Lg Cup 1st RD
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 4, 2019
Venue: Tolka Park
Att:
TV:

Daniel McKenna 21' -
Scored: 21'




EA Sports Cup Report: Shelbourne 1-0 Bluebell United

Mon, Mar 04 2019

They are indeed Shels. A factually correct sign at Tolka Park. Credit: Paul Dolan

Colmán Stanley reports from Tolka Park

Shelbourne will count themselves lucky to have come out with a 1-0 win over fellow Dubliners Bluebell United on a cold Monday night at a quiet Tolka Park.

It was an entertaining match and it was only Daniel McKenna’s looping cross which managed to find its way into the net that separated the two teams.

The Leinster Senior League side made a good showing of themselves and will be very disappointed not to have equalised, having missed some golden opportunities.

Shelbourne lined out for their first round clash in front of a tiny crowd as they looked to get their season back on track.

They were pre-season favourites to get promoted back to the Premier Division but so far have looked poor after a narrow win over Galway United and a 3-2 loss in their last game against Cabinteely. From that team, only Ryan Brennan was retained in the starting line-up. 

Bluebell, whose team featured many ex-Shels men, have also had a mixed season by their standards and the Leinster Senior League holders sit ten points behind leaders Crumlin United in Senior Sunday.

The game started badly for the home side when Shane Farrell had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by Sean Quinn. 

Neither side looked particularly threatening in what was a poor game for the opening 20 minutes, until McKenna's goal sparked the game into life.

From out on the far left touch line, McKenna sent in a high looping free kick which managed to beat everyone including a disbelieving Andy McNulty.

It didn’t look like he had meant it but the home side weren’t complaining, and neither were the fans, as both sides upped the tempo from then on.

Initially it looked like Shelbourne were going to turn the screw and score a second but Bluebell weathered the storm and fought back in what was an end-to-end game for the last 20 minutes of the first half.

Bluebell should have equalised when the ball fell to Niall Barnes from a corner kick. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep his powerful volley down.

Bluebell started the second half well and should have had a deserved equaliser.

Colin McCabe, who had looked uncertain all match, dived to cut out a cross but the ball fell to midfielder Aaron Robinson.

With no keeper, it took a miraculous off the line clearance from John Ross Wilson to keep the home side’s advantage intact.

Bluebell then won a free-kick on the edge of the box and former Shels man Aaron Ashe forced McCabe into a good save as he leaped to punch the ball over the bar.

The away side controlled the second half and, again, they should have equalised through Niall Barnes.

Gary Seery, who was excellent when he came on, found Barnes unmarked in the box but the winger scuffed his shot wide.

It was to be the last great chance for Bluebell who were unable to force extra-time. 

Shelbourne: Colin McCabe; John Ross Wilson, Craig Giles (Michael McHugh 78), Charles Mutawee, Flavio Marku, Darragh Noone, Daniel McKenna, Ryan Brennan (Aidan Friel 68), Shane Farrell (Sean Quinn 4), Dayle Rooney, James English.

Subs not used: Imrich Toth, Dan Byrne, Ciaran Burns, Aaron Connolly.

Booked: Craig Giles (29), John Ross Wilson (52).

Bluebell United: Andy McNulty, Karl Russell, Luke McWilliam, Jeff Flood, Glenn Walsh, Aaron Robinson (James O’Brien 82), Sean Quinn (Gary Seery 60), Ross Gaynor, Aaron Ashe (Luke Rossiter 73), Sean Byrne, Niall Barnes.

Subs not used: William McDonagh, Tony Griffiths, Keith Quinn, Aaron Moody.

Booked:Jeff Flood (39), Gary Seery (66), James O'Brien (90+2).

Referee: Paul Tuite.

Attendance: TBC

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Daniel McKenna (Shelbourne).



Shelbourne
Colin McCabe
Goalkeeper
Charles Mutawe
Defender
Flavio Marku
Defender
Craig Giles
29Booked: 29'
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Defender
John Ross Wilson
52Booked: 52'
Defender
Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
Darragh Noone
Midfielder
Daniel McKenna
21Scored: 21'
Midfielder
Ryan Brennan
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Shane Farrell
4'
4Subbed Off: 4'
Forward
James English
Forward

Substitutes
Imrich Toth*
Goalkeeper
Sean Quinn
4'
4Subbed On: 4'
Midfield
Michael McHugh
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Defender
Aidan Friel
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Defender
Aaron Connolly
Midfield
Daniel Byrne
Defender
Ciaran Burns
Midfield
Bluebell United
Andrew McNulty
Goalkeeper
Luke McWilliams
Defender
Ross Gaynor
Defender
Jeff Flood
Defender
39Booked: 39'
Karl Russell
Defender
Glen Walsh
Defender
Sean Byrne
Midfielder
Niall Barnes
Midfielder
Sean Quinn
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Aaron Robinson
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Aaron Ashe
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'

Substitutes
Keith Quinn
Midfield
James O'Brien
Midfield
82Subbed On: 82'
82'
90Booked: 90'
Aaron Moody
Unknown
William McDonagh
Midfield
Tony Griffiths
Forward
Luke Rossiter
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Gary Seery
Midfield
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
66Booked: 66'


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