A longer season awaits in 2018 for the League of Ireland. Ahead of the new campaign kicking off on February 23, Shelbourne have bulked up their first team squad this week with the inclusion of Arran Molloy and Dave Mulcahy.
Molloy was the Shelbourne under-19s Player of the Year last season. As well as playing a pivotal role for Wayne Groves’ side, Molloy did feature on occasion in the first-team squad.
Having made the bench on a number occasions, he did play one full game, a home draw with Waterford.
Mulcahy links up with Owen Heary’s side, after a sojourn at Drogheda United. Vastly experienced and the leagues oldest player at 40, Mulcahy will add solidity to a defence that hopes to tighten up as part of Shelbourne’s push for promotion.
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Heary will be hoping to improve on last term’s fourth-place finish, and the inclusion of the former Waterford United and Bohemians player is something to help build towards that.
Mulcahy has also played with now-defunct Kilkenny City, his hometown club at the time. Stints at St. Patrick’s Athletic, Cork City and Bray Wanderers followed.
Before Shelbourne travel to the UCD Bowl at the end of February to get their league campaign underway, they have a plethora of pre-season games, to aide Molloy and Mulcahy to comfortably bed into the side.
February 4 sees a game with Limerick FC in Larney Park in Finglas.
Five days later, they face Waterford at the Regional Sports Centre. The trio of pre-season games ends with the visit of Galway United to Tolka Park.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena