Sunday 17 December 2017

Cronin hopes Shels and Bohs both beat drop

Glen Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile
Glen Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

AS HE prepares to end a frustrating three-month layoff due to injury, Shelbourne captain Glenn Cronin hopes both his current and former club can win their battle against relegation.

A decade on from when Bohemians and Shels slugged it out for Premier Division titles, the Dublin rivals square up at Dalymount Park in a real relegation scrap, bottom side Shels hoping to cut short the eight-point lead which Bohs hold over them.

This fixture would always have been a big deal for midfielder Cronin, but tonight's clash is even more important as the Reds skipper is hoping to start a game for the first time since the opening game of the season at Bray.

Suffering with a foot injury in pre-season, Cronin lasted only 45 minutes of the March 8 opener, and has endured a frustrating rehab period since then, coming on as a sub in last week's defeat to Derry City.

But he's in line to start against Bohs.

"After being out for so long I want to play as much as I can," he said.

"There's so much riding on this game at Dalymount tonight that I will do all I can to get into the team and play my part.

"It's amazing to think that Bohs are playing Shels in a relegation battle but that's where we are now, the table doesn't lie.

"Of course, I want Shels to stay up, Shels stayed in the First Division for way too long to go back there again.

"I think we can go to Dalymount tonight, get a result and start moving up the table.

"But I still have a lot of affection for Bohs from the time I spent there so I'd hate to see them get relegated.

"The ideal scenario is that both clubs can lift their form and someone else can get dragged back down there."

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