Shels 2-2 Derry City – REPORT

SHELBOURNE 2 (Ashe, Gorman)

DERRY CITY 2 (Curtis, Kelly)

What a game we got today!

It was a pleasure to see these two young teams go toe to toe with each other a titanic battle and a draw was a deserving result as neither team decided to lose this or to win it.

On the evidence of the talent of view, both teams can look forward to some promising young lads coming into the senior teams in the next year or two, with Curtis, Kelly, McFadden and Doherty for Derry City and with both Aaron & Ryan Robinsontogether withAshe and Grimes for Shelbourne.

From the very off Derry tried to set the tempo and early on dominated without troubling Brady in the Shels net until 20th minute, with shot from Kelly from edge of box, but it was Shels who took the lead on the 38th minute from a very good move on the right hand side and excellent ball played into Ashe’s feet and he turned and shot to the back of the net. But the old adage, that you are at your mostvulnerable when you have just scored, was evident immediately when Shels defence turned off and allowed McIntyre get down the flank and cross for Curtis to score in the 41st minute and this is how the first half finished – one each.

Derry started stronger the second half and were dominant in midfield and got there reward in the 53 mins from a move down there left side and a cross from Flanagan, Kelly powered to the back of the net to take the lead. Murray immediately responded by making a double substitution with O’Flynn and Obhakhan coming on for Pakenham and McGrane, In the 65 minute Gorman replaced Ashe who had been knocked unconcious by a terrible tackle by a Derry defender who unbelievably only got a Yellow card, This change worked out as Gorman got on the end of a great move on the left side in the 76 minutes. Full back Dempsey put in a great cross to the back post and Gorman came in to finish to the net and at this stage it was nothing more than Shelbourne deserved.

For the next 24 minutes Shelbourne charged forward for a winner, with both Aaron Robinson and Dylan Grimes coming close – Robinson denied by a brilliant save from Lynch and Grimes taken the paint of the post.

John Quigg manager of Derry was in the end happy to take a point back to Brandywell, and on the evidence of today’s game, these two teams will be challenging for the title come the end of the season.

Shelbourne: Jack Brady, Darragh Gannon, Conor Keeley, Ryan Robinson, Eoghan Dempsey, Aaron Robinson (96), Sean McGraine ( Ronan O’Flynn ), Dylan Grimes, David Pakenham ( Ahu Obhakhan ), Stephen Confrey, AaronAshe ( Andrew Gorman ).

Subs not used: Eric Donnelly, Paddy Obijuru, Armstrong Bekombo, Luke Doyle.

Management: Murray, Ralph, Kennedy, Brizzell, Frazer and O’Toole.

Derry City: Lynch, McCauley, McFadden, Blake, McLean, Doherty ( Mills ), Harkin, Curtis ( Holden ), Kelly, Flanagan and McIntyre
Subs not used: McDermott, McCallion.

Manager: John Quigg.

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