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Date: 3:55 p.m. March 24, 2013
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref: Alan Kelly
Att: 1,704



Shelbourne 0 - 0 Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Mar 24 2013

Niall Burdon in action for Shels Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers ended with a share of the spoils at Tolka Park on Sunday afternoon, playing out a 0-0 draw at Tolka Park. 

 

Rovers were hotly fancied to win, but Shels were arguably the better side. The Hoops struggled break down their hosts, even after moving to a four-man attack in the later stages.

 

Young goalkeeper Niall Burdon was the standout performer, earning plaudits on a day in which he produced a string of excellent saves to deny Rovers.

 

A mix-up between Ken Oman and Barry Murphy almost cost the Hoops early on, when a back pass from the former nearly let Dean Kelly round the Rovers keeper. Shels had two more clear chances within the opening fifteen minutes, but failed to make any of them count. 

 

Both Dean Kelly's far-post header and Sean Brennan's low shot on the edge of the Rovers box looked promising for the Reds, but neither could find the target.

 

Gradually the visitors came into the match, with Niall Burdon in great form to deny Shane Robinson, Ciaran Kilduff and Ronan Finn. The Shelbourne back four had to resort to last-ditch tackles on a few occasions, but Rovers had no clear goalscoring chances - despite dominating possession.

 

Rovers sustained their dominance over the break- with Shels forced into three haphazard clearances in the opening minutes. Shelbourne did look capable of counter-attacking at times, but weren't able to finish off their chances. 

 

On 66 minutes they did force a goal line clearance out of Pat Sullivan, but the home side were still unable to capitalise.

The Hoops moved to a more attacking formation by bringing on Billy Dennehy and Mark Quigley but still only managed a handful of shots.

 

Shels substitute Mark Leech was played through on goal after 77 minutes after a lovely exchange with Philly Hughes , but shot over the bar. Niall Burdon produced a superb double save with six minutes left to deny two Karl Sheppard shots - proving his worth under the eye of Ireland under-21 manager Noel KIng.

 

Gary McCabe dragged a shot just wide on 86 minutes, but the Hoops still struggled to break Shels down. Into added time Trevor Croly's charges pushed for a winner, with Karl Sheppard heading wide at the far post in the dying second. Ultimately, though, the match ended as it started.

 

Shelbourne: Niall Burdon; Robert Cornwall, Ian Ryan (c), Brian Shortall, Jack Memery; Adam Hanlon (Alex Prizeman 82), Robert Bayly, Stephen Hurley (Pat Flynn 85), Sean Brennan (Mark Leech 56); Philly Hughes, Dean Kelly.
Subs Not Used: Eoin Comerford, Craig Mooney, Adam O'Connor, Stephen Sheerin.

Bookings: Robert Bayly.

 

Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Conor McCormack, Pat Sullivan (c), Ken Oman, Conor Powell; Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn, James Chambers, Shane Robinson (Mark Quigley 61), Sean O'Connor (Billy Dennehy 7); Ciaran Kilduff (Karl Sheppard 78).
Subs Not Used: Richard Brush, Danny Ledwith, Stephen Rice, Tommy Stewart. 

 

Referee: Alan Kelly.

Attendance: 1,704

Extratime.ie Man of the Match:  Niall Burdon (Shelbourne).

 



Shelbourne
Niall Burdon
Goalkeeper
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Jack Memery
Defender
Ian Ryan
Defender
Brian Shortall
Defender
Robert Bayly
66Booked: 66'
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Midfielder
Adam Hanlon
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Stephen Hurley
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Midfielder
Philip Hughes
Forward
Dean Kelly
Forward

Substitutes
Eoin Comerford
Goalkeeper
Pat Flynn
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Defender
Mark Leech
57'
57Subbed On: 57'
Forward
Craig Mooney
Midfield
Adam O'Connor
Defender
Alex Prizeman
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Stephen Sheerin
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Conor McCormack
Defender
Ken Oman
Defender
Conor Powell
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
James Chambers
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
Gary McCabe
Midfielder
Sean O'Connor
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Shane Robinson
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Ciaran Kilduff
Forward 79'
79Subbed Off: 79'

Substitutes
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Billy Dennehy
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Daniel Ledwith
Defender
Mark Quigley
Forward
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Stephen Rice
Midfield
Karl Sheppard
Forward
79Subbed On: 79'
79'
Thomas Stewart
Forward


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