GALWAY UNITED 2 (Colin Kelly 3', Vinny Faherty 15' )
SHELBOURNE 3 (Ciarán Kilduff 74', 84' Karl Moore 82')
Match report courtesy of sseairtricityleague.ie,
A remarkable opening night of First Division football at Eamonn Deacy Park saw Shelbourne score three goals in a nine-minute spell to come from behind and beat Galway United.
A brace from Ciaran Kilduff as well as a strike from Karl Moore were enough to outdo first-half United strikes from Vinny Faherty and Colin Kelly.
The hosts started the brightest as Kelly netted in the fourth minute with a spectacular long-range effort after a poor clearance from Dean Delany.
In the 18th minute, Faherty produced something similar – a clever lob from 30 yards – that provided breathing room.
After the restart, though, Ian Morris' troops looked re-born. Controlling possession and creating havoc down the flanks, they took the contest to United with three goals in a nine-minute spell.
Moore assisted Kilduff in the 74th minute with a decent goal, before the winger got himself on the scoresheet when he connected with a delectable Conan Byrne cross from the right. Then, in dramatic fashion, Kilduff popped up a minute later to steal all three points.
Galway United: Kevin Horgan, Stephen Walsh, Adam Rooney, Marc Ludden, Christopher Horgan, Wilson Waweru (Shane Doherty 70'), Maurice Nugent Conor Melody 68'), Colin Kelly (Matthew Barrett 84'), Mark Hannon, Conor Barry, Vinny Faherty.
Subs not used: James Tierney, Cian Murphy, Dara Coltelloe, Joe Collins, Matthew Barrett.
Shelbourne: Dean Delany, John Ross Wilson, Lorcan Fitzgerald, Luke Byrne, Derek Prendergast, Oscar Brennan, Alex O'Hanlon (Sean Quinn 51'), Ryan Brennan, Shane Farrell (Conan Byrne 45'), Dayle Rooney (Karl Moore 70'), Ciarán Kilduff
Subs not used: Colin McCabe, Aidan Friel, Daniel McKenna, Flavio Marku.