Longford Town 0 – 1 Shelbourne (Ahu Obhakhan 29mins)
After the disappointment of losing there opening game, Martin Murray and the 19s travelled to the City Calling Stadium to play Longford Town.
Unfortunately, Aaron Asheand Darragh Gannon weren’tavailable for the game and then losing midfield maestro Sean McGrane on the morning of the game, Martin had to field a very young side – with six U18s and one U17, George Mukete, and with three of the players making their debuts – their backs were to the wall.
To the credit of this young Shels side they came away with a deserving 1-0 win against a very powerful Longford side, with the only goalof the game scored by one of thedebutants – Ahu Obhakhan – who has come through the Young Reds ranks. What a goal it was – with wing wizardory by Andy Gorman to cross for Ahuto finish.
If things hadn’t been bad enough before kick-off, Shels lost Ronan O’Flynn before half time to a nasty ankle injury and then Andrew Ward, butthey dug inand were very unlucky not to score another goal or two from some exciting built up play. At the end of the match, there was relief all round tohavetaken the three points home and a good learning curve for some of thesepromising young lads, of which EIGHT of the thirteen used ( 11 of the 18 ) came through the Young Reds academy ranks.
Next upwe playFinn Harps at Tolka Park next Sat (20th Sept) with 2pm kick-off. Please come allow and give them your support.
Shelbourne: Jack Brady, Andy Gorman, Andrew Ward (Luke Doyle60′), Gavin Kearney, Ronan O’Flynn (David Pakenham 42′), Armstrong Bekombo, George Mukete, Ahu Obhakhan, Conor Keeley, Aaron Robinson, Stephen Caffrey.
Subs not used: Eric Donnelly, Dylan Grimes, Paddy Obijuru, Aaron (Red) Robinson, Adam Farrell.