IRE D1
Date: 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 2010
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref: Unknown
Att: Unknown

Marc Hughes 33' -
Scored: 33'


Mark Leech 49' -
Scored: 49'


Ian Ryan 78' -
Scored: 78'




Shelbourne 3 - 0 Mervue United

Fri, Oct 15 2010
SHELBOURNE advanced their claims for promotion tonight with a 3-0 win over strugglers Mervue United. Goals from Marc Hughes, Mark Leech and Ian Ryan gave Shels an emphatic win.

Two early half-chances for Shels from Sean Byrne crosses were repelled, but the Reds had the majority of possession in the opening minutes- setting the precedent for the rest of the match.

Mark Leech squandered the best chance of the match thus far after 17 minutes, after Ger Hanley miskicked and gave him the ball. Leech beat the Mervue 'keeper but shot well over when he could have passed to the waiting Hughes or Cassidy.

Play was largely Shelbourne's for most of the match, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance until just over ten minutes before half-time.

David McGill's shot was parried away by Hanley and went out for a corner. From the corner Marc Hughes stabbed the ball in at point-blank range.

Mervue had to wait until a minute before half time for their first chance with Noel Varley attempting a chip on Delany which just fell over the bar.

The home side came out with a hunger or more goals, and Mark Leech could have put them two up after 48 minutes. Marc Hughes beat his man out wide and chipped it up skilfully for Leech, who agonisingly headed the ball against the crossbar.

Leech atoned for that miss a minute later though with a ripping shot from about 25 yards out which left Hanley no chance and sent Shels two up.

His up-and-down match continued soon after though, when he had a penalty saved by Ger Hanley.

Hanley was again Leech's bane on 74 minutes, producing a brilliant save to deny his header at goal. He had nothing to do with Leech's second miss straight afterwards, as the striker headed just wide.

The Mervue 'keeper was superb for most of the match- and were it not for his saves the Westerners could have gone down by 5 or 6 goals. But he was powerless to resist Shels' third goal.

David Cassidy drafted a free-kick in from way out and Ian Ryan headed the ball in with great power on 78 minutes. A controlling performance from Shels was sealed with a final ten minutes which saw Mervue completely restricted.

Shelbourne FC: Dean Delany, Stephen Quigley, Sean Byrne [Gareth Whelan '84], Ian Ryan, Stephen Paisley, Paul Shiels, David McGill, David Cassidy [Brian Farrell '79], Mark Leech, Marc Hughes [Colin O'Brien '61], Ray Scully
Subs not Used: Steve Williams, , Eric Foley

Mervue United: Ger Hanley, Kevin Crehan, Dan Cunningham [Mike Collins '68], Martin Conneely, Mike Elwood, Noel Varley, Alex Lee, Eric Browne, Rory Gaffney, Mike Tierney [Bryan Kenny '24], Mark Ludden
Subs not used: Enda Curran, Dumitra Razvan Popescu, Adrian Cronin

Referee: John Grimes
Attendance: 632
Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Ger Hanley



Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Ian Ryan
78Scored: 78'
Defender
Stephen Quigley
75Booked: 75'
Defender
Stephen Paisley
Defender
Sean Byrne
Defender
Paul Shiels
Midfielder
Ray Scully
Midfielder
David McGill
Midfielder
David Cassidy
Midfielder
Mark Leech
49Scored: 49'
Forward
Marc Hughes
33Scored: 33'
Forward

Substitutes
Steve Williams
Goalkeeper
Gareth Whelan
Defender
Colin O'Brien
Midfield
Eric Foley
Midfield
Brian Farrell
Forward
Mervue United
Ger Hanley
Goalkeeper
Mike Elwood
Defender
75Booked: 75'
Dan Cunningham
Defender
Kevin Crehan
Defender
Martin Conneely
Defender
Marc Ludden
Midfielder
Alex Lee
Midfielder
Eric Browne
Midfielder
Noel Varley
Midfielder
Mike Tierney
Forward
Rory Gaffney
Forward

Substitutes
Dumitru Razvan Popescu
Unknown
Bryan Kenny
Midfield
70Booked: 70'
Nicky Curran
Defender
Adrian Cronin
Goalkeeper
Michael Collins
Unknown


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