list due to injury - Glenn Cronin (Mf 12/0), Brian Shortall (Df 20/1), Mark Leech (Att 17/1) and Jack Memery (Df 15/0), though Crowley (Mf 9/0) has now returned to training but not fully match fit. Suspended are Robert Bayly (Mf 17/0) who is serving the second of a two week suspension having been red-carded against Derry City and Sean Brennan (Mf 28/2), due to accumulation of yellow cards. Limerick are beginning to play relaxed and lost last match on travel to Bray (1-0) who are another relegation struggler while Shelbourne are fighting for their lives and anything other than a win will see them stay in the league and are expected to have at least easier task against young lads.