FAI Cup SF
Date: 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 2012
Venue: Tolka Park
Att: 1,477
TV:

Scored: 44'
- Stephen McLaughlin 44'

Scored: 62'
- Stephen McLaughlin 62'

Scored: 68'
- David McDaid 68'



Shelbourne 0 - 3 Derry City

Wed, Oct 10 2012

Credit: Jason O'Callaghan

Tolka Park witnessed a battle between two teams desperate to end their seasons in a showpiece final in the Aviva Stadium. It was the team from Derry that emerged victorious as they scored three goals and booked a place in the FAI Cup Final against St. Patrick’s Athletic.


Derry City started brightly putting some dangerous crosses into the Shels box in the first ten minutes. However, the Drumcondra side had a sight of goal on 11 minutes as Philly Hughes looked like he had the beating of his man. The lineman signalled for offside before he got a chance to take a shot on goal and the Derry men breathed a sigh of relief.

 

Derry had control of possession in the early stages of the game but in the form of Philly Hughes, Shelbourne had an outlet. A long punt from defence on 17 minutes found him again in a dangerous position. He put in a teasing cross but the Derry defence cleared their lines.


Shels again fashioned a chance on 22 minutes and Hughes was central again. His cross found Paddy Kavanagh in the box. He cut inside and squared the ball to Kevin Dawson. His poked effort brought the Tolka Park faithful to its feet, but it went agonisingly wide.

 

Shelbourne seemed dangerous, particularly with some of the excellent crosses they were producing, and on 30 minutes there were almost in again. Firstly, David Cassidy’s corner forced Ger Doherty into a save as it almost found the net directly. Another corner followed and Cassidy again provided the ammunition. Stephen Paisley powered a header towards goal but another excellent save from Doherty kept the game level.


The chances kept coming for Shels and four minutes after their last chance they almost opened the scoring. Kevin Dawson who had sight of goal earlier in the match, beat the keeper with his shot but the post came to the rescue of the Candystripes.  

 

Derry tested Chris Bennion in the Shels goal on 36 minutes for the first time in the game when Patrick McEleney’s shot had to be touched around the post. McEleney beat Bennion four minutes later, but his shot crashed of the crossbar as the game was really developing into an exciting spectacle.

 

Shels then went straight down the other end, with Paddy Kavanagh beating a number of players before shooting just over the cross bar from 20 yards.  There was still further drama to come in the first half as Derry gained the lead with the last action of the half.

 

Simon Madden crossed into the box from the right and his cross was dispatched by Stephen McLaughlin. As the dejected Shelbourne players trooped off at half-time, one had to wonder how costly the chances they missed earlier in the first-half would be.


Shelbourne needed to regain momentum at the start of the second half and in the opening exchanges they certainly gained the majority of possession, as Derry seemed content to try and hit Shels on the break.


Despite the bright start from the Reds, it was Derry who struck again on 62 minutes. The Derry goal came from the same source as Stephen McLaughlin scored a wonder goal. He received the ball on the right wing before cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable left footed shot into the top corner from outside the box.

 

Further disaster followed for the home team four minutes later, as a long ball from Barry Molloy found David McDaid who rounded the keeper and put Derry three nil up and practically booked their place in the cup final.


Shels continued to push forward but in truth the third goal for Derry seemed to suck all the life out of the game as Shelbourne struggled to find the goal that might bring them back into the contest.  Derry almost made it four with three minutes remaining in the game. Substitute Ruaidhri Higgins found himself free in the box, but his shot sailed just over the crossbar.


This was the last significant action of the game as the Candystripe’s progressed to their first FAI Cup Final since 2008, while Shelbourne failed in their attempt to make it to two finals in a row.

 

Shelbourne: Chris Bennion; Ian Ryan, Andy Boyle, Stephen Paisley, Sean Byrne; Paddy Kavanagh, David Cassidy (Conan Byrne, 83), Glenn Cronin, Kevin Dawson; Philip Hughes, Paul Byrne (Philip Gorman, 67).
Subs not used: Paul Skinner (GK), Stephen Hurley, Brian Shorthall, Barry Clancy, Anto Murphy.

Bookings: Paisley (54), Kavanagh (85).

 

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Stewart Greacen, Dermot McCaffrey; Patrick McEleney, Barry Molloy, Kevin Deery (Mark Brolly, 86), Barry McNamee (Ruaidhri Higgins, 68), Stephen McLaughlin; David McDaid.
Subs not used: Eugene Ferry (GK), Rory Patterson, Ryan McBride, Mark Farren, Ryan Curran.

Bookings: Deery (65).

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer.

Attendance: 1,477

Extratime.ie man of the match: Stephen McLaughlin (Derry City).

 



Shelbourne
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Sean Byrne
Defender
Andy Boyle
Defender
Stephen Paisley
54Booked: 54'
Defender
Ian Ryan
Defender
Kevin Dawson
Midfielder
Glenn Cronin
49Booked: 49'
Midfielder
David Cassidy
Midfielder
Paddy Kavanagh
86Booked: 86'
Midfielder
Philip Hughes
Forward
Paul Byrne
Forward

Substitutes
Philip Gorman
Forward
Barry Clancy
Midfield
Conan Byrne
Midfield
Stephen Hurley
Midfield
Anto Murphy
Defender
Brian Shortall
Defender
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Shane McEleney
Defender
Dermot McCaffrey
Defender
Simon Madden
Defender
Stewart Greacen
Defender
Barry Molloy
Midfielder
Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Patrick McEleney
Midfielder
Kevin Deery
Midfielder
65Booked: 65'
Stephen McLaughlin
Forward
44Scored: 44'
62Scored: 62'
David McDaid
Forward
68Scored: 68'

Substitutes
Rory Patterson
Forward
Ryan McBride
Defender
Ruaidhri Higgins
Midfield
Eugene Ferry
Goalkeeper
Mark Farren
Forward
Ryan Curran
Forward
Marc Brolly
Midfield


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