Martin Murray’s 19’s took three points home from the North West after beating theBit o’Red ( Sligo Rovers ) 3 – 1.
After last week’s fine draw against league leaders Derry, the young Shels started with a spring in their step and Sligo were finding it hard to repel them.They eventually took the lead in the 15th minute from Skipper Aaron Robinson. A throw-in wastaken by Eoghan Dempsey to Ronan O’Flynn who put the skipper in and he made no mistake and put it to the bottom of Chambers net.
At this stage Shels were rampant and should have gone further ahead but for some poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Chambers in the home goal. Theyultimately got caught by the sucker punch on the 37th minute from a Shels corner, when Sligo broke and ball was played to first teamer Gary Armstrong who beat two defenders and finished to the bottom of Brady’s net.
Murray was not a happy man at half time, though it was a half they fully dominated, it was now all square.
In fairness to the young Shels, they regrouped, came out the second half and, although a closer half, they controlled it – and like last week Murray went to his bench with great effect.He introducedObhakhan and Mukete – and it was Mukete who won a corner from which Shelbournesubsequently scored, with Sligo half clearing, Skipper Robinson receives on edge of box, beats one man and drills to the net in the 73 minute.
Then in the 85th minute the win was secured, when a pass back to Chambers was read by Obhakhan, he intercepts and scores to wrap up the three points. This result moves Shels up to second place in the league – with game in hand on Derry.
Shels travel north again next Saturday to play Dundalk in Oriel Park with 2pm kick-off.
In the meantime they have a friendly on Tues 25th against the Schools International team with 7.30pm ko in Parnells Astro in Coolock Village.
Team; Jack Brady, Darragh Gannon, Eoghan Dempsey, Conor Keeley, Ryan Robinson, Aaron Robinson, Ronan O’Flynn ( Aaron Red Robinson 78th min ), Dylan Grimes, Andy Gorman ( Ahu Obhakhan 61st min ),Stephen Confrey ( David Pakenham 83rd min ), Paddy Obijuru ( George Mukete 71st min ).
Subs; Eric Donnelly, Gavin Kearney, Armstrong Bekombo, Andrew Ward.
Management; Martin Murray, Ger Ralph, Anthony Kennedy, Ciaran Bizzell, and Gary Matthews O’Toole