First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 22, 2018
Venue: Tolka Park
Ref:
Att: 534
TV:

James English 4' -
Scored: 4'


Greg Moorhouse 56' -
Scored: 56'


Reece McEnteer 78' -
Scored: 78'




League Report: Shelbourne 3 - 0 Galway United

Sun, Sep 23 2018

James English (number nine) heads Shelbourne into an early lead. Credit: Paul Dolan

Brendan Graham reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne advanced to the promotion play-offs with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Galway United tonight at Tolka Park on Saturday evening.

Goals from James English, Greg Moorhouse and Reece McEnteer helped the Reds to a third-place finish which will see them face Drogheda United over two legs next month.

Shelbourne, with one foot already in the play-offs, started like they meant business and Moorhouse almost broke the deadlock just seconds after kick-off.

Karl Moore had the ball played into space for him to run onto down the left before he swung an early cross towards Moorhouse close to goal.

Moorhouse used every inch of his body to try to make contact with the cross but it wasn’t enough and the ball flashed just past. Stephen Walsh cleared to ease the pressure briefly.

The early chance was a sign of things to come from Shels and they did manage to get themselves in front just three minutes later.

A trademark Lorcan Fitzgerald corner was planted onto the head of English at the near post and he rifled his header into the roof of the net to give Owen Heary’s side the perfect start.

Galway were slow to settle into the game and had to wait until the eighteenth minute before creating their first real chance of the game.

Alan Murphy tried his luck from distance but it was rising from the moment the player-manager hit it and never troubled Delaney.

If it wasn’t for the acrobatics of Galway goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan, Shels could have had their second and third midway through the first half.

English had a gilt-edged chance to double his side's lead midway through the half when he got a foot onto a pinpoint cross from Moore only for Ryan to tip the ball over the bar and deny English his second of the night.

Moorhouse found himself one on one with Ryan after a smart Shane Farrell dummy gave the striker license to advance towards goal, but Ryan made himself big and got low to keep his side in the game.

Shelbourne started the second half similarly to how they started the first, with Galway struggling to deal with the pace down the wings of Moore and English.

They doubled their lead ten minutes into the second period as Moorhouse put the finishing touch to a fantastic counter attack.

Lorcan Fitzgerald, who was inches away from scoring seconds earlier with a superb free kick close to goal, played provider from defence.

He robbed the ball from McCormack before spotting the early run from Moorhouse at the other end of the pitch.

Moorhouse ran straight onto the ball and slotted calmly past Ryan before the Galway defence could get themselves anywhere close to their positions at the back.

English had the ball in the net for the second time on the night with a header close to goal but it was ruled out immediately for offside.

They did get their third of the night ten minutes later after another great spell of pressure deep into the Galway half.

Reece McEnteer, who was only introduced minutes before,, delayed his run into the box and timed it perfectly at the back post for an easy finish to kill the game off.

Owen Heary’s side will now play Drogheda United in a two legged play-off with the winner advancing to play second-placed Finn Harps.

Shelbourne: Dean Delaney; John Ross Wilson, Aidan Collins (Reece McEnteer 60), Derek Prendergast, Lorcan Fitzgerald; Mark Hughes, Alan Byrne, Karl Moore, James English; Shane Farrell (Paddy Kavanagh 80) , Greg Moorhouse (David O’Sullivan 73)

Subs not used: Lee Steacy (gk), Gavin Boyne, Adam Evans, Dayle Rooney.

Booked: Greg Moorhouse (30).

Galway United: Tadhg Ryan; Stephen Walsh, Aaron Conway (Sean Russell 83), Conor Melody; Ryan Connolly (Colin Kelly 61), Maurice Nugent, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Gary Shanahan, Alan Murphy; Eoin McCormack (Donal Higgins 72), Conor Barry.

Subs not used: Arek Mamela (gk), Alex Byrne, Dara Mulgannon.

Booked: Alan Murphy (31).

Referee: Garvin Taggart.

Attendance: 534 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Lorcan Fitzgerald (Shelbourne).



Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Aidan Collins
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Derek Prendergast
Defender
John Ross Wilson
Defender
Alan Byrne
Midfielder
Shane Farrell
Midfielder
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
James English
4Scored: 4'
Forward
Greg Moorhouse
30Booked: 30'
56Scored: 56'
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Forward

Substitutes
Gavin Boyne
Defender
Adam Evans
Forward
Paddy Kavanagh
Midfield
Reece McEnteer
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
78Scored: 78'
Defender
David O'Sullivan
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Forward
Dayle Rooney
Midfield
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Galway United
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Aaron Conway
Defender 83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder 61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Conor Melody
Midfielder
Alan Murphy
Midfielder
31Booked: 31'
Maurice Nugent
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfielder
Conor Barry
Forward
Eoin McCormack
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'

Substitutes
Alex Byrne
Midfield
Donal Higgins
Midfield
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Colin Kelly
Midfield
61Subbed On: 61'
61'
Arek Mamala
Goalkeeper
Dara Mulgannon
Forward
Sean Russell
Midfield
83Subbed On: 83'
83'


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