First
Date: 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 2011
Venue: Tolka Park
Att: 1,027
TV:

Ian Ryan 4' -
Scored: 4'


Philip Hughes 45' -
Scored: 45'


David Cassidy 64' -
Scored: 64'


Conan Byrne 72' -
Scored: 72'




Shelbourne 4 - 0 Finn Harps

Tue, Oct 25 2011

After making a tradition out of falling at the last hurdle since their demotion in 2007, Shelbourne at last secured promotion back to the Premier Division with a sublime 4-0 win over Finn Harps tonight at Tolka Park.

 

Shels got out of the starting blocks quickly, with Ian Ryan scoring after four minutes. A Phillip Hughes goal just before half time gave Shels a 2-0 lead at the break. Goals in the second half from David Cassidy and substitute Conan Byrne sealed the win.

 

The win means that five years after they last appeared in the top flight, Shels can now return to take their place amongst Ireland's footballing elite again. Ian Ryan gave the home side the perfect start after just four minutes. 

 

A lobbed ball down the left wing for Barry Clancy resulted in a Shels corner, which David Cassidy took. Cassidy's precise delivery found Ian Ryan, whose glancing header sent the ball looping over the outstretched Ciaran Gallagher. 

 

Shels controlled play for most of the first half, with Harps having sporadic possession and never really threatening. Philly Hughes and David Cassidy both had clear chances in the 17th and 20th minutes, respectively, to double the lead. 

 

Philly Hughes did double the lead eventually though, just before half time. Ian Ryan again played a big part, this time in the build-up. Hughes stooped low in front of goal to head the ball past Gallagher from Ryan's pinpoint cross.

 

Harps had a few half-chances at the start of the second half, but Kevin Devaney's 50th minute free-kick which Dean Delany easily pushed wide was the closest they came. If there were still nerves in the home support, they were well and truly soothed with captain David Cassidy's well-worked 64th minute goal. 

 

In a move that looked like it came straight from the training ground, Philly Hughes took a free-kick 30 yards from goal short- passing to Stephen Paisley. With his back to goal, Paisley squared the ball for the on-rushing Cassidy, who calmly slotted the ball in.

 

Substitute Conan Byrne, making just his second appearance since recovering from an injury which ruled him out for a month, made sure of the win on 72 minutes. With his first touch, Byrne beat Harps 'keeper Gallagher to the ball inside the box. The midfielder had to be alert to finish the rebounding ball after it came off the post.

 

With the five-year exile from the Premier Division now set to end, Shels can look forward to Saturday's title clash with Cork City and an FAI Cup final against Sligo Rovers on November 6th.

 

Shelbourne: Dean Delany; Ian Ryan, Sean Byrne, Andy Boyle, Stephen Paisley [Gareth Matthews '66]; John Sullivan, Kevin Dawson, Barry Clancy [Conan Byrne '70], Brendan McGill, David Cassidy (c); Phillip Hughes [Chris Mulhall '74].

Subs Not Used: Paul Skinner, Karl Bermingham, Phillip Gorman, Davi Da Silva.

Yellow Cards: Barry Clancy.

 

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Marty Redmond [James Doherty '70], Keith Cowan, Aaron O’Hagan [Packie Mailey HT], JP Gallagher, Kevin Devaney, Gary Curran, Barry O’Mahoney, Gareth Harkin [Kevin McHugh HT], Stephen O'Donnell, Blaine Curtis. 

Subs Not Used: Aaron Brennan, Marc Brolly, Sean Catton, Mark Forker.

Yellow Cards: None.

 

Referee: Rob Rogers.

 

Attendance: 1027 (official).

 

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Ian Ryan.

 



Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Ian Ryan
4Scored: 4'
Defender
Stephen Paisley
Defender
Sean Byrne
Defender
Andy Boyle
Defender
Brendan McGill
Midfielder
Kevin Dawson
Midfielder
Barry Clancy
27Booked: 27'
Midfielder
David Cassidy
64Scored: 64'
Midfielder
John Sullivan
Midfielder
Philip Hughes
45Scored: 45'
Forward

Substitutes
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Chris Mulhall
Midfield
Gareth Matthews
Defender
Philip Gorman
Forward
Davi da Silva
Forward
Conan Byrne
72Scored: 72'
Midfield
Karl Bermingham
Forward
Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Aaron O'Hagan
Defender
John Paul Gallagher
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
Martin Redmond
Defender
Barry O'Mahony
Midfielder
Gareth Harkin
Midfielder
Kevin Devaney
Midfielder
Gary Curran
Midfielder
Stephen O'Donnell
Forward
Blain Curtis
Forward

Substitutes
Kevin McHugh
Forward
Packie Mailey
Defender
Mark Forker
Midfield
James Doherty
Defender
Sean Catton*
Unknown
Thomas Bonner
Midfield


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