First
Date: 3 p.m. May 29, 2016
Venue:
Att: 632

Robert O'Reilly 32' -
Scored: 32'


Dylan Grimes 83' -
Scored: 83'


Jamie Doyle 87' -
Scored: 87'


Scored: 2'
- John O'Flynn 2'

Scored: 46'
- Chris Mulhall 46'

Peno Scored: 49'
- John O'Flynn 49'

Scored: 84'
- Lee-J Lynch 84'

Peno Miss: 84'
- Lee-J Lynch 84'


League Report: Shelbourne 3 - 4 Limerick FC

Sun, May 29 2016

Martin Russell must nearly be getting bored of winning at this stage. Credit: Ciara Maher

Limerick were pushed all the way by Shelbourne at a blistering Tolka Park on Sunday afternoon as they came away with a 4-3 win in what was an electrifying game of football.

 

Limerick got off to a dream start as Chris Mulhall dispossessed Daire Doyle in the middle of the park before releasing Shane Tracy on the left flank. Tracey put the ball on a plate for O’Flynn who confidently slotted home to make it 1-0 with two minutes on the clock.

 

The Reds reacted well to going behind so early, however, with James English forcing a corner after some excellent work down the left. Jamie Doyle planted it onto the head of Conor Keeley but his header looped over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.

 

Limerick controlled the majority of the play in the opening stages, however, Shelbourne were pressing high up the pitch and on one occasion, just before the 20th minute mark, Cian Kavanagh won the ball from Paul O’Conor just outside the D. However, despite seeming to have the time and space to bear in on goal, he rushed his effort and it flew above the target.

 

From the resulting kick-out, Shels again won the ball inside the Limerick half before Robert O’Reilly threaded an inch-perfect ball through to James English. Tommy Holland was quick off his line, however, and denied English with a brilliant stop by his legs.

 

Before the half-hour mark Limerick grinded out two decent chances in quick-succession. First, Stephen Kenny lofted the ball into O’Flynn who hit a first-time, snapshot on the half-volley, however it rose just above the crossbar.

 

Shortly after, Paul O’Conor found space on the right before cutting inside and driving a ball low which bended just outside the post.

 

On 32 minutes, The Reds’ continuous high pressing paid off. As Limerick knocked it around the defence, the ball was played back to Holland to clear, however, O’Reilly darted in to make the block and it rebounded into the bottom corner of the net in what was a bizarre equalizing goal.

 

The game was now a much more open contest as the half reached its closing stages with both sides keeping the ball confidently when in possession ensuring that the game was nicely poised heading into the second period.

 

However, it was a case of déjá vu for Limerick as they scored their second of the afternoon barely a minute into the restart to retake the lead when Lee J Lynch won the ball from Keeley high up the pitch before sliding it through to Mulhall who calmly placed it under Jack Brady and into the net.

 

It only got better for Martin Russell’s men as two minutes later they doubled their advantage. Robert Duggan was caught inside his own half by Sean Russell who sprinted towards goal before turning inside with a sharp turn, however, he was tripped up by Duggan’s flailing leg and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing straight to the spot.

Up stepped O’Flynn who fired it towards goal and despite Brady getting his fingers to it, it nestled into the top right corner of the net to give the in-form striker his 18th goal in all competitions this season.

 

Kevin Doherty’s men almost reduced the deficit straight away as Holland’s attempted clearance bounced into the path of Lorcan Shannon, however, his effort to clip the ball over Holland fell just wide.

 

Limerick began to assert their dominance over proceedings as the half progressed with a number of menacing plays hampering the Shelbourne backline, however, the closest they came during this spell was a low-fizzed effort from Tracy which skimmed the post on its way past the target just before the 70th minute.

 

Going into the final 15 minutes, the Shelbourne challenge began to mount once more and after constant pressure on the Limerick backline, they eventually broke through with substitute Dylan Grimes finding space inside the area to lob it beyond Holland and into the net with seven minutes remaining.  

 

However, almost immediately Limerick broke up the pitch and once again were awarded a penalty when Russell was bundled over inside the area.

 

Lynch was denied from the spot by a great save from Brady, however, he was quick to pounce on the rebound to restore the two goal lead.

 

The drama was far from finished yet, however, with three minutes left, The Reds were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the area for time-wasting by Holland. Doyle stepped up and rifled it low into the bottom corner to ignite the Tolka crowd.

 

They went in desperate search of a fourth and came within a fraction of doing so when Grimes picked out O’Reilly inside the six-yard box before his header clipped the post and fell wide.

 

Limerick managed to see out the remaining minutes to come away from Tolka Park with their 100 per cent record still intact, however, they were pushed all the way by an exceptional Shelbourne challenge who truly deserved something from the game.

 

 

Shelbourne FC: Jack Brady, Robert Duggan, Conor Keeley (Ryan Robinson 68), Aidan Collins, Alan Kehoe, Lorcan Shannon (Sodiq Oguntala 82), Robert O’Reilly, Daire Doyle, Cian Kavanagh (Dylan Grimes 59), Jamie Doyle, James English

Subs not used: Greg Murray, Carl Walshe, Dylan Kavanagh, Mark Sandford

Bookings: None.

Sent Off: None.

 

Limerick FC: Tommy Holland, Shaun Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Paul O’Conor, Robbie Williams, Lee-J Lynch, Sean Russell, Chris Mulhall (Tony Whitehead 76), Shane Tracey, John O’Flynn (Ross Mann 73), Stephen Kenny

Subs not used: Freddy Hall, Shane Costello, Sean McSweeney, Clyde O’Connell, Killian Brouder

Bookings: Robbie Williams (50), Shaun Kelly (81)

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally

Attendance: 632

Extratime Man of the Match: John O’Flynn (Limerick)

 

 


Shelbourne
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Alan Kehoe
Defender
Conor Keeley
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Defender
Robert Duggan
42Booked: 42'
Defender
Aidan Collins
65Booked: 65'
Defender
Lorcan Shannon
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Robert O'Reilly
32Scored: 32'
Midfielder
Cian Kavanagh
59'
59Subbed Off: 59'
Midfielder
Jamie Doyle
87Scored: 87'
Midfielder
Daire Doyle
Midfielder
James English
Forward

Substitutes
Carl Walshe
Forward
Mark Sandford
Forward
Ryan Robinson
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Sodiq Oguntola
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Forward
Greg Murray
Goalkeeper
Dylan Kavanagh
Midfield
Dylan Grimes
59'
59Subbed On: 59'
83Scored: 83'
Midfield
Limerick
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Paul O'Conor
Defender
Paudie O'Connor
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
81Booked: 81'
Robbie Williams
Defender
49Booked: 49'
Sean Russell
Midfielder
Chris Mulhall
Midfielder
46Scored: 46'
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
84Scored: 84'
84Peno Miss: 84'
Stephen Kenny
Midfielder
Shane Tracy
Midfielder
John O'Flynn
Forward
2Scored: 2'
49Peno: 49'
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'

Substitutes
Clyde O'Connell
Midfield
Sean McSweeney
Forward
Ross Mann
Forward
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Freddy Hall
Goalkeeper
Shane Costelloe
Defender
Killian Brouder
Defender
Tony Whitehead
Defender
75Subbed On: 75'
75'