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Friday 15 November 2019

Morris wants focus on match alone, not title

Ian Morris
Ian Morris

A return to the promised land is in their grasp, just 90 minutes away, so close that Shelbourne can see it.

But Reds manager Ian Morris has told his players to put title glory "to the back of our minds" and focus instead on the more basic task of winning a game of football.

"We are hungry and focused but we've approached this game as we have every other game, nothing has changed. We'll be looking for three points as we would every game," Morris said, the former Bohemians player hoping to seal promotion in his first season as manager.

"You see the numbers that are travelling.

"With that atmosphere, it could feel like a home game to us,"

With a bit to run in the Premier Divison title race, the outcome in Division One could be settled tonight. as a win for Shels away to Drogheda United would gift the Reds that crown and automatic promotion.

There's a buzz around the game rarely seen in the second tier, Shels selling out their away ticket allocation days ago while Drogheda expect a full house.

Shels were odds-on favourites to win the title at the start of the season and they began the campaign in that vein, stitching together a winning run - 10 wins from 11 at one stage - to leave them well-placed.

But a draw at home to Cabinteely in July halted their gallop, Shels later dropping points against Cobh Ramblers ad Bray Wanderers,

And all the while Drogheda, with former Shels player and manager Kevin Doherty as assistant to Tim Clancy, found a scoring touch.

"They score a lot of goals, while conceding a lot as well. They look to outscore the opposition but you see the last couple of games between us have been close competitive games," Shels boss Morris said.

Shels have been out of the top flight since 2014 but their most recent attempt to get out of that division ended in a play-off loss, to Drogheda.

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